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Posted: 29 December 2012 03:52 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 136 ]
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Here s my next and probably last

Tag: Gopherus #04
Laugh and the world laughs with you, cry and you cry alone

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Merbaby
V4 Elite Ethnic Faces
Song Bird Remix: Hawaii
Balloons

I guess i could also have said for the merBaby
Put your eggs in one basket and watch that basket (Mark Twain)
and the opposite saying for the poor owl

Special thanks for this one to Ken Gilliland for all his great models

 

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Posted: 29 December 2012 10:34 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 137 ]
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Thank you, Luci, for the kind words! I keep intending to do something similar, but I can never seem to ‘screw my courage to the sticking point’, as the Saying goes….  (I just Googled that saying, to find out where it came from, its origin; not even Google knows.  I just remember it from the song ‘Kill the Beast!’, from Disney’s Beauty and the Beast.)

Anyway, here’s my final draw:

1363 - Sky Princess for MFD
756 - Hooded Cloak for Genesis
606 - Freak Millennium Beard
499 - Equestrian Props

I waited until I had played with the items I drew for a while, to make sure I could come up with something coherent, before posting them - yeah, I fully intended to cheat a bit, if I ended up with another fistful of drek!  Turns out I didn’t have to; everything just fell into place!  Of course, adding all manner of miscellaneous crap to the scene certainly didn’t hurt!

I should have the result posted in a little while.  I still need to tweak it a bit, so the Saying makes some kind of sense.

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Posted: 29 December 2012 12:46 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 138 ]
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My last one
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Tread cautiously in strange lands and heed not the song of the nightingale
(Yes, I made that up.)

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Old West Sherrif’s Office
Nightingale
Steampunk Captain for V4 (Rendo)
Elvyn Warrior Genesis

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Lorenzo LoRez
Relic Hunter (hat)
Simply Bazaar shaders
Beard M5
Cowboy and Tex (hats and guns)
Varsel free Lorenzo pants
Workingman shirts
Caleb
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Posted: 29 December 2012 01:13 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 139 ]
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Ken OBanion - 29 December 2012 10:34 AM

Anyway, here’s my final draw:

1363 - Sky Princess for MFD
756 - Hooded Cloak for Genesis
606 - Freak Millennium Beard
499 - Equestrian Props


...And here it is.

Also used:
Michael 3
Victoria 4
19th Century Outfit for M3
19th Century Expansion Pack for the aforementioned 19th Century Outfit
Goth as Fashion for the Freak
Village Blacksmith
WorldBase Extreme
Regal Carriages
Millennium Horse 2 (no, not the DAZ Horse 2)
Glyn Hair (M3)
Tears Hair (V4)
Full Circle (texture for the Hooded Cloak)

And I stole the whip from PhilC’s Ringmistress for V4 (a freebie from his site)

I did have to make one substitution - I don’t know if that will disqualify the image; the Hooded Cloak for Genesis didn’t install properly (after several attempts - I kept getting all kinds of ‘missing file’ errors), so I used the Hooded Cloak for Victoria 4.

Anyway, with all that said….

Title: Copping an Attitude (which is a Saying in and of itself, but not the one I was going for!)
“Y’all don’t want to go gettin’ all uppity with Mongo there, Little Missy.  That’s like pokin’ him in the eye with a sharp stick, makes him right cranky.”

And the Saying: “She don’t ride into town two to a mule!”
Translation (for the Texanese-impaired): “She’s rich, and she wants to make sure you know it!”

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Posted: 29 December 2012 02:44 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 140 ]
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Thanks, Luci and Gopherus! smile It did develop into a pretty strange scene. By the way, Luci, I loved If You Build it They Will Come. Such an awesome composition and great idea. smile

Zawarkal -  Great job on the Public Restroom. The Lioness’ peepee dance is is hilarious and I love the shaman outfit on the dragon. smile And, yes, I think we’ve all been there at least once.

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Posted: 29 December 2012 02:52 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 141 ]
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Thank you MelanieL and Luci45 for the comments smile

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Posted: 29 December 2012 04:16 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 142 ]
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pull:
073 Greatswords
101 M4 Morphs++
103 Millenium Baby 3.0
164 Steam Dragon Poses

title: I’ll Teach You Not To Break My Toys
tag: Zawarkal #05
saying: Don’t bring a blade to a poop fight

A play on don’t bring a knife to a gun fight

Have you ever wondered what babies dream about

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M4 Morphs++ used lots of dial spins
Mil Baby 3.0
Steam Dragon Poses

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Posted: 29 December 2012 05:12 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 143 ]
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Okay, I’ve picked my favorites, not saying who just waiting to see who wins. There are lots of great artists in this bunch. And, I’ve got to say this RRRR challenge is a hoot.

Luci45 and ShanarahPSU thank you for your comments.

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Posted: 29 December 2012 05:42 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 144 ]
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Okay, I finally managed to do that ‘courage-screwing’ thing I mentioned a while back, so now that my competing days are over (for this go-round, at least), I thought I’d take a look back. I just hope I don’t offend anyone with my observations….

Totte
#1 (“When you wait for someone who has gone, you wait in vain”): Nice one, and a great start! I like the subdued colors, and that up-and-to-the-right flow gives it a sense of movement, even though everyone is just standing around. Waiting.
#2 (“Small clumps often topple big loads”) Okay, I honestly don’t know what to make of this one; I guess it’s a bit too obscure for my provincial mind-set. The rather sinister lighting is a nice touch, though.
#3 (“Arguing with women….”) Another bit of zaniness that we’ve come to expect from you, Totte!  Great job! (And I’m sure the guy on his knees groveling went over well with the ladies!)
#4 (“Attack is the best defense!”) Another excellent job, Totte! Well framed, lots of action…. I could actually feel that punch! (It hurt.) Just another great piece of work!
#5 (“My home is my castle”) This is wild, very ‘Mad Max - Beyond Thunderdome’! A really, really great render!
#6 (“You should talk to farmers peasant wise….”) Okay, full disclosure: I voted for Romney, so you pretty much lost me with the Obama angle. But I love the Victorian hooker, and that ‘March of the Penguins’ bit - priceless! Typical Totte!

bohemian3
#1 (“A watched pot never boils”) Beautifully bizarre, and a great juxtaposition between the flames and the steam.  Just all-around nicely done!
#2 (“You can lead a hick to water….”) Another beautiful render - nicely composed, love the colors (predominantly blue), and the subject speaks volumes! (Although, as something of a ‘hick’, myself, you’re cutting awfully close to the bone there!)

Lady Winterlace
#1 (“A bird in hand….”) Delightfully quirky, and an excellent use of a truly off-the-wall hodge-podge of pulled items.  The subtlety of its lunacy (pun intended!) is striking!
#2 (“Ladies First”) Excellent job! Dark, sinister, and there’s a lot going on there. An image that demands to be studied carefully, with a lot of surprises in store for anyone with the courage to do so.

Pixel8ted
#1 (“The road to ruin….”) Nice composition, excellent back-story, and scantily-clad women never hurt, either!
#2 (“An ounce of prevention….”) For some reason, this reminds me of my college days (and in case you were wondering, yes, I spent a fair chunk of it at least semi-blitzed!) It’s just so bizarre, surreal, even. Way to twist my brain into a Mobius Pretzel!

Luci45
#1 (“We’re fools whether we dance or not….”) Wow! Just… wow! The colors are beautiful, the atmosphere is perfect, and the sentiment it expresses is just plain moving. Fantastic work! (As usual, I might add.)
#2 (“Seeing an owl in the daytime….”) Another awesome piece of work! The glowing owl’s wings are the defining touch - simply perfect!
#3 (“Never pick up hitchhikers….”) Wonderfully silly, Luci! You turned that ‘strange brew’ of a draw into something… even stranger! Touche!
#4 (“Lao Mao, I have a feeling we’re not in Canton anymore”) Another superb composition. The colors, the subdued lighting, the promise of what lies beyond that portal…. Just wonderful!
#5 (“Accept hospitality, but always pitch your tent”) You’ve done it again, Luci - turned out a fascinating image, and managed to confuse the hell out of me, all in one fell swoop! The water is well done, and the expression on the man’s face is simply priceless! (But where the hell is all that water coming from!?)
#6 (“If you build it, they will come”) Probably your best of this contest! The colors, the action, the mix of the mundane with the fanciful - everything you’re best at, all rolled up into one delicious render! Simply stunning!
#7 (“Tread cautiously in strange lands….”) You just keep doing it, Luci! An excellent composition that tells a a deeply satisfying story. The ‘culture-shocked’ expressions on the cowboys’ faces are priceless! And the oh-so-serious expression of the ‘guide’: “Don’t trust that bird; he’ll crap on your hat and sing like it’s funny!” Another beautiful job!

barbult
#1 (“If at first you don’t succeed….”) A deliciously whimsical composition, and the story is simply sublime! I guess ‘persistence pays off’!
#2 (“S**t happens”, et alia) I can’t help but admire someone who can multi-task! This is a great one, and it works on so many levels! I can practically smell the donkey-poop!
#3 (“A horse in the hayloft….”) This is very well done, especially given the bizarre mix of items you had to work with. Good job!

Sasje
#1 (“Many hands make light work”) A beautiful, seasonal piece; nice arrangement of your drawn items into a coherent theme.  Very well done!
#2 (“Play music with feeling….”) This is just beautiful! Well composed, the color and lighting are pitch-perfect, and the overall mood is almost sensual. Like I said: just beautiful!
#3 (“Hear the cuckoo mid-March….”) Another nice one. Perfectly seasonal, and well-framed. The background is just plain awesome!
#4 (“The right tool for the right job”) I really like this one, mainly because I have a rather sentimental attachment to the Dystopian Console Station (it famously saved my butt in a previous RRRR challenge). But you gotta wonder whose ‘s***list’ this poor schmuck ended up on to pull this duty!
#5 (“Choose your last wish carefully”) I like the lighting and the composition, but I’m especially curious as to what the first two wishes were! And that’s the beauty of this render: it poses so many provocative questions.
#6 (“His bark is worse than his bite”) Do you seriously expect us to believe that!? This one is great!  The image tells a great story, and you made great use of your random items.
#7 (“Good friends, close friendship”) Man, she better not be getting ready to shoot the dog! (MelanieL will have your guts for garters!) A great quasi-apocalyptic render, and very well staged - except for the direction that gun is pointed, of course!

mhossack
#1 (”...the elephant in the room”) This one is great! About as subtle as a baseball bat between the eyes, but I often feel that subtlety is wildly over-rated. This is RRRR quirkiness at its finest!

gopherus
#1 (“There’s no reason to walk on the branches….”) This is just delightful! Colorful, fanciful, whimsical…. Just an all-around great image!
#2 (“Every man loves the smell of his own farts”) Okay, this one is just flat-out hysterical! The expressions are telling - especially the old guy in back; he’s enjoying himself way too much! I can only imagine what weird mental process took those random items and evoked that saying, but I’m probably better off not knowing! A palpable hit!
#3 (“He who wants everything will lose everything”) This one is excellently creepy! It practically screams Tim Burton! I like it!
#4 (“Laugh and the world laughs with you….”) It’s the little things that make this one so precious - that ‘I sleep with the fishes’ balloon is absolutely priceless! Sentimental as all get-out, and it works!

MelanieL
#1 (“A man’s best friend is his dog”) I love this one! It reminds me of a Renaissance painting (a Titian, perhaps?) A beautiful blend of color, composition, lighting and effects. Well done!
#2 (“Never look a gift horse in the mouth”) I’ve already mentioned how much I like this one, but I will add this: If I had drawn those items, there is no way I would have come up with that scenario (regardless of what Luci said!) The whole concept is simply inspired!

JK0011
#1 (“A little birdie told me”) A very good one, in my view - a simple composition that hints at a real story behind it; the dragon’s guilt-ridden posture says it all! (“I done a ba-a-a-ad thing!”)
#2 (“My grandmother always said ‘She who hesitates is lost’....”) Yeah, I’m kind of curious about that punching bag in the garden, too! A nice render, though, if a trifle confusing; the flowers add a nice bit of color, and the shadows around the wishing well add a touch of mystery. Nicely done.
#3 (“End of the Story”) This one is just plain good; it’s a nice arrangement, the shadows are vell done (and man, I know how tough shadows are to get right, mainly because I almost never do!), the soft colors, the air of almost inexpressible sadness that suffuses the whole scene…. A really good image!

Zawarkal
#1 (“It’s like being at the kids table at Christmas….”) This is… interesting. Scary in one sense, whimsical in another. The pastel colors soften the ‘Troll-jolt’, and the winter scene through the window adds a nice, ‘homey’, touch. A busy little vignette. Good job!
#2 (“If it weren’t for bad luck….”) Oh, man, this one is just… depressing. (And trust me, I know from depressing; I should, I’ve been dealing with it for nearly forty years. That’s probably why this image disturbs me so much.) I’m no huge fan of Aiko, but I sure don’t want to see her come to this pass. Don’t mis-read me; it’s a great, rather surrealistic render, with some highly complex imagery, but…. as I said, depressing.
#3 (“The line starts back there”) Okay, you redeemed yourself with this one! It’s really funny, and so universally true! Excellent job!
#4 (“Be careful what you wish for….”) Another excellent composition! well played! The Faustian bargain is a never-ending lode to be mined…!

ShanarahPSU
#1 (“My kingdom for a horse”) This one is intriguing, in a ‘Salvador-Dali-on-bad-dope’ kind of way. There’s a lot going on, with great use of the drawn items, and the colors and lighting are very welldone (IMHO). Good. Weird. Good and weird. Both.

Well, that’s what I’ve come up with so far. I know it isn’t over yet, so I’m sure I’ll have something to say about others (including those that were submitted while I was working on this magnum opus).

And if you want to take that as a threat…, go right ahead! wink

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Posted: 29 December 2012 06:11 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 145 ]
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Thanks for you comments Ken (The small clump render suffered from the problem that I discovered at render time, Victorian bedrooms outside looks like crap ) wink

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Totte - 28 December 2012 07:21 AM

#1113 Cosmic (for space dweller)
#963 Bus Pegasus
#196 Fairytale Prince for M4 and H4
#600 The Enchanted Forest

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Posted: 29 December 2012 06:45 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 146 ]
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Wow, Ken, thanks for putting in the effort to comment on all the pictures. Your comments made me want to go back and look again at some of them. I think you saw things I missed the first time around.

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Posted: 29 December 2012 06:53 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 147 ]
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gopherus, I just went back and looked at your ’ Laugh and the world laughs with you, cry and you cry alone”. I just noticed the Bass-In-Net. That is hilarious!!!!  I also noticed other subtle touches like the way you can see through a balloon to the writing on the back of the balloon. And now I see the broken egg by the nest. I wonder what I will discover next in this one. It was definitely worth a second look. Credit Ken’s comments for getting me to go back and look harder. Great work.

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Posted: 29 December 2012 07:31 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 148 ]
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Hell, barbult, you just made me want to take another look at some of these renders! I did notice the ‘BASS-IN-NET’, and I thought briefly that a fishing rod would be so perfect…, but wouldn’t that be, like, cannibalism? Yuck! Let’s not go there!

There are multiple levels in so many of these submissions, and we can spend weeks exploring them (and frankly, I think we all should!)

Suffice it to say, that the voting is liable to be one of the toughest decisions we have ever made in this context, and I was just trying to get a jump on it (voicing my own thoughts, finding that one element that makes each one stand out).  Even so, this is likely to become the REAL challenge: deciding which is the ‘Best’, or the ‘Funniest’. Every one of them has its own virtue, and is worthy of recognition. They are all great, each in its own way….

This is going to be a seriously tough call….

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Posted: 29 December 2012 07:46 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 149 ]
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MelanieL - 26 December 2012 11:37 AM

Oops - forgot to add my next pull:

436 = Colors for Timeless Male Hair
479 = Songbird ReMix Seabirds
459 = Colours for Wild Orchid Hair
332 = Medieval Village (= Blacksmith, Barn, Gatehouse and Inn)

TAG:MelanieL#3

Saying: A Bird in the Hand is Worth Two in the Bush

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V5 and two V3’s wearing Morphing Fantasy Dresses (with Chohole’s “Homespun” textures) and Wild Orchid Hair
M5 wearing GIS for Genesis Male (retextured with Ye Olde CLothe shaders) and Timeless Male Hair
M3 wearing M3 Tunic Pack (retextured with Ye Olde Clothe and Leatherizer shaders) and Timeless Male Hair
Lyne’s Chicken (freebie)
Lisa’s Botanicals Cherry Tree
Medieval Market (stalls and foodstuffs)
Skydome textured from KickAir8P (Bryce sky freebie)

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Posted: 29 December 2012 07:47 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 150 ]
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Thanks Ken for your comments and for posting a synopsis of all the renders so far.
I m going to use it for sure when I check them all out in the voting thread. You ve got a great “eye”

Thanks Barbult for your observations. I did sort of get carried away, each little thing begging for another.

Nice one MelanieL! Well thought out and arranged. Great color. and one good laying hen is easily worth
two gulls in the bush…. or even more

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