Shelley's Fashion Shoot - and an Apology.. by RodS ()
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I put this together a little while ago.. Shelley wanted to get some shots in her lovely new dress, and how could I possibly refuse? The background is a free photo from Unsplash.
As to the apology... I know I've been a little spotty here lately, and I do apologize. I've been fighting off one of the most stubborn cases of depression I can ever remember. It seems to be tapering off now (with help from some quiet time, a little bit of getting out in the car, and a bit of just quiet meditation. And of course art). I know a lot of it has to do with being stuck in the house so much. We used to get out a few times each month to have dinner at a nice restaurant, but this damned pandemic has put a crimp in that for all of us.
I'm trying to get caught up on comments as well. I have to admit that I'm NOT a big fan of the "Activity Feed" - I much, much, much preferred getting the gallery ebots in my email. Haven't had them for around 3 months, and I haven't seen anything encouraging lately regarding their return. But it is what it is.. I'll try and do a better job with the Activity Feed.
I am working on the latest page in the TNA saga. The next couple of pages are proving to be a bit complicated, but I should have Page 13 done soon. Speaking of TNA... If anyone has joined late or mid-way through the story, I have started posting a "re-run" of the entire story from the first page onward on my DA and ArtStation galleries (links below). I may be doing the same on my FB and Twitter later in the new year, and a couple other places as well. I'm trying to get some new eyes on the story.
As we move forward to a new year, and - thankfully - a new start 'elsewhere,' I hope we can all start to see a little light on the horizon. Every night gives way to a dawn - the darkness will not hold sway forever. Stay strong and never ever give up!
Thanks for stopping by, and for all your awesome friendships, comments, support, and your own amazing artwork!
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Image Comments (30)
goldie () Online Now! 8:48PM | Mon, 28 December 2020
Very purdy, Rod...love that expression :) The only light I want to see comes on Jan 20. Try to get some sunlight--you do have that backyard, so pull up a chair and hang out for a spell...
Richardphotos () Online Now! 9:02PM | Mon, 28 December 2020
outstanding render Rod and she is gorgeous as her new threads. I have been going to a select few restaurants for food to go and eating at home. for sure the repo-blicans will block the $2000.00. I will be more depressed without it, but $600 is better than nothing
I'm actually enjoying the heck out of watching them squirm... Trump put them between a rock and a hard place with that $2000. If they vote for it, they'll get raked over the coals for increasing the national debt by a huge amount. If they vote against it, they'll get raked over for being a bunch of heartless bastards for not being willing to help all those who have been put into dire straits from the pandemic. They lose either way.
Of course it's the American people who have lost so much with this pandemic and all the idiotic nonsense coming from the current administration.
mifdesign () 9:28PM | Mon, 28 December 2020
A most fabulous hot, fascinating brilliant awesome composition and render. A magnificent Masterpiece of Fine Arts. I love it! The more can reach the eye-glueing TNA girls, the better. They are truly magic, everything from story to logic and posing, everything is a masterpiece of Art by itself. And with so many friends loving you that much, I just wouldn't even dare to think of that "dep..ing" word. Best wishes and you'd better remember we love you so much, my dear Rod! Not to mention you will have a lot of hard work to do and keep being creative. Hugs, Marius. 💖😍😘🎄🍸
Diemamker () 10:06PM | Mon, 28 December 2020
Yep, I know all to well about the D... suffering from it myself! I know how hard it is to shake off!.... Hey I know, we could go on another fun adventure with Ranpha and the others like last time... oh wait, I almost died that time... well at least it beats staying indoors. how about it?...
well anyways have a good one!
bakapo () 11:05PM | Mon, 28 December 2020
She's lovely. Her shiny red dress is festive and pretty, no wonder she wanted to show off. I love her flirty pose.
This staying home all the time is tough. It's hard to stay upbeat and there's not a whole lot to be cheery about. We're in this together, Rod, so hang on in there and find comfort and joy where ever you can. Stay safe and be well!
starship64 () Online Now! 1:29AM | Tue, 29 December 2020
Fantastic work. It's tough dealing with depression, but you're right that the light always returns in a little while and drives away the darkness.
ikke.evc () 2:07AM | Tue, 29 December 2020
She looks stunning! Dang, got to brew some raktajino, I'm useless for the moment.
Wolfenshire () Online Now! 6:48AM | Tue, 29 December 2020
The depression is certainly understandable, and doesn't need an apology. Hang in there buddy.
Kordouane () 9:11AM | Tue, 29 December 2020
She is very elegant Shelley, I also like the laurel flowers on the right side of the picture. Rods I hope you get better, this year has been so difficult for so many people. You don't imagine yourself to be fragile and it only takes a little bit on top of the global gloom to fall off. I'm glad to see you're talking about dawn after night. It's just, hopefully it won't last too long
eekdog () 9:22AM | Tue, 29 December 2020
keep your chin high Rod my friend. I also like a lot of us are suffering from mass depression cause of our current issues. so many mixed attitudes with people these days at the grocery stores. so no reason to apologize my friend. I think most of us understand that. Miss Shelley is looking so hot my eyes pop out at the monitor. cool bike rack and building. just know Rod that you are one of the most talented artist here at Rendo and we all enjoy your work. something to keep up your spirits my friend. 5++ on this beauty of a render. Happy New Year..
Darkglass () 10:55AM | Tue, 29 December 2020
Stunning character and scene..lovely colour tones throughout, always good to take some time for ones self...now and again...can sympathies with you never easy to push past depression, keep our head up and stay strong...Wishing you and yours health and prosperity and a happy new year..!!
JohnnyM () 11:49AM | Tue, 29 December 2020
The photo shoot with Shelly went well, I see! As for the apology...none needed Rod! Everyone occasionally needs to take step back and get a chance to gather their thoughts. I enjoy viewing your great works of art and will continue to look forward to your creative stories this coming year! You have my best wishes for a happy new year! May 2021 provide you with happier moments and the peace of mind that you so well deserve! :-)
mtdana () 12:59PM | Tue, 29 December 2020
Stunning character!!! Glad you artworks is still an outlet, it easy to go stir crazy - hang inn there RodS!!!
Desgar () 5:50AM | Wed, 30 December 2020
Shelley looks very elegant and sexy in red, Rod. You're far from alone with dealing with this depression. Let's hope 2021 is the beginning of the end for Covid.
Faemike55 () 11:24AM | Wed, 30 December 2020
She wears that dress quite well. It was nice talking to you.
g1tip () 12:37PM | Wed, 30 December 2020
Nice work, Rod !!!! Activity Feed ??? What's that? I've been going to the "Trending Galleries" to see what's new. So, I've been missing a lot of other uploads.
romangirl () 4:02PM | Wed, 30 December 2020
Magnificent! 2021 has to be better! I wish you the best!
UteBigSmile () 3:54PM | Thu, 31 December 2020
This is a wonderfully done piece of your Artworks dear Rod! Many thank's for spending also your precious time for looking and leaving a comment on my images! I wish you and yours a Happy and healthy New Year 2021, take care and stay safe..! 😊
miwi () 6:45PM | Sat, 30 January 2021
Wonderful image,very beautiful!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
anahata.c () 2:18AM | Mon, 01 February 2021
more catching up...when I first saw this (I saw it New Year's Eve, because I remember I wasn't going anywhere due to covid ((ugh)), and this picture picked me up quite a bit), I thought, this is studio work...or, better, the work of a studio photographer, only in a courtyard of some kind. Beautifully done and coordinated. There's a pink undertone in the stone, as well as reds in the bike and bike rack---all of which harmonize with that stunning dress on Shelley. You have a slight red tint to her skin too (and pink flowers in the foreground). This is the kind of coordination photographers work really hard for, and we have to remind ourselves that you did all this in your computer, not with a camera and props. That's what I mean about your effort---you really put a lot of yourself into an image (not to mention your multi-frame images). Shelley is also composed so classily in the image: Her knees curve right with the wheel of the bike, she bends slightly into the opening to the interior (with that deep buttery light inside), and her head is lined with the curves of the awning...stuff like this is intuitive, I realize, but it's wholly common in your work, and is the sign of a very experienced and intuitive artist/photographer. She's posed mysteriously: She's facing slightly left (our left), but turns to acknowledge us, with mystery and invitation. A hint of cunning in her gaze...you do these subtle things so well. A very enticing, sexy and beautiful pink-tinged image. It feels like a shot in a courtyard in Europe for a fancy fashion magazine...you said she wanted some shots in her new dress: You delivered with total panache.
(You leave terrific comments too Rod: I so appreciate them, as I did your comment today, with your wild and whacky description of what happened to this site---it's as good an explanation as I'VE seen, that's for sure. I appreciate all your comments, Rod. And you trained in chi-town? For the military? Or was it for work? (Why would anyone train for the military in chicago, I wonder? Unless they were in the navy, and wanted a lake...) Well, I'll tell you I've walked that neighborhood for years, and I never, ever, ever tire of it. I wish everyone should have areas that give that kind of joy. I wish I could send it along every day, when you're depressed (as you wrote about, above---no apology needed, btw!) My sister had depression---hers was severe, of course, but still depression---so I can appreciate how it effects anyone else who has it. But you exude a fountain of love and light even when you're down; and, for that, I am very grateful, along w/ many others. I hope the darkness gets so much better this year: You deserve it...but take heart in how much light you give here. It's a real gift...