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MollyFootman 9:58AM | Thu, 29 September 2022
I wish I could figure out a way to produce the Ghost without rendering the picture twice! XD I love the character of Grace, too.
Radar_rad-dude 12:24AM | Thu, 29 September 2022
A most intriguing chapter! Makes me want to find out what happens next! Marvelous work on this one, Molly!
MollyFootman 10:01AM | Thu, 29 September 2022
Thank you, Rad! Such a comment is music to a tale teller's ears. =)
perpetualrevision 4:08PM | Thu, 29 September 2022
I'm glad Lena and Gregor are feeling optimistic about the conversation, but I'm kinda curious why the Professor didn't pick up on the fact that Lena seemed to sense Grace? Or is she so used to seeing Grace herself that she forgot that no one else should be able to see her (since Lena was apparently looking directly at her a few times). I'm guessing Dorotea will tell her sister about the apparition in the bathroom, which might help Elizabeth connect the dots, particularly once Grace also speaks to her.
As for rendering the ghost, do you really have to render the entire scene twice? Why not just render Grace separately (by herself) and composite her onto the scene? Or at the very least, just do an area render around her and mask out the edges (along with what you're doing to make her semi-transparent)? She looks fabulous, but I can understand why you'd want to make the process a bit faster!
MollyFootman 2:54PM | Sat, 01 October 2022
The area render is a good idea... certainly I have to quit rendering the entire scene twice. It works very well for compositing but is so time consuming.
Now as to the story, my thought about the Professor is that she so firmly believes (due to a lot of experience) that only she can see Grace unless the ghost really exerts herself to be seen it never occurs to her that it's Grace that's distracting Lena. Good pick up, I didn't want to say it right out but I figured anyone who's really reading the story would pick up on that. It's very pleasing to know you are reading me that closely. =D
anniemation 7:52PM | Thu, 29 September 2022
Great story! Is Lena a sensitive? Can Gregor see the ghost?
MollyFootman 2:55PM | Sat, 01 October 2022
Gregor definitely cannot see the ghost unless the ghost expends energy to appear to him (same with Dorotea). I'm delighted that you are picking up on the idea that Lena can see ghosts whether they want to be seen or not! =)
JoeJarrah 8:53AM | Fri, 30 September 2022
Another excellent instalment which shows off the setting to great advantage (I'd hate to be the one polishing those floors to such a high sheen!).
As far as rendering the ghost, I can't think of any better way to be able to control her transparency and not cast shadows than rendering her separately as a transparent PNG then compositing, as you have done... and what I do for holograms etc in skytown.
MollyFootman 2:57PM | Sat, 01 October 2022
Heh. Those floors are VERY shiny, yes. XD
Thanks for taking a moment to consider my compositing issues, Joe. It wouldn't bother me at all if rendering was instantaneous but as we all know... not so much! >.<
RodS 2:23PM | Fri, 30 September 2022
A great addition to the story, Molly! And the artwork is great as well. I think that ghost need to go whisper into someone's ear in Moscow..
As far as the ghost, compositing is probably the best way to go. But you should be able to place her in the scene, then go to the material room, and set the transparency there. Of course, with the figure, you have almost 30 things to set the transparency on, plus whatever she's wearing. That would be more of a pain than doing a separate render, and compositing!
MollyFootman 3:00PM | Sat, 01 October 2022
I'm glad you enjoyed it, Rod. I'd send Grace to Moscow in a minute if I thought it would help. XD
Thanks to taking a moment to consider my compositing question. If I ever come up with a better solution (as you say messing with transparency during rendering would be a TERRIFIC pain) I'll be sure to share it.
MollyFootman 10:41AM | Mon, 10 October 2022
Thank you so much for the encouragement, my dear! <3
jdwtrxk 5:11PM | Sun, 02 October 2022
Like the pacing - keeping the reader asking questions while receiving answers is always a good plan!
MollyFootman 10:42AM | Mon, 10 October 2022
Thanks, JD. I worry over my writing as much as I do over my art and positive feedback is always appreciated (negative feedback, too, although I don't smile as much XD).
Annerose 10:04AM | Wed, 05 October 2022
You hit the transparency of the ghostly Grace very well! I hope nothing will happen to Vladlena, the arm of the Kremlin is long ...
MollyFootman 10:44AM | Mon, 10 October 2022
Thank you for your comment, Anne. I always love hearing from you. I agree that Vladlena is not safely out of the reach of Kremlin operatives. I am delighted that you are reading closely and thinking about all the story possibilities. <3