Postprocessed

Portrait 05 April

I have been playing a bit in Photoshop tonight and tried new things. You can see the result above. It is heavily postprocessed. Do not rely on this picture for the colors though I have tried to keep the beautiful color of the IKON Ardent eyes as close to original as possible.

And if you want a before / after, here is the before:

new shape2

The skin is one of this month best buys from Belleza so get it while it is only for 400 L$.

Credits:

Skin: –Belleza– Mya SK BBB R 1
Eyes: IKON Ardent Eyes – Feldgrau (S)
Hair: [LeLutka]-DEMETER hair – SummerTime

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River

River

Credits:

Shape: Dunes River (work in progress)
Skin: -Belleza- Ava Med 1
Eyes: IKON Eternal Eyes – Pond (S)
Hair: [e] Sound – Brown 04
Top: ISON – detzel leather shirt -M- (tan) at Collabor88
Pants: Color.Me.H.O.F Mesh [Briston Trousers[Khaki]_M at Collabor88
Ring: Zaara : Raga oyster ring *paua* (silver)
Nails: [PM]Pixel Mode – Diamond Edt. Mesh Nails : Regular
Shoes: [Gos] Grace Sandal – Silver Snake – M
Pose: Diesel Works

August Fameshed

Fameshed August<a

Credits:

Shape: ** Dunes ** Lizbeth (work in progress)
Skin: *League* Isla Suntan Champagne Black (Chest D)
Eyes: IKON Horizon Eyes v2 – Light Grenada (M)
Hair: /Wasabi Pills/ Sylvie Mesh Hair – Night shadow at FaMESHed
Top: *GF*[Mesh] Frill Bikini bra -orange-[M] at FaMESHed
Shorts: Tee*fy Abbey Highwaist Basics LimeSherbet Short M at FaMESHed
Bracelet: Tres Blah -tb- Viva La Bracelets (no longer available)
Earrings: [Auxiliary] Alluring Earrings_E – Gold at FaMESHed
Pose: Glitterati

The Secret Store Babydoll

Lizbeth Babydoll

Maylee Oh has a new babydoll dress at The Secret Store with seven different textures including hand dyed patterns, lace and geometric designs, going from sweet and girly to more modern pattrerns. I have picked the Graph It Up one for this picture for its sixties touch.

While you are at The Secret Store, get the Lady Swing Skirt, a long retro skirt with a lovely belt shaped as a rose. The crimson color is a bargain for Lazy Sunday.

Lady Swing in Crimson

Credits:

Shape: ** Dunes ** Lizbeth Shape (work in progress)
Skin: –Glam Affair– Roza – Natural Summer 01 D at The Dressing room
Lipstick: –Glam Affair – Leah Lipstick 15
Eyes: IKON Utopia Eyes – Pale Trojan Blue (S)
Eyelashes: [LeLutka]-SEDUCTRESS volume sculpted lashes
Hair: =DeLa*= Mesh Hair “Eloise” Black 1
Dress: [S]The Secret Store – Babydoll – Graph It Up
Tights: The Secret Store – Lace knit socks – Dark Zebra
Ring and Earring: [ glow ] studio – Pearl Cross at The Dressing room
Bracelet: *League* Wanderer -Black- Bracelet -Wrist (4 Strands)
Nails: Izzie’s – Spring/Summer 2012 Classic Nails
Teeth: Teeth layer *REDGRAVE*
Poses: (pda)

Digits – Take 2

Tanaquil digits 2012

A bit more than one year after her first digits challenge, Strawberry Singh is asking us how our shapes have evolved since the introduction of residents made mesh clothing in Second Life.

Another change from last year is that Berry is inviting us to use a new Avatar ruler which should give more correct values. This should also give us all a common base to compare our heights. I was estonished to discover Tanaquil’s shape is much taller than what I used to think. She is 1m89 (6’6”) while the official viewer announces 1m69. That’s quite a difference. I am not sure I will shrink her much more though as proportions in Second Life are so wrong, for furnitures for example, that making smaller avatar will only make them look like a bit more lost in chairs designed for giants.

Strawberry Singh is also asking us to answer three questions about our shapes:

1. How has the introduction of mesh affected your SL, if at all? Are you open to wearing mesh often or do you still shy away from it?

I have a love and hate relationship with mesh. While I love the clothes to look so much better, not only because they are following the moves of the body but also because it allows high resolution texturesn, I hate all the restrictions it is bringing. Nethertheless, I am almost wearing mesh all the time, mainly because most of my favorite designers have gone to all mesh creations. Unfortunately, other designers I used to like aswell and who have not joined the mesh revolution seem to release much less new goodies. I hope they won’t disappear. If they were releasing nice items, I would probably buy them, mesh or not.

2. Have you changed your shape to fit into mesh? If so, did you go bigger or smaller?

Yes, though I keep changing my shape all the time. I have tried to make a shape according to the standard sizing system but I didn’t like it and it seems standard size does not seem the same for everyone. With one designer’s clothes, it is going to fit perfectly but when I try another’s it is not ok and I have to modify the shape. In other words, I almost change my shape for every outfit and in the end, I don’t care anymore to try to fit into a standard shape. I keep it roughly between S and M. I have first shrinked the shape to make it fit a S but it is too skinny for my taste without clothes so I have made her rounder and more feminine again though at times, a glimpse of flesh is showing through but I do not care much.

3. Do you think the mesh deformer will resolve a lot of the issues people seem to have with mesh and will it encourage you to wear mesh more often, if you don’t already?

I am curious to see what the mesh deformer is going to make but I haven’t tried to follow its development so I don’t know much about it. I haven’t looked at my digits from last year so I have no idea if it has changed a lot, it might or not as it changes all the time anyway. I am not sure the mesh deformer will make my second life much easier. Wait and see.

To conclude this post, I would like to thank Strawberry Singh who is giving us an opportunity to see how shapes are evolving with the changes brought to Second Life.

Credits:

Skin: –Belleza– Lily V1 Med 2
Hair: [LeLutka]-CACHET – SummerTime
Lingerie: Zaara : Aksaka lingerie *garnet*
Pose: Diesel Works

Taylor Shape Out Now

Dunes Taylor Shape

The new ** Dunes ** shape, Taylor, is finaly released. Following a friend’s request, she is much more curvy than what I am used to make though she still fits a size M. I have been working a lot on the body and the face so I hope you’ll like her.

Dunes Taylor shape Full

** Dunes ** Taylor shape is now available on the marketplace or at the store in world. As always, please try a free demo before you purchase it.

Credits:

Skin: –Belleza– Lily V1 Med 0
Eyes: IKON Horizon Eyes v2 – Pale Glass (S)
Hair: =DeLa*= Mesh Hair “Mango” Blonde 2
Bikini: Kyoot – Day Trip Bikini – Essaouira
Earring: LaGyo_Alice earring at Fairy Tales event
Poses: Torridwear

brushplay again 2

A third version of the Lily skin is now available at Belleza. This one has red brows and freckles. The face is a great combination of softness and feminity yet thanks to the shading, it doesn’t look too young.

Reading feeds has become very valuable for me since I am often away from Second Life lately and I miss a lot of new releases. I was happy to learn that Emery is joining the mesh bandwagon. I am showing here a yummy top but there is also a short dress with ethnic prints. You can also admire on a lot blogs the new mesh hair by DeLa. The styles are so very sexy and feminine, perfect for the new shape I am working on. I would have wished a bit more contrast in the textures, or roots options and they would have been perfect for me.

brushplay again

I have played again with hair brushes, a bit too much but it was fun so I couldn’t stop. I have refined a bit the Taylor shape so maybe I will release it soon. The body is much more curvy when what I am used to make but it looks very sexy this way while still fitting a size M.

Credits:

Shape: ** Dunes ** Taylor Shape Size M (not released yet)
Skin: –Belleza– Lily V1 Med 4 (cleavage)
Eyes: IKON Horizon Eyes v2 – Pale Glass (S)
Hair: =DeLa*= Mesh Hair “Mango” Blonde 2
Top: Emery – Mesh Top Cersei (Blonde) – S
Pants: Maitreya Flare Jeans (for heels) * M #5
Belt: {mon tissu} Seneca Threaded Leather Belt ~ Worn
Earrings: (Yummy) Observation Earrings
Bangles: SIGMA Jewels/ Chic bangles (gold)
Poses: TorridWear