Strawberry Singh has made my smile today – literally and virtually! She has brought back her Monday Memes after a much-too-long hiatus. And wouldn’t you know she would pick a topic that makes me shudder on more than one level: she wants to see us smile…in a yearbook picture. Gah! I find smiles in Second Life to be truly cringe-worthy. I can honestly say I haven’t seen a single one that I don’t want to run screaming from. Sorry to those of you who like to show your pearlies on a regular basis; I’m sure you look lovely in your toothsomeness…to you. And that’s what matters.
However, once I changed my shape back to my normal neutral expression, I really didn’t mind the teeth…that much. They are well-done and simple to edit. I will have to play around with the different alpha layers to come up with a look that is less goofy, yet shows off my chicklets a bit.
The other shivery moment came when I thought about how long it’s been since I had my last yearbook picture taken. It was mumbly-mumble years ago; that’s all you need to know 😉 That also explains why my photo is a bit dingy and dog-eared. I blame you, Berry, for the sneezing fit I had from digging through boxes to find it!
I did go with the traditional blue background of school portraits in my time. I found a texture on deviantart.com by firesign24-7 and used that as my backdrop. My smile is courtesy of the [PXL] Creations OpenMouth PRO Teeth v2.0 by Hart Larsson, and I edited my mouth and eyes a bit to come up with this
frightening adorable grin. Add in a few effects from Photoshop and picmonkey.com, and there you have it. Probably the last time you’ll see my avatar smile.
If you want to play along, here are the instructions:
Meme instructions: Share an image of your Second Life avatar smiling for a yearbook photo. Don’t forget to share the link to your post in the comments (of this post) and add your pictures to the new Second Life Yearbook flickr group, you can also share them in the Blog Memes flickr group if you like.
I just realised this is my 500th post. If I ever had a reason to smile, that is one of them. I never thought I would get this far! 🙂
Pretty stuff I’m showing off:
Sweater: (Milk Motion) pin up angora sweater – S – pink by Marie Lauridsen
Earrings: (Yummy) Pearl Studs – Pearl by Polyester Partridge (available at Uber Jan. 2015)
Hair: *ARGRACE* SAE – Ginger by rika Oyen
Teeth: [PXL] Creations OpenMouth PRO Teeth v2.0 by Hart Larsson
Body: Maitreya Mesh Body – Lara V1.0 by Onyx LeShelle
Skin: -Glam Affair – Amberly II skin – America 13 C by aida Ewing (available at Kustom9 until Jan. 14, 2015)
Eyes: [ MUDSKIN ]_Glass Eye_Blue3_w1 by Sopha Portal (available at Kustom9 until Jan. 14, 2015)
Lashes: Mon Cheri *MC* “Falsies” Eyelash by Freya Oliveri
Pose: fri.day Poses fri. – careless.pose 2 by Darling Monday
Backdrop: Blue Grunge Texture by firesign24-7