Scolding the hound again, she knelt down and arranged the flowers on the grave.

July 27, 2010 at 7:11 pm 10 comments

Posted by: Israel Sanchez

Book: Where The Red Fern Grows

The hound ran up to the graveyard and started sniffing and bawling.  Mrs. Pritchard followed him.  Seeing the flower’s on Rubin’s grave, she picked them up and looked at them.  She scolded the hound, and then looked up at the hillside.  I knew she couldn’t see me because the timber was too thick, but I felt uncomfortable anyway.”

In the previous scene where Billy has a confrontation with the Pritchards, Rubin Pritchard jumps on Billy and is about to beat him up.  He stops when Old Dan and Little Ann get into a fight with the Pritchard’s dog.  Ann quickly has the hound’s throat in her jaws while Dan slashes at his belly.  Rubin picks up Billy’s ax and runs to save his dog, but before he can get there he trips and falls over a stick, the ax blade buries into his stomach and Rubin bleeds to death.

I chose to skip this gruesome scene and illustrate the passage right after where Billy visits Rubin’s grave to pay his respects.  His trip to the Pritchard graveyard is cut short when Old Dan makes noise knocking a rock loose and  Rubin’s mom comes out to investigate.  These two powerful scenes show another side of the Pritchard family and also foreshadow future events in the story.

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10 Comments Add your own

  • 1. sbosma  |  July 27, 2010 at 8:40 pm

    Lovely! I think you made the right choice, skipping that really brutal scene. This is a nice little reprieve from the drama of the previous image, too.

    • 2. israels  |  July 28, 2010 at 5:07 pm

      Thanks Sam! I was hoping it would do that.

  • 3. seb mesnard  |  July 28, 2010 at 2:36 pm

    Très beau as always! Billy is lovely:) Merci

  • 4. seb mesnard  |  July 28, 2010 at 2:37 pm

    Très beau as always! Billy is lovely:) Merci Israel!

    • 5. israels  |  July 28, 2010 at 5:06 pm

      Thank you my friend!

  • 6. Jeremy Sorese  |  July 30, 2010 at 10:18 am

    I love how each piece in your series fit together beautifully, they feel so cohesive without feeling repetitive. And the light and dark areas of each one blow my mind! So so good!

    • 7. israels  |  August 2, 2010 at 8:51 pm

      Thanks dude! I’m loving yours too, but you already know that.

  • 8. Pragmatic Mom  |  August 1, 2010 at 7:34 pm

    I really like the use of dark space to highlight the action in the middle of the page. Very dramatic and effective!

    • 9. israels  |  August 2, 2010 at 8:51 pm

      Thank you!

  • 10. Tiffany  |  July 5, 2011 at 8:34 pm

    Do you know what a bluetick looks like? If you print this many might be upset because Ol’ Blue don’t look like a blue tick should. He needs more ticks on him. I have alot of friends with blue dogs so blueticks are called. Other than that the pics are great. However i love how you added this part though neither the older version or the new version does and the book does. Though i believe the Billy makes the dogs stay home so that the dogs don’t fight again.


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