Formation

Formation

Did you know I’m a queen? No. Really. Let me explain.

Every Mardi Gras, the following Sunday is Super Sunday. At this time, Mardi Gras Indians come out to show off their costumes, which they painstakingly made over the course of a year, leading a tribe of people along with them to battle with others for superiority on the streets. The “battle” consists of song, dance, and the costumes themselves. It’s a dying tradition–which is why I’ve been trying to take up masking these past few years.

It used to be that Mardi Gras Indians created their costumes with whatever they could find. Sequins, beads, whatever they had. Over the years, costumes became more and more elaborate until it became a financial burden to create them. Feathers are going to cost you hundreds to make a proper costume now, beads another couple hundred. And everyone is always trying to outdo each other. This was a problem for me. How on earth could I even justify spending so much on plumage when I had bills, you know?

I figured I could replace the beads with clever painting (easy to do), but the feathers? That was a problem.

That changed with the help of some cosplayers, who showed me how to create faux feathers with spray paint and thick enough card stock. Thanks to them, I can carefully construct my cultural costume over the course of a year as tradition dictates.

Heads of tribes or Big Chiefs or Big Queens. Hm… Big Queen Cake. Do you think that’s a nice name?

GEMC Trawler at Half Hitch (Blake Sea)

Today I’m at Turnbuckle Island! I know Gogo was seaside recently too–this is also what I do on my spare time, I come to Turnbuckle, rez a ship, and sail on the Blake Sea. I just got this awesome trawler from GEMC, which is very fun to drive, so you’re welcome to come along whenever I’m sailing! I’m hoping to get a Bandit 60 soon.

What I’m Wearing
Exile – Bond Girl Friday
!gO! – Cosette corset and skirt*
Empty Pockets – Sunnies – Stay True

*available at We <3 RP.

Hi! I’m Aemeth. I paint and make things in SL for fun. Read my blog at Aemy Says.

Failure

Failure

“What failure? Where?” you ask, because the title of this post is certainly intriguing, isn’t it? There’s no failure in this picture. But ah, that’s where I’ve got you. It’s on my face. Look closer.

You probably recognize it–a style of skins I’ve attempted before. I released three in the past, plus one mesh head that didn’t sell too well. Would you like to know something else? There were seven more skin attempts I went through that never saw the light of day. I never showed anyone anything because I was afraid of people laughing at me.

I worked on this one after creating an amalgamation of my failure skins together, blending each face until a new one appeared from the combined Photoshop layers. I kept working on them, and then put them on several different mesh heads to see what spots on the face needed improvement and what didn’t. When I was done, I showed my friends. And many of them liked it! I was shocked because–all that failure. All that failure. What made the “no” finally turn into a “yes”?

Passing that threshold for a lot of people also means crossing a line of fear. You are not used to “yes”. You’re used to “no”, “stop”, “wait just a little longer”, which after a while you accept future notions of rejection and stop putting in so much effort. You accept yourself as less-than, you stop reaching so high. When a “yes” finally appears, it becomes you that is hesitant. What if you proceed only to find another “no” somewhere down the line? What if someone doesn’t like the idea of you doing well and tries to make that happen for you?

If you think I might be using the progress of creating a skin as a larger metaphor, you’re right. I might even be talking about another area of my life right now, a parallel story in rl that I may never tell you.

Life is full of secret skin failures. Each one held a lesson for me in what mistakes I made in the past. And I think it’s funny that by combining them, I created a skin that works. Maybe not everyone would like it, but certainly a lot more than in the past. And that’s a good enough starting point for me. I can build from there.

You can, too, with whatever you’re doing. Sort through those failures. Collate them and think about what lesson each one held. There’s a “yes” if you combine them. It’s all in the arrangement.

What I’m Wearing

Skin: My own! Coming soon.
Shirt/Vest/Pants: Azuchi – Archer set*
Neck/Collar: Peqe – Royal Neck*
Hair: Moon – Boa
Cloak: Peqe – Monster Vest (Black)
Scratches: Skinnery – Markings*
Pose – !bang

*available at We <3 Roleplay this month.

Song: Eduard Artemyev – “Siberiade” Theme
(which was later remixed into a popular version by PPK)

Hi! I’m Aemeth. I paint and make things in SL for fun. Read my blog at Aemy Says.

Mini-Coven

October

So some grid artists and I got together on the Art Co-op sim’s hostel area and began to build a really cool encampment. Anyone can stop by and plop down their addition; mine was this basic shipping container, which I challenged myself to fill appropriately.

How do you like the interior? Since it’s October, I decorated it like a mini-coven area, complete with these cauldrons I picked up from A.D.D. Andel at We <3 Roleplay. I LOVE these! You can change the color of the liquid so it suits whatever you’re doing. It also comes with various options, like cauldrons with steam/without steam, with/without a stirring stick, etc.

I also got this adorable free ghostie from Ohmai, and had to rez it for this picture! It’s a thank-you gift from the store’s owner, Anya Ohmai, for people tuning in to her Twitch stream to learn about 3d modeling. The turnout for classes have been great. It’s awesome to see so many people in Second Life wanting to expand their creative skillsets.

Is it just me, or does everyone think that if we all set out to make a video game and put it on Steam, it would be utterly kickass and feature a ton of female game content creators? We have a lot of women in Second Life who create amazing mesh products every day. Outside of here, the amount of female game creators isn’t so high. If we held a game jam in SL, how awesome would it be to see programmers and artists coming together to make a game? Then you can put the game on Steam or Itch.io and make some money!

October

Shoutout to one of my friends who hates spiders. Look at my glasses! Hehehe. <3

What I’m Wearing

Pink Fuel Skin
Logo Alex Mesh Head
Hair: Chemistry – Taylor
Dress: COCO – Shirt Dress (Group Gift)
Le Primitif – Grandpa’s Favorite Hat
Nylon Outfitters – Cat Ring (Porcelain)
Kibitz – Clitch ring (Peridot)
Nuville – BOO Sunglasses
LVLE – Pointed Flats
Miamai – Snail Scarf
Pose – Bang @ We <3 Roleplay

Song: Hannah Diamond – Pink And Blue

Hi! I’m Aemeth. I paint and make things in SL for fun. Read my blog at Aemy Says.

Pink Fuel And Logo

Pink Fuel and Logo

The new Pink Fuel appliers for the Logo Alex head are out! I was so excited to get these and try them on the mesh head I purchased for myself. You’ve definitely seen the Logo mesh heads on Juicybomb before, because Gogo reviewed them here, here, and here.

“Can this Pink Fuel applier work for other mesh heads, such as the Catwa and Chloe heads?” The answer from Mochi is yes, but since they aren’t intended for those heads, you need to demo the applier first. You can do that here.

What would I like to see from Logo in the future for their mesh heads? Well, with the Kemono mesh avatar, you can apply different textures to the eyes and eyebrows, so that’s definitely one thing I’d like to see. Cosmetic applier layers are another. If all of that were Omega-friendly, I think it would be the best mesh head out there. The expressions are fantastic, as Gogo has mentioned in her review, and you can customize it so well that you won’t look like anyone else.

Pink Fuel and Logo

I’m taking some inspiration in terms of style from my friend Jaqualine, who shoots beautiful vintage photos and always looks perfectly put-together. This hair I’m wearing is from Murray, which I originally recommended Jaqualine pick up… but I’m totally wearing it for myself today! I feel like a young Anna-Nicole!

Pink Fuel and Logo

SO. It’s October, and it’s high season for some scary movies. Because of this, I opened up a little movie theatre on my store parcel for people to watch old Troma films. If you are familiar with Troma Entertainment, they’ve got a slew of movies you can watch for free on Youtube. This week, I have Class of Nuke’Em High streaming at the theatre, so take your friends and enjoy some popcorn on me!

What I’m Wearing

Logo Alex Head
Pink Fuel Skin Applier
Hair: Murray – Catherine
Earrings: Yummy – Faceted Solitaire
Necklace: Donna Flora – Andrea

Song: Lana Del Rey – Music To Watch Boys To

Hi! I’m Aemeth. I paint and make things in SL for fun. Read my blog at Aemy Says.

Vivara

Vivara

Hello from Vivara! I found this amazing new game hall that has both freeplay and skill gaming areas. It’s trussed up like a resort (and even has a poolside lounge!), so you can hang out at the luxury bar, go see a show, do some shopping (coming soon!) and take your friends to play Greedy and MooLoTo.

The other day I watched a Greedy tournament at Vivara and saw someone win 10k. Ten thousand lindens! That’s a lot. Maybe I should ditch my canvases and go be a professional gamer?

If you live in a state or country that allows you to visit Vivara in Second Life, you can go check them out here.

I’m wearing the Sunny mesh head from Genesis in this post! I wish it had expressions so I could wear it all the time. However, it’s a great gift head and awesome for making outfits with. As for a more permanent head to wear, I did find one, but you’ll have to find out next post what it is.

See you then!

What I’m Wearing

Genesis – Sunny Mesh Head (group gift)
Elikatira – Conclusion
Ryvolter – Mink Princess Stole
Blueberry – Rylai Dress
[ a.e.meth ] – Lucky Smoke Cigarettes
Post – Laika Cocktail

Song: Lana Del Rey – Old Money

Hi! I’m Aemeth. I paint and make things in SL for fun. Read my blog at Aemy Says.
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