Sunday, December 23, 2012

2012 Color Challenge: Week 51 - Madder Lake Deep

Water Lily

Lake pigments are pigments which aren't naturally thick enough to make into paint, and so they have to be combined with something - a thickener - before being turned into some sort of paint using a medium. It has an ancient history - used across Asia and down into Egypt for a variety of tasks, including clothing dye and coloring ceramics, but it wasn't until the 1800s that a thickener combination was found which enabled it to be used as paint. In the late 1800s the first artificial red was created, based off of the chemical makeup of madder, and even that faint remnant of madder vanished when light resistant reds were synthesized in the 1950s. I went with a slightly orange red for my tinting, as I found nothing in my inventory to match, and actually swiped ideas shamelessly from other bloggers this week - Luna herself inspired the necklace, though I tinted mine, and vyoletta guyot pointed me toward the awesome dress to match. I ended up looking into Madder Lake Deep's history for some idea of what to say; it's my first day of vacation, and I'm feeling kind of brainless and stressed (a difficult combination!).

Lovers in Shadow

I ended up taking pictures at The Tower, but I'm deeply conflicted about it - and the vast majority of my pictures made use of the environment of the tower without particularly focusing on most of the figures within it. It's a powerful, moving, difficult to parse display. Naked women, their bodies warped, twisted, altered, or natural fill it; with some it's more obvious the inspiration for the women's frozen actions, but others seem to exist in mute testimony of entire realms unspoken. I really need to give the whole display more time - and there's only a short amount of time before December ends and takes these figures with it.

Crawling the Walls

( More pictures here. )


Skin: De la Soul, Aestali - Cream Rose
Eyes: De La Soul, RooMee Eyes - Rainbow
Eyeshadow: Mock, Phoenician
Eyelashes: Flugeln Brise, 04-A
Eyelashes 2: SLink, MeshEyelashes
Ears: Illusions, Seelie Ears
Blush: Schadenfreude, White Blushing Heart
Lipstick: Mock, Lucir LipColor Sunset
Lipmark: Schadenfreude, Langwidere Dark Red
Hair: Wasabi Pills, Joy2 (promotional item)
Wings: Fancy Fairy, Azarelle
Hands: SLink, Mesh Hands
Dress: CandyMetal, Atrium Goth Dress
Jewelry: Zaara, Kaya Coral (tinted)
Stockings: G Field, Button Socks
Boots: G Field, Fur Cuff Boots "Sasha"

Poses: Glitterati

Location: The Tower
Light Settings: Rouge 4
Water Settings: Glassy

Photographed by Deoridhe Quandry
Post processing: Cropping, only

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