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Archive for February 23rd, 2015

Join us at 2pm today, Monday 23rd February for the new episode of Designing Worlds at our studio in Garden of Dreams, when we’ll be tracing the history of virtual world jewellery making with Abraxxa Anatine of Earthstones.

Butterfly rings by Earthstones

Butterfly rings by Earthstones

Abraxxa has been creating jewellery in Second Life for a very long time, and she takes us back to the days of prim torture as she demonstrates how jewellery was made before the advent of the sculptie (and why it was possible to crash a region with your ear-rings!). Theyn we look at the refinements possible with the development of sculptie prims, and finally to the amazing possibilities of mesh.

The Earthstones Gypsy set

The Earthstones Gypsy set

And along the way we discuss issues such as the use of bling (Second Life’s very own version of the Blink! tag), the pleasures and pitfalls of maintaining jewellery stores across virtual worlds (Abraxxa has a strong presence in Inworldz), the problems posed by the advent of mesh body parts, and the difficulties the use of display names has caused. In fact, some of the issues Abraxxa faces provide a fascinating microcosm of residents working with the changing face of virtual world economies, as we learn in a fascinating discussion with her.

So join us, at 2pm today for a fascinating show!

And visit Earthstones at: maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/EarthBound/124/139/25

The Earthstones store, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

The Earthstones store, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Or – if you can’t attend in person – tune in to the web at 2pm SLT on Monday for a showing on SLartist or on Treet – or catch it later in the week on our shows page on the Treet.tv web site at http://treet.tv/shows/designingworlds, on the SLArtist.com channel,  the Aview TV Designing Worlds channel – or on the Designing Worlds blog.

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The latest episode of Designing Worlds – part two of an exploration of the art and techniques of Second Life photography, featuring three leading Second Life photographers – is now on the web!

We talk to three different photographers about their work: Strawberry Singh, the well-kown fashion and portrait photographer, Honour McMillan, whose landscape pictures feature regularly on her popular blog, and Wildstar Beaumont, our team photographer who is also well known for event photos and seascapes.

In this show we talk to our three photographers about post processing techniques and also ways of sharing your photographs with a wide audience.

Ships and Boats Exhibit at the Tradewinds Yacht Club by Wildstar Beaumont

Ships and Boats Exhibit at the Tradewinds Yacht Club by Wildstar Beaumont

For more on our guests, see:
Strawberry Singh: http://strawberrysingh.com/
Honour McMillan: https://honourmcmillan.wordpress.com/
Wildstar Beaumont: https://www.flickr.com/photos/wildstar_b/

If you missed the first show (which has some awesome advice about taking great photographs and adjusting windlight settings) you can see it here or here.

The Forgotten City by Honour McMillan

The Forgotten City by Honour McMillan

Together these shows are a fascinating exploration of Second Life photography with some of the leading photographers in virtual worlds … and a valuable repository of tips and tricks for photographers and machinima makers!

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