13 - Odd Couple - final planning

Poser Fantasy posted on May 16, 2022
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The odd couple and their new companion, Sir Squeaker, slept through the heat of the afternoon and into the late evening at a camp Jorl quickly built. After the sun set, Jorl kindled a fire to make soup of fowl the cat girl brought back from a brief hunting sortie. While the soup simmered Sir Squeaker examined the scroll he was to place within the thorax of the Iron Golem guarding the Royal Crypt. "Hmm," he hemmed as he examined the text. "Unfortunately I don't speak much Elvish..." "Wait a moment!" Jorl sputtered. "You can read!?!" "Of a certainty. Most everyone can, no?" "Well I can't so tell me what you understand that scroll to say, Squeaker," the cat girl purred amiably. Jorl sighed. "So I have nae reading skills. I bring other skills to the table." The rat glanced Jorl. "As you say. We'll need your combat skills and," the little rat considered his next words and finally settled on, "Leadership talent!" Jorl harrumphed but accepted the flattery at face value. The rat continued, "Now again, it's mostly Elvish and my Elven vocabulary is limited but it seems to say that if the scroll is successfully placed within the Golem's thorax it will turn to stone." "Stone, eh?" Jorl considered. "Like as a statue, then. We can 'andle that." Squeaker nodded. "I think I'll have to have you tie this around my neck so I'm free to move quickly. I'll enter the crypt first and when you follow a bit later and the Golem comes out, I'll scamper up it's leg and into the thorax and settle the scroll in it's heart." "Just make sure you move quickly. I've no desire to dance with that Golem again!" the cat girl exclaimed. Molly's art notes: Set up and rendered in Poser 12.0.757 with Superfly Cycles 2 and tweaked in Photoshop for a bit of glow (spectral bloom) and vignette. I'm getting better with night scenes and having a roaring fire helps. ;) (Wink) I struggled with how tight to pull in the camera and may have left it with too wide a view. I guess finding Sir Squeaker will be a little like playing "Where's Waldo?". The catgirl is A3 using some very old material from DAZ I was reminded of some time ago by Mazzam. The textures haven't aged well and I messed with them to try to give the impression of fur rather than plastic (the hair was the worst >.<). The Dwarf is by Sixus1 and is available at Renderosity. Squeaker is from Poser software and is part of the Toon World bundle. The setting has components by Second Bastion.

Comments (13)


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Darkglass 2:40PM | Mon, 16 May 2022

Brilliant scene..and a quality piece of lighting...think the field of view is fine any closer and you would lose all that lovely β€œnatural” feeling ambient light.....found Sir Squeaker, front and centre..just where he should be..quality dialogue / storytelling...always a pleasure...!!

MollyFootman 11:11AM | Wed, 18 May 2022

Your comment is very helpful! It certainly alleviates my worries about how I framed this scene, DG. I hope you will continue to enjoy this story! =)

Molly

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perpetualrevision 6:41PM | Mon, 16 May 2022

I love that the rat is the only one who can read! Hopefully his limited Elvish isn't too far off of what the scroll actually says. Like DG, I like the camera angle here, as it establishes their location, feels cozy, and makes it easy to see the three main characters. I can see Sir Squeaker pretty easily, but I always zoom into images using a trackpad gesture on my Mac. He's also quite easy to see if you click the "open full image in new tab" button and click to enlarge to full size. He looks rather cute holding that little scroll :-) It sounds like Jori's estimation of the rat might be going up just a tad bit?

MollyFootman 11:15AM | Wed, 18 May 2022

Thanks, Amy. You and Darkglass have really relieved my anxiety regarding how I framed this image. I am coming to really enjoy Sir Squeaker and he recognizes that the best way to befriend the gruff dwarf is with flattery. XD

I'm now working on a version of the scroll that I can tie around the little rascal's neck for the next few pictures. >.< Fortunately, I've got several likely bits of content; just need to buckle down! =)

Molly

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mifdesign 9:01PM | Mon, 16 May 2022

Unbelievable outstanding fabulous awesome, brilliant composition and render.
Magnificent Masterpiece of Finest Arts. I love it!
That's ma girl! Luv ya!πŸ˜ŠπŸ’–πŸ₯°

MollyFootman 11:16AM | Wed, 18 May 2022

Glad to be your girl, Marius! XD

Molly

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jdwtrxk 9:45PM | Mon, 16 May 2022

Think the rat's gonna be running this outfit...:)

Like the glow from the fire. Soft, warm light bring out the best in features - toons or real.

MollyFootman 1:19PM | Wed, 18 May 2022

Thank you for your helpful and encouraging comment about the light from the fire, JD.=)

I think Sir Squeaker has more leadership potential than Jorl but is smart enough to flatter the grumpy dwarf to keep the peace. XD

Molly

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eekdog 10:27PM | Mon, 16 May 2022

they need to break out a pipe and smoke a bit in this warm calm atmo. What's for dinner?

MollyFootman 1:20PM | Wed, 18 May 2022

Heh. Dinner would be some soup from the cauldron and I'm sure Jorl would agree that a pipe after dinner would be perfect. Thanks for the comment, my dear! =)

Molly

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A_Sunbeam 1:07AM | Tue, 17 May 2022

Lovely lighting and colours - and great story!

MollyFootman 1:21PM | Wed, 18 May 2022

I'm so glad you are enjoying the story and like how this picture came out! Thank you for the very encouraging comment! =)

Molly

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kelchris3 8:08AM | Tue, 17 May 2022

Another great image and story. Love the firelight and lighting :)

MollyFootman 1:22PM | Wed, 18 May 2022

Thanks, Kellie. Daylight is easier but this came out rather well (if I do say so myself and I do!XD ). I'm very glad you are enjoying the story. =)

Molly

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anniemation 3:11PM | Tue, 17 May 2022

What a great scene! Lighting is perfect. Looks like they are in the planning stages.

MollyFootman 1:23PM | Wed, 18 May 2022

Yes, it's certainly the last stages of planning, Annie. =)

I think the next picture will be "go time". XD

Molly

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rocdan 4:00AM | Wed, 18 May 2022

AWESOME LITTLE SCENE WONDERFUL ATOMS AND LIGHT EXCELLENT

MollyFootman 1:23PM | Wed, 18 May 2022

Thank you for such kind encouragement! I really appreciate it!

Molly

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Radar_rad-dude 5:21PM | Wed, 18 May 2022

Most exciting developments and plans! Wonderful dialogue and most excellent illustration! A tip of the hat and many fine kudos from me to you!

MollyFootman 9:38PM | Thu, 19 May 2022

Thanks, Rad! I always enjoy hearing from you and am proud to have earned your kudos! =)

Molly

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mifdesign 5:10PM | Thu, 19 May 2022

With all due respect, you are a greatest Artist and a wonderful soul. I hope I haven't said anything rude, I was just thrilled about your top-notch skills.πŸ˜ŠπŸ’–πŸ₯°

MollyFootman 9:37PM | Thu, 19 May 2022

Rude? Heaven's no! You are so very kind and enthusiastic about my work and I am always glad to hear from you, Marius. I enjoyed it when you referred to me as "your girl" recently. I took it to mean you are proud to know me! =)

Molly

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mifdesign 1:41PM | Sat, 21 May 2022

That's exactly what I was meant to say, I'm very proud of you, indeed.πŸ˜ŠπŸ’–πŸ₯°

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UteBigSmile 4:53PM | Sat, 28 May 2022

Your last image of this series of images looks very nice again, I like it very much! I thank you for all your visits and comments and I take this opportunity to wish you a nice weekend.

MollyFootman 4:58PM | Sat, 28 May 2022

You have a nice weekend, also, Ute. Thank you for the comment.

Molly

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