The last couple of days have been a real eye-opener for me. I have had to ask myself some hard questions and decided where I go from here.
I know I have been open in my feelings towards mesh body parts in the past and I was resistant to even hands and feet until that began to affect my ability to keep blogging. I now have mesh hands and feet and they have just become part of my life. I am especially enjoying the new set where I can control the height of my feet with one easy hud rather than taking feet off and on and having to reapply skin etc etc. I didn't enjoy, however, having to spend money to purchase them again, but I realise this is a necessity. I am hoping they will do the same with hands and am steeling myself for having to also pay out for that.
The last few days I have been a part of discussions about mesh heads and bodies. I have, again, been stalling getting them for one main reason: I still want to look like me.
I have been in SL a while now and this has been my shape and look for a long time. I recognise myself when I log on and I have become quite attached to my curves and pixie-like appearance. I change skins and I alter my shape to fit clothing, but I am Arya at the core.
The last couple of days I have been trying on mesh bodies and heads. I researched the pros and cons of different brands and used this info to go and demo some.
The bodies I am ok with as I can change them to suit the shape I want. I am not ok with forking over my hard-earned cash, but I will probably get one in the next couple of days and try to ignore the dent it makes in my account balance!
However, the heads are another story. I put them on and I do not recognise the avi staring back at me. The eyes look too big, the face profile too flat and I can do nothing to alter that.
So, you may say, don't get one. Well, it has been pointed out to me that the non-mesh heads have weird lines around the nose and head and that you have to spend ages in Photo Shop getting rid of them. In fact someone said non-mesh heads have become the 'system hands and feet' of today.
To be honest I don't use Photo Shop. I use Picassa and I have hardly ever had to alter the lines around my face and nose. The only times I had to were due more to the skin I was wearing and the windlight I was using. I could probably count those times on one mesh hand.
Today I looked at myself close up. Maybe I can't see it, but I don't think I look bad. Do I have lines around my nose and mouth. Yep, but do they make me look hideous? Do they affect my ability to blog and show off fashion items and makeups? Now I just don't know.
I decided today to show you an unedited picture of myself. I am using a windlight so that you can see my face, but that is it. I am wearing a skin with no lipstick, but I do have my lashes on because they are lovely.
I would love your feedback on this. Do I need to buy a mesh head?
Arya Laid Bare
by Arya Braveheart 5:57 PM 5 comments
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