Didn’t I warn that Bakes On Mesh was coming? I did. I said this was going to force mesh head makers to revert their UV maps back to standard SLUV, too, because everyone is going to start using standard skins more and more now. If you are a mesh head developer and your heads don’t adhere to standard SLUV, get on it. You will lose money eventually because customers are going to want to wear whatever skin they want with whatever head they buy.
So, what the hell is Bakes On Mesh?
Bakes on Mesh (yes, plural, according to this SL wiki page) is a new feature in Second Life that automatically “bakes” your standard skins and tattoo layers to your mesh bodies and heads. Whenever you switch skins or wear different layers of tattoos on your body, your mesh will automatically update your look without you having to do anything.
Over time, there will be less and less dependency on applier routers like Omega, because now Second Life’s system is the applier. However, you’ll want to check with your mesh body maker to be sure their body is BoM ready. If it isn’t, they should be updating soon.
It has been too long since I last made a shape! I made this shape for the LeLutka May Bento Mesh Head. I have made a handful of shapes for Simone, Chloe, and Spencer mesh heads from LeLutka – so I will probably not make any more shapes for those faces. I will try to make shapes for the ones I have not, such as May, Greer, Cate, and Bianca. I wear Chloe a lot, but they’re really all gorgeous when paired with the right skin.
When I see a skin I want to wear, I will change my mesh head. Pink Fuel released this gorgeous Clara skin for the LOGO Quinn Bento mesh head, and it’s absolutely adorable. I’m wearing this skin in Biscuit tone, which is a shade lighter than Peach (what I wore, when I wore system skins from PF). It felt like forever ago that I wore a Pink Fuel skin, so it’s good to be back!
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
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.