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Rachel drags Amanda inside by Torqual3D Rachel drags Amanda inside by Torqual3D
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If you want to know what's happening, read Part 8 of the story, Outfoxed, here [link]

I don't mind admitting that this picture took me over a week: two days designing the pose; a day building the set; a day putting the lighting together (rendered it over 40 times) then half a day of post work.

...And I am still not sure whether I am happy with the result! This is the problem when you spend a week staring at a picture: it loses impact.

Anyhow, I'm considering doing an alternative angle of the scene, with Amanda completely barefoot, and will do it if this picture manages to collect 100 favourites in the next week. :-) Until then I will be hopefully working on writing the next parts of the story.

Note to self - outdoor/night-time scenes are hell to light!! Avoid!
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This scene has a dramatic feel to it, and the characters' poses in the scene look very natural. Rachel's furtive glance behind her, her low posture as she drags her victim inside, and the positioning of her feet relative to the front step contribute to the believability of the scene.

Amanda's pose is convincing too, with her shoulders high as Rachel's arms support her. Her arms hanging limply at her sides, and her head lolling back against Rachel, indicate that she is unconscious.

Rachel's backward glance (which could have been directed at the floor--more on that later) combine with sharp shadows and Amanda's shoes falling off her feet as she's dragged along create a sense of danger, haste and the fear of detection.

The incandescent light from the house creates a sense of (artificial) warmth and clearly sets the indoor lights apart from the blue cast of the night.

The clothing has been fitted very carefully, and there is very little to suggest pokethrough or ill-fitting clothes, a common hurdle in 3D character illustration.

I have one last comment about Rachel looking backward. It would have been possible to have her looking down at the steps or the body she is dragging, since it is awkward to navigate steps while carrying someone, especially backwards. In its current form, Rachel's gaze and narrowed eyes contribute to the treacherous atmosphere of the shot, and it's hard to decide if the image would actually be improved by changing that detail to what I consider a more realistic alternative.

Vision: 4.5
The execution supports the idea. Sharp shadows, exterior night light, and lots of detail show that the frame was well planned. I might have liked some more intense shadows that were not connected with the bodies.

Originality: 4.5
DiD is a common theme, so I have a hard time saying that this shot is especially original. Because of its execution, though, it distinguishes itself.

Technique: 5
The image looks right. It tells a story, without distracting technical problems. It stands out with its realistic poses, which take into account the characters' movement through the environment.

Impact: 4.5
The shadows give a strong effect and the viewer sees the situation and perceives the atmosphere. Rachel looks back with narrow, sneaky eyes while the lost shoes suggest the possibility of a rescue. The image is full of motion. I just feel like there is something more that could be done to take it over the top (yes, even more than the shoes) and earn it 5 stars for this category. If it had such an element, I think I would've given it 5 stars in all categories.

Very well done.
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pistaccio2000 Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2014
a gorgeous dragging scene. I love the sensual touch of the woman grabbing her armpits and the way the shoes have come off as the feet are dragged along the ground. super.
Mosby1865 Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2014
Understandable that the lighting was hard to handle -- but you pulled it off quite well!

I may have to use this one as a pose reference for the story I am currently working on.
Triple-Zed Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
These two images are probably my favourites among your gallery. The lighting in the other one is what I really liked, on the curled-fingered-hand. Here.. it's how the heels slip off her feet. I just love the composition.
Torqual3D Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks, I remember this one taking a long time, so it's great that there are still people out there appreciating it.
seline-chlora Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2013
this scene is one of my favorites...the kidnapper looks very sensual with such a top and the victim's exposed nyloned feet and nylon control top peeking out of the shorts is a beautiful detail! :)
Torqual3D Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks, I really toiled over this one, in fact I remember it taking several days.
seline-chlora Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2013
several days that were definitely worth it ;)
wolfgang480 Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2013
Outstanding. The shoe off, other one almost off with dark stocking toes makes it for me. Rachel will have to go back to retrieve them soon!
Torqual3D Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
She does :-)
Lord-Storm Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2013
Another great render in keeping with back story it goes hand in hand with portraying what the words are saying
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