Saturday, December 30, 2006

I've started work on the dresses I mentioned in the previous post -- you know, the really elaborate ones. They're a pain in the butt, but that's what I expected. I want to do a very good technical job on them, so I'm trying to be thorough about including all the wrinkles and folds that would be in the cloth. It's... well, like I said, a pain. Compounding the problem is the fact that the top is actually an undershirt plus a corsety thing, so the cloth is (or should be) contorting in numerous and horrible ways. And then there's the lace (which I'm cutting myself some slack on) and the prim bits. All for something that probably won't even sell very well...

Wednesday, December 27, 2006

New item out today: Little Retro Dress.

Little Retro Dress is based off the idea of the little black dress: a simple garment for pairing with accessories. It's entirely hand painted and available in sixteen colors. Each color is available individually, or you can buy all the colors at once at a discounted price. (To wit: L$115 for a single; L$300 for the entire collection.) Both copy/mod/no transfer and no copy/mod/transfer versions are available.

(Skin: Yummy Skins; hair: ETD; shoes: Lassitude and Ennui)

Sunday, December 24, 2006

I've been trying once again to make a skin, and failing. (Not that I don't adore my Tete skins, but it would be nice to have something that's 100% customizable for some things.) I'm not sure if it's incompetence or just a mental block, but I can't seem to make something even vaguely passable. Ah, well. For now, I've settled on making an ad and doing a series of very elaborate dresses. I can practically already feel the tears and hair pulling the latter will engender in me.

I'm going to release some casual dresses next Tuesday. After that, I think, it'll be the silks I made for the party. And then, assuming the recent texture bug is fixed or I'm able to find a workaround, I'll start on the backlog of jewelry I've got, and intersperse those releases with eyes.

Friday, December 15, 2006

Those of you that make jewelry might be interested in these two sites I found:

Gemology Online
The World of Gemstones

Why? Because they're big lists of gemstones, complete with little pictures next to each one's name (and big pictures and descriptions in the articles). The Gemology Online site even breaks down gems by color. (And if a gem comes in different colors? It's mentioned in all the relevant color categories.) If you've ever whipped up a gem texture and wanted to know an appropriate name for it beyond "pink" or "orange-yellow", these will probably be useful.

Saturday, December 09, 2006

A couple things:

1. I already have more than enough models. Thanks to everyone who applied, I still need to go through the notecards. :)

2. I received a request for a custom job the other day. I was hesitant to say yes, but the customer specifically wanted an Art Nouveau piece. I couldn't say no! And now I'm kicking myself for agreeing to make it a one of a kind item, because I think it's my best necklace yet. (Let's not even get into how much I'm undercharging.) Ah, well. It was a bit of a challenge, and that can only help me make better things for general sale in the long run. :)

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

I need models!

Like Jackal Ennui, I'm looking for models for an event on Sunday, December 17th from 12:30-3:00 PM SL time (with the actual event running from 1-3 PM). All you have to do is show up and sit on a pose ball.

What You'll Have to Do

You'll be asked to wear specific things, including eyes (which may require you to make slight adjustments to your shape in order to look good). You will be asked to remove glasses, and may have to remove jewelry and tattoos. I'm going to try to work up an outfit for you to wear; if I don't manage to, I'll give you the money to buy your own or provide you with one.

You should be willing to work with me on hairstyles. I will be asking for a certain look; if you don't think you have anything that works, I'll either give you the money for an appropriate style or provide it myself. That said, if you have a decent selection of hair in your inventory, you probably have something that will work.

You may have to be naked or topless, and the clothes you will be wearing will basically be silks. It will be tasteful, though.

What I'm Looking For

I want models with natural looking figures, hair, and eyes. This means no hair that looks dyed or bleached: if you want dark skin, you should have appropriately dark hair.

You should be willing to wear Tete a Pied skins and have a shape that looks good with them.

What You Get

You'll get L$500, plus you'll get to keep everything you wear. (This will probably include jewelry, a skin, an outfit, and possibly shoes. It will definitely include eyes.)

Want in?

I'm just going to steal Jackal's scheme here, more or less: send me a notecard with "Nouveau Event: Your Name" in the title (with your actual name in place of "your name," of course!). Tell me what color(s) of Tete a Pied skins you wear and what color eyes you prefer (if you wear multiple skin tones and change your eye color with your skin, tell me which color goes with which skin). Also send me a frontal facial snapshop and a 3/4 full body snapshot (naked, bikini, or bra and panties).

Oh, yes, I have something out today, too, since it's (technically) Tuesday. Read about it here.

Monday, December 04, 2006

I have a new computer! It is a wonder. Previously, textures in rooms would take minutes to rez, textures never stayed fully rezzed, other people's clothes hardly ever rezzed (and also never stayed rezzed), Linden plants didn't rez completely (I never even knew what most of them actually looked like), and... well, you get the idea.

Today, I floated down from my skybox, and all but two of the textures in my store were fully rezzed as soon as I got there. And they stayed rezzed. I could even see the trees and the clothing of the people across the river -- which I wouldn't even have had on my screen before, because my draw distance was kept down to 64 m to reduce lag. (Now I'm at 96 m, because I don't like how the void oceans look when I go above that.) Even the water ripples faster now.

I also have a Wacom tablet now. Wow. It really is vastly better than my no name brand one.