Another month is gone...it is now springtime, even it is not every day here in the northern Europe we can feel it. Outside it is raining, and it is under 10 degrees.
So still possible to spend time in front of the computer, and try to improve my skills in 3D building and photographing.
And that I have done, even not by writing posts to my blog.
I have been joining a couple of building contests, one in the group Dreams, and one in the group BOW.
What is this?
In the group Dreams in Second Life, there are many activities. Unfortunately, (for me) is most suited US time, so much of it, I can´t be involved. But in between, there are building competitions that take place over several days (weeks), and then a European also can contribute. The theme of this month was to choose a 2D image from RL and then build it up (with primarily prims) in 3D. We could use 110 prims / LI.The picture we had to choose might be anything, a theme from a fairy tale, from a famous artist, a cartoon or picture from RL.
In many years I have thought about to do something creative with the theme "The seven sins."
So now, when I practice photography in Second Life, here was an opportunity to make some photos with my avatar, and try to express "The Seven Sins.
It took time 🙂 Each final photo has cost me 1-2 evenings in Second Life, many many pictures, and 1-2 nights and lots of layers in Photoshop.
I´m quite happy with the result. Some pictures I´m more happy with than others, but all in all, I think it works.
Here are my photos:
There is a reason why I am not a fashion blogger 🙂
It has been a busy month both in my RL and in my more creative life in the virtual world.
I have participated in two building competitions.
One in the group B.A.D .where you can build with sculpts and prims. Here was the subject "Collage". I won a second prize --the supposed something with nature's music.
You can see collagen above.:)
In the Building Group BOW is Rottin back after a long break. He has kept a lesson in architecture from the theme Fallingwater- house.
Fallingwater is a house built between 1936 and 1939 of a waterfall in southwest Pennsylvania. Frank Lloyd Wright, America's most famous architect, designed the house for his clients, the Kaufmann family. It instantly became famous, and today it is a National Historic Landmark.
We had 14 days to construct a house inspired by this house. Either try to imitate it or at least to be inspired. Waterfall under the house had Rottin listed for all of us on the building platform. We can build in prims, sculpts or in the mesh.
It was a tough task. It is a complicated house, and it was not easy to read the blueprints. But in all circumstances: A fun challenge and about 12 -14 in world builders participated in the competition. Here is my humble contribution.
I know not yet the result of the competition, and, in fact, it is not so important to win. Now I have at least got a chance to replace my current home in SL 🙂
Just got a book by a fellow named "Time" (written by Ulrik Uggershoej, DK, physicist to Aarhus University)
He begins his book by quoting from a popular children's broadcast "Kaj and Andrea." In the show says Kaj (a frog) .. that "time is something strange " ..They sing a children's song, and follow it with, "Yes: Here you had 2 minutes."
The author delves into the concept of time and mentions among others, Albert Einstein's theory of relativity. I must avoid messing myself into too much of it, but the point is, than we often experience time very differently.
We all know that one minute can seem like a split second or less, or it may perceive as longer than an hour. At least it is, in my view, a long time since I've written here.. or I can see at the date that's been a few weeks. The weeks or days as the weeks comprises of, has flown away for me. And I have not felt that I had time to write here. Or ..probably it is just a question of priorities.
I have spent some time practicing, even more, to take photos in Second Life.
Just as we experience time very differently, the images also will bee interpreted differently. I try to get an expression, a feeling, a story up in my pictures. The emotions, the narrative, expressed in a whole through the motive, colors and the header of the picture. Or that's at least what I'm trying to get ahead. Then you decide whether you think it succeeded. 🙂
So I did it. I invested in a mesh head, and few hours after also a mesh body.
Long ago I switched hands and feet of my classic avatar to Slink mesh hands and feet.
I have long time considered whether I should get a mesh head or not. But when Bento was current, and several options to use facial expressions,it became even more attractive. But it's still lots of Linden to spent, so I hesitated.
But since I started photographing my avatar to learn how to use the camera, I've got more desire to decorate her with make-up and tattoos. And frankly, the add-ons to mesh heads are awesome.
Sooo .... I decided to buy a Catwa head. I got it installed, and I also supplemented it with few add-ons. But ... suddenly, .. yes, I thought that I could just as well jump right into it and switch to a Slink mesh body too.
And what a difference. Better shape, better skin, and my body suits my hands and feet perfectly.
I'm glad I have a Catwa head, but there is a little bit of challenge to get the texture of the neck to be in the same tone as the body. I found some tools to fix it..but I´m still not quite satisfied with the result, so I´m still working on it.
Now wait a lot of work ahead of selecting the clothes I want to keep and bring Slink addons. But also a lot of fun to adjust my avatar, and give her the personal look I want, so she reflects my personality 🙂