This sequence is loosely inspired by Raymond Chandler's novel 'Farewell, My Lovely' (released in 1940), which depicts the second outing of Phillip Marlowe, Chandler's now-famous fictional private eye. These renders are also a nod to classic film noir actors Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall, who co-starred in a film adaptation of another Raymond Chandler novel 'The Big Sleep'!
I worked almost totally in black-and-white for these. Instead of using a filter over everything at the end, I desaturated every texture in the scene individually.
Blender (Hard Ops and Facebuilder add-ons were both used for this)
Daz (I use Daz character models to figure out poses and also as avatars for Marvelous Designer simulations--none of the clothing or faces/hair in this scene come from Daz, though)
There are also Megascans assets filling in some of the scene's details. (After a while, I get bored of building my own props--Megascans to the rescue)