Thursday, May 24, 2007

I'm going to let my classified ad expire. It was costing me about as much as I was making each week, and I'm not getting many more sales per week than I was back when I didn't have a super expensive ad.

I'm also making large versions of all my eyes. Every now and then I get custom requests for bigger versions; I figure this will get those people, along with the folks who want bigger eyes but don't want to bother with a custom order. (Plus, elka's been bugging me to do this.) This'll take a few weeks, as I have to box everything up and redo the vendor scripts.

I've also got some other big projects that I'm slowly working on (the vendor, a jewelry set, and a dress). The jewelry set in particular is stalled, because it's huge and every time I think about working on some part of me starts moaning about the tedium. And the vendor's going to take forever anyway. Even if I ever do stop fiddling with it, it needs to be beta tested.

I've been pretty lax about learning to work with Blender. I can make sculpties at this point, but I can't texture them, and there are a wide variety of tools that I don't know how to use yet. Since I primarily make jewelry, sculpted prims aren't a huge deal for me, since I don't think you can make them very small.

Oh, and next week's release will be more hair.


Anonymous Juushika said...

"I'm also making large versions of all my eyes."

--and I'm looking forward to it. ^_^ I'm obsessed with eyes, and have loved the color and style of yours since I found them, but they're too small to look good on me ... the perma-surprised look isn't very flattering on my av. So this is great news. It'll be wonderful to be able to wear the peridot eyes out and about some day--they're my favorite color. ^_^

May 25, 2007 1:35 AM  
Blogger Miriel Enfield said...

Oh, yay, someone else likes the Peridot. They're one of my favorites but not very popular.

May 25, 2007 9:00 AM  
Blogger Casandra said...

Will the new eye version be the SL standard size?

Learning a new program is tough. I used PhotoShop years ago. Then later I started using one that was bundled with my wordprocessing software. My desires have changed, so now I am struggling to learn PhotoShop again. My husband can say I told you so on this :)

Casandra Shilova

May 27, 2007 1:21 PM  
Blogger Miriel Enfield said...

Yes, that'll be the new eye size.

And I'd rather be learning Photoshop! Of course, I only say this because I'm reasonably knowledgeable about Paint Shop Pro and assume that Photoshop will be similar. ;)

May 28, 2007 5:53 PM  
Blogger Casandra said...

Probably, but then I don't know Paint Shop. I have actually been using Microsoft Photo Editor! which is all I need for work and workshop handouts along with the line drawings and caption capabilities of Microsoft Word 2000 Professional. I'm basically starting from scratch.

My ultimate goal is designing clothing and maybe a few accessories (no jewelry) for a nitch market. So learning sculpties will need to be in my future.

That makes my learning curve really, really long and oh so steep.

I'm still struggling with drawing parallel lines for piping around the top of a sundress over the distortion that is a female chest. Thank goodness for Robin Wood's UV maps. How I wish they could be in focus when I enlarge them for itty bitty details. Even my brand new glasses won't achieve that :)

I think you're smart to make the large eyes. Once someone is used to them, a smaller size wouldn't look right.

I had actually been thinking about picking out new eyes this weekend before you made this entry! If you are agreeable to a custom order for the medium sized eyes you made for me a while back, I'll drop a notecard letting you know which ones I would like and the L$ you requested last time (if you would like a different amount, just let me know). No hurry.

May 29, 2007 5:25 AM  
Blogger Miriel Enfield said...

Oh, the distortion caused by the mesh is a whole set of problems unto itself. The top of the chest is one of my least favorite areas: the distortion isn't _terrible_, but it's so a noticeable area.

Piping's a horizontal border, right, or am I getting my clothing terms mixed up? One thing I do to make borders like that is to go to the layer that I'm using for the basic outline shape of the garment, and use the magic want (set to select by opacity) to select all the places I haven't drawn on. Then I expand the selection by one pixel (or more), and then use the magic wand to _remove_ all the places I haven't drawn on. This leaves a selection that fits the outline of the garment perfectly. I usually add anti-aliasing to this so that it's not jagged, and then I go to a new layer and use the fill tool to fill it in.

Those instructions are probably terrifying if you don't know PS very well, but if you can figure out how to do it, it's SO MUCH easier than trying to draw in that kind of thing by hand.

And sure, I can make the eyes for you! Go ahead and drop the notecard on me (tell me which permissions you want, too). It's still L$75 a piece.

May 29, 2007 6:45 AM  
Blogger Miriel Enfield said...


Magic wand, not magic want.

May 29, 2007 6:46 AM  
Blogger Miriel Enfield said...

Oh, and one caveat: if you use that method, you still have to make sure that your seams match up. If you're just using a border one pixel thick, they probably will, but if you go bigger than that, you can start getting situations where the border is effectively wider on one half of the template. (Usually the front.)

May 29, 2007 6:48 AM  
Blogger Casandra said...

Yes, piping is a horizontal line like trim is. If you go from the back (rib cage), under the arm to a point over the breast where the straps join, and then down to a point between the breasts, the variation in width even with stroking is obvious. So I am currently drawing separate lines for each side of the piping. It's actually fabric wrapped over cord that is sewn into a seam.

My husband's last book is on web development with PS 4. He just rolls along right into the next release. But he doesn't need this aspect of it.

So - I have a book from the library that is plastered with sticky notes :-) I have heard of the term, but haven't read as far as magic wand yet. I'll work on that. I ordered the same book and it hasn't shown up.

Oh, thank you, thank you.

May 29, 2007 11:52 AM  
Anonymous Fallingwater said...

I'm really happy to see that you'll be making larger eyes! I bought one of your first pairs. It was just the color I've been looking for forever, and beautifully done, but my eyeholes are just too big for them.:)

June 02, 2007 4:09 AM  

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