Hey! Hope your morning’s good. I’m doing this as a warmup before I launch into all the work I need to get done (before I crash and have a long nap, since I only slept for 4 hours).
How’d I do this picture, you ask? Picmonkey! People look down on photo editors, but you know what? Don’t listen to them. What matters is making something cool and fun to look at. How you created it isn’t relevant and it isn’t anyone’s place to judge you.
Anyway, so what you do to get this effect is load up your picture on Picmonkey, sharpen it, crop it as you like, and then do a few texture overlays. They have a lot of nice ones! Then when you’re ready, apply a black and white photo filter. The filter will allow you to “erase” where the filter applies to the picture. Just brush over it a few times in interesting spots and bam. You’ve got this effect.
Not so hard to do now that you know the secret, right? But it doesn’t make my pictures any less pretty. How I got there is not important. It’s that I got there. Y’know what I mean?
As my design teacher used to say- “It’s just a drawing.” It’s just a picture! Sometimes you have to get out of the way of yourself–that’s when you start to have fun.
What I’m Wearing:
Lelutka Simone head
Pink Fuel Doll v2 Vamp skin
Beusy – June hair
Tentacio & Cureless Galatea Doll Lolita – body, dress (rare), and white onepiece suit
MiaMai – Titania Headpiece Rose
BunBun – Crystal Heart Choker
Poses by Curvosity
In every artists’ life, there’s a slew of grant and residency applications we apply for. Many of those applications face rejections. It’s the game of numbers you run when applying for one seat and a crowd of people who want the position! You can’t always contact the judge before you submit either, so you might not know how to put your best foot forward when pitching a project.
In real life, there are sometimes informational meetings to clear up confusion and allow grant applicants to understand what the judges are looking for. I figure in this case, a blog post might help.
So here’s my advice. I’m separating this into bullet points for do’s and don’ts.
Exile built a fabulous new paper-inspired store! It’s a unique concept that I haven’t seen in SL, love the white contrasting with the colors of the water and sky on the sim. Go visit the store and get yourself some fabulous free hair gifts. I’m wearing the new Green Light hairstyle (@ this month’s Collabor88).
Have you been to The Secret Store recently? I went and scored a free pair of the Diamond Strap Sandals in Juicy Mix colors. I’m actually wearing the coral-colored pair above, but the gift color is super spectacular, can’t wait to wear it! I’m also wearing the Rebecca Flare Dress from The Secret Store. Why is everything so amazing lately? I’m so pleased with my SL wardrobe.
Exile – Green Light
The Secret Store – Rebecca Flare Dress
The Secret Store – Diamond Strap Sandals (Coral)
The Secret Store – Sally Shoulder Bag (Powder Blue)
What Next – Palma Set (Collabor88), House Plants Set 2
I’m now part of the advisory board for the Linden Endowment for the Arts! The Linden Endowment for the Arts is a user-run program that uses land donations from Linden Labs to foster nonprofit art exhibits and activities. You can read more about LEA here and learn how to apply for the next round of land grants.
My first interaction with LEA was through one of their projects, Art Farm Co-op. I spent the summer of that program’s duration learning and growing with other SL artists, and engaging in a thoughtful and friendly community. After Art Farm’s program ended, I hung around the LEA public sandbox, constantly checking out what other people were creating.
So now I’m on the advisory board! I’m excited to be here and I hope my insight will make LEA even better.
If you see me around the art sandbox, feel free to ask me to host an impromptu sandbox art tour with my SYZM taxi! I’m always up for that.
I’ll be joining the Salchicha County mod team, so I decided to do so by dressing up as a park ranger. If you ever need a police uniform, I recommend the one from Epia. It has a lot of different texture options!
See you this weekend in the Salchicha sim!
What I’m Wearing:
Lelutka Simone Head
Pink Fuel – Doll Skin 2.0
Rc Cluster – Butterfly Net (at Seasons Story)
Every Pixel Is Art – Police Uniform
TRB Outfitters – Ranger Uniform (name plate, cap, and badge in this pic)
Truth – Elira (modded)