Henrietta Howel

I knew they wanted something from the candle, but the fire under my skin demanded its own way.
["A Shadow Bright and Burning", Jessica Cluess]

Notes

"A Shadow Bright and Burning" is the debut YA novel from my friend Jessica Cluess. It's a great read, with a likable heroine -- the pyromancer Henrietta Howel, who might not be the Chosen One that everyone thinks she is -- and a supporting cast of surreal and original monsters.

As a first attempt at rendering some scenes from the novel, I wanted to make an image of the heroine. Because fire is such a key element in both her personality and the story, it was obvious that I needed to show her working with fire. I've also always loved images where faces are lit by a single light source, such as the works of Georges de la Tour.

DZFire's Torch and Construction Kit gave me a very realistic flame that also nicely lit the subject. I wanted a second figure in the scene for balance, so I added a male in the background watching Henrietta as she demonstrates her abilities. A point light overhead provides just enough light to bring out the details of the room and the watcher, without affecting the foreground lighting.

Created

27 Dec 2016

Applications

DAZ|Studio 4.9
DAZ 3D
Photoshop CC 2016
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