Sunday, September 21, 2014

Chiaroscuro

Image Description: Woman lit up in the darkness in front of a dimly lit tree.

It's been a little over a week and I feel like I'm finally settling again - though my apartment has become the usual weekly mess. I feel like I'm settling into blogging again, too, after several deliberate and inadvertent gaps. There is something about refocusing on tasks left undone that is like things coming into the light from darkness - like one of my favorite things in art, chiaroscuro. I made my attempt at it again this time, using projectors and a no light setting in Second Life, and while I still think there are some kinks that need to be worked out in how I'm using the light in world, I'm overall very happy with how they turned out - and I have a lot to do to make my projectors more useful in the world.

Image Description: Woman's back, wearing a long black dress with patches of skin showing at the waist and upper back, looking up at floating paper lanterns.

Part of what inspired this second attempt (the first is here, pre-projectors) attempt at chiaroscuro was this amazing dress from Purple Moon Creations, which has a unique shape and uses materials in order to amp up the shine.It catches the light beautifully, shifting the match any hue provided, and the shapes and enormous jewelry are incredibly striking. I paired it with a Ploom hair I've been wanting to show off for a while. As a long style - well past the waist - it requires a slim-cut dress and something dramatic enough to stand up to it's enormous waves, and together they are simply stunning. The large, unusual shapes cradle the large waves, and I love Ploom's ombre offerings - in this case a blond to black fade which emphasized the shadows. Due to the sheer drama of these two pieces together, I kept additional accessories very light - webby wings from Deviance which are my go-to- wings for anything Unseelie, a mask I just picked up from the Seelie Faire, a mesh leaf confections from Chimeric Fashions, and bright red lips courtesy of Madrid Solo.

Image Description: Woman in long dress, lit from shadow in front of a dim sculpture of a woman.


( More pictures here. )

Credits: 


Skin: Izzie's, Irene
Sparkles: Folly, Rainbow Sheen
Hair: Ploom, Carmen
Ears: Illusions, Seelie Ears
Eyes: De La Soul, Rainbow
Mask: Chimeric Fashions, Vine
Eyelashes 1: SLink, Mesh Lashes
Eyelashes 2: Flugeln Brise, 05-A
Eyeshadow: Adam n Eve, Sparkle
Lipstick: Madrid Solo, Beguiled
Wings: Deviance, Sidhe
Hands & Feet: SLink, Rigged Mesh Hands & Feet
Nails: Dark Passions, Andromeda's Aura
Clothing: Purplemoon Creations, Belladonna
Shoes: Hollyhood, Vernice

Pose: Don't Freak Out

Location: Isle of Myrth
Light Settings: Phototools, No Light
Water Settings: Glassy

Photographed by Deoridhe Quandry
Post processing: Cropping, only

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