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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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:icontorqual3d:
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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Concavetummylover Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2012
Her exposed tummy looks succulent. I love women in peril with their tummies exposed.
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:icontorqual3d:
Torqual3D Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
From your name, this is not a surprise.
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Concavetummylover Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2012
Yea I guess it's pretty obvious. LOL
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twosheds1 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The lighting is fantastic! Actually, everything is fantastic, but the lighting really stands out.
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Torqual3D Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks, much appreciated. I did give the lighting a lot of thought.
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55HotGirlLover33 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2012
Great picture! wouldn't mind catching her snooping at my place.
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55HotGirlLover33 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2012
Great picture! Wouldn't mind catching her snooping at my place
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:icon55hotgirllover33:
55HotGirlLover33 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2012
great picture. wouldn't mind catching her snooping at my place
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:icon55hotgirllover33:
55HotGirlLover33 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2012
superb picture. Wouldn't mind catching her snooping at my place.
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STIKS-1969 Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2012
beautiful render !
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gytalf2000 Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2012
Wonderful pic! I love Amanda!
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:iconjetzig:
jetZig Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2012  Professional Photographer
Beautiful image! Well done. Respect. Lovely. And yes, reading stories, absolutely. Happy new year, stay creative!
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:icontorqual3d:
Torqual3D Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks - good to hear from you!
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jetZig Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2012  Professional Photographer
ur welcome ;-)
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odessa1952 Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2011
Cool & beautiful !
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Beltgag Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2011
Me I like more if there is a story.
And i've done like you: I decided that blow-by-blow comic book style is too heavy to produce (it's a pity but i have a work in real life too) and so I've already done a few times more narrative uploads with added images (or images with a narrative description added). The deviants seems to appreciate this way.
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SuikTwoPointOh Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2011
Raising the bar for 3D art yet again. Beautiful image!
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ayames Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2011
You can really tell that's it's a great, high quality render. Did you use the image as a lightsource or did you light the scene using invisible lights? Either way, she's a beautiful and high quality model :D!
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jsgumby Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2011
Wow, this is a beautiful picture.
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:iconbobko:
BobKO Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2011
It pays off! Image looks great! very realistic!
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ElJosueLight Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
She turned out great! c:

That's a long time for a render. Did you have it set to create a high resolution render or was the time just because of the many lights--or maybe a combo of both? xD

Did you render Amanda with the background or did you add the background in photoshop or another software?

Sorry for the two questions--I'm still learning Poser/Daz stuff so xD
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Torqual3D Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The background was loaded into the scene using Edit/Backdrop. Getting everything lined up and looking convincing requires setting the right height, angle, focal length for the camera.

The render time was about 10x anything I have done before. I think it's partly due to Amanda's hair model which is an extremely high quality one. This in combination with UberEnvironmentLight2 and five raytraced lights was what took so long. It was basically raytracing each hair, it seems.
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ElJosueLight Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
I've never really tried an actual scene yet--basically, I just render the person. xD Those camera settings seem a bit confusing at times. I've noticed, too, like with raytracing options and "complex" lights that the render time increases. I have a set of lights I bought and I think they some sort of texture within them, so anything rendered with those takes a little longer.
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Torqual3D Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Check out this really good [link] tutorial. It really got me started. You'll be producing excellent lit scenes very quickly.
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Valdayana Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2011
Just dropping in a note to say that yes, I did read your stories too, and I do enjoy them just as I enjoy the images. I don't write a lot of comments, I'm clearly too shy for that, but put me down as all for more narrative along with the images. Reading about Amanda having a drugged drink or Penelope being zapped by the electric fence is just as exciting for me as seeing the pictures, when the writing is well-done, as it is when you do it!
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Torqual3D Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you that is SO nice of you to say. And no need to be shy. I will be posting 'Amanda Jones in the Library' very soon and I hope you look out for it and let me know what you think.
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Blades-123 Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nice use of the photo in the backround, cool image.:)
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Torqual3D Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks :-) What's funny is that the story text was based on this image, which I took for reference.
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Lurkndog Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2011
Good thing she wasn't caught snooping around by Nicole Green!

As others have said, that is a gorgeous background. That could be the study in my dream house.

Amanda looks fantastic, and the foreground and background match up very well.

As for text narrative vs. comic book style, I'll say that I find it disruptive to switch back and forth between text and comics, unless the illustrations are at a natural breaking point like a chapter break. Perhaps you could try to fit the storyline into fewer frames? Or break the story up into chapters of maybe 15 frames each, so that you get the feeling of completion, and a resting point, without having to run a marathon?
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Torqual3D Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's all very logical but here's the thing. A lot of preparation goes into the characters and sets so that, just to use them for a few frames often seems like a waste. The next problem is around picking up a story again after I have dropped it. That's very difficult. When I get into a character or a storyline I will work on it extremely aggressively, which is a great thing, but often I get too ambitious and get tired of it before it's completed.

There are always new characters and stories to explore.

With my old stories, Amanda in the Mansion and the Library (to be posted soon) plus Penelope's Mission, I have such a clear vision of the scenes that I feel I could do these as one-offs in just about any order, as the inspiration takes me. So that's what I am thinking of anyhow.
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evanlawrence Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nice act!!
Great animation
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monsieurpaul Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Truly superb man !
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TheBookie Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2011
I enjoy prose stories more than just pictures, but that's just me.
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:icontorqual3d:
Torqual3D Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Good! Have you read Amanda or Penelope's story, in the Literature folder of my Gallery?
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TheBookie Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2011
Most definitely. And both are pretty damn good.
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:icontorqual3d:
Torqual3D Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Keep watching for Amanda's next story, coming soon.
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SquallLion1 Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
amazing!
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Torqual3D Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks
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SquallLion1 Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:)
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UnderwoodComics Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Nice work. I hope we'll get to see more of Amanda again.
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