Well you asked, and I’m answering! In my last post I asked you all to hit me up with any questions you might have about well, anything, and you did so yay! As promised, this post is dedicated to responding to your questions (well to the best of my ability anyway), so here we go (in no particular order):
Hey Daria. I am wondering are there any inworld classes to learn rigging and weightpainting. Do you learn from other creators who are kind enough to help out or is you tube the go to for learning? – Jewel
Well to be honest it’s a mix of things. I taught myself rigging/weightpainting/creating by watching a LOT of youtube and throwing a lot of questions on my Facebook feed and at friends I know that create. Creating is complex, but it’s not hard per se, it just takes a lot of time to learn. For me, I work RL, blog and run events, so it took me over a year to learn, but for someone who’s dedicated to learning it you could do it way faster than me haha.
If you want to attend an inworld workshop, Builder’s Brewery is incredible for this. They’ve been around forever and run all kinds of workshops. I also recommend:
- Haven Ditko – her youtube tutorials taught me so so much.
- Medhue – he’s incredibly knowledgable and his videos and tools are amazing.
- Avastar – this is a Blender add on designed specifically for SL, and it really makes the whole process so much easier. It’s 6500L (or $27 USD) but it’s invaluable, I can’t stress that enough. I highly recommend it, and I recommend watching Gaia Clary’s tutorial videos too.
- If you’re a Maya user, Mayastar is kinda like the Avastar for Maya. I use both, but it depends on what software you want to learn. Maya costs money, Blender is free. Cathy Foil, the creator of Mayastar, has tutorials on her YouTube channel here.
- Nalates blog – Nalates is one of the few blogs I always read, she’s always on top of what’s happening in SL in a technical sense, and looking through her past posts has taught me a lot and helped me understand the more ‘behind the scenes’ aspects of SL and Creating.
Why so man ppls do blogs and why they’re always about style umm Princess etc candy.? Why never as example RLV RP’ing , or umm read maybe better as slut , slave etc A rated.? I have found its mostly 99.99% PG rated outfits and looks and i do know there is many who simple cannot stand those kind a looks and /or clothes. Maybe time to blog some A rated also , as we all are adults and not brats ! Or i’m hoping so ! Also i honestly and seriously have found too many takes sl as rl and vice versa even when blogging ! – sunshine
More of an observation than a question I guess, but I said I’d answer anything so let me try. As bloggers we tend to blog what interests us most – for some this might be the more ‘adult’ side of SL, for others not. It’s entirely likely that there are adult blogs out there (I haven’t really looked personally), but if I look at it from my own perspective, I’ve never been one to be interested in RLV etc. Honestly beyond a basic understanding, I don’t know much else about it. There are some restrictions in place (Facebook, Flickr etc.) about nudity, so this may put some bloggers off as they won’t be able to share their posts/images as freely as they would with a PG image, but other than that it’s just an interest factor I think. For me my love is mesh bodies, heads and all things related, so if/when the time comes that adult items form part of that, I’d cover them sure.
Hmmm… I have been wondering about this for a while since I started SL last year. Do people tend to use a skin shade that doesn’t match with their own in RL? Do they use a skin that’s usually associated with a different race than they are? Is it wrong to use a skin shade that’s not the same as you are in RL? – LastYearNewcomer
Honestly that’s a good question, I think the beauty of SL is that you can be anything you want to be, and judging by the number of people with grey/blue/pink/green skin running around I’d say no, our avatars don’t resemble us in RL hehe. For me I do use a skin tone very similar to my own, but that’s really for no reason other than pale is easy to match pink with and I love pink hahaha. I’ve worn darker skins before too, and really love some of the amazing dark skins out there. It’s definitely NOT wrong to use a skin shade different to who you are in RL, or we’d all be wrong, because I promise you none of us look like our avatars (well, maybe 1% out there) haha. You do you honey! 😀
Its an old question but since you asked us to ask you anything. What about TMP? I spoke with LIveHelp and was told they are revamping the entire system I believe she used the word overhauling. When asked if we would have to pay for an update I was told we are not sure. I reached back to them because that just didn’t seem right and was told if they do an update to existing body they would not charge for that. But if they do an upgrade then that would be an entirely different product and they would charge for that. I am amazed by the responses I get from them…so my question is since you are an insider what have you heard about the long awaited changes at TMP? – Foxxy
Ahhh TMP. I get asked this a lot, and honestly I don’t know. Last I heard from them was they were revamping the product/hud system, but that was a year ago and despite trying to reach out I haven’t heard anything from them since. I know they’re still active to some extent because I see them online, but other than that I have no clue if they’re actually proceeding.
Have you Eaten enough Chocolate? – Wes
There’s NEVER enough chocolate haha. I miss Easter Eggs already!
Hi Daria! First, I want to acknowledge and thank you for the amazing job you do here! My question is if you are aware of any plans LAQ may have to update their mesh heads to bento – Samaria Hallison
You’re so kind hun thank you for supporting me! <3 Last I heard from LAQ was that they were considering making a bento head, but if this is actually still happening or been abandoned, I’m not sure. If I find anything new out I’ll let you know!
Your post on the Maitreya Update reminded me to ask……can you do a tutorial (with video…hopefully) on the alpha auto-hide? How to set it up and how to add it to outfits. Or point me in an other direction if that info is already out there. Thanks.
I can sure 🙂 Here’s a quick and silly tutorial for you chericolette! And of course you can see other tutorials I’ve done on YouTube here.
I notice that skin creators will describe a new skin and/or makeup applier as being for a “Catwa Bento Head” or a “LeLutka Bento Head”. Will a previous skin/makeup release for a regular mesh head work on a Bento head? – Lumina
Hey Hun! That’s a great question because it does seem a little counter intuitive I know. Basically, any Catwa applier will work on any Catwa head (same for Lelutka), it doesn’t matter if it’s bento or not. The reason skin designers write things like ‘bento’ is to simply say they created that skin with that particular head in mind, and the stretching/changes that occur with the new type of animations and slider changes that bento brings with it. Whether or not this actually makes much difference, I don’t think so, to me I use all types of skins and have never had an issue 🙂
To put it simply, it doesn’t matter, you can wear any skin on your head, just demo and make sure you like the way it looks 🙂
Well Maddicts, that’s it for today, I hope this has been useful for you 😀
Mesh Head – Kathy by Catwa (Expression from Animations HUD B, available in store now)
Mesh Body – Lara by Maitreya
Hair – Filia by Elua (Available at The Epiphany) – gacha
Dress – Curie Crochet Dress by Addams – Includes Belleza (all), Maitreya & Slink (both) sizes
Skin – Ellen (America) by Glam Affair (Available at The Epiphany) – Catwa applier, gacha
Pose – Model 774 by Manifeste (Available at The Pose Fair)
Backdrop – The Town by Pseudo (Available at The Epiphany) – gacha