Thursday, May 26, 2016

Genre: Aerial Silks

Genre: Scarlet Coiled

A legend of an acrobat using silks in her routine date back to 1959 in a French Circus school, but the earliest elaborate presentation was by Cirque de Soleil in 1996, a show known as 'Quidam'. It's spread incredibly rapidly, the images it creates striking and powerful. Distorted Dreams made a set of four iconic poses for this month's Genre, two hanging high above a stage and two with gentle curls of fabric touching the ground. They're color change by touch through a spectrum of rich colors, and the pose and silks are on two different items - linked but editable - so that you can resize one without the other. I had to do some major editing on some, minor on others, and occasionally the fact that my arms and legs are roughly the same length worked against me - but not badly. The curves are very useful for hooking bodies in and giving them a sense of weight that is critical for these sorts of images to work. Second Life is a world without gravity; it can be applied, but it it ultimately unnecessary. This leads to a curious unreal quality to many acrobatic Second Life images. Distorted Dreams did a good job of giving these silks, and the bodies which hang from them, an appropriate sense of weight.

Genre: Sunset Descent

The hanging body herself is dressed in another Genre special - one of the two Pit Girls skintight outfits from Appliers 'R' Us. These come with texture options for the basic body and appliers for SLink, Maitreya, Phat & Cute Azz, and Lola.. The awesome thing about this applier HUD is it offers up a truly epic number of options all with a click of a button. Twelve color combinations are available, of which I'm showing a third. On SLink the effect is nearly seamless with very soft ruching to mimic the pull of fabric over skin. It's meant for racing but I thought the smooth, dramatic style worked equally well for acrobatics and the skintight quality is absolutely necessary. I went without accessories for a similar reason - the quality of aerial silks is one of spareness - a body and two lengths of fabric together in the air. I was lucky to land a hairstyle that was equally spare - a simple pony tale from Alice Project that is part of her Summer Fun gift series that began on the 24th and will continue for ten days (she does the switch over mid-afternoon SLT) trying out some new hair textures. The VIP gifts (the group join is on sale for the duration of the event) is free for the length of the event and each day a different hair will be on sale for free. She does these sorts of events several times a year, so it's really worth it to join the group for Alice Project's awesome hair.

Genre: Fall Into Darkness

( More pictures here. )


Skin: Izzie's, Irene
Hair: Alice Project, April (Free Gift)
Eyes: .:Soul:., Oculos
Eyelashes 1: SLink, Mesh Lashes
Eyelashes 2: Flugeln Brise, 05-A
Ears: .:Soul:., Uni
Lipstick: Adore & Abhor, Shreveport Lips
Wings: Deviance, Sidhe
Body: SLink, Body, Hands & Feet
Nails: Entice, Hit Me With Your Best Shot (Genre)
Outfit: Appliers 'R' Us, Pit Girls V.1 (Genre)

Pose: Distorted Dreams (Genre)
Location: My Platform
Windlight Settings: Various

Photographed by Deoridhe Quandry
Post processing: Cropping

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