Friday, August 15, 2014

Beware the Sirens

"First you will come to the Sirens who enchant all who come near them. If any one unwarily draws in too close and hears the singing of the Sirens, his wife and children will never welcome him home again, for they sit in a green field and warble him to death with the sweetness of their song. There is a great heap of dead men's bones lying all around, with the flesh still rotting off them."

-Homer's Odyssey, book XII


sirens

This month, Collabor88 is an extra big birthday round: all the guests from the past year have been invited back, and we are holding it in the larger venue from last year.  There's a lot to see!  The birthday theme is Homer's Odyssey, and I drew my inspiration from the Sirens who lure sailors to death with their songs.  While they've become equated with mermaids, the Sirens were actually bird women, not fish women, companions of Persephone who failed to save her from abduction by Hades.  Their song is their lament at their loss of her, achingly beautiful but full of terrible longing that breaks the hearts of all who hear it.

Amphitrite Athena

Feathers hint at scales in a mermaid skirt style, referencing both their avian and aquatic natures.  The dresses are materials enabled and come in 9 colours for the event: the 6 solids of the colour palette and 3 colour combinations, each named after a goddess with a connection to the three patron gods of this round- Athena, goddess of wisdom and daughter of the god of the heavens, Zeus; Amphitrite, goddess of the saltwater seas and wife of the god of the waters, Poseidon; and Persephone, goddess of the death and rebirth cycle of nature, and the Queen of the god of the underworld, Hades.  They come in the 5 Standard Sizes for women, and also include VERY EXPERIMENTAL Fitted Mesh versions for men and women.  Fitted mesh is VERY picky around certain areas where this dress is cut (it may move and resize...but not in the direction or to the same degree as the avatar), so it will not fit properly unless you adjust yourself to suit it in those areas!  Gentlemen, I imagine you're used to nipping and tucking as if your life depending upon it if you want to fit into a dress as it is, but these are more for the Milk than for the Divine.

(left skin by Belleza, middle skin by Tres Blah, right skin by Birdy,
layered hairbases by Ohmai and Nylon Outfitters)

(left skin by Belleza, middle skin by Tres Blah, right skin by Birdy,
layered hairbases by Ohmai and Nylon Outfitters)

(left skin by Belleza, middle skin by Tres Blah, right skin by Birdy,
layered hairbases by Ohmai and Nylon Outfitters)
 
Persephone

To go with the dresses this round are tattoo layer makeup in a matching colour palette, named after the sorceress Circe, who turned Odysseus' crew into swine upon their visit to his island.  Each makeup pack contains three colours- one each of the solids to represent that realm in the palette of the round, and one to match the goddess chosen for it.  All come with and without forehead and cheek contouring (the forehead and cheek contouring also come separate for more laying options), and with and without strong flat black brows.

sirens close

All to be found at Collabor88 this month.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Wombats!

wild things wombats

Received Items is holding a Where the Wild Things Are gacha event that I am a part of- I made animated wombat pets for it.  They are along the same lines as the piggies: wear and they will hang out with you and follow you as you walk around, rez then and you can pick to have them stand around or wander in a set area.  The Magic wombat matches hya's roo rats for the same event (no great surprise: we are next to each other at the venue), as does the flightless wom-bat a little bit (the wings are just for show, he doesn't fly, like a kiwi!)  Rosa, of course, uses hya's hand-drawn floral fabric and matches the other critters in the Rosa pattern from hyasynth and myself.  You can find a key of the gachas at the event at the Received Items page.

The wombats can be found at Where the Wild Things Are until August 10!

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Atelier Kreslo Donut Festival

Like the Cupcake Festival, the Atelier Kreslo Donut Festival is a bake sale with "art food" that will only be available for the duration of the event.  A bunch of people applied to make donuts for it, so there are lots of fun baked goods to be had!  I made stacked and decorated donuts inspired by matryoshkas, Russian nesting dolls.  You can also see hya's donuts here, with birdy donut holes!

hya and allegory donuts

 The Atelier Kreslo Donut Festival runs from July 13 to July 27, after which all the donuts will be gone forever.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

WildThing Satchels

being a weirdass for collab

This round of Collabor88 is "safari" with a bunch of browns (I'm not into brown, sorry.  I've tried, it's just not my thing).  I had a bunch of competing ideas (...as always) but this won out- well, I just wanted to do it because it was more FUN.  Though I'm laughing a little bit about all the "obvious" ideas that I avoided expecting multiple people to do them...and no one did!

bags
(on Zebra: hair and mask by Nylon Outfitters for Collabor88, dress by katat0nik, jewelry by lassitude&ennui, tattoos by ~silentsparrow~, stockings by Schadenfreude, pose by !bang
on Tiger: mask by Nylon Outfitters for Collabor88, hair by Milk, shirt by C'est la vie!, skirt by ISON, necklace by adoness, tattoos by ~silentsparrow~, tights by Atomic, pose by PURPLE POSES for Collabor88
curtain by Relic [closed], chairs by Trompe Loeil for Collabor88, deer skull and painting by Scribble [closed], suitcase with books by vespertine, steer skull by TESLA [free amazing gift even!], boxes by barnesworth anubis, table and lamp by Schadenfreude [not currently available])

Anyway.  Bags!  Stuffed animals fashioned after big cats, made of hand dyed fake fur to bring out the character of the inspiration.  There are three: a golden leopard, an orange tiger, and a black panther.

The bags are rigged with fitted mesh, in versions to fit the male and female base avatars (the boob slider works impressively well!), and there are also two modify enabled unrigged versions for more adjustment.

safari
(wall hanging and map with binnoculars (and compass) from floorplan&theosophy, mirror from tarte., mask from Nylon Outfitters, chair and trunk table from Trompe Loeil, table and lamp and bag from Schadenfreude)

At Collabor88 this month!

Sunday, June 15, 2014

[Kraken] To the Lighthouse

Collabor88 this month is To the Lighthouse- but these boats days of actually going to the lighthouse is over, they've been repurposed into furniture.  Bookcases in two sizes, and a coffee table (proper boats will happen eventually, but I'll need the time to futz around with scripting and posing and such first).

[Kraken] To the Lighthouse

The large bookcase comes with three clusters of books, the smaller comes with two clusters- each is a separate piece so you can redecorate your shelves as you wish, they just start you off with some low prim things to fill some of the space.  All are sly references to Virginia Woolf's To the Lighthouse (the books with the R, for instance, are books for each of the Ramsay children), the lantern that comes attached to one of the book sets with the small bookcase can be lit and extinguished on touch.  All pieces come in three colours, each colour has the books and pieces retextured a little.  The Silent set are all greyscale- aside from one purple book (which is always purple, Tansley's book).  All pieces come with two variants, with and without darker coloured trim.

to the lighthouse

All pieces to be found at Collabor88 this month.

Friday, June 13, 2014

Vestday and some motivation

Vestday again!  The vests this time have been joined by motivation on a string- food dangling from sticks to carry around with you.  Five variations are included: two flavours of cake, two types of apple, and a carrot.  They can be held in the left or the right hand, for whatever luring is most convenient!

motivation on a string

And vests!  The leopards' last hurrah, snow and black.

black and snow leopard vests

At the elephant, this Friday!

Sunday, June 1, 2014

This Little Piggie Wiggie Went to The Arcade

Another round of The Arcade is upon us!  All this month, Archie has again opened up his seaside arcade full of gacha machines of all sorts of wonderful things for you to win.  I made pigs!

piggie wiggies

All common Piggie Wiggies can be worn, and they will follow you around, running on their chubby little legs to keep up when you walk around (they won't fly with you though!  Because pigs don't fly....YET.  I failed in my attempts to teach these piggies to fly, but I have some more pigs who are still trying to learn, who you may see at a future round!  Yes...there were originally more pigs, but I was running into problems figuring out the scripting, so a bunch of them will wait until later...and this is really enough pigs for one machine anyway!), and stand around with you when you are standing around, because they love you.  You can also rez them, and choose how they act- they can stand around still in your choice of 7 poses, they can stand around and fidget a little bit, and they can wander around in a radius you set.  Touch to set Home, and the radius, and they will wander around randomly in their chosen area.  I'm kinda super proud of myself for FINALLY figuring out how to script the movement- I've been putting it off for years, finding other workarounds so I didn't have to do it, so even if I didn't crack flying yet, I'm calling it a win.

Technical notes: animated mesh glitches sometimes, and it's really annoying.  It happens to all of it (even sometimes when it's not animated!), and I've minimized it as much as possible, but if you have problems with your piggie glitching out and disappearing, choose Wander (Still) for walking instead, and he will still move around but his little legs won't run back and forth, he'll glide.  This is mostly provided as an extra paranoid possibility, as they aren't disappearing for me anymore, but since it's not a consistent issue and depends on a bunch of factors, I included this just in case!

Rosas

Rosa Piggie Wiggie has the same Rosa pattern drawn by hyasynth Tiramisu that you can find on some of the other stuffed critters from both of us.  (Click through that picture for details on each one.)

This Little Piggie Wiggie Went to Market is a rare little piggie in a shopping bag, as he returns from his market trip.  You can carry him around in his bag, or you can unlink him and carry him around (he's a little wiggly, but he hasn't managed to escape!)  You can also click him to make him stay still for photos.

The Mounted Pigalope is not animated, after all, he's a head on your wall. You can touch for texture change options of 2 woods and 6 antlers, and if you have a HUD from the Ceryn antlers, you can also choose an option in the menu to make him listen to that, for more antler possibilities.

a pig for Pig

You can visit the piggies on Nouveau, a few of them have gotten loose on our side of the island!  And there's a mounted pigalope inside Pig (there's a giant pig statue out front, hard to miss)- Miss Hammerer had something to do with the pigalope (and, really, the pigs entirely, I decided we needed pigs for Pig).

The Dragon Picnic <3

(I'll leave you with a picture hya took of some of the stuff you can find at The Arcade!)
 
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