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Brothers in Arms

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Jack "The Cat" Maksa and his older brother Hubert stop by at the beach on their caravan tour of the land of Kozosht. Unlike most of their furry cousins, they don't have an aversion to water and will be taking a swim in the ocean and will try and catch their favourite food, fish.

Hubert appears once before in my collection here:

This render was encouraged by my conversation elsewhere with the lovely :iconyuni: so I thank Yuni for that.


Scene created in DAZ Studio 4.11 and rendered with Iray.
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Innioch's avatar

Sorry, but when they know, that they could get into a critical situation - shouldn't they uncover their 'arms'? :love:

FyraNuanser's avatar

I think that happens later!

WaspWaistLover's avatar
That wagon in the background looks almost Gypsy or east European in appearance. Have you been influenced by Slavic culture in any way? My tiny waisted characters, male or female, have Russian ethnic and cultural roots. WWL
FyraNuanser's avatar
It's based on a "Gypsy" wagon or caravan from the British Isles. I believe the general design and idea came over from France and who knows what cultures influenced it. They were first used by travelling showmen (fairs and circuses) but were adopted by travellers of all kinds (Irish, Roma, English and others) as mobile homes. That started in about 1850 and I would guess the design of this example dates from around then.
WaspWaistLover's avatar
Most interesting! Of course at one time "Gypsy" meant a refugee from Egypt but that simplistic meaning no longer holds. As a fan of the old Universal horror films of the 1930-45 era, it just struck me as so like the wagons drawn by all those eastern European extras behind Bela Lugosi! Oh, no doubt such people made it across the Channel. Amongst the Hungarians the Roma acquired sort of a sinister repute. The two young men are handsome enough. Do these brothers get along well?
FyraNuanser's avatar
Yes, that have always got along. However, they don't see each other very much which probably accounts for the warmth expressed in this picture. The elder brother, Hubert (right) is a diplomat and the younger, Jack, is a courtier at the imperial court. Jack is a bard or "fool" but collects information and passes it on to his brother, usually by coded message, and is occasionally called upon as an assassin. I'm sure you can imagine the intrigue between all the factions of an imperial court, and it's not without risk, but that is the way of this kind of world.
WaspWaistLover's avatar
This is fascinating. Glad they get along well and not engaging in sibling rivalry, which, as a story theme, has been terribly overused. Interesting that you should choose such high offices for such youthful looking young men but they must be very gifted. Now when you say "imperial court" are you basing their activities on real imperial courts such as those of the Holy Roman Empire of medieval times or the Austrian Empire? Perhaps you, like Yuni, are well versed in present day video games or computer platforms? Despite my age, I DO know that such games have inspired much artwork and even fantasy stories and novels. Please keep up the good work. WWL
FyraNuanser's avatar
I'm not much of a student of history to be honest. I get most of my inspiration from fantasy books, and to some extent fantasy RPG computer games (which get their inspiration from fantasy books anyway). In this case from something like Robin Hobb's "Assassin" and "Fool" books which deal in this kind of intrigue. Yes, they are young (early 20s), but in older times young people seemed capable of much greater things than the youth of today (take Alexander, and the great poets Keats and Shelley who both died before they reached 30—Keats was only 25).
WaspWaistLover's avatar
You make some very good points. There is certainly no reason for basing your wonderful digital art on strict, dry as dust historical precedent or what is termed by art critics as 'historicism'. When my eyesight has been addressed will check out Robin Hobbs. Sounds interesting. Years ago I read Brian Lumley's "Clock of Dreams" which was loosely based on some aspects of Lovecraft. I've also read some of Clive Barker in more recent anthologies, but cannot completely endorse the whole body of his work.

   Your remarks about brothers Hubert & Jack being able to carry out their duties despite their youth is quite valid. These days we suffer from another drawback: a rather misguided attempt to keep young people entrapped by a kind of enforced "neoteny" or retention of childhood traits past the time when such should be dropped. We also have examples here in the States of young military officers or poets achieving great things whilst still very young. Hope my ramblings make sense. WWL
Culturedropout's avatar
Cat's thong might rust.  Better take it off before he goes swimming... <.<  
FyraNuanser's avatar
I don't think either of them are shy so they may well abandon their drawers before swimming. Although I have to tell you that the thong was a gift from a rich admirer and that all the metal is gold so they are quite impervious to oxidation.
Innioch's avatar

Nice idea, a golden string. :heart: Even hotter when you think of golden piercings :love: - but considering they might live in a dangerous world with enemies and brutal thieves ... wearing gold on or in body parts which might quite easily be cut or ripped off, causing severe and permanent damage to their bodies - this might not be the best idea (in a secured space, like the house of an admirer it would be OK, but not on an open beach - don't you think so?) ;P

FyraNuanser's avatar

Generally good advice, but they are quite safe on the peaceful south coast of Kozosht. Also, Jack may look somewhat soft and foolish, but if anyone were to try and rob him they would get an unpleasant surprise.

Innioch's avatar

Thanks for calming me down, :hug:

now I just want to go swimming with them. :heart:

1barefootwarrior's avatar
What a pair! Look a bit mischievous to me. I like the string too, in my case I'm using Marvelous Design to create some. Not as easy as I thought it would be. I know enough about Blender right now to be dangerous, but getting there...slowly.
FyraNuanser's avatar
Thanks, I'm glad you spotted it—I tried to keep it subtle :D

I've been tempted by MD, but I probably won't have time to invest in learning it and I'd rather spend what time I have on something like Substance. Blender, though, I've been using for a decade or more and use it all the time.
Chaoswolfstone's avatar

They're handsome.

FyraNuanser's avatar
Thanks very much, Thomas :) They are slightly strange but I think that only adds to the attraction!
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Culturedropout's avatar
Is that what physicists mean when they talk about "strange attractors"?  
FyraNuanser's avatar
I know as much about higher maths as a flea knows about flamenco, but I expect your are right.
Catweazle01's avatar
Which figures and which string did you use at the left figure?
FyraNuanser's avatar
The left figure is G2M the right is G3M (the skin, used by both, is converted from Michael 4). That is the "panty" item from Battle Driven for G3F, to fit G2M I made a custom morph in Blender and enabled Mesh Smoothing.
Catweazle01's avatar
Thanks. For G2M there are some good loinclothes available from Sickleyield on Renderosity.
Is there anywhere a tutorial how to do such things in blender?
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