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Through The Looking Glass ~ Trick or Treat

“You would have to be half mad to dream me up.”
~ Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland

For this month's Masters Challenge at RDNA -- Trick or Treat with a door and a Lovecraft element.  It was as though the Render gods looked upon me and smiled...  I haven't rendered anything in so long -- too busy making content -- that I think every repressed creative urge in me exploded here.  This may well be the best render I have ever done.

I cannot do enough renders with Alice and Cthulhu. Seriously. And I threw Nyhlloghast in there, and, if you look carefully, Sothomir, too. Because one can never have too many creepy, elder, great old things in a render. With Alice.

All resources used in the production of this work are owned by, created by, or licensed to me for personal and commercial use. They include: Nyhlloghast, Sothomir (Sixus1), Cthulhu Rising (Luthbell), Curious Retreat (Jack Tomalin), Ambie, Asobi Outfit (Silver, DemonicaEvilius), Candies (diamond), Paper Bag (ajfukuda), and Vampire Chapel (Aako).
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McGrandpa's avatar
Great take on the old theme!  Very nicely done.
karibous-boutique's avatar
Thank you!  (Sorry I'm so late in replying!  I keep forgetting to check my messages here!)  Alice is one of my favorite literary characters!
Jim-Zombie's avatar
She'll be fine... :D Great lighting and composition once again.
karibous-boutique's avatar
Thank you -- though I'm pretty sure I wouldn't trade places with her!
TheWildWestPyro's avatar
karibous-boutique's avatar
Yup.  Pretty much.  Lol. 
dragondoodle's avatar
Oh dear . . . that looks awesome!
karibous-boutique's avatar
I think this is my favorite render, which is kind of weird to say... like choosing a favorite child, lol.  But technically, this one is about as good as I've ever made!  So thank you!!
dragondoodle's avatar
It is really wonderful! :nod:
Kachinadoll's avatar
Oh how cool is this!  Awesome scene hon! :iconifeelfluffyplz:
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Thank you!!!  I'm really happy with it.  :D
Kachinadoll's avatar
:iconmostwelcomeplz:  Just love this image! :)
Cenobite451's avatar
"I don't think I'm in wonderland anymore..."
karibous-boutique's avatar
Lol.  Nope.  Think she picked the wrong looking glass to return through...
FreyrStrongart's avatar
excellent piece. wonderful light and the creepies are just - creepy! Poor Alice - or maybe poor creepies?
karibous-boutique's avatar
:D  With Alice, one never really knows, hey?  And thanks.  I had fun with the creepies!!
Cypherfox's avatar
Oh...oh my.  She's in SO much trouble...

Positioning it as Alice brings out a fun idea of the elder gods vs. Alice, where they're trying to subvert her mythos (and related, of course) for their own use, as theirs has become less well-known over time. Offering up the possibility of Bandersnatch, Jabberwock, and Snark vs. Lovecraftian horrors, and an epic battle with Alice taking on Cthulhu with a vorpal blade... ;)

The Mad Hatter is such because of attempting to translate the Necronomicon many, many years ago...

See what you've done?  ;)  Excellent render!
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You haven't seen my other Alice and Lovecraft renders, then??

These first two were from the RDNA challenge that SPECIFIED using Alice and Lovecraft in the theme.  Alas, there was an entry that kicked my butt, so neither of these won...
Great Old Caterpillar: karibous-boutique.deviantart.c…
Elder Jabberwocky Thing:

However, in August, when the "Beach Party" theme did NOTHING to stimulate my Muse, I resurrected the idea and came up with this, which actually won, lol!!
Greetings from K'Gil'Mnon:

I'm SO GLAD someone else sees the potential in the meeting of these worlds!!!  I cannot get enough of them!!  :D
kittenwylde's avatar
This is gorgeous. I love the creepy lighting, and the way there's tons of stuff going on without the scene looking cluttered. 
karibous-boutique's avatar
That is an excellent compliment!  I have a problem with clutter in my renders, so thank you for saying so!  The lighting took the longest.  It's 1 uberenvironment, 3 spots, and 4 point lights.  After the lighting was right, the rest just came together!  :dance:
kittenwylde's avatar
Thanks for sharing what you did with the lights. I'm trying to learn lighting right now, and have been getting some really odd results with my own guesswork. It helps to know what other people do!
karibous-boutique's avatar
Oh, no problem.  I hated lighting when i first started learning.  Best thing I did was to pick apart the commercial sets in my runtime. I almost always use a basic 3-light setup, but this one was weird.  In general, I use some kind of ambient light (uberenv, or HDRI/IBL-AO or IDL), then a distant light for shadows and a spot to fill (plus a specular-only when I want to bring out shiny things.)  But this one was different.  The background light was intentionally dark, so I had to be very careful to only light the parts I wanted highlighted.  And I was wrong, there are 5 point lights.  Cthulhu has 4 of them -- one on each eye and one under each wing -- and Alice has one to make her face visible.  One of the spots is directly downward, lighting the path in front of the open door.  One spot is at an angle in front of Cthulhu, highlighting his front, and the last spot is an uber-high intensity spot behind him as a backlight.  The lighting took at least 3/4 of the time I spent on this!!
kittenwylde's avatar
Thanks for the details on the lighting. I adapted what you did to help on something I was working on today and wound up with a much nicer look than I could have got without someone reminding me to add a backlight. :D
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The RDNA "IDL Studio" products (and all their old Render Studio products, too) have awesome light rigs.  It was only because they threw a set of pre-made, easily selected lights squarely in the middle of my forehead that I realized lighting can be fun and "outside the box."  Glad I could help.  I shall have to  wander to your gallery and see the fruits of your labor!  :D
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