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NF-Lee's Gildor and Frodo

Darkening up the Frodo Art Travesties, plus a new Reni....

Posted on 2006.01.12 at 16:58
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Greetings! I have just returned from visiting family, "back east". While I was out there I was able to use the internet services that were available in the public library. Although there was never enough time to read all my mail, I did look at my LJ.

I noticed that all of my manips and screencaps seemed wan and pale on all of the library's machines. Boo hoo hoo! The monitor I use at home is rather old. Too old, it seems. I have the "bright" turned all the way up, but everything looks loads darker on my machine. I was shocked to see how different my work looked on newer, very much brighter monitors.

Therefore, I re-did every one of my Frodo Art Travesties, darkening them considerably, re-naming them, and reloading them into the Photobucket album.

If you have any favourites that you have saved, you may want to re-save them. I apologize for the fact that I will have broken links to images posted in threads (such as the "New Frodo's Harem" thread at K-D). My Art Travesty link is in my signature there, however, so no fan of the manips need suffer. *grin* (Note that there are three pages; I apologize that the names of the prints are truncated by Photobucket.)

Now, then. As an "I'm back" gesture, I have made a new manip.

Here's a detail from it:

Frodo and Potiphar's Wife

I am very pleased with it. It is made from a painting by the same Italian Baroque painter who did the "St. Sebastian" and the "Bacchus and Ariadne" I manipped recently. When I saw this painting, Joseph and Potiphar's Wife, I knew I would have to make it into a Frodo manip. (The Frodo head shot is from the fireside scene in FotR.)

The scene depicted in the painting is a very dramatic one. Joseph, sold into slavery in Egypt by his brothers, works in the house of Potiphar, an officer of Pharoah. Joseph does very well and is made overseer by Potiphar. However, Potiphar's wife thinks he'll do very well, too. "Joseph was handsome and good-looking," the text reads. In fact, she propositions Joseph repeatedly but each time he refuses. (Talk about on-the-job harrassment.)

One day, he is not so lucky....

But one day, when he went into the house to do his work and none of the men of the house was there in the house, she caught him by his garment, saying, "Lie with me." But he left his garment in her hand, and fled and got out of the house."

Genesis 39:11-12

The painting shows him escaping as she clutches his garment. Still holding his garment, Potiphar's wife will accuse Joseph of having tried to rape her. Joseph is thrown into prison. Ah, what a great scene for film-Frodo to play! Such angst! How nobly he resists, knowing it will probably be his doom to do so, with a woman so determined and so unprincipled. *sigh*


~ Here is film Frodo appearing as the beleaguered Joseph, in Guido Reni's Joseph and Potiphar's Wife:

Frodo and Potiphar's Wife, full manip

P.S. The other thing I did visiting my mother in D.C. was to go see Brokeback Mountain. Three times. I'm taking our daughter on Friday. Perhaps I will write a post on it. Suffice it to say, not since RotK have I been so impressed and moved by a film.

I loved it.


Just in case it doesn't get noticed in the comments boxes down there, Maeglian said this about the manip(s), which I think is very apt and provocative:

I think I may actually like the cropped teaser version better than the whole thing. Some disembodied hand is pullling his clothes off, to his obvious surprise or consternation....... Who is it? What's happening? Doesn't he want it to happen, or is it just the location that's inconvenient? (...)

Here's a link to the Frodo Art Travesties album, if you would like it.

~ Mechtild


aquila0212 at 2006-01-12 23:42 (UTC) (Link)
Very nice manip. Welcome home!
mechtild at 2006-01-12 23:46 (UTC) (Link)
Hi, back to you! And thank you, Aquila, for the welcome.

Tell me, is this about right on your monitor? It should be dark and richly-hued, like all of Reni's stuff, but not too dark, so that the finer things cannot be seen.

On my monitor, it is waaaay too dark. But on the library monitors it looks about right. On my husband's laptop, though, it still is rather pale and I can see every one of my manip strokes! *tears hair*

I would appreciate a "reality check."
maeglian at 2006-01-13 00:08 (UTC) (Link)
Gorgeous manip.

I think I may actually like the cropped teaser version better than the whole thing. Some disembodied hand is pullling his clothes off, to his obvious surprise or consternation....... Who is it? What's happening? Doesn't he want it to happen, or is it just the location that's inconvenient? A girl can make up quite a lot of Mary Sue-ish stories from speculating. :-D
mechtild at 2006-01-13 04:57 (UTC) (Link)
I think I may actually like the cropped teaser version better than the whole thing (....)

That's a very interesting observation, Maeglian Sue. ;)

I wish the original print had better resolution. I could have done a close-up of that section and made it much bigger. But the image just dissolves when I try to blow it up significantly, unfortunately.

When I look at Potiphar's wife, it interests me that her colours and her lighting are so "acid-y" compared to his. I suppose that was done purposely. At first I thought her look was merely beligerent, but around the eyes and the upper lip, I think she actually looks a little needy and tremulous, betraying her extremity, that she would do such a thing because she could not keep him with her. Having just seen "Brokeback Mountain" multiple times, perhaps she is having an "Alma moment," with Joseph heading out the door, no matter how she protests, to go on that fishing trip with -- whom? I'll bet Joseph doesn't catch anything, either.
lame_pegasus at 2006-01-13 05:55 (UTC) (Link)
Fantastically made, Mechtild, very convincing. And the colors are fine.
mechtild at 2006-01-13 14:32 (UTC) (Link)
Thanks, Belegcuthalion. I did lighten it just a tad.

Guess what? Last night my husband brought back a new, giant monitor from where he works that they were going to get rid of because they are going all flat-screen. This monitor has a great space to work and make the image really large for doing detail work or having two windows up at once. Also, it is more like the level of brightness that I have seen on so many other machines. Whoopee!
ms_banazira at 2006-01-13 14:00 (UTC) (Link)
Welcome back Mech!

I don't thing your past travesties have been too light. I'm having a little bit of trouble making out the drapery behind that scandalous woman's head. Is it meant to be black? But then, if it weren't dark in here 'cept for my monitor, I could just reach up and tweak the contrast on my screen. Anyhow, the past travesties have been just fine, and I don't hink you're gonna satisfy the needs of all the monitors in fandom, so don't tear your hair!

I guess I didn't get Brokeback Mountain. But I've already waxed all opinionated about in my journal, so I won't repeat my trepidations here. Aquila (Hi, Aquila!) says that in 1963 they couldn't have shacked up together, but it was really only Ennis' childhood trauma that kept him from agreeing to it.... Shoot! I had a point, but it's fled my insomniac, middle aged brain! Bother!

Oh! found it again...But history shows that plenty of "bachelors" did ranch together. They may have done so as chaste as lambs, or they may have been lovers, but I think people mostly lived and let live for many many years. So, except for that trauma I mentioned earlier, the premise of these two lovers being kept apart kind of un-spooled for me. It just seemed like a story about two people finding a multitude of ways to be miserable.
mechtild at 2006-01-13 15:08 (UTC) (Link)

On Reni's painting

Thanks for commenting on the darks and lights, Honey. Yes, a person's monitor can be adjusted to bring up the darks and lights manually. The problem with our old monitor is that I already had it turned up as bright as it would go and it still made the images really, really dark. When looking at art gallery sites I would be thinking, "Why did they make these prints so danged dark?" Now I know it's not them but me with the problem. I just wrote to Belegcuthalion above that my husband installed a newer [used] monitor last night and it is a BIG improvement, literally.

The original of Joseph and Potiphar's wife is very dark, like a Caravaggio (or like a Reni, for that matter, if you will recall the extreme contrast in his St. Sebastian).

frodosweetstuff at 2006-01-13 14:09 (UTC) (Link)
Must confess that I cannot see a difference in the pics but I take your word for it that they are darker. :)

Ooh, the new one is lovely - and it makes me ask again how anybody can be so beautiful as Frolijah??? *melts*

And that one called ReniGuido_St *ogles* OMG. Can I book him? :D

Thank you - they are a delight to look at and drool over, all of them! *runs back to gallery*
mechtild at 2006-01-13 14:33 (UTC) (Link)
Ah, Frodosweetstuff! So glad you liked the Reni of St. Sebastian.

You know, if you go to the top of this post and click the tag called, "Frodo art travesties," you will get the page for that manip which tells all about it. The painter Guido Reni seems to have had a rather wretched personal life, but he sure knew how to provide me with great paintings for manips!
pearlette at 2006-01-13 23:54 (UTC) (Link)
Good to see you back, Mechtild! :)

I share the Brokeback love. An amazing film - deeply felt and acted.

And your manip makes me want to act out lots of Frodo hurt/comfort.


The l'il purdy will always be my first love.

(Anonymous) at 2006-01-14 02:28 (UTC) (Link)

Going to see BBM tonight -- AGAIN

Pearl, how nice to see your words in a comment box here, and I'm so pleased you like the manip. Everytime I say, "This will be the LAST one!" Perhaps this time it really will be true.

I am glad you got to see BBM. I heard about it through Maeglian's LJ, who allowed me to talk about it at length with her, in terms of her anticipation, since I had not heard of it and hadn't read or heard of the story. Since seeing it, I have talked with her as much as I may without spoiler-izing her. I can't wait till she sees it! I want to discuss changes from book to film and how they changed the story, that sort of thing. Yes, I really, really loved and was moved by the film, in terms of its content and its sheer quality.

While I was gone away and checking a few times into my mail via the public library, I think I remember seeing you post positive words somewhere about King Kong. Especially since so many LotR/Frodo fans seemed not to like it, I just wanted to say I thought it was really a wonderful film in many ways, well worth seeing and thinking about. Yes, too many dinosaur chases (except for my daughter who wanted more), but there was so much that was excellent in terms of good old fashioned moviemaking.

I'm off, now. Guess where? To Brokeback Mountain. I promised my daughter I would take her to see it when I got back home if it was playing in our city. I opened last Friday. It's only playing on one screen in one of the three multiplexes in town, but that's better than nothing. I'll be curious to see who else goes.
mechtild at 2006-01-14 02:31 (UTC) (Link)

Re: Going to see BBM tonight -- AGAIN

Whoops. I forgot to log in. The post directly above was from me, Mechtild. :)
mariole at 2006-01-14 17:29 (UTC) (Link)
I love the face/expression in this one! I do enjoy art that has some action in it. Heh. Too bad Joseph's leg doesn't look like Frolijah's. Can you manip in a whole leg? You'd have to get a pose of Frodo with his breeches off. *rrrrrriiiiiiiiiiipppppppp* There you go! Get busy!

mechtild at 2006-01-14 19:02 (UTC) (Link)
Yes, Joseph's leg is decidedly sturdy-looking. Hey, that cropped version would made a great Ripper icon!
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