Aureliaâ€™s Tempting My initial plan was to use DAZ Studio to create a Caravaggio-style image. As you see it did not quite work out. The colours were not as desired, being too bright and the entire picture did just not â€œfeelâ€ as intended. However I was happy with the light-dark contrast and generally like the picture as it is. So I will retain this and have another go at a Caravaggio-style image on a different topic.
The topic that I chose to represent came from the back story of my novel-in-progress. It is the scene where a character named Aurelia (twin sister of Portentia) decides to abandon her heritage as a Gnosian while experiencing her â€œTemptingâ€. The Gnosianâ€™s are a witch-breed with a distinct religion and they keep themselves separate from the general community of Shade. For this reason they wear masks when outside of their fortress-city of Shushtar. A â€œtemptingâ€ is a rite of adulthood where Gnosians spend 40 days among the general population of Shade before deciding their own future. Displaying her semi-naked is a visual metaphor. It strengthens the image of her taking off the mask and abandoning her Gnosian heritage and, by association, her Gnosian morality. Later she becomes quite the seductress and goes on to spawn my villain. I have her staring into the eyes of the mask held out before her as if contemplating her decision. All the models used in this picture were purchased from www.daz3d.com. About half were free. For those interested, here are some screen shots of how I set up the scene in DAZ Studio.
Posts I like and Blogs I follow
Todayâ€™s task in Blogging101 is to follow five new posts and blogs. The fact is, I already follow a fairly large number based upon diverse interests and I add to this list on most days. So rather than make a paltry little list of blogs that I follow, I will provide the criteria of what makes me decide to follow a blog.
I think one key thing is that the writerâ€™s character appeals to me for some reason. Iâ€™m not particularly fond of people on soap-boxes (however good the cause) nor of people who whinge and whine. I want to read the thoughts of people who are passionate about their topic in a joyful sense, or who simple enjoy life or who can make me laugh. Often people who write travel blogs, creative blogs and even science/technology blogs demonstrate these characteristics. Yes, I do follow some blogs where the blogger does nothing but post an artwork every day or so. These donâ€™t thrill me as much, but if the art is worthy then I will follow.
Lastly I follow the blogs of people who take the effort to contribute to my blog by posting comments. This latter is not a reciprocal arrangement or politeness on my part. I do it because I figure that anyone who wants to initiate a conversation regarding something that I have posted must therefore share some common ground with me and also be the type of participatory person I will enjoy.
Thanks for reading this today.