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Title: Vala's Handcuff Panties
Pairing: Daniel/Vala
Rating: R/Mature
Appropriate Warnings: backside nudity

Inspired by my Google search for the novelty underwear mentioned in the Daniel/Vala story Mardi Gras Mambo by [ profile] spacegypsy1.
Vala un-cuffs Daniel

There's a bare backside BEHIND the cut; don't get fired for surfing slightly naughty content at work...

Manip Meta

1. Inspired by spacegypsy1's Daniel/Vala story "Mardi Grad Mambo" where Vala proclaims to Daniel that she's wearing panties fastened by tiny handcuff clasps, I conducted a Google Image search for 'handcuff panties' and found this image.

2. Using (a reverse image search engine) I found the source image.
airbrushed ass

3. I browsed through my thousands of SG-1 screengrabs and found a Vala face that matched the profile of the source image & also had an appropriate facial expression in Counterstrike.
coy Vala

4. Because the image was dark, I bumped up the exposure to see more of the detail.
lightened screengrab

5. Selected the head & knocked out the background.

6. Mai hed is pastede on yay. Temporarily reduced layer transparency to blend in the hairline.
layer opacity

7. Googled 'bedroom night' for a background.
night bedroom

8. Vala can haz Daniel plz? Googled 'man kneeling' & found this.
cold wet beach man

9. Found the right profile & expression for Daniel in Family Ties. Disturbingly, that's the face he made when looking at Jacek.
Cam & Daniel visit Jacek

10. The framed picture on the wall [see #7] depicts an unknown mother & baby who don't resemble any canonical SG-1 characters, so I had to replace it with an image that Daniel would be likely to have hanging as décor. A Tibetan war mask or Japanese No mask would be too creepy, so I went with the pyramids at Giza, which appear on the back cover of Continuum!Daniel's book The Truth About the Pyramids.
Giza pyramids

11. Using a tutorial [personal profile] magnavox_23 showed me, I applied an Instragram filter effect to give it a more stylized, vintage look.
vintage Giza

12. Vala, Daniel & Giza pyramids pasted in.
early draft

13. Daniel's eyeline is off, and Vala wouldn't be able to stand on the mattress like that without her feet apart & an indentation in the bedding that I lack the skill to draw, so I decided to find a plausible elevated surface to stand her on. A chair would be too low, so I went with a nightstand.

14. Had to get rid of the plant & add a shadow beneath her feet. Adjusted color & light levels to unite the elements & minimize the "this looks 'Shopped" obviousness. Adding distance between the figures gives the composition more balance, and enhances the narrative tension between the figures. Also solves the problem with Daniel's eyeline. (I must've reversed the angle a dozen times throughout the manip-making process until I settled on the final version.)
blurred background

Am not 100% satisfied with the angles of lighting on the figures because there's a toplight shining down on Daniel's hair, and Vala's perfect backside in illuminated from the viewer's position. Adding in the 'memory' of Vala un-cuffing Daniel in 'The Ties That Bind' distracts from the toplight , and the butt-zoom fills in the empty space in the center -- narrative but cheesy elements.
with cheese

(no subject)

Date: 2012-02-28 08:03 pm (UTC)
paian: blank white (Default)
From: [personal profile] paian
Delightful manip, and the making-of is great! (If you have any interest in posting a link at [community profile] sg_art, please do -- I'm sure folks there would enjoy the picture and find the commentary useful and fun. /mod hat)

I especially like the way you put in the nightstand and changed the picture on the wall, and I love their expressions.

(no subject)

Date: 2012-02-25 06:33 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I want those. The underwear...the pick.

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Date: 2012-02-25 09:49 pm (UTC)
ext_391411: There is a god sitting here with wet fingers. (cleavage)
From: [identity profile]
In what size? (The underwear, the people... you pick.)

(no subject)

Date: 2012-02-25 11:44 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
OMG! A wonderful manip *and* tutorial to go with it! This is fantastic! I love the work you've put in here and how you brought together all the elements of this image, I just want to continue staring! :D

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Date: 2012-02-26 02:20 am (UTC)
ext_391411: Vala had her hand on that sword hilt a long time. (metaphor)
From: [identity profile]
Yay thanks!

I didn't go into detail about *ahem* enhancing the bulge in Daniel's underpants. There was "shrinkage" in the source pic due to the model being in cold water, so there was a lot of Smudge tool and Paintbrush action involved in higher-than-room-temp Daniel's reaction to Vala's exhibitionism. I also smudged down the abdominal muscles, because he's an archaeologist, not a weight training addict.

(no subject)

Date: 2012-02-26 12:14 am (UTC)
ext_28912: (Default)
From: [identity profile]
I'm in awe of everything you went through to create this lovely tableau. Commence slow clap and immense respect.

(no subject)

Date: 2012-02-26 02:33 am (UTC)
ext_391411: Vala had her hand on that sword hilt a long time. (metaphor)
From: [identity profile]

I get in two moods while manipping: obsessing over forcing everything to match my "vision", and resignation that lets me shrug & say "aw fuggit" when it doesn't, which can lead to happy accidents. This manip makes me laugh instad of cringe.

(no subject)

Date: 2012-02-26 12:44 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Fascinating explanation of the work involved in pulling this together. From the original story I was imagining a a g-string that fastened at each hip with the hand-cuffs but I suppose that in reality it would probably be more comfortable to actually wear with just one fastening point at the back.

(no subject)

Date: 2012-02-26 02:51 am (UTC)
ext_391411: Vala had her hand on that sword hilt a long time. (metaphor)
From: [identity profile]
Right?! I totally imagined the same underwear as you, and was frustrated when I couldn't find it online. I saw one panty that had true-size handcuffs looped on as decoration in the front, but didn't serve as a closures.

I suspect that Daniel didn't bother unclasping the tiny things anyway and just peeled off the entire panty to get to the goods. ;D

(no subject)

Date: 2012-02-26 03:12 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
From the search I did for the panties with the side fasteners (found the original picture you used too)I suspect Daniel wouldn't have to be bothered removing anything...most of the g-strings I came across were crotchless anyway

(no subject)

Date: 2012-02-26 03:42 am (UTC)
ext_391411: Vala had her hand on that sword hilt a long time. (metaphor)
From: [identity profile]

The appropriateness of crotchless handcuff panties amuses me more than it should.

I've actually tried sexytimes while wearing crotchless panties, and found out why I rarely see them used in porn films: they still get in the way!

(no subject)

Date: 2012-02-26 05:54 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
all depends on when/how one is wearing them...under a skirt they can be pretty useful...

(no subject)

Date: 2012-02-26 05:43 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Love it! Oh, and the look on Daniel's face? It totally looks like he can't wait to get those off of her! :)

(no subject)

Date: 2012-02-26 06:41 am (UTC)
ext_391411: Vala had her hand on that sword hilt a long time. (metaphor)
From: [identity profile]
Yup, Daniel's got that patient-but-ready-to-pounce look. ;D

(no subject)

Date: 2012-03-02 12:51 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Holy Hannah! I read the story and now we've got the visual! Complete D/V heaven :)

(Love the tute!)

I heart you XX

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Date: 2012-03-02 10:22 pm (UTC)
ext_391411: Vala had her hand on that sword hilt a long time. (metaphor)
From: [identity profile]
I heart you, too baby! :D

I thoroughly enjoyed posting about the manip-building process.

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