Archive for the ‘Shapes and skins’ Category

Reblog: The Eyes Have It

Eyes can matter a lot for a look, or for a role. Here's a selection of eyes from AtG articles and photo album additions over the past six months or so. Clockwise from the top: purple eyes for the "Amethyst Beguilement" shoot; blue mirror balls for "Auspicious"; my natural Poetic Gold Flake blues in my natural appearance; my Keiko avatar's green eyes (I always need to watch out for Lo Pan from "Big Trouble in Little China" when I'm using this avatar); a pair of glasses shows how important good eyes with depth and reflection can be; and some gold irises for the "Binary" pair.

Iris Ophelia, writing for New World Notes, has done an excellent piece on why eyes are so important to the well-groomed avatar’s look in Second Life.  From her story:

A good set of eyes are equally as important as a good skin, but because eyes are so small (and because we stare at the back of our avatar’s head more than the front) it’s easy to forget about them. I’ll admit that I almost never even credit the eyes I’m wearing with my outfits because they’re usually the smallest detail. Nevertheless I pay a lot of attention to how my eyes look in world and in pictures, so today I’m sharing some tips to getting the most out of your SL eyes

She has several excellent tips for you to go over and consider.  Why not cast your (real) eyes upon them?

The very first messy…I mean meshy post :) (via Villemo Inglewood)

Another blog I’ve added recently is Villemo Inglewood’s explore…dream…discover….. Here’s her take from today on the upcoming debut of meshes across the entire Grid. There are a few places you can try them out now, but you need to be a member for the most part. Read on, though, and you’ll read where you can be rad for free (as long as you’re using Viewer 3 beta).

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The very first messy...I mean meshy post :) As you all know Linden Lab© started to roll out mesh to regions across the grid and all sims are supposed to be mesh enabled by September. It means a huge revolution for all residents of Second Life®, especially creators and fashion designers. If you are so impatient like me and want to experiment with mesh creations, before they become more popular than prims or sculpts, you will need to download the latest Second Life Viewer Beta.  For now it i … Read More

via explore… dream… discover…
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The N’dali (via A Passion for Virtual Fashion)

Writing from Battle Creek, Michigan:

I’ve had to focus resources on other things besides the computer for a while, so my tower isn’t repaired yet.  (I hope I get it repaired in time to pay my rents in world!)  Once again I’m borrowing one of the family netbooks, which can’t run Second Life, to put something up on the blog and keep it alive.

But what I’m putting up is fabulous. Take a look at this encyclopedia entry from Harper Beresford!

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The N'dali “The N’dali of the temperate forests and hills of Southern Peninsula of Melanasia are an independent tribe of traders and craftspeople. They are most noted for their fine metalwork and technology in working with exotic creature skins and feathers such as those of the phoenix and dragon. Their people are homogenous with genetic markers such as pale fine caucasian skin, thick dark black hair and most amazingly, golden eyes, which appear ubiquitousl … Read More

via A Passion for Virtual Fashion

 

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Leather Cinderella (via A Passion for Virtual Fashion)

I love it when someone does a great piece of writing. Harper Beresford’s fashion taste is great here, too. Go forth, and enjoy!

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Leather Cinderella Once upon a time in a homestead sim far far away (probably Zindra), in a stately sculpty chateau lived a widowed gentleman and his lovely daughter, Cinderella. While he loved his daughter, he was concerned for her well-being—he thought she needed a mother to teach her how to tweak her shape and position her eyelashes. So he partnered a woman, HotMama51 Paine,  who had two daughters—Squeakieee278 Resident and 2Fly4U Afterthought and gave her … Read More

via A Passion for Virtual Fashion

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Carmen Was a Hussy (via It’s Only Fashion)

Many of us already know these basic editing techniques; but there are many newbies coming along looking for advice, and so the more publicity such information gets, the better. Besides, it’s a great dress!

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Carmen Was a Hussy I am wearing the Carmen dress from Kunglers for Fashion For Life. It’s clear it’s inspiration comes from the fiery Carmen of Bizet’s opera. Carmen is an opera filled with catchy tunes that you will find yourself humming for days. The music is beautiful and makes it easy to forget what a misogynistic story it is. It’s all too familiar. A man who cannot accept that the woman he loves does not love him decides that if he can’t have her, no one will, … Read More

via It’s Only Fashion

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I Love Viewer 2 Makeup!

The Version 2 viewers have been controversial; but there is one definite hit with couturiers:  the new “tattoo” layer.  An ugly word for a layer that has so much versatility built into it.  I know, Emerald-heads; you’ve had additional attachment points for prims for a year or two.  But nobody in my experience supported them besides Emerald; I never got them to work; and, with Emerald now viewer non grata on the Grid, that option is fried.  Why not try something that is supported and tons better?  They give a Resident a flexibility in looks that skins aren’t able to, or are too expensive for most purchases.

For instance, in a story I’m writing for my own amusement, I have a space traveler visiting an alien world.  Bare Rose has an old costume called Space Agent, which I pulled on for this occasion:

I love golden skin; I guess I should have been a daughter of Auric Goldfinger.  And I love Hallowe’en, which gives me a chance to really dress up, at least in Second Life.  So I’ve combined the two here, at The Looking Glass.  But most gold skins I’ve found, except for Adam n Eve’s need makeup, and (with love and respect to Sachi Vixen) I think Adam n Eve’s is a little pale usually.  I want a richer coloration.  So here I’m wearing a skin from Wunderlichs, available in INSILICO SOUTH.  (You may remember my story series from earlier this year, which I shot in INSILICO.)  And now, to get some color onto my face.

The good thing about the tattoo layer is that you can combine elements together.  Just right click and select Add instead of Wear.  I believe you have a maximum of five or six items you can combine on the layer, at least in Kirstens S20 viewer, which should be enough for most needs.  It was sufficient here, with one left over before I hit 5.

The main complaint, as I noted, was lipstick.  On this, Adam n Eve have the right prescription.  Their skin was okay, but their new lipstick gives me a pop of crimson just where it counts.  (They have quite a number of shades, as well as eyeshadow, nail polish and a species of “body makeup” that tints the entire skin.)  After that, the eyes became the focus.  First comes eyeliner, which I obtained at Miamai; their LesMakeups 02 does the job here.  For shadow, Tattanooga has quite a collection of possibilities, and this Everyday 026 was my choice, since I was leaning toward purple and blue as my scheme above the gold skin.  The one thing I wasn’t satisfied with was the eyebrows on the skin, and trying a different bald cap than my normal didn’t darken them any.  The thing, then, was to cover them up.  Enter White~Widow, who have some very exotic possibilities I’d just acquired recently.  I selected Jellyfish, which completely concealed the brows and gave me an even more alien, exotic appearance.  (I did have lashes, but the bands around my Analog Dog Kathryn hair were on the same attachment point, and I didn’t try to do an add with them — which I think I could have done, actually.  I’ll have to check on that when I log back in, as I’m still in the costume.)

If there’s a Hallowe’en party sometime soon, I think I’m ready this year; don’t you?

I named almost everything already, but a few things weren’t mentioned, so:

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The Details:

Fantasy Fit for a Queen (Updated)

(UPDATE:  Cajsa Lilliehook has done a set of photos on this style as well, recently uploaded to her Flickr stream.  Check out the set.)

One of the wonderful things about Second Life, to me, is the pure fantasial aspect.  You can be or dress anything you choose to be; a librarian can be a grunge biker, a debutante can be a goth, a human can be a dragon or a small furry otter.  Or you can dress yourself like the richest and most powerful person you can imagine, even if you’re living in RL on a beer-and-pretzels budget.

Try this confection, for instance.  A simple gown, with the addition of some wonderful things, becomes a style fit for a queen.  Indeed, the gown is named Queen, from Gold in the Night and Elisea Carter.

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