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Amanda Jones - Caught Snooping Around by Torqual3D Amanda Jones - Caught Snooping Around by Torqual3D
Merry Christmas! I saved this one for Christmas Day, as I think it's the best I have done this year.

In a scene from her debut story Amanda Jones: Mansion, Amanda is caught by Sir Roger Atherton, while snooping around the house in the early morning. It's at the end of Part 7 in the story here [link]

I wonder whether anyone reads the stories or whether you all just come here to download images, without wanting to know more about the characters and their adventures? Going forward I am considering moving towards uploading more narrative and just adding images to represent key scenes, rather than a blow-by-blow comic book style which is very heavy to produce.

Render time for this image was a record 20+ hours. There were 7 lights involved, all on the highest quality.

Backdrop to this picture is, again, (c) Torqual.

Look out for a visit from Penelope tomorrow - Boxing Day.
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This image has excellent posing, expression and lighting, and it shows off your excellent compositing skills.

You've matched the lights in the photo perfectly and she doesn't look like she was added in at all. In fact, my first thought was -- wow, what a great 3d-environment scene (her hair betrayed her as a 3d-render, see below), and it took me some seconds to realize it was actually a photo and render composited image.
The skin and fabric textures are also amazingly well done.

Technique-wise the hair is the only problem: it's a bit bland and obviously 3d-render looking. It could be fixed in post, by adding some highlights and depth, especially around the edges where there are thin hairs against the bright light, which always makes the hair light up. Also the hair line could benefit from some irregularities so it would not look so neat and straight. Brightening the highlights in her eyes might also add some dynamic and greater sense of urgency to the whole scene.

Originality rating is my personal subjective interpretation. I realize that this is an illustration, which should be supporting the text it belongs to, but I wish I could tell more about the character from the image itself.

Right now, as I see it, she is just an average girl caught in some library-like place where she shouldn't be. I don't know why she came to this place, what was she looking for, where she came from and where she is going, or how severe is her situation in being found out. This image does work as an illustration, but it does not invite me to learn more about the story -- not enough story-specific elements to ignite my interest. Therefore, I'm not sure it would work as a promotion for the story. Again, it might not be the intention, and if illustration is its only purpose, then it does exactly what it's supposed to.

Overall, the image is great and impressive, which is what prompted me to write the critique. Excellent work.
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shoes74 Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2013
okay, hehe, i enjoy seeing pics rather than letters though hehehe...a picture paints a thousand words. ;)
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shoes74 Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2013
to appease the one who caught her, she better do something for him...strip tease and shoe play...hehehe
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Torqual3D Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
If you want to find out what happens, read Amanda Jones: Mansion in the literature section.
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runswitharmour Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2013
This si the version I like most, keep up the great work though
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abckakaxi Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012
This image has excellent posing, expression and lighting, and it shows off your excellent compositing skills
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Torqual3D Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you, that's most kind.
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Maxwell-3D Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2012
Excellent Work!!!
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Torpedo585 Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I don't always blip over to the stories but wouldn't mind reading more of them here on :devart: ;)
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Schizophreak3D Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I agree with you, Torqual.

Do a "blow-by-blow comic book style" story is a VERY HEAVY work,,,

:)
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Torqual3D Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It is. Too much. I now prefer the Ciara's Egyptian Nightmare style, to put text below and just one picture for every major event.
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