Merpal Needs a Nap

Poser Sea/Undersea posted on May 20, 2022
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Merpal is about ready to curl up on her comfy clamshell bed to take a much needed nap! ==AMY’S NOTES== Even though I have a couple of nice undersea environments, it’s kind of fun to play with these backgrounds, esp. for the more stylized kinds of figures I tend to prefer. This one also stretched my Photoshop skills a bit to make the coral and anemone in the foreground have the kind of soft feel of similar elements in the background (using techniques I picked up from a few of Sveva’s tutorials). I also always enjoy any opportunity to play with the adorable Merpal! Rendered in May 2022 using Firefly in Poser Pro 11.3 for Mac at 2800 × 3600 pixels. View full size on my blog. ==CREDITS== SCENE: Background from Aquatica by Sveva. 3D Underwater Fauna: African Cichlids (fish) by ShaaraMuse. Coral and anemone by Traveler. CHARACTER: Merpal figure by Nursoda.

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Comments (20)


Radar_rad-dude 7:24PM | Fri, 20 May 2022

Fascinating character and creation! A most wondrous environment and splendid realization for this character set! Bravo!


Gisela 7:48PM | Fri, 20 May 2022

You did very good Amy. Nice set up.

perpetualrevision 7:50PM | Mon, 30 May 2022

Thanks so much! This background with the clamshell made the idea of it being a bed come easily :-)


kelchris3 10:21PM | Fri, 20 May 2022

Beautiful image !!!!

OmniFX 11:27PM | Fri, 20 May 2022

Great underwater scene. Excellent aquatic background and fun looking character!

perpetualrevision 7:51PM | Mon, 30 May 2022

Thanks so much for the comment! Merpal is a neat character, and I'm glad I had another chance to use her!


poser4me 12:42AM | Sat, 21 May 2022

You pilled it off nicely. I need to do underwater scenes, but I feel a little intimidated.

perpetualrevision 7:56PM | Mon, 30 May 2022

Thanks so much! This scene and the one I posted before it were done using backgrounds, which makes it pretty easy, but there are some nice underwater environments, like 2nd World's Underwater Wonders and Cybertenko's Captain Nemo's Hunting Grounds. Both come with lights that help with caustics, but I have no idea how either might work in Superfly. I love doing underwater scenes with environments and have gathered a lot of plants, seashells, fish, and so on to add to scenes, but setup always takes forever, so I'm really enjoying using these backgrounds for portraits!


uncollared 7:17AM | Sat, 21 May 2022

Long day of overseeing things in the ocean. Great character. Well done

perpetualrevision 7:59PM | Mon, 30 May 2022

Indeed! Thanks so much for the comment! Working on this image made me yawn a lot :-)


Paulienchen 7:18AM | Sat, 21 May 2022

Ein süßer Render


gerberc 8:29AM | Sat, 21 May 2022

Wonderful character and scene! Love the light (or postwork?) which beautifully mimics underwater caustics. Well done!

perpetualrevision 8:01PM | Mon, 30 May 2022

Thanks so much! The look of caustics comes from several sources: the background, Merpal's texture, and the lighting. I didn't add any in postwork, at least not on this image! :-)


MollyFootman 8:59AM | Sat, 21 May 2022

The posing and expression of Merpal is great; really cute and ready for a nap. I have messed with underwater and the caustics usually defeat me. This works great and the blending from the diffusely blurred background to the sharper foreground is very effective. Even the danged bubbles look good (bubbles are hard, trust me >.<).

Thanks for sharing, I really enjoyed viewing. I must return to efforts at submerging some of my characters. Eh. That didn't come out quite right. XD


perpetualrevision 8:07PM | Mon, 30 May 2022

Thanks so much for the comments, Molly! I've done a fair number of underwater scenes using full environments, and the lighting is definitely tricky, but I picked up a few things from studying the lighting that came with a couple of sets (including Cybertenko's Captain Nemo's Hunting Grounds and 2nd World's Underwater Wonders). For my purposes, the methods I've tried work pretty well (enough to satisfy me!), but of course they rely on Firefly lighting tricks so probably wouldn't work in Superfly.

It is kinda fun to imagine "submerging" your characters -- and your props! I've bought a bunch of stuff to go in undersea environments, like seashells, plants, fish, etc., but as someone else pointed out, you can put pretty much any prop underwater, which opens up all kinds of possibilities!


Flint_Hawk 10:18AM | Sat, 21 May 2022

You have certainly succeeded in blending the foreground elements with the softness of the background! Very impressive work! This is a fun scene!

perpetualrevision 8:09PM | Mon, 30 May 2022

Thanks so much! Shortly after I posted this, I realized I had already forgotten how I softened the foreground elements. So I opened up the PSD and was pleased to discover that I'd named the layers according to what I'd done. Phew!


eekdog 3:02PM | Sat, 21 May 2022

what a pleasant underwater adventure you made for us. now i need to get all those products.

perpetualrevision 8:11PM | Mon, 30 May 2022

Thanks so much! If you don't already have Merpal, she's a great addition to the Nursoda collection. I'm really enjoying these backgrounds b/c they let me focus on characters, without having to fuss quite so much over all the other details! I can't believe it took me this long to figure out how to render over a background :-)


UteBigSmile 2:27AM | Sun, 22 May 2022

Well that's a great & very sweet scene, looks fantastic, hope you have a great weekend and I wish you a good start for the new week, take care and stay healthy!


CoolDimension 4:53AM | Sun, 22 May 2022

Fantastic work! Great composition and elements!


Annerose 3:07PM | Sun, 22 May 2022

How cute - a tired mermaid :-)

perpetualrevision 8:11PM | Mon, 30 May 2022

Thanks! She makes me yawn every time I look at her :-)


miwi 9:07AM | Mon, 23 May 2022

very sweet Image,excellent done!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


enigma-man 3:40PM | Mon, 23 May 2022

Now I'm getting sleepy just looking at this... Nicely done.

perpetualrevision 8:16PM | Mon, 30 May 2022

Thanks for the comment! Working on this one kept making me want to yawn :-)


MeInOhio 9:52PM | Tue, 24 May 2022

Oh, how wonderful this is!

perpetualrevision 8:16PM | Mon, 30 May 2022

Thanks so much for the sweet comment! Glad you enjoyed Ms. Merpal :-)


mifdesign 5:17PM | Fri, 27 May 2022

Delightful and very cute composition. Superb render. Exquisite Artwork. I love it!

perpetualrevision 8:16PM | Mon, 30 May 2022

Thank you so much for the comment!


donnena 10:26AM | Sun, 29 May 2022

Delightful image!!


Annerose 2:32AM | Wed, 01 June 2022

Her face is very impressing! And thank you very much for the links :-), it is good to know how you can generate that amazing water caustics.

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