Ophelia Take Two by novelist ()
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I have been meaning to upload this for a while. It's a revised version of my first attempt at creating an image about Shakespeare's Ophelia. I liked the lighting and angle in this better than the first scene I uploaded. Any comments or suggestions are appreciated. It's still pretty much a work in progress. I am still learning Bryce and Vue, and just started teaching myself to use the free Sketch Up, too. So much software, so little time! I'm still trying to catch up on making comments, but hopefully this weekend, I'll make more steady progress. Thanks for looking.
Image Comments (24)
Love this image Love the colors too Also how you got the vegetation all around her I too like how you have got the lighting around her The entire render is soft and lovely Def a fav with me Sorry for not answering any ebots My cancer has came back and I am so sick' Only answering a few ebots when I can But this is definitely a fav Hugs Susan~
I think you have created a better focus with the lighting this time. The vignette helps that too. Her pose this time is more defiant and less haphazard (accident happening) - sort of "Do not go gently into that good night - rage, rage against the dying of the light". There is also a sense of inevitability about it. The water is a convincing horseman of death.
i really enjoyed them both, and even that i enjoy this one over your previous version (it is the pose and light in there which i like a lot), i enjoy your idea to create images and scenes after literature (and i'm always surprised how different the visions are each reader has), this is beautifully done!
I did like the first one, but this one feels better posed, more natural. The water flows about her more natural also. I like the warmer colors here, the first had a colder feel, which maybe suits the story better but I like the warmer over all feel. Wonderfully done, Cathy!
I understand the WIP, Ophelia is a very complex character who you could return to many times & see her differently each time. I agree with Rita about the earlier one being cooler, this being warmer. Though (and I'm sure Rita would agree), Shakespeare's best characters can be both, and maybe you needed to explore both with Ophelia. I, too, think this is more powerful than the first, even though I liked the first a lot. (Isn't it great to return to the same subjects & treat them more deeply the 2d time?) This Ophelia is surrounded by an intimate, almost cradling death--which is powerful because she's downing, and the surrounding might normally be viewed as 'hostile'. But you really got the play, because she doesn't pass in a 'hostile environment': She becomes the environment, she becomes one with the water & flowers & trees that she sinks into. I mean, being betrayed by nearly all the men she knew--most of all hamlet, who she idolized and who devastated her (with his madness & his "get thee to a nunnery" speech)--and having lost her beloved father--slain by Hamlet (ghastly)--and surrounded by other men who either plot, plod or do precious little, she has watched her whole world collapse & is too young to know what to do with it. No one is there to help her...so she becomes the flowers, streams & wind, embracing the one thing that hasn't betrayed her: nature. It's overwhelming. You've portrayed her that way, abandoned & sinking into a nook of water, which holds her and is gentle to her. And she reaches to the leaves as if to grab on one last time, but also to say goodbye (like she's waving). And her face isn't anguished but more confounded & resigned: I mean there's almost peace in her face, maybe because she's going to the one place that hasn't hurt her. So to me, you got her very poignantly. Lord, in a play filled with parents who betray & are betrayed, implied incest & "accidental" murders, Ophelia may be the one pure person in it. You caught her purity & surrender with great poignance, a very fine job Cathy, for a very difficult character. (Remember Hamlet saying, on hearing of her death: "I loved Ophelia: Forty thousand brothers could not, with all their quantity of love, make up my sum..." Well Hamlet, maybe if you'd thought about her a little more & your own madness a little less, she wouldn't have left you...Ophelia was caught in a terrible wrenching vortex...)