LOTF meme: Ralph (2/6 characters)

Wave after wave, Ralph followed the rise and fall until something of the remoteness of the sea numbed his brain. Then gradually the almost infinite size of this water forced itself on his attention. This was the divider, the barrier. On the other side of the island, swathed at midday with mirage, defended by the shield of the quiet lagoon, one might dream of rescue; but here, faced by the brute obtuseness of the ocean, the miles of division, one was clamped down, one was helpless, one was condemned, one was…
Simon was speaking almost in his ear. Ralph found that he had rock painfully gripped in both hands, found his body arched, the muscles of his neck stiff, his mouth strained open.
“You’ll get back to where you came from.”


Fantasy book cover design assignment! Super basic but fun. Picked from a list of books; for me it was between this and Fellowship of the Ring and while I’ve never read Sword in the Stone myself, I figured going up against a 1963 Disney movie was better than going up against Peter Jackson.

Bonus process pictures are my initial thumbnails/character explorations and research, and then color sketches. I am a little sad that the sketch picked didn’t have that fun Merlin in it though! 

Can we just talk about jalph

Jack Merridew and Ralph from Lord of the Flies who

“Smiled at each other with shy liking” 

The first time they met

And even when Jack was bossing everyone else about right from the start, he and Ralph worked together

Ralph found himself alone on a limb with Jack and they grinned at each other, sharing this burden […]
‘Almost too heavy.’
Jack grinned back, 
‘Not for the two of us.’”

Jack and Ralph who act in a flirty way around one another without even trying

His grey shorts were sticking to him with sweat. Ralph glanced at them admiringly, and when Jack saw his glance he explained.”

Jack and Ralph who even though their leadership ends up in conflict, turned to each other before anyone

Ralph and Jack looked at each other while society paused about them. The shameful knowledge grew in them and they did not know how to begin confession.”

Jack and Ralph who act like a married couple taking care of children. Jack’s out hunting and when he returns Ralph is hurt at being left alone. 

D’you see? All day I’ve been working with Simon. No one else.”

Jack who gets jealous that Ralph looks out for Piggy, 

That’s right -  favour Piggy as you always do-”

Jack and Ralph who through everything, even when Jack leaves and when he succumbs to savagery, always have something between them that never becomes malice.

They looked at each other, baffled, in love and hate. All the warm salt water of the bathing-pool and the shouting and splashing and laughing were only just sufficient to bring them together again.”