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Hi everyone.  Apologies for my recent absence.  

I am not able to use the PC much at all these days as I have developed a problem with my eyes (Dry Eye Syndrome). Right now my left eye is very blurry and if I use the computer for more than about 5 or 10 minutes my eyes both get blurry and quite painful - then a persistent headache follows.  Eye drops are of very limited benefit.  Annoyingly I get the same symptoms when reading a book and/or watching TV.  When this first started it was painful even to be outside in daylight.

I am getting treatment but I may be in this for the long haul.  Please, nobody post pessimistic comments like "I/my uncle/sister has Dry Eye Syndrome too and can't use a PC any more/it never got better/needed surgery" as I really don't need to hear any more bad news after a month of this already.

Anyway, as a result I won't be doing any 3D art for the foreseeable future.  I cannot put a date on when (if at all) I will be able to start again.  Until then (and, if this is the end) I hope that the 400+ deviations I posted here gave you some pleasure and/or inspiration.

I can't really keep up with email, notes or comments (for obvious reasons) but if anyone fancies staying in touch by Skype (there's nothing wrong with my voice/ears) then drop me a note.

I will post the result of the story competition soon - sorry that the winner won't be getting a commission any time soon for the reasons above.
Hi, just a very quick update to say that, due to unforeseen circumstances, I won't be able to access dA for a couple of weeks and so won't be...

- Uploading deviations
- Responding to comments
- Responding to notes

... until I am back.  When I return I will clear through the backlog.  I owe some people responses right now - please forgive me for the extended delay.

Just to reassure everyone, I have a judging panel of SuikTwoPointOh Mad-Man-with-a-Pen yellowplasma and KOwriter1996 reading through all twenty stories in the Summer Sleuths story competition and reviewing & judging them according to the competition criteria and their own tastes(!)  When I get back I should be able to announce the winner.

I also have a handful of (hopefully) really good pictures planned to celebrate some of the best scenes not yet illustrated.  Please bear with me while I am away and no need to send me notes asking...

Q. Is everything OK?
A. Yes it's fine :-)

Q. Are you back yet?
A. I will take down this journal as soon as I am back.

Thanks!
Summer Sleuths 5 - Amanda is Grabbed by Gangsters! by Torqual3D
Summer Sleuths 5 - Amanda is Grabbed by Gangsters!
In Monte Carlo, Amanda has a run in with some men in dark suits when she sticks up for Kat...

Latest in my illustrations from the Summer Sleuths story competition (now closed).  This is from the fifth entry I received.

Find out what's happening by reading Nebagram's story here:


Amanda Jones in Monte CarloAmanda Jones in Monte Carlo
Amanda giggled with excitement as she checked herself and her two friends into the posh Hotel le Versailles for the night. It was a lot more expensive and a lot posher than the Youth Hostels she, Hannah and Kat had been staying in over the past few weeks as they backpacked around Europe, but then again, so was everything in the tiny city-state of Monaco!
"I can't believe you persuaded your dad to foot the bill for this!" Hannah exclaimed as she dumped her bag on the floor and collapsed into the chair in the corner of the room, kicking her shoes off and relaxing her tied muscles. The bus ride from Turin had been long and hot and all Hannah wanted to do was get some rest ahead of exploring Monte Carlo tomorrow. Amanda, of course, was buzzing with energy and no doubt already planning some sort of activity for the three of them tomorrow, whilst Kat was busy with her smartphone, no doubt updating her numerous social media pages.
"It was easy," Amanda said with a
 
  

If you enjoy the story, please be sure to comment or fave on Nebagram's page.

Backdrop borrowed with thanks from SplinteredGlass.

Once again sorry to be so long with another update, but these story-themed pics are not quick ones to do.  I realize that I have been quiet and not replying to notes or even commenting on the last story submissions - this is because sometimes I cannot keep up with dA correspondence at the same time as working on a difficult picture.  It's far too easy to be distracted which means the pic will never get finished.  I hope that the finished effort manages to capture the look of an outdoor scene on a sunny day.

I realize that I haven't done a lot of actual unconscious pictures for the Summer Sleuths yet but the stories contain so many gorgeous scenes of peril that I want to do them all!  And there just aren't enough hours in the day.  In case you're wondering, that needle does find its way into Amanda's side... but to find out what happens next, you'll just have to read the story.  It's a good one, and the better because Nebagram also submitted a follow up sequel.

As before, you can find out more about the Summer Sleuths (Amanda, Hannah and Kat) here:

Young Amanda Jones - Leaving School by Torqual3D Hannah - Introduction by Torqual3D Kat - Introduction by Torqual3D 

The competition is now closed, with an unexpectedly huge response (20 stories received).  I will post a journal shortly about the judging and selection process for the winner(s).  I don't think I am going to be able to do a picture for every story.  I will keep going for a couple of weeks more, however summer is reaching an end and the girls are starting university soon). Not sure what I will do next; I like story #6 very much, but also some of the later-received ones.  Again, if there are particular scenes that you enjoyed from any story that you want to see, please let me know.

Made with Daz Studio 3.1.2.24 plus Photoshop CS2.
(For the benefit of The3DArtistClub)
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Summer Sleuths - Story Competition (closed 31/08) by Torqual3D
Summer Sleuths - Story Competition (closed 31/08)
Made with Daz Studio 3.1.2.24 plus Photoshop CS2.
(For the benefit of The3DArtistClub)

The competition is now closed.  Twenty stories were received in total.  Over the next couple of days the competition judging panel will narrow the stories down to a smaller number (around 5) and these will be shortlisted for a vote.

01. :iconlatroma: The Rusalka of Castle Strekov

02. :iconsuperman1764: Amanda Jones and the Book of Kells 

03. :iconquadcities: The Magician Of The Moors: An Amanda Jones Mystery

04. :iconpizzanerd1: Amanda Jones European adventure

05. :iconnebagram: Amanda Jones in Monte Carlo

06. :iconsuperman1764: Amanda Jones and the Long Lost Van Gogh ~II

07. :iconsuperman1764: Amanda Jones and the Decoy Trap ~III

08. :iconthephantom52: Amanda Jones meets Monsieur La Mort

09. :iconthephantom52: Amanda Jones in Summer Begins

10. :icongwarmadillo: Summer Sleuths - Treasure of the Flying Dutchman I

11. :iconmandrakemoorglade: The Mystery of the Stolen Shoelaces

12. :iconthephantom52: Amanda Jones and the Bouillon Castle

13. :iconwondercuria-dd: The Amber Room Mystery: Chapter 1

14. :iconwondercuria-dd: The Amber Room Mystery: Chapter 2

15. :iconultimate-clash: Amanda Jones: Summer Sleuths - One Hot Summer

16. :iconmosby1865: Amanda Jones and The Dark Widow of Wicklow

17. :iconnebagram: Amanda Jones and the Summer Kaland

18. :iconfum316: Amanda Jones and the Unversal Soldiers PT 1

19. :iconthebookie: Amanda Jones and The Castle of Obsession

20. :icontriple-zed: The Summer Sleuths and the Magyar Menace




The Summer Sleuths are (from left to right) Hannah Duffy, Amanda Jones, and Kat Weber.

You can read more about each of them here:

Hannah - Introduction by Torqual3D Young Amanda Jones - Leaving School by Torqual3D Kat - Introduction by Torqual3D  

The theme of this dA page is glamorous misadventures, and I know you are just waiting for them to start.  Me too!  So I have decided to open this up to a story competition.  The last story competition proved to be very popular with over ten stories submitted - results and reviews here.

So, I am going to open this up again, and see where everyone would like to take my new characters.

The Rules
  1. Stories must be 500-5000 words in length.
  2. Stories must be either posted on your own dA page as a deviation, with a link in the comments below here, or (if you really want to remain anonymous) sent to me by means of a note, and I will publish them.  Please do not post stories here in the comments, only links to them.
  3. The story must feature all three Summer Sleuth characters with their outfits/appearance as above.  No superheroine or cheerleader versions!
  4. The story can be written from any protagonist's viewpoint: Hannah's, Amanda's, Kat's or a combination.
  5. The setting for the story is Europe during the Summer holidays.
  6. The theme of the story must be 'glamorous misadventures' with an emphasis on knockout or sleepy peril.
  7. Please read the background and tips below before writing.
  8. All characters are portrayed as of legal age and therefore stories *can* feature reasonably explicit or deadly scenes within the bounds of good taste.  If you want my definition of what that is, review the 400+ deviations in the gallery and pitch it at that level.  Please, don't submit anything involving rape or hard/gory snuff... this is not the place.
  9. Golden rule is that Amanda cannot die or suffer permanent harm or incapacity.  She has a lot more stories after this!
  10. The best scenes from your stories MAY appear as illustrations over the coming weeks. Authors will be credited.
  11. The competition will be closed after ten submissions received or 16th August, whichever comes first.  I will update the title here to say 'Competition Closed'.
  12. After closing, all stories will be also judged by a panel, and the winner will get a free commission from me.
  13. The judging will be done on a points basis with the following criteria:
      • Fit with the characters' back stories
      • Quality of interaction between the characters
      • Research and bringing the location to life
      • Build up to the scenes of peril
      • Peril scenes themselves
      • Aftermath of the peril scenes

Background and Tips

Key to getting this story right is to understand the character of Amanda Jones.  There is plenty of material in my Gallery to help you do this.  This story features a previously unexplored period in Amanda's life.  Normally she is portrayed as 20-21 years of age: a student at Harvard University.  She also had a brief career as a teen detective, while at boarding school, when she was 16-17 years of age.  During the Summer Sleuth Stories, Amanda is 18 years old and in between school and university. She is backpacking through Europe and has met the other two girls in a youth hostel.  They are now travelling together.

Amanda has a nose for trouble and an insatiable curiosity.  She acts as de facto leader of the trio and is likely to rush into investigating anything that seems out of place.  The other two may struggle to keep up.  Hannah is slightly older and more skeptical and seeks to protect Amanda.  Kat is terribly impressed by Amanda and believes that Amanda will keep her safe.  Try to think what strengths and weaknesses each of the girls brings to the team.

In keeping with the Amandaverse(?) it is a good idea to think about giving your stories a historical or crime theme.  Try to be more inventive than simply a run in with 'white slavers' (yawn) or some goofy teenagers that fall in love with the girls. Think about what sort of locations - real of invented - you can bring in such as old castles, museums, crypts, hotels, concert halls, monasteries... the sort of place that Amanda might visit.

If you really can't think up an idea to get you going, see the excellent suggestions from TH56ma3LZ  below.

In the end, you can either have the girls triumphantly solving a mystery and outwitting the bad guys, or failing miserably as you prefer(!)  But remember the golden rule - try to fit what you're doing into Amanda's life and remember that obviously she must survive with no permanent harm.  Please take (fairly) good care of her!


Suggested Storylines by TH56ma3LZ 

In Europe:
  • Girls are disappearing mysteriously from a backpacker's hostel in The Dordogne. Amanda checks in...
  • At a Berlin nightspot a magician hypnotises the audience who awake to find their valuables gone. Amanda goes under his spell...
  • Togas are in a twist when a Rome museum she is visiting has a priceless Imperial artefact stolen. Amanda gets gladiatorial...
  • In London kidnappers target a famous model who just so happens to be the spitting image of... Amanda awakes with a sore head... 
  • A train ride to Trieste and a mysterious countess spell danger: Amanda books her ticket...
  • A castle in Bavaria is reputedly haunted. Or is this a front to hide something illegal? Amanda joins a tour...
  • In Paris a suave jewel thief is all the news with his audacious crimes. Amanda sparkles as usual...
  • A hi-tech Brussels office, a billionaire magnate and strange weather patterns add up to all kinds of trouble: Amanda is gassed in an elevator...
  • Strange lights are reported in The Pyrenees. UFO's or something much more down to earth? Amanda scales the heights...
  • A teenage computer whizz knows a little bit too much and is pursued across Italy by agents of a foreign power. Amanda gets all geeky...
  • A trip to Munich results in a confrontation with an old adversary: Amanda combats Dr Schnell once more...
  • A crazed English collector of rare silent movies proves to be a difficult opponent: Amanda is tied to the tracks...
  • The owner of an English country manor is secretly the head of a coven of devil worshippers: Amanda is tied to the stake...
  • In Istanbul an old school friend is in serious danger: Amanda does some belly-dancing...
  • A British privatised railway company has punctual trains, cheap fares and no over-crowded carriages: Amanda just knows something is wrong here...

HAVE FUN EVERYONE!  

Hopefully in 4-6 weeks we will have a great set of stories and pictures to remember this glorious summer. :-)

#SummerSleuths
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Hi everyone.  Apologies for my recent absence.  

I am not able to use the PC much at all these days as I have developed a problem with my eyes (Dry Eye Syndrome). Right now my left eye is very blurry and if I use the computer for more than about 5 or 10 minutes my eyes both get blurry and quite painful - then a persistent headache follows.  Eye drops are of very limited benefit.  Annoyingly I get the same symptoms when reading a book and/or watching TV.  When this first started it was painful even to be outside in daylight.

I am getting treatment but I may be in this for the long haul.  Please, nobody post pessimistic comments like "I/my uncle/sister has Dry Eye Syndrome too and can't use a PC any more/it never got better/needed surgery" as I really don't need to hear any more bad news after a month of this already.

Anyway, as a result I won't be doing any 3D art for the foreseeable future.  I cannot put a date on when (if at all) I will be able to start again.  Until then (and, if this is the end) I hope that the 400+ deviations I posted here gave you some pleasure and/or inspiration.

I can't really keep up with email, notes or comments (for obvious reasons) but if anyone fancies staying in touch by Skype (there's nothing wrong with my voice/ears) then drop me a note.

I will post the result of the story competition soon - sorry that the winner won't be getting a commission any time soon for the reasons above.

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Lord-Storm Featured By Owner 1 day ago
Many thanks for being the main inspiration for my new creative partner Damir
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stappino Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2014
hope you get better soon !
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sleepy-superheroines Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2014  New member Professional General Artist
Beautiful Work!
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Yautjahuntres Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2014  Hobbyist Filmographer
hay check out this sim girl I made yautjahuntres.deviantart.com/a…
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sbk1234 Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2014
My only comment is I hope everything is okay, but you said it is. Hope you can enjoy your two weeks away.
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NylonToucher Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2014
splendid work, do you also share your obj. models?
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randomname314 Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2014
Love your work. Looking forward to the rest of the Summer Sleuths works.
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Torqual3D Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks.  Only just finished the latest picture.  But it's up now.
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st-stiefel Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow! you do unconscious really good! 
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