It's been a very long time since my last post; and I'm truly sorry about that. It was just more than I could handle for a little while there, and then I got the flu.
I did manage to keep up with orders, and got some custom windows done for Bella/Pella (which I can't post without asking them,) and a few other things.
I'm way behind on my work for Second Life; but here's what's been happening.
The Fall Makeup for the skins is kind of on hold right now, while I finish all the other stuff I have to do.
I was going to do some Goth skins, but I admit that I know absolutely nothing about it. I got one done and showed it to a friend of mine in-world who happens to be Goth herself, and she was very kind about it. (She only suggested a couple of tweaks. I hope to have them done, and that one ready for sale, by next weekend at the latest.)
Then I showed her a website that advertised Goth makeup, planning to do something similar, and her only comment was "Oh good lord!" Yes, apparently it was that bad. Well, how was I to know? :D
She tried to educate me for a couple of hours, but there's a lot to learn. Finally she said, "Can I just design it?" and I said, "Sure!" So we're going to collaborate on that. She's drawing the makeup on a screen shot of the face, and I'm going to put it on a nice, pale skin I made. Well, okay, some of it is going on a dead white skin, but my friend tells me that's not everybody's favorite, so some is just going on a pale skin.
All of this happened a couple of weeks ago, but then I got really sick, and she had something come up in her life, as well, so that is also on hold for a little while.
In the meantime, since I was too sick to draw (it looks horrible if I try, and I just have to go back and re-do it later,) I spent the meager time when I wasn't lying flat on my back playing with designing clothing for little girls in SL.
I've always liked to sew dresses for little girls, so this seems like a natural direction for me to go. I did a couple of very simple A-Line skirts, and hope to have them out this week.
I also did two new Fall Hawaiian shirts, and then couldn't deal with the Vendor end of things. But with any luck, I'll manage that this week, too.
On a related topic, when I wasn't feeling well enough to sit downstairs at my computer, I sat in the living room with the laptop, a throw, and a cup of hot tea (it's getting very cold in Michigan,) and looked at some of the graphic software ads that came in my mail.
I got the Bryce 6 for $6, even though I don't use Bryce much any more, because I still do support the tutorials, and it was six dollars! In order to do that, though, I had to sign up for the DAZ Platinum Club. And that led me to Content Paradise where they are having an "upgrade now, and get Poser 7 for free" sale.
It's been ages since I used Poser for anything but making animations for SL, and I've never used it to render with, because, frankly, the render capabilities weren't very good. But hey, I was sick, so I went to the e-frontier site and took a look at Poser 6.
I was amazed! Ambient Occlusion! Subsurface scattering! Skin shaders! Image-Based Lighting! Shadow catching! Wow! This might even be useful. So I bought it yesterday. And spent the whole evening figuring out how to make it do what I wanted it to do.
And then I started to design Halloween fabric for the kids clothing mentioned above. (I can't use fabric that's already been designed without permission, so I have to design my own. That's why it takes me so long to do stuff. If I could just use the fabric that's out there, I'd have a lot more done, but it's all copyrighted. Sigh.)
As part of that, I needed to make a central design with the Halloween Cat that I'm using for the motif. So that's what I did. I had great time doing it, and Poser 6, while it still has some of the stuff that always drove me nuts about the program, has fixed a bunch of the rest. I should have upgraded ages ago. :D
So, anyway, I got the design mostly done, and Michael asked to have it as a desktop background. So here it is, in the 800x600 size that he needs for the projector that he's using at work. You guys can grab it too, if you want, although if you want larger sizes, they should be at my site later today.
For now, as always, I need to crash. :D
Here you go, though! (It's exactly twice as large as it looks here.) Jack, the Halloween cat, using the DAZ millennium cat, the Hat and Pumpkin from "Boo!" and the Cell Shading in Poser 6, with a bit of Post work in Painter and Photoshop.
That's it for now. With any luck, I'll be back tomorrow with more.
Thanks, everyone, for your patience!