Camellia dances with the stranger, and then sees that Cado is watching
And then, when she realizes that Cado has left, she goes upstairs to find him . . .
and finds him holding Daisy, with a gun to his head.
As the late publication might suggest, I had a terrible time with this episode. I’d finished taking the photos with my original ending, and then felt like it was just too much – too much threatening of Daisy, and too much vilifying of Cado.
Here are those picture:
But, really, holding a gun on a toddler Disney Rapunzel? It’s just not right 🙂
So, we’ll go with this as the beginning, and, next time around, I’ll figure out a clearer way of moving towards it. And Camellia will shoulder a little more of the blame.
But, that’s it for the beginning. Now we’re on to the end.
Looks like I’m playing around with the second version again, while I’m supposed to be finishing the first 🙂
But I had an idea I wanted to see the adventure in more of a graphic form. Fortunately, Photoshop (and, in this case, Photoshop Elements) has some cool filters for quickly transforming photos into sketches and paintings.
Here is the original of the last panel of Camellia’s open ocean episode:
You can make some changes with Photoshop, but I find it more difficult to navigate for this kind of thing, and its painting filters are pretty limited. So, instead, I mostly use PhotoshopElements. Open the photo in Expert mode, and click on the FX tab. You’ll see a list of 50 or so filters. Here are the effects of the ones that turn the photo into a graphic:
I ended up really liking the second one – the Oil Pastel filter. It retains the detail of the original, but gives it a kind of dreamy quality.
I don’t think I’ll turn the whole novel into a painting, but it’s possible that I’ll play around with Camellia’s early episodes.
And, we’re back. Lovely week off seeing my family, dancing at a wedding, and all-in-all having a great time.
We’re to the point in the plot where everyone-who-isn’t-Camellia shares a single episode. In the one I’m working on now, Lily and Daisy are rushing around looking at tide-tables and maps trying to figure out what island Camellia could have gotten to, while Rosie is (apparently) dumping piles of flour on her floor.
Which seems like an odd thing to do. But, it turns out, Rosie has an idea about what all those objects in her cupboard are for:
We’ll see how much she’s able to figure out when I finish the episode on Friday.
In her last episode, Rosie was carted off by pirates. In this episode, she finds herself being carried through a jungle:
And brought before the queen:
from whom she receives a map:
Afterwards, the pirates dump Rosie back in her room:
Where Fetch grabs the map and puts it in the cupboard:
Revealing all of the treasures from Rosie’s dream adventures:
And thus ends Rosie’s last dream adventure.
We’re navigating the doll adventure train towards it’s final destination, although I may take the week off next week for a family visit. If I manage to post next week, it will likely be a continuation of the story about the sisters and their treehouse, giving my sister and I something fun to work on together 🙂
Sitting by a waterfall, Camellia recalls the night when she parted from her daughters
Holding the note she’s just written, she tries to comfort Daisy
Then tears a photo in half, and hands half of it to Daisy
And reaches into the crib to kiss Rosie goodbye
Even with an impulsive day off from posting to the blog this week and a late posting today, I still didn’t manage to get all of the pictures taken for this episode. There was supposed to be handoff of the note from Camellia to the stranger. Oh well, I guess we can assume it got to her, since we saw her with it in the previous episode.
Also, some day I have to get an infant doll. Poor Rosie hardly makes it into any scenes, since I don’t have a doll small enough to pass for her.