Girls From T.N.A: Breitlenger Jar: Ch 6 Page 42 by RodS ()
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OK – here we go…. There will be one more page in Chapter 6.
Hopefully this isn’t too dark – I wanted the overall mood to be somewhat dark, as things are about to take a darker turn.
The cloaks – other than the main character’s – were all painted by hand as I had nothing suitable in my runtimes. That is, before Photoshop started acting stupid…
I’ve spent the last two days going back and forth with Adobe.. My CC Libraries panel (with all my pre-defined assets such as page styles and frames, text styles and colors, and so on) refuses to load, and I keep getting some kind of ‘Node.js’ error that pops up about every 2 seconds. This is on my main Photoshop machine – the one I just rebuilt a few months ago. I get much the same on my laptop with Photoshop on it. Thankfully, I have Photoshop on my DAZ machine as well, and everything seems to be working fine on that system, so I ended up assembling this page on that machine. I hope everything looks OK.
None of this happened before the last updates from both Adobe and Microsoft. Seems to me if these damn software companies could get their S##T right in the first place, they wouldn’t have to put out updates every 2 weeks to fix crap that should have been found in testing. I know they have to keep updating to keep things secure from hackers, but it defeats the purpose when the updates cause more problems than the hackers do.
Anyway, despite the software muck-ups, I hope to get the next page up soon. Then there will be a short break, as I (once again) reconfigure everything for Chapter 7.
As always, thank you all so much for all your wonderful comments, support, and friendship! You make it worth all the hassles with uncooperative software, persnickety machines, and bone-headed “support” idiots..
Hope everyone has a great new week!
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Well, I quite liked this, Rod! It gives a slightly sinister mystery here that I don't think we'll want to miss when it comes Wonderful illustrations and writing! And great painting too
Mmmm, you don't have "Sshodasan's Cloak"? Is that how you spell it? It's dynamic.
Outstanding page, Rod. A dark scene for dark times. One thing that bothers me, is the dark powers he is referring to. It makes wonderful he he hasn't discovered a means to contact the Unseelie Court. If this is the case, then Fae Valley is going to have to ramp up the army.
I think a lot of software problems started when they went to subscription services. Now they are lazy and instead of a completed product, they just put something and say, no biggy, we'll fix it on the fly. Anyway, cool chapter, I like the darkness.
Dark, but that's always fine. The cloaks look terrific, if you hadn't said anything I wouldn't have even noticed. (you are talented on many levels) The skull candle on the table in the first frame is awesome, the reflection is spooky. Details like that make this an awesome read.
The developments are getting thick, someone needs to find an answer on the attacks. Dang man your story and work on your series just gets better. Wonder where this summer heading and how much worse will it get? You are vastly knowledgeable about computer software.
Awesome images and story lines, Rod! Outstanding work my friend, I love the mystery feel to your story!
There's a way to revert from a buggy update. You could right-click on a folder in Windows Explorer then choose Properties and then Previous Versions then you can select and earlier version but you should always backup because there's no undo revert if you're doing this... there's also the Restore System to an earlier date option in Windows but be careful with that, you could lose all the newly stored files on your harddrive.
'Hmmmmm'...I'm thinking.....this new chapter seems to have a very dark and sinister look about it......I like that....it gives this story an 'air of mystery'........very interesting!!!! This is getting sooo interesting......can't wait to see what happens next!! Awesome work Rod!!! I likey!! 'lol'!
a spooky, laden installment, filled with ominous signs and forebodings...your head man here---I was going to call him 'monk'---is a fierce, scary character. If we've seen him before, I don't remember him well enough to recognize him. (My on-and-off presence on RR doesn't help with continuity, unfortunately.) And you hand painted these gowns? You did a fine job, Rod. I don't know how it's done (do you paint it first, then make it "3D" so you can manipulate it? Or do you paint it inside 3D? Even my questions may be screwy...) And he has the look of a stern man in his cheekbones and his hair. Nice job all around.
His solicitation of officers---all in frocks and hoods---is laden too: We know there's a lot at stake in his solicitations. (And it's spooky to hear "my lord" in a 21st C meeting.) The doctor looks a bit like Snowden, and I like that he's got things ready for future evil...Then you end with an old medieval text, which brings us back to the ancient roots of this cabal---very effective, esp with a modern skyline behind. (I tried to read that book---and it says "Hirodoti", which is a form of "Herodotus"---the author of one of the first ancient histories from Ancient Greece. I don't know that that matters, as you probably used whatever medieval manuscripts were available to you ((not sure how much choice there is)), but it's a very, very old text, and I like that it adds an ancient mystery to your tale.)
Yeah, it's dark, but you want that; it feels like a very secret meeting as a result. And I like the reddish-tinted light you cast across the frames. Sweet first frame too, with a dark, dark table lit by a skull candle, w/ some mysterious carafes (and even a stein of beer!), with the 'big board' behind. (Everytime I see a board like that, I think of Dr. Strangelove.) Then you take us to his office, and the luminous globe is mysterious due to the dark light. Very effective; and by creating such a change of pace at this moment of your tale, you've prepared us for a change (which you signal is coming). More thought out, very fine, and beautifully realized work from you.
I agree about updates making things as bad as they make things good. (And wouldn't it be nice if hackers ceased to exist, so no one would have to compensate for them?) If they changed the sun that often, we'd all move to pluto...best of luck, friend, hope you get it sorted out.
As a low key guy I may be biased but I thought the scenes' illumination were fine and perfect for the mood and tone. In fact the low-level light enhanced the scenes and did not detract at all. A LOT of detailed work went into this. As the Evil of all evil once observed, "Impressive. Most impressive." :-)
It’s not dark; it’s where the story takes you. As you know my story has taken a dark turn also. There’s something off with your big badie’s face, I’m not sure but it doesn’t seem to be quit right. The balance seem to be off. Was it a purchased character?
Great job, I would never have thought the cloaks were painted. Awesome! I like the mood and the world building. The attacks on the bad guys have them worried - excellent.
Steve mentioned that he had some Node.js issues and for him, quitting the Creative Cloud app (and not having it launch when the computer starts) seems to have done the trick.