I’m on an alien kick lately so hopefully you all appreciate a good extraterrestrial now and again ^^ Aliens have always been my biggest fear. There’s something about a hostile intelligent being that isn’t quite human but still seems familiar that terrifies me. I used to pull the blankets over my head as a child thinking that the thin fibers would serve as an impenetrable hideout during their midnight invasions.
Everything I’m wearing is mesh. Everything. Well, that killer gun by Utilizator isn’t but I honestly consider that a prop more than anything else. My body, outfit, head, and hair are all mesh though!
The mesh face is new and by the creator LOGO. I have grown pretty fond of it! It doesn’t look like my usual characters but I think that’s a good thing. It’s nice to have a change of pace. The face is sculpted into one shape but the creator gave a really detailed HUD that allows you to change eyeshadow, eye color, brow color, blush, eye lashes, nose shading/texture, and even facial expressions! At the bottom of this entry you’ll see multiple snaps of the expressions side by side. It’s exciting to have a sculpted lip with teeth showing that doesn’t look terrible from the side. Love that!
The only issue I have with the mesh face is that when I’m taking photographs I like to up all of my graphics and max out everything. I personally find that this face looks best without atmospheric shaders on. Once I flip everything on the nose tends to look wider and the nostrils look a bit jagged. I’ve tried tons of different windlight settings to attempt to get the best results. If you do want to shoot using the mesh face, I find that “Places Astryls Wild” without atmospheric shaders on looks fantastic. It has a bit of a retro cartoon vibe. The face looks like an old school pin up babe and she’s stunning ^^ (The side-by-side expressions screenshots at the end of this post have atmospheric shaders turned off.)
The mesh body/outfit is a mesh avatar set by FlexE. The option I’m using is the clothed avatar without the head. That way I could use the mesh head by LOGO. It also works with the standard SL avatar head. While I am really, really happy with the quality of this piece, I am a little sad it didn’t come with a no head option on the nude version. I bought the avatar in world so at first I thought I was maybe just missing the headless option. I checked online, however, and the creator, hhefestos, explains in their marketplace listing that this is because there is no way to custom match the body to the avatar’s head, but I would have loved to give it a try. It’s one of my dreams to have a fabulous mesh body to use with my usual avatar head (or even a fabulous mesh one). Nevertheless, I am very pleased with both my FlexE purchase and my purchase from LOGO. It’s so exciting to see new mesh creations from talented designers and creators!
*Another photo, a video, and the style card are just beyond the cut: