come away with me

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These absolutely beautiful avatar designs are by Meilo Minotaur and are available free of charge at ReMood United (although I think they more than deserve some L$-lovin’ in the tip jar if you can.) The extensive pack includes skins, shapes and many clothing/accessory items for both male and female avatars – I’ve only pictured a couple of the fab options available.

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Also within the pack is an invitation to visit the Delicatessen sim which contains many more free works of avatar art from Meta-Body I & II. I’ve been on a bit of a building frenzy of late so I haven’t done much in-world exploring but I popped over to the sim earlier today and my word but it is stunning. There are places in SL that take my breath away with their originality and beauty and this is definitely one of them. It’s also a reminder that I need to stop off my platform a lot more often! I’m going to treat myself to a proper visit very soon and, if you love art in SL, I highly recommend you treat yourselves too!

A couple of my pictures from two of the stages (click to enlarge):

running out of steam
‘running out of steam’ (taken at Meta-Body II)
his noodly appendage
‘his noodly appendage’ (taken at Meta-Body II)

Credits follow the jump.

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Monomyth

Monomyth 1

This post features items from a couple of events that are about to close – this month’s round of We Love Role-Play and The Dark Style Fair.. both end on Saturday but, if you’re quick, you can still fit in a visit! The outfit I’m wearing is ‘Vionnet‘ by David Heather and is an all-in-one mesh dress with blazer combo – it also includes a HUD with 5 color options for the blazer and blazer collar if you want to mix it up a bit. I was so taken with the style and needed to put a post together to showcase it. This also gave me an opportunity to use one of Pink Fuel’s gorgeous Drow skins with their incredible shading (close-up at end of post).

Once I’d put the outfit together I wanted to find some place a little special to show it off in so I tp’d over to the LEA Welcome Area to see what installations there were. I’m so glad I did because I completely fell in love with Alpha Auer’s exhibit Transit’t Imago Anatopism which creates The Hero’s Journey in 12 stages; at each you can collect a folder which contains part of the story of Volund (a nordic elf) in addition to poses and items that will allow you to construct Volund’s avatar as you complete each part of his journey. You can read about the exhibit in more detail on the Linden Endowment for the Arts blog and, if you stop by, you can pick up a welcome folder which includes detailed but simple instructions as to how to get the most out of your visit. I think the installation only lasts for the month of May so, again, you’ll need to be quick if you haven’t visited yet but I think it’s totally worth it if you have the time!

See you next post!

Monomyth 2

Credits

Clothing
Dress: ‘Vionnet (Grey)‘ – David Heather (@The Dark Style Fair) – L$350

Accessories
Birdcage (pic 2 only): ‘Small Present‘ – alpha.tribe (@Transit’t Imago Anatopism) – L$0 – Freebie

Body
Hair: ‘Cornrows Hairbase (BlueBlack)‘ – booNL$300 – 14-color pack
Skin: ‘Drow (Stone)‘ – Pink Fuel (@We Love Role-Play) – L$600
Eyes: ‘Deep Sky Eyes (London Fog, w2)‘ – MayflyL$0 – Free Colour
Eyebrows: ‘Raven (Brow 02)‘ – alaskametroL$5 – 4 styles included
Lashes: ‘Diamond Spades Lash Add-Ons (A)‘ – no.7L$49
Hands: ‘AvEnhance Hands (Elegant 1)‘ – SlinkL$450
Nailpolish (Slink applier): ‘Forge‘ – ZibskaL$0 – Limited Gift, no longer available
Shape: ‘Keri‘ – Panda PunxL$0 – Group Gift [Free to Join] (body slightly modified)

Photo Tools
Pose 1 (pic 1): ‘Reduced by a Wind‘ – Mimesis Monday (@Transit’t Imago Anatopism) – L$0 – Freebie*
(*modified slightly with Animare)
Poses 2 & 3: basic pose of my own and part in-built pose from cage in pic 2
Eye Position: ‘Expression HUD v1.0‘ – AnyPoseL$0 – Freebie
Windlight Setting: Region Settings – follow instructions in welcome notecard

Location
Transit’t Imago Anatopism (LEA 10)

Monomyth (close up)

 

The Art Lover’s Hideaway

The Art Lover's Hideaway 1
I’m in denial. The epic Mad City is being torn down at the end of the week and I DON’T WANT IT TO GO! *sniff*

I’m planning on walking the roads a few more times and taking some more pics before the week is over but I’m writing now to share with you the city’s latest event which will be taking place until the end of days. Typically for a MadPea Production it’s an innovative one – the Art Gacha Festival has filled the park with some amazing original work from incredible artists and it is truly something to behold. For perhaps the first time ever there is the opportunity to try your luck for your favourite pieces through gacha machines – and swap and gift and all that yumminess that is part and parcel of the popular gacha craze.

I used some of the works available as inspiration to furnish a skybox – something I don’t actually do as often as I’d like! I’m so happy with the results that I’m leaving it rezzed for as long as I can before I need the prims again. In pic 1 you can see the beautiful work of paramparamm and in pic 2 are the wonderful sculptures of Harter Fall. I wanted to show the variety of art available – and I think these items do that well.

There really is as wealth of talent to be discovered at Mad City right now – other contributing artists are RAG Randt, Sabbian Paine, Alia Baroque, Thea Maiman, Quinn Reinerman, Ole Etzel, Fuschia Nightfire, Moeuhane Sandalwood, and Eupalinos Ugajin – and they reflect a wide range of styles and mediums. You can read more on the MadPea blog if you feel so inclined.

I love art in (and out) of Second Life and I would be so excited to see more of this kind of event which brings outstanding work out of the galleries and exhibitions and straight to the people. Not that I don’t like galleries and exhibitions (I really do!) but I don’t always know where to find them and they don’t always present the opportunity to stumble across an artist you haven’t heard of before, fall in love with their work and then be able to visit their gallery or flickr in the way that an event like this does.

The MadPea Gacha Art Festival will run until May 31st so if you’d like to take the opportunity to experience the event you’ll need to visit this week. It’s also the time to say your goodbyes to (or discover) the sim as it, too, will close at the end of the week.

Farewell, Mad City.. you will be much missed!

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Credits

The Art
Picture (left, pic 1): ‘Tree 7‘ – paramparamm Papp (@Mad City Art Gacha Festival) – L$61 per play*
Picture (middle, pic 1): ‘Tree 3‘ – paramparamm Papp (@Mad City Art Gacha Festival) – L$61 per play
Picture (right, pic 1): ‘Naked 2‘ – paramparamm Papp (@Mad City Art Gacha Festival) – L$61 per play (rare)*
Sculpture 1 (left, pic 2): ‘Guard Monk Alien‘ – Harter Fall (@Mad City Art Gacha Festival) – L$50 per play*
Sculpture 2 (right, pic 2): ‘Derwit Monk Alien‘ – Harter Fall (@Mad City Art Gacha Festival) – L$50 per play*
(*these were review copies but I had a few to choose from and I have been playing the gachas myself)

The Build
Skybox:  ‘The Chatham Loft – Dark (with surround)‘ – Trompe LoeilL$250

The Furnishings
Chair: ‘Arm Chair 1.02‘ – 19 Motorcycle L$0 – Freebie
Rug: ‘Rug (Naturel)‘ – ZiganaL$50
Box: junk. product box
Tape Recorder: ‘ATR (Worn)‘ – Standby Inc.L$50 per play (Gacha)
Wall Light: ‘Pulley Light‘ – junk.L$100
Mannequin: ‘Dress Form‘ – Remarkable OblivionL$0 – VIP Group Gift [L$50 to Join]
Light: ‘Tripod Theatre Light (Bronze)‘ – ConsignmentL$50 – Fifty Linden Friday (still out at time of post)
Books & Papers: Zigana product box

Windlight Settings
Pics 1 & 2: Annan Adored – Light Explosion III
Pic 3: Annan Adored – Dusty

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Hellebore

Hellebore 1

I have a huge weakness for unusual skins so I was delighted when I found Nuuna Nitely‘s store. This particular skin was just L$1 from the ‘Freebies and Cheapies’ wall and includes eyes to complete a very striking look. I’m pretty sure I’ll be making a return visit soon as there are other items I neeeeeed!

The hand-jewelry from Vika is something I’ve had my eye on for a while and I was really happy to find a use for it – the bones sit over system hands and have a chain to the wrist and finger (a version without nails is also included in the pack). Personally I think the design is stunning and seriously underpriced at just L$99 – not that I’m gonna argue with a bargain!

This dramatic hair is a gift at the always-fabulous Zibska and comes with 5 colours in the pack. To finish it off I used a free hairbase from Amacci – this particular style has soft curls at the neck and temples which I just adore; their huge hairbase fatpacks are completely free and well worth picking up!

In an attempt to keep with the somewhat surreal theme I modded my shape more than usual: elongating the body, flattening the chest and rounding the belly a bit. I also wanted a pretty basic pose to keep the line nice and straight and to fit the emptiness of the overall mood. I couldn’t find exactly what I had in mind so I ventured into creating something myself from scratch using Animare – I’d only ever used it to tweak hand positions before but the HUD and online instructions are really user-friendly so I got what I needed without too many problems. Obviously, this is just a really simple pose that I made for my own use – but if anyone thinks it might come in handy for them too just give me a shout in-world and I’ll be more than happy to pass along a free copy.

Once I’d put this look together I knew where I had to go to take shots – the fantastic Cherry Manga‘s Insanity sim. It’s breathtaking, as always, and strikes a chord with me that I find difficult to put into words (so I’ll just use some of my old ones if you don’t mind). It’s desolate but beautiful and definitely thought-provoking, and I highly recommend a visit.

Finally, I have some exciting news (well, it’s exciting to me!): I’ve been added to Seraphim’s event blogging team and they’ve all been immensely welcoming and fab. I’ve got a lot to learn but I’m so happy to be a part of a project I’ve been a huge admirer of for such a long time! ❤ *dances*

Scroll down for full credits and I’ll be back soon!

Until then,

all best wishes ❤

Hellebore 2

Credits

Clothing
Nipple Covers: ‘Wicked Nipple Pasties (Black)‘ – SoedaraL$95

Accessories
Hand Jewelry: ‘Hand Bones with Claws‘ – VikaL$99 (no nails version also included)

Body
Hair: ‘Giddy (Black)‘ – ZibskaL$0 – Freebie (5-colour pack)
Hairbase: ‘Hairbase Tattoo 2 (Black Coal)‘ – AmacciL$0 – Freebie, fatpack
Skin: ‘Halloween 2010‘ – NuunaL$1 – Dollarbie (also includes eyes)
Eyes: ‘Creepy Black Eyes‘ – NuunaL$1 (included with above skin)
Shape: ‘Keri‘ – Panda PunxL$0 – Group Gift [Free to Join] (body modified a fair bit)

Phototools
Pose 1: ‘Still‘ – by Chiana Oh/not for sale*
*but if anyone thinks it’ll be useful to them feel free to give me a shout in-world and I’ll send you a copy!
Pose 2: as above but using Animare to tweak my position
Windlight Setting: ‘Bryn Oh’s Immersiva Grey Dust
Editing: GIMP & PicMonkey

Location
Insanity by Cherry Manga