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JuicyBomb Second Life Fashion Blog – Virtual World http://juicybomb.com Established in 2007, JuicyBomb is a Second Life blog featuring reviews, tutorials, and events coverage. Tue, 16 Aug 2016 02:50:39 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.5.3 The 2016 Guide To Skin-Painting Basics http://juicybomb.com/2016/08/15/skin-painting-basics/ http://juicybomb.com/2016/08/15/skin-painting-basics/#respond Tue, 16 Aug 2016 02:50:39 +0000 http://juicybomb.com/?p=6745 I got a letter in the SL mail from someone asking for skin/makeup/tat-making tips. This post is a response to them, as well as anyone else looking for a boost. There are many tutorials on the web on how to … Continue reading

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The 2016 Guide To Skin-Painting Basics

I got a letter in the SL mail from someone asking for skin/makeup/tat-making tips. This post is a response to them, as well as anyone else looking for a boost.

There are many tutorials on the web on how to paint makeup or skin for avatars, however, most, if not all, of them seem waaaay outdated. I would like to create makeup, skin, and/or tattoos for both the default avatar and the mesh ones (like lelutka mesh head or maitreya body)….

I was wondering if you had any tips or suggested tutorials on how to go about creating such things. I don’t quite know where to start….

First of all, WELCOME to the wonderful world of skin and makeup creating. These first few creations you will do might make you feel like you can’t create anything. They may make you feel sad, let down, and you’ll get tired of trying again and again to create the right skin or makeup. Despite this, I advise you to hang in there and keep working. No matter where your work will take you, just know that you are NOT a bad artist. SL skin and makeup creation tends to make everyone feel bad because the windlights give everyone a hard time.

Just to prove this to you, I’ll show you my first bout of skins. Everyone has bad ones. Take a look.

Skins Yearbook

Super bad, right? We all go through that period, though. So many of our clients and customers demand great work, but it takes work to get there. You’ll have that time too. Here’s my big secret for the time not being wasted–

For every failed skin you create, take what was best about it and try to turn it into a makeup item.

Yep, that’s right. Your eye area, try to erase everything but that area, and turn it into an eyeshadow pack. Do six to eight colors and sell it. Or your lipsticks–you can get great lipsticks accidentally like that. This way, if you feel like your skin has ‘failed’, you still have that silver lining from the situation and something to sell to recoup your texture upload money.

Basic tutorials on png and targa texture file isolation can be found here. I’m going to just add on with specific info and tips so this entry won’t be unbearably long.

What programs/ software do you use to create skin or makeup for default avatar?
I personally use Photoshop Elements. I have this entire time. I don’t have regular photoshop, Illustrator, or anything else. Remember–it’s not the program that makes your work better, it’s what you do with that program. For what it’s worth, you could honestly use GIMPshop. It’s free! BONUS – for better skin shading, get AvPainter. It’s cheap and effective for planning out where you want to shade your skin, and will take a lot of guesswork out of skinmaking.

What programs/ software do you use to create skin or makeup for mesh avatars and heads?
The same one. Surprise! I recommend you begin making skins with mesh heads FIRST because mesh heads are not only more forgiving, but because they can magnify certain areas of skins to show you where you need to improve. By the time you try the skin on with a system avatar, your work will look great with minimal adjustments.

Can you tell me a summary of steps that you take to create skin, makeup, or tattoos for either or each?
Download Chip Midnight’s default skin template files and work at least with the 1024 px size. Make a new layer and use a paint bucket to cover with one of the color swatches towards the bottom in this ad –

[ a.e.meth ] - Janus Unisex Skin

Now we’re going to start shading in our areas on the face/body sort of like what painters do here. Note how they don’t use a lot of white. Don’t. Stay away from it. Try employing red or orange for some shadows on multiply layer mode when you need to accentuate a darker part of the skin. Play with the colors a bit if that doesn’t work and see what’s best for you.

If you need color swatch help, look at classical style paintings. Check out how they employ rosy reds and yellows for lighter areas of the skin. They ONLY use white when it comes to extreme highlight. Remember this.

You’re going to spend a lot to get this skin right. Live with it. Live outside of it. Put on other skins for a while and then come back to your skin later to get some fresh eyes on it. Let a helpful friend beta-test it. It will not be fast work for you–but if you find something out of the skin you like, you can isolate that part and sometimes create makeup from it as I suggested earlier.

When you’re ready to upload your skin to SL, don’t forget to increase the brightness and contrast on your skin to give it an extra boost.

Is it possible to paint or paste a texture directly onto a face or body (so I know what it will look like inworld?)
Yep, using the method I described above with Photoshop or GIMPshop. But please remember, textures from photos can be copyrighted. Many skin creators rip textures from celeb faces to put on skins in-world; it’s overall disrespectful to do so. Try to only use photos with the proper commercial license or places like here, to get textures you might want.

I hope this will give you a big boost to your skin-making. It’s a long journey but fun and rewarding. Don’t forget to pass on the karma one day… someone helped me once, and now I’m helping others. Second Life is not so important that anyone should be stingy with their tips in order to be superior to anyone else. It’s all just art–and art without a community is useless.

What I’m Wearing

CATWA HEAD Aisha
My Own Custom Skin
-RC- Bug Spray
Exile- LiaIson
Faenzo Wool Sweater – Pearl
HOC Industries – Skinny Jeans
[theSkinnery] – Happy B-day! Eyes

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Cafe http://juicybomb.com/2016/07/31/cafe-2/ http://juicybomb.com/2016/07/31/cafe-2/#comments Sun, 31 Jul 2016 17:47:22 +0000 http://juicybomb.com/?p=6736 I just went to the Mesh Body Addicts Fair early to check out the skins and mesh body parts offered, and I haven’t decided on anything new yet. If you want to go before the fair opens to the public … Continue reading

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Cafe

I just went to the Mesh Body Addicts Fair early to check out the skins and mesh body parts offered, and I haven’t decided on anything new yet. If you want to go before the fair opens to the public on August 1st, join the Mesh Body Addicts group in-world (it’s free to join). I thought the fair was a good size with just two sims, and a very open layout. Easy to navigate.  I didn’t like that some brands seemed to rez old items and didn’t clearly label what items were new and/or exclusive to the fair. Keep it simple!

I found Goji at the fair; this is a brand that I wanted to check out since its launch earlier this year. This is a more kawaii brand from the same team that is behind ColdLogic. How talented is Damien Fate? He has more brands than I can remember at the moment, and all of them are different. I recently blogged about FateLashes, which I am still wearing daily!

The only thing I bought at this fair is the new Smarties Frills dress from Goji. This is a fair exclusive, and it is so inexpensive! For $190L, the dress includes a 4 color HUD with buttons to turn the front and back bows on/off, and a shine option. Here’s a map of the MBA fair, so you can find all of your favorite brands faster.

Cafe

Reminder, today is the last day of Hair Fair! I am wearing a hair from Elikatira; a brand I haven’t worn in ages cos I thought the brand became inactive. I guess it’s back? This is your last chance to buy hair with some of the proceeds going to charity.

What I’m Wearing:

Elikatira – Haley
Goji – Smartie Frills
The Secret Store – Becky T-Strap Heels (Milk)

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Colorful Charade http://juicybomb.com/2016/07/30/colorful-charade/ http://juicybomb.com/2016/07/30/colorful-charade/#respond Sat, 30 Jul 2016 16:52:47 +0000 http://juicybomb.com/?p=6733 Hair Fair ends TOMORROW, visit this amazing event before it’s over! What I’m Wearing: LeLutka – HF4 hair Teefy – Naomi Dress (Classic) Ingenue – Zora Heels (Pearl) Katat0nik – Maui Bracelet (Black)

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Colorful charade

Hair Fair ends TOMORROW, visit this amazing event before it’s over!

What I’m Wearing:

LeLutka – HF4 hair
Teefy – Naomi Dress (Classic)
Ingenue – Zora Heels (Pearl)
Katat0nik – Maui Bracelet (Black)

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Mindfulness http://juicybomb.com/2016/07/25/mindfulness/ http://juicybomb.com/2016/07/25/mindfulness/#comments Mon, 25 Jul 2016 17:11:52 +0000 http://juicybomb.com/?p=6727 The fundraiser is over and the tragedy has passed. You’ve collected money and made a fantastic donation. It’s sent off and you feel good for your contribution. You will hopefully help someone who never even plays this game. But at home, are you mindful? Do you … Continue reading

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Mindfulness

The fundraiser is over and the tragedy has passed. You’ve collected money and made a fantastic donation. It’s sent off and you feel good for your contribution. You will hopefully help someone who never even plays this game.

But at home, are you mindful? Do you practice good allyship on the grid?

Do you listen to those who look like the victims you just raised money for? Or do you tell them their reactions to racism on the grid are too strong? Do you yield the floor for them to express their frustrations, or do you block them and tell your friends to block them too?

Do you listen to how they feel trapped and don’t have good options for finding places that are welcoming? Have you ever searched for a hangout that has the words “trans” and “genderfluid”, that isn’t an inflation dickgirl fetish sim? Do you know how few places welcome people who are actually nonbinary and don’t view them as a sexual adventure?

Do you ask yourself what someone feels when they combine the anger and fear of Black Lives Matter with the anger and fear of people on the grid laughing at Caitlin Jenner around you? Have you ever spotted an avatar in a club wearing a penis attachment under a skirt and their profile says they’re a “t-girl”, and it made you, the person who is nonbinary irl, feel like an imposter?

Do you know what trans racism is? Did you know it exists on the grid too?

The grid is not an escape for some of us. It’s a place where we can figure out who we are both as people of color and as members of the queer and nonbinary community. We can figure out what style is best for our desired appearance. We can come to understand how we wish to present. We don’t run from real world problems and when we see them here, we call them out.

Not to make waves, not to make people upset, but because if we don’t, we will suffer a shrinking space where we feel welcome and free to be ourselves–our true selves, where we know we can go to a place where the folks there will accept us for everything. Not part of us, not make slight slurs about race or gender or queerness when you think we aren’t listening, but 100 percent of our being. If we aren’t allowed to do so, then the grid is no good to us at all. The grid becomes a place that is welcoming to straight white people only.

And I cannot abide in a place like that. I won’t make paintings to hang in rl galleries of a grid that doesn’t value me as a person. I just won’t.

Practice mindfulness. Wherever you raise money, ask yourself on the grid if there’s someone suffering in a similar way. Ask if you’ve crossed paths with them before. Then ask how you can behave differently next time.

Skybox – The Cyberpunk Apartment by Djehan Kidd

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Wasabi Pills; Hair Fair 2016 http://juicybomb.com/2016/07/23/wasabi-pills-hair-fair-2016/ http://juicybomb.com/2016/07/23/wasabi-pills-hair-fair-2016/#respond Sun, 24 Jul 2016 00:50:49 +0000 http://juicybomb.com/?p=6723 I went to the Alpha Moon, Land of the Lycans sim and found the most enchanting pavilion with flowers covering the floor. I could actually make this floor my new home, it’s so pretty. Speaking of pretty, why didn’t anyone tell me … Continue reading

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Wasabi Pills @ Hair Fair

I went to the Alpha Moon, Land of the Lycans sim and found the most enchanting pavilion with flowers covering the floor. I could actually make this floor my new home, it’s so pretty.

Wasabi Pills @ Hair Fair

Speaking of pretty, why didn’t anyone tell me that Wasabi Pills did a major texture update months ago? The new textures are stunning!! One of the reasons I didn’t wear Wasabi Pills hair often was cos of the lack of blondes; the new hair color packs includes many shades of blondes! I have been wearing more hombres, fades, and color mixes lately, so I am very pleased with the cheerful assortment of colors too. Check out Wasabi Pills at Hair Fair!

Wasabi Pills @ Hair Fair

What I’m Wearing:

Wasabi Pills – Fionna
Teefy – Naomi Dress (East) @ N21
The Secret Store – Polka Tights (White)
Ingenue – Maisie Sandals (Navy)

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