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We Can Rebuild You

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Well, it literally took the better part of two days (in hours), but I managed to get my spooky Seraphim back (mostly) after giving her a mesh head. It was a huge learning curve. I took screen shots of all her original body proportions (you have to change the whole body when you put the head on), then just copied them all in the shape editor… her face still did not look the same, and it took hours of tweaking to get her as close as I could to her original look. Luckily, I also took front and side photo’s of her without her hair, so I had those to refer to, too.

Took hours of searching to get her some gorgeous, glossy, liquid black mesh eyes… ones that worked with the head, the first ones I got didn’t (black ones, that is, the standard mesh ones that came with the head worked perfectly, but they were not Seri’s eyes!). I’ve changed her lips to black-red, and given her gorgeous black-red eyeshadow (benefits of a mesh head!)… just about went insane trying to understand the makeup applier! Re-learned forgotten stuff, like how to find HUD’s that vanish off the screen… and learned new stuff, like how to find HUD’s that are still on the screen, but are frikken invisible! Arrrrgh!! Learned to (and how to) check where an item is going to attach, instead of just hitting ‘wear’, which kept knocking the damned mesh body parts off the body, despite the mesh head/body now having a gazillion more attachment points, which is really cool, though.

My brain is a bit frizzeled, but, really, that was one of the reasons I did this, to leap into the deep end of all that technology I had been avoiding for years. Seri has had the same skin/body for 7 years, and I am very fond of her, so I was reluctant to do something that would make her not Seri. She looks slightly different, I simply cannot get her exactly as she was, but I’m putting that down to the effects of surgical trauma… the girl is mostly herself, but will never be the same. She has, after all, just received a new skull, internal body, and skin… how would that affect you?

I spent a lot of time with the camera zoomed right into her face while I played with various appliers, and she just did her thing, and occasionally she stepped right into the camera, so I could see inside her skull… and she has a brain! I don’t ever remember seeing that before, I don’t know how to deliberately look into her head, the camera won’t deliberately do it, and when it does by accident, I’ve not been quick enough to click on her brain to see what it is. I’m guessing it is something to do with the mesh head, someones little joke. I love SL, it’s so wonderfully strange.

*edit*

Just in case those familiar with Seri think the above, heavily edited photo, does not resemble that sweet girl at all, here is an un-edited one of her, just being sweet (:

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4 responses

  1. Nothing like a strenuous journey as a prelude to a new year…

    December 31, 2016 at 6:15 pm

  2. Very well done! Happy New Year, Chris.

    December 31, 2016 at 7:25 pm

    • Thank you, Pearl… Seri and I feel re-invigorated! A very happy New Year to you, too (:

      December 31, 2016 at 7:34 pm

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