Write Like You're Running Out of Time

Poser Portraits posted on Mar 25, 2022
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In the musical, "Hamilton," Burr asks Hamilton, "Why do you write like you're running out of time?" Of all people, you, sir, should know: because life is short! And Hamilton had a LOT he needed to say. ==AMY’S NOTES== My wife and I went to see "Hamilton" at the Buell Theater in Denver the other night (after having watched it on Disney+ a half dozen or so times), and during the song that line comes from, this "fan art" image popped into my head. As a writer and retired writing instructor, I can particularly relate to the urgency Hamilton must’ve felt to get his ideas onto paper! As y 'all know, I’m fairly new to doing portraits and still have a lot to learn, but this was a fun one to assemble b/c the parchment paper background and scattered papers were fairly obvious ideas. I do want to point out two things for the purists out there: (1) of course I know that Alexander Hamilton was not black, but he was played by a black actor in the stage performance I saw, and this fan art was inspired by that performance; and (2) I know that this outfit is not accurate, either to the stage performance or the historical period, but it was the closest thing M4 had in his closet! Rendered in March 2022 using Firefly in Poser Pro 11.3 for Mac at 1800 × 2250 pixels. Postwork in ON1 2020 Standalone. View full size on my blog. ==CREDITS== SCENE: Crate from Horse Stable Props by P3DA; book and paper from Faveral’s Opus Magnum; quill pen from Rosemill Astrometry by Ravnheart. CHARACTER: M4 with Michael 4 Textures 02 by Sarsa; Regency Outfit by Ravenhair with Sir Graham textures by HMG; hair is from P8 Ryan.

Comments (20)


Radar_rad-dude 1:23PM | Fri, 25 March 2022

This turned out quite fantastic! A great looking character and fantastic pose and setting! The message comes through very clearly! I thought immediately it must be Hamilton! Wonderful work! Many fine praises from me!!!!!

perpetualrevision 12:17PM | Sat, 26 March 2022

Thank you! I'm glad you "recognized" it as a Hamilton homage before you read my description!


kelchris3 1:27PM | Fri, 25 March 2022

Wonderful portrait image!! I love the papers flying!! Really adds and completes this.

perpetualrevision 12:18PM | Sat, 26 March 2022

Thanks for the comment! The credit for adding more papers goes to my wife, though it was my idea for them to be flying around :-)


A_Sunbeam 2:32PM | Fri, 25 March 2022

Looks good - and has a sense of urgency!


Flint_Hawk 3:18PM | Fri, 25 March 2022

You have succeeded in every aspect of what you were trying to achieve! This is marvelous!

perpetualrevision 12:19PM | Sat, 26 March 2022

Thank you so much! I do wish I had a more Hamilton-esque outfit for M4, but then again, I've never used the Regency outfit, so now I have :-)


mazzam 6:11PM | Fri, 25 March 2022

Ver fine image. Wondering where the ink comes from.


CoolDimension 7:24PM | Fri, 25 March 2022

Excellent portrait! Great effects and posing!


eekdog 7:40PM | Fri, 25 March 2022

he looks like one who is in rush to jot down info.


poser4me Online Now! 8:00PM | Fri, 25 March 2022

Nice work, I say the ability for a person to portray someone they do not look like well is a good actor.


Davidvantol 9:26PM | Fri, 25 March 2022

Wow a awesome job on this : )

perpetualrevision 12:19PM | Sat, 26 March 2022

Thank you so much for the comment, Davidvantol!


madame 5:03AM | Sat, 26 March 2022

What a marvellous character, great posing and rendering work... wonderful portrait !!

perpetualrevision 12:29AM | Tue, 29 March 2022

Thanks so much for the comment, madame! I don't usually do portraits, but this one was fun to put together :-)


Diemamker 6:53AM | Sat, 26 March 2022

To me this looks great... keep them coming.


uncollared 7:02AM | Sat, 26 March 2022

Love the textures and setting. Great work


MollyFootman 9:35AM | Sat, 26 March 2022

The picture is a very strong character portrait and stands well by itself although I very much enjoyed learning what had inspired it. I'm with Kellie regarding the flying papers: it's a detail that speaks to the urgency to write so eloquently! =)

On a totally irrelevant side note, doesn't it drive you nuts that most conforming clothing for dear M4 has weirdly rounded shoulders? XD As someone who has never attempted to create conforming clothing I admit I have my nerve.... =P

I really enjoy viewing work like this, Amy. It gives me ideas! Thank you for sharing!


perpetualrevision 12:16PM | Sat, 26 March 2022

Thank you for the comments, Molly! I know what you mean about M4's clothing being round in the shoulders, but I think the culprit isn't the clothing as much as the rigging it's trying to match. I have a few M4 clothing items that look better around the shoulders, and I'm pretty sure those content creators put a lot of effort into modifying how the collar and shoulder joints work on the clothing with custom JCMs. I've messed around with that a bit for conforming clothing items I've made for Nursoda's people, and it's a lot of work!

M4's shoulders (and thigh bends) have been the bane of many a content creator! I totally lucked out in this portrait b/c the gawd-awful right thigh bend just happened to be hidden by his pose :-)


Jean_C 11:58AM | Sat, 26 March 2022

A very beautiful scene in the old time, great work!


donnena 4:44PM | Sat, 26 March 2022

what a wonderful image and graceful reminder our time is limited!
Superb job!

perpetualrevision 12:31AM | Tue, 29 March 2022

Thank you so much :-) I do sometimes feel compelled to render like I'm running out of time! (Dear Universe: that is NOT a hint.)


UteBigSmile 4:54PM | Sat, 26 March 2022

Estonishing great looking image and writings dear Amy, love especialy this sepia version and also these flying papers!


MeInOhio 7:38PM | Sat, 26 March 2022

Well, it came out very nice! Love all the pages scattered about.

perpetualrevision 12:32AM | Tue, 29 March 2022

Thanks! I certainly hope the actual Hamilton was a bit more organized with his writings than my fictional version apparently is! I actually went looking for samples of Hamilton's handwriting to use on the pages, but it turns out what was already on them is close enough. Just don't look too closely or you'll see he's writing the same two pages over and over :-)


daggerwilldo 7:34PM | Sun, 27 March 2022

A sensational post and a message we could all apply to whatever it is we love to do !!!!!

perpetualrevision 12:34AM | Tue, 29 March 2022

Thanks so much for the comment, dag! And yes, I definitely had the idea of "render like you're running out of time" in the back of my mind as I was making this. It wasn't until I saw your message from The Galactic Management that I realized how true that is!! :-)


anniemation 5:46AM | Thu, 31 March 2022



Inawati 6:43AM | Sat, 02 April 2022

Excellent pose and image.

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