Depictor of Dreams
Works fine for me, nice
I followed your advice, but I also noticed that the shadows were too strong in the model, so I changed the gamma, to better match broad daylight.
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The original backround was very bright, but the model had strong shadows. In the previous post, I tried to get the to background match the model, by lowering the white output, but also lowering the gamma, so I muted the overall brightness while also darkening the shadows. I still didn't think that the background suited the model, so I also increased the contrast of the model, but I think I made the shadows too distinct, so it looked more like sunset rather than midday.
Here, I further lowered the brightness of the background, but also decreased the shadows, and I increased the gamma in the model, so the lighting would seem less direct.
I think I'd be barefoot. I imagine myself being outdoors in the day time, I'm either fully naked or wearing just a loincloth, and I'm carrying the patibulum either on my shoulders with my arms wrapped around and tied to the back of it or on my back with my arms stretched out and tied to the front of it.
View attachment 1040384 carrying the patibulum on the shoulders with the arms wrapped around and tied to the back of it.
View attachment 1040385 carrying the patibulum on the back with the arms stretched out and tied to the front of it.
Few students of ancient history realise that lashing a heavy, wooden beam to the arms of a potential crux girl is fraught with danger. At this point everybody should be aware that she has nothing to lose. She, at least, knows this.
Here we see Shannon, standing open mouthed and apparently disorientated. This pose is often reasonably interpreted as an expression of howling protest, or despair on the part of the condemned girl. Do not be deceived. In fact she is taking a deep breath, having selected her initial target. The flagrum-wielding man behind her is both annoying and bare-headed, which makes him an ideal first choice.
What the sentries are not expecting is the sudden pirouette which will bring the right end of the patibulum crashing into the exposed skull, simultaneously knocking out the teeth and sending the guy headlong, into a cranial ricochet off the wall behind him. In simple terms, he will predecease her and he won't even see it coming.
'How d'you like that, Flagrum Boy!? - Yeah, thought so... Okay, who's next...?'
Great manip with excellent use of light and shade, Madi!