Wednesday, 26 February 2014

The Art Fish : Duality

Just an aside, I'm very honoured to have been invited both by {anc} and Pure Poison to blog for them.
This recent partnership has led to the inspiration of a number of new images as follows :

{anc} or art named capering by anc aki, is participating in The Arcade which is the MUST go to event of the Gachaholic calendar . The parasol in this image is one of several prizes to be got from {anc}'s Butterfly's Dream Gacha Coincidentally the dress Dita Doll wears in this image , created by Pure Poison is also another participant in this event!
The mechanical butterflies in this image come from an Arcade edition past gacha by LWL (insect collection)

Also another gacha from {anc} - I love the surreal things that anc's Aki comes up with , such as these chocolate making chairs which I've upsized in world for this image. This and the spoon can be got from {anc} Lapin edition gachas

This image celebrates pure joy and whimsy. Created using the penny farthing I got from the Victorian round of Genre
as well as an Arcade gacha prize from Boogers .  The gorgeous red hat which was an accent must for this image comes from Pure Poison's Misaki Couture Hat and an {anc} Lapin (0) also makes its appearance.

And finally,  just a simple portrait shot for my Chocolate Alice in Lapin Land series of images. The beautiful collar worn by Dita Doll here is from Kreao of Cubic Cherry who is also another power house of designing. They also just get better and better with every new release! Also seen here is Lapin (09) from anc together with spoon from same gacha set. I love the details and texturing! The rabbit ears that Dita Doll wears come from an Arcade past edition gacha by Halogen Magic

Wednesday, 19 February 2014

The Art Fish : Shape of my heart

Shape of my heart (FINESMITH, 22769, Culprit 21)
Shape of my heart
Shape of my heart (Detail)
Sometimes the problem... (or perhaps the word isn't a problem as much as it is sometimes a rather difficult challenge)
Starts again.

Sometimes the challenge I have with blogging and making images in sl is to create an image that does the works of someone-else some justice. Because their work is so amazing, I don't want to make it look horrible with my own efforts - thus it can take some time to come up with an idea.

Shape of my heart is a dress that Finesmith released specially for the Love is in the air event (organised by Gizza) which was set to coincide with Valentines. Whilst messing around with trying to get a good capture on this amazing dress, I found that in certain angles, the wings of this creation actually formed a heart and that is what I set out to attempt to illustrate.

Shape of my heart inspiration.
I noticed that in some angles, you could get the wings to form a <3 shape.
To try to maximise this idea, I created this pose specially for this shoot.
Often times my own real life photography features in my virtual art.
This is an image I took of one of those amazing sky days and used in the end image.
Fashion Notes :
Shape of my heart by FINESMITH for Love is in the air event.
Full ensemble includes dress though for my shot, I styled this differently using
Noir Body Scarf from 22769 - one of my favourite pieces of wardrobe out of TGGS event
Worn alongside shoes from 21 shoe event by Culprit's Koikoi 
NJ wears Glam Affair's Luria Skin.
And meanwhile...

Tuesday, 18 February 2014

The Art Fish : Spoilers

Peanuts on demand offered as prize...
What I enjoy about the Sl Flickr community is that there is usually always something challenging to participate in to spur your own creativity forward. Quite often all this effort is without gratis with the organiser being personally out of pocket.

I like [ContraptioN] though oddly, I missed the announcement of this contest, only catching it rather much later when I was pursuing the individual streams of persons on my Flickr contact list.
What's great about this particular contest is that it sets out to combine the aural with the visual and that is something which I find an interesting process in itself. 

A list of music is provided to choose from and I ended up always coming back to :

Being that it's the first time I'd ever heard of this tune (or Iron Sky for the matter), I'm quite grateful for the new experience! I have no idea just how the music (from Kaiti Kink Ensemble) relates to the film of the same title, save that the band had a lot of positive feedback from fans.

Iron Sky on the other hand, is a film that comes across as a spoof 
"The Nazis set up a secret base on the dark side of the moon in 1945 where they hide out and plan to return to power in 2018." - IMDB

What I do love is a good 'ole surreal sci fi flick and this seems to be ticking all of those boxes. The music certainly adds to the drama - with the huge orchestrations and sentimental lyrics; a good 'visual' choon to get into.

I love the really distinct pronunciation of the word " Iron" in the song - which differs greatly from my pedestrian experience of it which sounds more akin to this

Art and Music are quite a personal and subjective experience - influenced by the beholder and laden with derivative meanings. So whilst I may have had my own reasons and motivations of putting together the outfits and creating this composition, they don't really matter all that much in the end.
So here are a few production notes :

One of several RAW takes for the image which was later composited together
with a background I created from a view out of an airplane window and a starry sky
Cue Drama - My Final Image created specially for this challenge
Cue Drama Up Close -  This isn't the same image zoomed in , but rather an entirely different composition
meant to detail the relationship between the two figures. 

Photo Credits :
[ContraptioN] *ocean* Maritime Division Uniform Sweater (from Steam Hunt 6 I think - yeah total SL ho-arder)
[ContraptioN] Wainright Glasses (from TMD current round)
Tee*fy Epoch Legend Unleash The beast Belt Body Suit (from Epoch - a while ago)
*LE* MattiePitt Steampunk Wings (from Genre)
CPD Prof Grieferschock's Auto Cauterizing Glove (from FutureWave)
AZE Voice Modulator (from FutureWave)
AZOURY Succubus Heels (Nougat) + JD My Feet Tip Toe
[INK] Hair - Against : Baige (from TMD previous round)

Zibska  - Dagmar Outfit ~ Vapour (From Future Wave)
ZIbska  - Asrid Headpiece (Version1 of 2)
ISD DarkNet F White Hair  (for L$1 demo and promo version from Future Wave)
DRD Mechanical Fairy Wings - Steam Wings Iron 
ieQED Hand Spike - (from The Surreal Complex - Art Section)
*Illusions* Sylph ears

Prop : 
Flat Iron Sculpty - From MP : 

Events LM's of current rounds ( These are time sensitive and only accurate at time of writing)

Futurewave (Feb 15th - 23rd)
Taxi :

Friday, 14 February 2014

The Fashion Fish : Azoury

Nebraska Oddfish Jones and Dew


Sometimes I'll have one of those days where I'm frustrated by my ineptitude at being able to capture an idea of a feeling. This is one such day and it's all a little struggling to come through.

Bag Holder
Azoury : Triangle Bag and Necklace for  The Love Fair
Be that as it may, I'm thrilled to be able to feature Azoury designs as a sponsor for my blog and images.

Fashion Notes :

Him : 
^ Swallow Skin (Manu Amber) from TMD Feb 2014 - This one's truly gorgeous and has that  sort of elegant androgyny about it.

Her : 
Glam Affair's Luria Skin from Arcade 
.Shi Daleth Wrap and Hair

Wednesday, 12 February 2014

The Big Fish : Rise! Dance like no one's watching...

Yesterday Lyrical Bizzare sent me this beautiful dress she had created and a note about One Billion Rising. I was keen to incorporate this into a piece of my own digital art to help spread the word for this cause and finished creating this image today :

Rise 2014

Music : 
Lyrical's inspiration is :

Note : Dress in this image is a free gift available at the One Billion Rising sims.
In the spirit of the occasion this image is also a gift that can be remixed, reused, redistributed etc
Spread the word!

Fashion Notes :
Rise 2014 - Lyrical Bizzare Templates
Boom - Nature's Crown (Orange) (Arcade)
Zibska - Cajsa Necklace + Hennie Eye Shadow (in Ruby)
Modish - BeforeUs Lipstick (Reds - Wild)
Calico Hair - Larya (from fades pack)

On 14 February 2013, one billion people in 207 countries rose and danced to demand an end to violence against women and girls.

On 14 February 2014, we are escalating our efforts, calling on women and men everywhere to RISE, RELEASE, DANCE, and demand JUSTICE!

ONE BILLION RISING FOR JUSTICE is a global call to women survivors of violence and those who love them to gather safely in community outside of places where they are entitled to justice: courthouses, police stations, government offices, school administration buildings, workplaces, sites of environmental injustice, military courts, embassies, places of worship, homes, or simply public gathering places where women deserve to feel safe but too often do not. It is a call to survivors to break the silence and release their stories — politically, spiritually, outrageously — through art, dance, marches, ritual, song, spoken word, testimonies, and whatever way feels right.

In Second Life, we will be marking the occasion (as we did last year) with a 24-hour, one-day event that will allow women and men to gather. There will be music, there will be art installations and exhibitions, there will be poetry sessions, there will be dancing, there will be information kiosks that will share information about organisations devoted to promoting justice for women across the globe, and stories of events that will be happening around the world.
The Second Life event will feature a four-region stage where 200 people can dance together, surrounded by an area of art installations and informational exhibits. A variety of performers will play over the 24-hour period, enabling people all over the world to attend this virtual event no matter what their timezone. The regions will have a General maturity rating to allow all residents an opportunity to participate. Pictures are welcome on the event’s Flickr group |

This is not an event to raise money, although you will find information about organisations that need funding. Our primary goals are to draw people together and to raise awareness.

What can you do?
You can attend the event!
You can send us information about groups known to you that we can add to the informational kiosks. How can you do this? You can write to or post on our Facebook page |

You can spread the word about One Billion Rising in Second Life amongst your friends and your communities and through social media.
You can volunteer to help us organise the event – by completing this form | We need greeters, security, stage managers, media liaisons, and information processors who will help build the information that will go into our displays.
You can add your reasons for rising to our special Why I’m Rising | page.

About Last Year
In 2013 One Billion Rising was the biggest mass action in human history. The campaign began as a call to action based on the staggering UN statistic that one in three women on the planet will be beaten or raped during their lifetimes. With the world population at 7 billion, this adds up to more than ONE BILLION WOMEN AND GIRLS. On 14 February 2013, people across the world came together to strike, dance, and rise in defiance of the injustices women suffer, demanding an end at last to violence against women. Over 10,000 events took place on the ground, and the campaign took over media and social media worldwide for 48 hours, trending in seven countries — 4x in the US alone. The wildly successful grassroots campaign was covered widely by media in all corners of world including The New York Times, The Guardian (which mentions the Second Life event), NPR, and many more.

Our Second Life group: One Billion Rising
Our Twitter stream:
Main One Billion Rising for Justice page:

The Event :

The meaning of music can be expressed in many ways - vocal, instrumental or both, combined in such a way as to produce beauty of form, harmony, and expression of emotion.  

We have gathered an amazing group live musicians, DJ’s and dance performers from around the world who have given their time and energy to use the beauty of music as a way to show support our 24-hour spectacular global event to STOP violence against women and girls.   The sounds of pop, jazz, blues, soul, house, funk, top 40 along with favorites from way back will fill the air of the OBR Sims.

  So join us as we RISE, RELEASE and DANCE (and don’t forget JUSTICE!) for the many women, girls, men and boys globally on this incredible day.

You will be able to access the OBR stage from the landing points on all four sims. And when you land - you won’t miss it!

The schedule:
12:00 am: DJ Alexi Ayres
1:00 am:   DJ A.F.I “Aubry Fisher”
2:00 am:   TBA
3:00 am:   DJ Laurence Mapp
4:00 am:   DJ David Abbot
5:00 am:   DJane Marin Aquila
6:00 am:   DJ CoolB(DJ CoolB Resident
7:00 am:   TBA
8:00 am:   DJ Supertom Southmoor
9:00 am:   DJ Funkydeps
10:00 am: DJ Victor1st Mornington
11:00 am:  Live Performer- Trowzer Boa
12:00 pm: Live Performer - Terry Lynn Melody
1:00 pm:   DJane Victoria Grau (DJ Love)
2:00 pm:   DJ Vaughan Quan (DJ V-Waxx)
3:00 pm:   DJ Elrik Merlin
4:00 pm:   Live Performer- Lyrica Acquatic
5:00 pm:   Live Performer-  Rara Destiny
6:00 pm:   DAZZLERS Dance Performance
7:00 pm:   DJ Titoso Fride
8:00 pm:    DJ  Thlemaxos Rewell
9:00 pm:   Live Performer: Stephanniyah Sinatra
10:00 pm: TBA
11:00 pm: Live Performer-  Samm Qendra

Thank you to Jan Juergens of Lusch Audio  for providing the music stream for One Billion Rising!

OBR Rise: 

OBR Release: 

OBR Dance: 

OBR Justice:

Tuesday, 11 February 2014

The Art Fish : Angels and Angles

Colour - Inspired by Vero Modero's Rainbow Angel.
I often try to support other people's creative SL endeavours in my own way and one such project is that of the events organised by FINESMITH Muses. These icons of sl style and fashion come up with some very interesting ideas - sometimes in benefit of a charitable cause; or sometimes just for fun!

The Fantasy Angels event organised by Tyra Eiren is one such occasion and I'm very glad to be able to incorporate some of the fantastic creations that will be available at this event in some of my current images!

Deep Blue - Inspired by GIULIA Designs' Goddess of Water
Deep Blue (Cropped) I might just be a little biased in my love for this dress
as it incorporates the use of my own little fishys!

And finally :

Crimson - Inspired by Romance Couture's Lady Dragon

Over on flickr I had promised to provide this flame background that I created specially for the above image so here it is in a PNG layer which you are licensed to use in accordance with creative commons

Dita's flame background - For your download

Sunday, 9 February 2014

The Fashion Fish : Angels descend... on FINESMITH

The Fantasy Angels - hosted by Tyra Eiren
You are cordially invited to an unforgettable event which will be magical, sexy, ethereal and full of color and glitter in a unique environment to expose exciting and unique designs. It’s a Finesmith Muse project hosted by Tyra Eiren called "THE FANTASY ANGELS FAIR". And that will take place this February 14th.

 "THE FANTASY ANGELS FAIR" hosted by Tyra Eiren will last the whole weekend and which will give aperture with the grand show "The Angels has come down to FINESMITH with Glitter" on Friday, February 14th, at 2 pm SLT and that will count with the participation of large and well known Supermodels and more than ten designers that have joined and created each a fantasy outfit in a unique environment of magic and romanticism.

The amazing Angels you´ll see on the runway are:
Amita Yorcliffe
Annough Lykin
Beatrice Serendipity
Calima Dufaux
Carley Benazzi
Chevia Johansson
Locuala Madruga
Lua Vendetta
Natzuka Miliandrovic
Sylphia Constantine
Tyra Eiren
Widelmina Zeminoba
Xandrah Sciavo

They will delight you all while sauntering around the lush bedroom to showcase fabulous designs, beautiful and glamorous corsets, sensual and feminine boots, exquisite jewels and lush wings. Don´t miss the luscious stylings of this sexy angels fallen straight from heaven for your delight full of desire and charm.
The incredible Sponsors included in this event are:
AD Creations
Angel Dessous
Bax Coen Designs
Faster Pussycat
Solidea Folies

Will be an honor for us to count with the presence of each one of you honoring this event prepared with love and too much fun and glitter.
Please make sure you turn up early to reserve your seat.
And you are cordially invited to enjoy after the show a PARTY to celebrate with the Angels and SCALA DJ Sea the Valentine´s Day in an atmosphere full of fun, music, color and glitter. There will be dancing, fun and beautiful people.
Show Producer: Tyra Eiren
Show concept & Script Writer: Tyra Eiren
ADV show picture: Falbala Fairey
Host: Veronica Krasner
DJ & Speaker: SCALA DJ Sea
Recording of the event: Kas Core
Official Photographer: Roman Godde

Friday, 7 February 2014

The Fashion Fish : The Men's Dept. (Feb)

 Once you go mesh...
With a 500px dimension , this is about as good a closeup as its going to get here in this blog.
Check out the full pic below for a higher resolution image!
Dog's best friend. - Notice how jarring this portrait now makes non-mesh?
Of particular note in this round's TMD is Labyrinth skin's Mesh Ryker Head. Curiosity got me gender bending to give this one a go.

Now having recently helped along another style disabled guy towards a more beautiful Second Life, I feel qualified enough to offer my humble 2p on the subject of male aesthetics.

Ryker is a pretty cool looking bloke and has plenty of bang for buck considering - ($L300 for mesh head plus skins in hairy, smooth and happy trail is a serious bargain!)
Fantastic details for the detail ho such as pores, that slightly gaped pout, old scars, laugh lines etc...
Whilst I couldn't locate the "Seduction HUD" that would enable a more fully featured experience (this was not available at the store when I visited), you can attain relatively instant hunkiness without too much fuss using this system of matching skins and heads.
Works great if you're not too fussed about having cookie cutter good looks.

Because mesh is just so much more of a HD experience than the rest of low fidelity SL, you definitely need to be wearing mesh eyes with it. As luck would have it, you can get some lovely ones by {S0NG} in this same round. Caveat Emptor - You really need to be able to know how to adjust, resize and tweak the textures to fit just over your system eyes. Definitely not a project for the perma-noobie.

Other details :
Argrace RYO (New)
Labyrinth - Ryker Mesh Head

Birdy Boston Buddy (Cuddle)
Zenith Love Heart leather Bracelet
DECO Fedora Coconut
OIII Jeans
[monso] My Neck Warmer - Black

{S0NG} Lovelee - Toad Eye

The Fish-Eye Lens : Arghs Tutorial IV - Puppet Warp Kungfu.

The Arghs Tutorials : Chapter IV - quick screen capture of the lost file 
The ARGHS tutorial is my way of restoring karmic balance and appeasing the techno-gods with a blog offering of a method byte. Other tutorials are here and this now continues with :

Dita's quick and dirty 

photo retouching/sculpting tutorial 

using Puppet Warp

This is a basic tutorial about my technique for retouching an image with Photoshop CS6 using 'Puppet Warp'

Geekery : I am using Photoshop CS6 extended on a Macbook Pro using a 2.6GHZ Intel Core i7, NVIDIA GT 650M (1GB Video RAM), Running OSX 10.8.5 with a 500GB M4 SSD (Solid State Disk) drive.

Finished Composition

Original Capture

Step 1: After selecting the area you wish to correct,
feather your selection and copy this to a new layer from which to work. Select Puppet Warp from the Edit menu.

Step 2: Puppet warp will convert the area into a mesh which can be manipulated by placing pins in areas you want to warp/pull/stretch/contract etc.
Start with laying down several anchoring points on your mesh and add more as you need

Step 3 : Using this method, it's possible to 'sculpt' areas and create cleaner perspectives and shading.
This illustration shows how you can clean up the 'arm pit' area of the original capture
with a more naturalistic 'join' between flesh bodies.

Step 4: Just a little has been done to illustrate the flexibility and power of this tool.
With one  process you are able to correct much of this area where the SL mesh is crude and refine it in post production.

And that is my ARGHS top tip. Hope you enjoyed it!


Thursday, 6 February 2014

The Fashion Fish : TRAPHOUSE Collective

TRAPHOUSE Collective
Last year, Blades Foehammer sent me some complimentary urban tanks which I used in this image :

Kill The Hype
Since THC makes some really interesting and well designed fashion items, I thought - why not make it official and get in with the proper thank yous for this too :

Hang in there!

Fashion details :

In 'Kill The Hype'
I was inspired to create this image from this neat tank top by Traphouse Collective
Been meaning to use this amazing hair by Tiny Bird for ages now! Sadly the store like many greats in SL is no longer around which made me a little sentimental.

Other credits :
(fd) Bossy Boots - Shiny Pink + White Socks
NEO** Knee Tattoo - Band2 - Color1
MG Necklace Love Teddy Bear - PINK

Freebies :
::LEO-NT:: Happy Duck Ring by Lady Leonard
=IZUMIYA= July Bangle/G
MADPEA Optix Goggles (on eyes)
Cigarette stub by Hall Igaly

M/S Uzi (Pair)

Hair :
Tiny Bird - Sodom South Georgia - Sandy Blonde by autumn hykova

Clothes :
[R3] - Niki Shorts [V2]

Accessories :
[EY:NO] Chained cross Necklace (gold)

In ' Hang In There'
Pets :
!Ohmai : Mochi Kitten (Pet Ver - Head)
Birdy Pocket Pet  (Frenchy) Gray

Dolly Dita wears :
Dura - Boys&Girls*24 (Strawberry)
Beetlebones : Fowler Laced- Up Boots (Bone)
TRAPHOUSE Collective - Girls Fur Coat (Louis) M - This fits Dolly Dita perfectly!
{and} rattenbag. grandma (animates on touch and at the current round of Enchantment) <

Monday, 3 February 2014

The Meme Fish : Your Favourites?

So over on Flickr and sometime last year, No.7 creator Shortcake Sugarplum tagged me for one of those internet memes with a twist - it also included a neat little online mosiac programme that pieced together images of your choosing into a composition. So here goes :
(left to right)
My Favourites (2014) - Tagged by Shortcake Sugarplum (2013 - It was LAG!)
My Favourites (2014) - Tagged by Shortcake Sugarplum (2013 - It was LAG!)

1) Color = Sapphire
2) Flower = Peony
3) Animal = Pygmy Marmoset
4) Singer/band = Bjork
5) Book = Neil Gaiman (The Sandman, Fables and Reflections)
6) Movie = The Fifth Element
7) Hot drink = Mocha Latte (Chocolate and Coffee is GEWD)
8) Cold drink = Avocado & Banana Smoothie! (Yum)
9) Food = Sushi!
10) Hobby = Cooking
11) Outfit = Kaftans and Bohemia
12) Song = Princess of China ( Rihanna/Coldplay)
13) Number = 8
14) Place to go visit = Scotland
15) Season = Autumn
Please tell me your favorites!

Sunday, 2 February 2014

The Art Fish : Latest Projects

Some time last year I decided to explore a different aspect of SL building and creation and that is cosmetic avatar enhancement. This was really born out of my interest in role-play and theatrical make-up. Under the brand "PalomaSnow Aesthetics", my product range consisted of a few experimental eccentricities such as shaved hairbases, hand tattoos, zits and acne scars as well as mesh black eye lenses. I've added to the range this year with two new hand tattoo designs now made to compliment Slink mesh hands as well as being able to be worn as tattoo versions.
These are :

Mehndi designs for Slink Hands : Blossom

Vine II
Mehndi designs for Slink Hands : Vine II
Current Project :
Avatar eyes are something of an obsession of mine as their creation inevitably creates quite interesting philosophical ideas and questions such as :
Why do some eyes look more alive than others?
Are virtual eyes the windows into your Avatar's soul?

And other such idle nonsense *grins*

Having started the GBH (Grievous Bodily Harm) range of contact lenses last year.

My current project is going back to the drawing board and creating a range of ocular cosmetics starting with my idea of a blind eye :

Test draft of eye lens based on my research into blindness caused by Glaucoma 
Back to the drawing board again : I've created a new eye template for  in-world use.

Draft of my new eye template for a series of eye'esque experiments
Beta test of my blind eye contact lens worn over IKON system eyes.