If you have been following the comic for a while you know that I started it with the help of several of my friends. They put together the avatar, we set up photo shoots and I did the rest.
That format works only when everyone’s schedules line up and they so very rarely do. So for the past year I have been working on getting each of the characters onto an account that I control, so that I can take the photos whenever my weird ass schedule will let me.
Unfortunately, I can’t always copy the original avatar piece for piece. Sometimes items aren’t for sale anymore, and sometimes I want to upgrade to mesh, which means I may have to do a whole overhaul because mesh clothing and pieces can vary wildly from the original look.
I’ve been lucky so far.
The latest project is a new avatar for the Prophet!
Here is the base SL Avatar that I started with. I figured why not have something I could use? I’m certain at some point I’ll need a zombie. So let’s go zombie!
This is not, however, anywhere near what I need for our lovely Prophet.
Face first. I will be using her heavily in the upcoming pages so I wanted to make sure she got a mesh body and face. I’ll put the style card at the end, but I LOVE the Maitreya mesh body and CATWA has the best mesh heads I’ve found. The hair and horns, iconic for our mystic, were luckily available. I had to fudge the jewelry a little bit, hopefully it won’t be super noticeable.
I gave her some new makeup as the skin I wanted to use doesn’t have appliers for Maitreya. So I went with a beautiful skin by ItGirls and I LOVE it. The tattoos are from the Tribal Face Tattoos line by *CATY*
The clothing obviously is completely different than the original prophet. But nobody wears the same clothing day in and day out, so I was less worried about that. It’s a new chapter! She has been cast out of the Court, surely that deserves a change of clothing.
That’s what I tell myself anyway. *laughs*
The original Prophet had a lot of red in her skin, lots of warm tones. This prophet has more cool tones, so I changed the beads and dream-catcher in her hair to reflect that.
She is so lovely!
Body: Maitreya Mesh Body – Lara V4.1
Head: CATWA HEAD – Magy
Ears: Trap Beastie Imp Ears
Skin: ItGirls – Lore Cafe
Horns: *~*Illusions*~* Dreamcatcher Rusa Antlers
Hair: [RA] Kayako Hair
Eyes: FATEeyes v3.0
Skirt: !Rebel Hope – Mesh Sarong
Top: .:.TM.:. FABRIC FASHION – Mona Crop Top
.:.KC.:. ODESSA ANKLET
.Eldritch. Ancient Boglach Jewelry Set
[ Jamnation ] Mesh Wrist Bands
C&C – Brenda – Belly Chain
~Soedara~ BollyWood Face Black Glam
~Soedara~ Circlet of the Desert
I have been taking so many pictures lately and many of them are great for October wallpapers! So many so that I have created a public poll on my Patreon page to decide what the next wallpaper will be! Head on over and make sure to vote!
So I created a place for people to come and see my artwork in Second Life. I plan on creating a virtual comic book and have it available to anyone who would like to read it. This space also houses my photography studio, for times when I need a special background or no background.
It is nestled away on my sim, down the street from the apartment I put my private stuff into. It is a small place but I really liked how it turned out!
This is the back room where the comic will be once I have it scripted. It has comfy couches and some warm candles to brighten up the room.
A few days ago, I was thinking about how long I had been a part of the Second Life community. It’s been a really long time! Over 9 years! That is a long time to be a part of any virtual community.
It also got me thinking about how far the graphics have come! And that led naturally to the evolution of my Vedis Seid character. Below you will find a picture from one of her very first builds. This is not my first avatar, by far, but it is when Vedis became that black eyed beauty so many fell in love with.
2011? Yeah, that was a while ago, for sure. Layered clothing, and not much of it. She had already become a part of the Legacies 1981 sim in Secondlife at this point and was starting a very small brothel there. Legacies 1981 was a lovely little Victorian fantasy sim run by the amazingly innovative Trijin Bade. (His LARPs HUD was one of the few HUDs in Secondlife I can actually tolerate.)
Her story really blossomed in this sim and it is, hands down, one of the favorite stories I have told in Secondlife. She is one of the characters in the comic, though we will never know the fullness of her story there.
This character introduced me to some of the most wonderful of people, who helped shape my life in very real ways. Because of the importance of that I felt like I couldn’t truly leave her behind. So for the past few weeks I have been updating her, when I can.
Check out what she looks like now.
Oh, hello there.
Vedis has gotten an overhaul for sure! Mesh body (SLink Hourglass), ears (*~*Illusions*~* Fairy Elf Ears) and clothing (*Just BECAUSE* Venom Gown) makes a big difference. Those tentacles (Xoph’s Tentaculus Exoticus) are the same though I have changed the texture. The eyes (FATEeyes) I have had for several years now, but not back as far as the first picture. The horns are much more modest due to in character reasons. Maybe someday I’ll write that story out. If there is interest.
But the best part of her new look?
Her mesh head not only has facial expressions, but facial expressions that LOOK NORMAL. I have been waiting YEARS for that. The facial expressions with regular avatars are so limited it really made taking photos difficult if you were trying to express emotion with poses, rather than just fashion pictures.
Bento has added even greater benefit with the ability to curl fingers and have more realistic movement of tails and the like. I haven’t found a tail replacement for her yet, and sadly the tail she is known for looks horrible against this build. Even more than the tentacles they stick out like a sore thumb, so until I can find someone who can reproduce it with the Bento bones, I won’t use it.
Oh yeah, these photos look SO much better. Don’t you think?
I’m sure she has more stories to tell, she never could stay dead.
I finally got to get the photo-shoot for the next couple of comics done! I should have enough pictures for three pages at least.
Most of the timing issues were my fault, as I am unusually busy right now, so I am thankful that the model was willing to work with me on that.
So now I am pulling out the good photos, organizing them and getting them edited into a usable comic page!
The next page is coming soon!
I have some amazing things planned for the comic and I am actively working on them. However, I am caught within a month of insanity. Between work commitments and personal commitments I am trying to find time to even write blog posts.
The Talon is one of the few avatars that is still housed on someone else’s account so I am having to try and schedule photo shoots around their schedule. They are playing heavily in the upcoming storyline so I am trying to get as many photos as I can with each shoot. It’s a challenge to bring it all together!
I haven’t forgotten about the comic! Quite the contrary I am working hard on getting the next several pages questions up and ready to go. I even have some exclusives just for my beloved Patrons! Let me know if you would like another Facebook live session where I can answer all your comic related questions!
All of this is coming soon!
To make the Patreon rewards more useful to folks, and easier for me to achieve on a monthly basis, I have updated them.
I have adjusted the price tiers to those that are most used, and given folks at each tier some fun things to experience.
One of the big changes is that I will be holding a monthly Q&A session on Facebook Live for everyone! So if you haven’t liked the Facebook page do so now and you won’t miss a thing!
The first Facebook Live event will be June 14th at 6:00 cst.
The $3 and $10 tiers were dropped so that I can give you more bang for your buck on the other tiers. I think it is going to make a big difference.
If you aren’t familiar with my Patreon page, head on over and check it out! We would love to have you.
I hope you have a great day!
So I’ve been busy working on the sim, getting it ready for the stories yet to come.
Here is a picture of the slums of Vardala, ready for their debut in the comic!
It will be a while, but I can’t wait to tell stories in this section of the world!
I also added lights to the streets outside the shops.
I am happy to be able to have purchased a hospital for the city as well! It will come in handy knowing how much the crew of the Jeweled Heron like to get in trouble.
Writers create a world when they write. It’s usually huge and vast and rarely ever seen in the actual story in it’s full glory. Sometimes it’s not. But my worlds are just that, filled with history and characters that rarely get explored in the main story-line.
So I offered my Patrons the ability to see into a small section of each character to give a more detailed view of who they are and what their motivations are. They are 1-2 page comics that really are just character studies but they are fun and give you insight on the character.
So I asked my Patrons if they would be okay with me sharing these comics with you after a while, so that the general reader can get those same insights. They said they had no problem with it. (I love my patrons!)
So two months after the Patron’s get the first look, you will be able to see the comics too! They will only come out once a month, and will be posted on the first Thursday of the month.
Look for the first one next week!