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Second Life: Broke down in paradise

Events: Pose Fair is now open.  TP Here.   Also, check out Cosmopolitan

Credits: (Check landmark page for links)

Outfit Shirt & Pants: RUST REPUBLIC [silhouette] @ Cosmopolitan

Head: Catwa Lona

Skin: Pumec (skin in the gacha machine inside the store)

Eyes: Catwa Mesh Eyes

Eye Appliers: Suicidal Unborn – -SU!- Osanna Eyes Fatpack (The Fatpack has more color options)

Hair: DOUX – Jessa Hairstyle

Body: Maitreya Lara

Pose: ::WetCat:: ‘Fresh’ Prop set [Bento]

Location: Baja Isles 

Second Life: Little Lamb

Credits: (Check out landmark page for other landmarks)

Outfit: RUST REPUBLIC [a simpl truth] gray body maitreya (The owner is such a sweetheart.  Check her stuff out. Mainstore)

Head: Catwa Lona Bento

Skin: Pumec  (This is a skin in the gacha machine inside the store)

Eyes: Catwa Mesh Eyes

Eye Appliers: Suicidal Unborn – -SU!- Osanna Eyes Fatpack (The Fatpack has more color options)

Hair: Lamb. Wide Awake

Ears: HARO Ripped Ears

Rings: .pt. deity ring – delux – m

Body: Maitreya Lara

Pose: ::WetCat::& UnFlat ‘Winds’ Pinwheel

Second Life: Good Ole Fashion Stabbin

The Pose Fair is coming up on October 19th and KoKoLoReS has come out with some new poses. Tp to Pose Fair!

Credits:

Pose: [KoKoLoReS] Honey, I killed the pumpkin

Hair: KoKoLoReS – [KKLRS] Hair – Keira

Head: Catwa Lona Bento

Skin: Pumec (This is a skin in the gacha machine at the main store)

Eyes: Catwa Mesh Eyes

Eye Applier: Suicidal Unborn – -SU!- Osanna Eyes Fatpack (Fatpack has extra colors)

Body: Maitreya Lara

Dress: =Zenith=Witch dress (Bones) Maitreya

 

Second Life: Say those prayers on your knees

A Halloween look for Second Life!

Credits:

Head: Catwa Lona (Bento)

Skin: Pumec (This is a skin from a gacha machine inside the store)

Body: Maitreya

Hair: Doux Dreemdoll

Eyes: Catwa Eyes

Eye Appliers: Sarah Eyes pack by Madame Noir

Lips: Izzie’s – Bloody Lips

Eye Shadow: Bossie

Ears: ^^Swallow^^ Ears Elf HD – High Definition

Blood Body Tattoo: +Psycho Barbie+ [Satanic Blood]

 

 

Second Life: Is it fall yet?

Credits:

Head: Catwa Lona (Bento)

Body: Maitreya Lara

Skin: Pumec (From a Gacha inside the store)

Eyes: Catwa Eyes

Eye Appliers: Euphoric Riri

Hair: [RA] Britney Hair (Recolor) – Browns

Ears: L’Etre – Streched mesh ears

Eyeshadow: Bossie – Doll

Lip gloss: LUXREBEL – Rose Glossy Lipstick (Catwa)

Necklace: Kibitz – Saralie’s necklace collection – gold

Jumper: .BF. Lona Romper Orange

Second Life: Everytime, I see you.

I’m so excited I won this give away from Euphoric on Facebook!  I won new eye appliers for my Genus Eyes!

I own a lot of eyes from Euphoric.  I just think they are amazing and beautiful but most of them are for my Catwa Eyes.  So it’s nice to have some for my Genus Eyes.

Check out the Euphoric Main Store. 

Credits: (See Landmark Page on the top menu for links)

Eyes: .euphoric ~Deep Love  Eyes Collection~[Genus] Fatpack

Head: GENUS Project – Genus Head – Baby Face W001 – Mocap

Body: Maitreya Lara

Skin: #7  [PUMEC] –  ZARA  – MARCH — GENUS app.

Hair: Foxy – Plush Hair (Natural Ombre) (Found this today at the Kustom 9 event)

Dress: _CandyDoll_ Cara Dress Nude

 

Second Life: Pet Peeves – A Rant!

This is a rant blog because I am so annoyed at several things that constantly happen at events. (See below credits)

Credits: 

Head: Catwa Lona Bento

Hair: DOUX – Mineko hairstyle [DELUXE HUD]

Skin: Pumec (This is a skin from a gacha machine instead the store.  I don’t believe it has a name)

Body: Maitreya Lara

Eyes: Catwa

Eye Appliers: .euphoric ~Riri Eyes  Applier ~[Catwa]

Lip Gloss: Update Finally figured out the lip gloss I always wear.  I’ll update the landmarks page too.   LUXREBEL – Rose Glossy Lipstick (Catwa)

Dress: .::Dead Dollz::. Roxanne Dress – Blush (unpacked)

Rings: .pt. deity ring – delux – gal

 

Rant!

For the love of God, why..why …Do I always see this at events?

  •  Please, just give the person the demo when they click on it.  Stop with the unpacking and unpacking again.  Lord Almighty!  I just want to try on your product.  Just give it to me without unpacking anything.  It’s laggy for FFS!
  •  Please, do not slap “Demo” across the avatars face when trying on a demo. (Unless it’s a skin)   I need to see how the hair or whatever looks with my face and if there is a big ass mesh demo in the face area…you just end up pissing customers off.   I’m not promoting anybody’s product but picture below is somebody that has done a good job with their demo – see how the face is visible?  Please, do that.
  • Stop making the demo container so small, it’s hard for somebody to find especially if they are camming from another sim!  If you make hair – just make your promotional picture the place where your demo is at.  It’s pretty much standard that people will click that picture and it is super easy to find.
  • Please, you make wonderful products and I just want to try them – help me out here!!

/End Rant.

 

Second Life: Photography Tutorial Part 1

A lot of people have asked me over the years how I take close up pictures and how I make the models eyes look so expressive.

Here’s are some things that I do when I take pictures.  I’ll start with my graphic settings for the pictures.

Graphic Preferences: (Click on any to enlarge)

I take my pictures in Ultra graphics.  If your computer cannot handle Ultra, try high or medium.  They will be at least better than low.

I save my pictures roughly around 6000 pixel width to 3000 / 4000 pixel height. After I am finished editing in photoshop, I will resize the picture to around 2000 pixels in width.  It’s better to save your picture as large as you can and then resize after editing.  I can try to explain this one all day but trust me, you will want to do this.

I use firestorm as my viewer. I find it’s better for taking pictures then the default SL viewer.

I use photo tools a lot.  The main thing I do is change the Depth of view -view angle.  I don’t turn Depth of Field on.  I just use the view angle on that tab.

DOF view angle combined with the free cam tool, you can use the mouse wheel to zoom in closer than you usually can.

See Part Two – Editing the face shape to make the eyes look more expressive

Second Life: Photography Tutorial Part 2

Photography tutorial part 2: How I make the eyes look so expressive.

Emotion in the eyes:

When it comes to capturing emotions in the eyes, I do a few tricks.  It’s not natural by any means.

1.       I do use mesh eyes. (Catwa eyes to be exact)  The hud that comes with the Catwa eyes allows you to move the eyes in different directions. This is helpful when you are posing to have the eyes stay in the position that you want them in.  You do not have to use Catwa eyes but it is handy to have that Hud with the eyes.

2.       Depending on what emotion I am trying to capture, I will move the mesh eyes up or down.  I find if I want to capture anger, hostility or even a sensual pose; I move the iris more towards the top of the eyelid. If I am looking for a soft, sad, depressed or even a more innocent expression; I move the iris closer to the bottom.  (See pictures below)

3.       I edit my face shape.  I have several shapes saved for pictures that I custom made myself.  With one shape, the outer corner of the eyes are intentionally turned downwards.  (Not a lot because I don’t want to make it super noticeable)  This gives the face a natural sadden appearance.  When you experience grief or are crying, the outer corners of your eyes will turn downwards.  When you are overjoyed or excited, those outer corners will turn up.  So based on the type of picture is the shape I use.

4.       Not all mesh eyes are created equal.  I think we all can tell the difference between noob eyes and high quality eyes.  I tend to use eyes that I know will photograph well.  There are a lot of good quality eyes that look great but for some reason just don’t photograph well. It’s just like real life when you think you look great and then somebody shows you a picture of yourself from a party and your eyes look like they belong in the black pits of hell.  After a lot of trial and error, I have found several people that make wonderful photographic worthy eyes.  (I have not tried all the eyes in Second Life – these are just my personal preference – use the eyes you personally like)

5.       Here are a list of eye makers to try out if you are struggling:  (Again, I use the Catwa Eye system with appliers from the designers below)

a.       A R T E

b.       Euphoric

c.       Go & See

d.       Song

e.       IKON (He doesn’t really update but his eyes are mesh and they come with a hud)

 

5.  Eyebrow shapes are seriously important to your picture.  The wrong eyebrow shape can really make your picture look like shit.   Here are two pictures using different eyebrow shapes: I think you can see the difference in facial expressions.

Will write up a tutorial for wind lights soon. So look for part three soon.

 

Second Life: Make it all feel better

Another wonderful hair by KoKoLoReS at the Hair Fair!   Kokolores is over in the blonde section.  Tp Here. 

Credits here:

Hair: [KKLRS] Hair – Brook

Head: Catwa Lona (Bento)

Skin: Pumec – From a gacha machine inside the store.

Ears: Pumec

Eyes: Catwa Eyes

Eye Appliers: .euphoric ~Vena  Eyes  Applier ~[Catwa]

Eye Shadow: Izzie’s Whiskey Smoke Eyeshadows

Body: Maitreya Lara

Back Tattoo:  A.T. cute devil::maitreya 40% (Main Store)

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