Before I start this week’s blog post, I’m doing a call out for all you MAddicts out there! The Mesh Body Addicts sim is on its way, and part of what the permanent sim will focus on is educating new (and not so new!) mesh body users. For that reason, I’m doing a call out for anyone who has maybe written a tutorial they think would be helpful for new users, or would like to write one for their body 🙂 If you’d like to take part in helping me educate future MAddicts, leave a comment or give me a shout in world with what you’d like to write a tutorial/guide about/for 🙂 <3
Now back to the writing! A little while ago, I put up a ‘ask me questions’ post with a link to my Q&A account at AskFM, and two questions that I was asked I decided to leave until I could devote a post to them, because I felt they warranted a whole post!! This is the first!
The question – When I buy a mesh body, am I basically buying a shape? Will I still be able to achieve different looks/body types?
Mesh bodies are (mostly) fitmesh, meaning that the shape ‘underneath’ the body is what tells the body what shape to be (by use of the classic sliders, as we did with the system mesh body), but this isn’t the whole story. Mesh bodies have their own ‘shape’, and by that I mean their own inherent characteristics in how the mesh is made. Has the designer created the body to have round breasts, or teardrop shaped breasts for example? These ‘characteristics’ are all based on the mesh shape and how it’s rigged and fitted. By that I mean, when a designer creates fitmesh, they also create ‘weighting’. Weighting tells the mesh how much to expand/contract when shape sliders are used. Some bodies have very limited shape changes when sliders are used, and some bodies have very large size variations when sliders are used, and all this depends on how the creators design their body.
For example, below is an image of me with KimberlyAnnLove, who I kidnapped while shopping at ColdLogic/Meve yesterday because she was wearing the same erratic outfit as me with the same body as me (Maitreya), but had used a completely different shape.
Looking closely at the picture, you can see a few things happening in relation to the mesh body ‘shape’ and the way it’s rigged. Firstly, the curve from the shoulder around the arm is very similar, which shows we’re using the same body because this is a style choice of the mesh design itself, you wouldn’t expect this to change with ‘size’ – but Kimberley’s arms are more muscular than mine because her torso muscle slider is set higher than mine. Secondly, while my thighs are relatively straight in shape, Kimberley’s use of the body fat and leg muscle sliders has given her a more curved and full thigh. Both of these difference are the result of different shapes and show how the body has been rigged. You can easily see that Maitreya has rigged their body to keep a natural shape when made larger, which is the sign of a very well rigged body.
It’s important to note that there is only ONE size of this outfit, and that is Maitreya size, so this shows just how fitmesh really works when made exceptionally well. Please note I did return Kimberly to ColdLogic after this photo 😛
So in summary, yes you will definitely still be able to achieve different looks and styles with your mesh body ( assuming it’s fitmesh, though very few aren’t these days), however always grab a demo and play with your shape using the sliders before buying, that way you’ll be able to make sure that your preferred body type is possible with that body 🙂
Now it’s time for… Weekly Fitmesh Finds! My favourite fitmesh finds of the week!
I’m wearing (first pic):
Mesh Body – Lara by Maitreya (Built-in America tone used)
Mesh Head – Stella by Lelutka
Skin – Liss 03 by Glam Affair (Available at Kustom9 – Lelutka head applier gatcha)
Hair – Anais by MINA (available at Shiny Shabby)
Top – Mina by Blueberry (Available at Uber) – Includes Belleza Freya/Isis/Venus, Maitreya & Slink sizes
Shorts – Cora shorts by Just Because (Available at Uber) – Includes Belleza Freya/Isis/Venus, Maitreya & Slink sizes
Shoes – Juti Sneaker by Hucci (Available at Uber) – Includes Maitreya, Slink & TMP sizes
Pose – Bombastic 4 by Diesel Works Poses
Backdrop (Ballet studio) – Ballet studio by Project Puppet Poses
Mesh Body – Lara by Maitreya
Mesh Head – Stella by Lelutka
Skin – Estelle by DeeTaleZ (Lelutka and Maitreya appliers used)
Hair – Jane by Pr!tty (available at Shiny Shabby)
Top – Tia crop top by erratic (Available at Uber) – Includes Maitreya size
Pants – Daria pants by erratic (Available at Uber) – Includes Maitreya size
Sneakers – No Rush by BALKANIK 2.0 – Includes Maitreya, Slink & TMP sizes (and Slink/TMP male sizes)