I had a reminder this past week of just how much I admire the work — the styling and photo skills — of Aubergine Sugarplum, possibly the most competent renderer of the belle laide (‘ugly pretty’) look in SL.* I’ve tried to sorta-kinda emulate her before, but it’s time consuming to even approximate the post-production work, alone. She’s said something along these lines on her blog, explaining why she doesn’t post that often. I have no clue about her “real” life, but I imagine someone who works in the fashion and/or photo arts professionally, and therefore “practices” every day, and that explains why she has gotten so good at her occasional SL shots and I’m still lame-o. I’ve only ‘advanced’ far enough to be able to render some light flares and slap on some texture overlays that I don’t even make myself (I kind of have a hunch that Aubergine probably makes her own…).
Anyway, as I mentioned in my previous post about AS’s work, Etoile doesn’t full on embrace the laide aspects of belle laide, but that doesn’t keep me from wanting to capture a sort of Aubergine Sugarplum moment now and then.
*Alas, she hasn’t updated her blog since the summer, but she does have more recent things up on her flickr.
Hair: Point b (Analog Dog) ~ Madison2 in chili ~ holiday gift (‘k, just going to say, I’m not nutso for this particular hair, although I do like other AD hairs. I way prefer the hand drawn look for just about any texture in SL. There’s something about the photosourced textures that just feels off to me. They don’t blend well with otherwise drawn texturing, for one thing. But, I had this hair on and didn’t think about it much until I was already set up for the photo shoot, so make it work, babes…).
I decided to get away from it all in a far off land (far off to me, anyway). The shape drama on SL is getting craaaazy, peoples (see also Alicia Chenaux’s pithy “Stop it” piece). Am I sensing a ground swell of consumer revolt against the grump-face pony-rider shape? A final smack down before the demise of a fad?
Whatever it might be, remember folks, that these avatars we play around with are not our corporeal bodies. They aren’t even as materially substantive as a doll that you can hold in your hands, for that matter.
I just recalled an incident from when I was five years old. A neighbor boy made fun of the way one of my dollies looked, and I whacked him upside the head with a pointy metal thing. He had to get stitches. I got grounded. Over a damn doll.
Yeah. Dumb. But I was five and had skin about as thick as nanofilm.
Suitcase: Vinyl Cafe ~ Vintage Mesh Suitcase ~ past group gift
Texture Overlay: boreanlnz (Jill Ferry) ~ Dusty tv with light-leaks (from free texture set on flickr) ~ Mostly of interest to the photogs amongst you who like playing around with texture overlays in Photoshop for effect, but also giving credit where credit is due. Many thanks to all the creatives out there who make their stuff available to other creatives to play with.
I hit one of those cart sales tonight. Mostly there’s a lot of flotsam and jetsam, but every now and then I run across something, and then something else, and then another little tidbit here and there, and before you know it, I’ve cobbled together a pretty nifty little ensemble. I like digging through a pile of stuff and just randomly trying things on to see what works, eventually turning out something acceptable. It’s joy.