Weekly Fitmesh Finds & What’s in a shape?

Hi MAddicts!

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 😛

sizes example

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!

This week’s links are:
Pink Pearl Designs
Vintage & Cool Fair

<3 Daria

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

Second pic:
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)

6 thoughts on “Weekly Fitmesh Finds & What’s in a shape?

  1. Hi, thanks so much for the informative blog! I read your male mesh body reviews before deciding on which one to go with for myself. I know you are planning to write a review for the SLink male body when it is released, but I was wondering if you would consider writing one for the Signature male body? It seems to have a lot going for it, but it would be nice to see some independent analysis.

    Thanks again!

    • Hi David 🙂 Are you referring to the Anthony body? Honestly the reason I haven’t reviewed that body to date is that (as far as I’m aware) there hasn’t been any support provided for it since it was released, so I consider it an ‘inactive’ body, if that makes sense. If I’m wrong though, happy to review it! 🙂

      • Hi, thanks for the response! Yes, Anthony is the one I am interested in. Just knowing that there has been no further support released for the body is good info. I had no idea. I thought it was a good body in demo, but the inability to use other creator’s skins is a bit of a drawback to me. And I certainly don’t want to spend my lindens on an “inactive” body HA! 🙂 I think you have helped me with my decision on that, and I look forward to your review on the upcoming SLink body. Thanks!

  2. Though I cannot dictate to people what they should make, obviously – I’m personally very saddened that coldLogic has chosen to not support Freya, and even on Isis to do perky rather than natural.

    My go to body is Freya, and I’ve been slowly culling all my inventory that doesn’t fit it – because its a rare curvy mesh body that is not forced to be extreme. I can be proportionally correct and also have curves with Freya – it reaches to just beyond the limits of where Isis stops. Isis, while nice, is not different enough from Slink or Maitreya to warrant my own attention. Freya breaks out of the pack.

    coldLogic used to be my favorite shop when mesh first hit, but I’ve not been around since going to a fitted-mesh body, and it looks like I still lack a reason to return.

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