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10 hours ago, BjorJlen said:

   Ok hi folks, or Dracula would say "Good Evening"... 😋

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Nice looking avatar. You've done well regardless of being a new or experienced resident.

If proportions are important to you, then you'll need to work on the shape from waist down. I suggest you spend some time looking at men's fashion magazines. Then look at this image. The differences will hopefully stand out for you.

Also, get the DaVinci model of the man in a circle and overlay it in an editor where you can adjust the transparency. That will allow you to see both images overlaid.

The idea with proportions is to get a shape near what is real. This is SL so that isn't always necessary. Having what pleases you is the primary goal.

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11 hours ago, BjorJlen said:

   Ok hi folks, or Dracula would say "Good Evening"... 😋

   Well after a considerable length of time, and trying out things, I do believe that I have a Avatar that I am actually pleased with overall (and hopefully you all won't laugh at too much, like I did with my first "basic" one lol). I was advised to post him here so I could get your take on him, so without further adu, I present you all with BjorJlen... 😁

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   And for Halloween...

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   And I even got the violet eyes I wanted too I hope you can see them)... :)

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   I didn't have any poses as of yet, nor did I really know of anyplace "artistic" enough to take these pictures in like I really wanted to, but I hope you all like them and him just the same. He's no where near the quality, or art like design as some of your avatar's (or pictures) are, but at least I won't embarrass you if I stand next to you now (I pray anyways lol).
   And I would like to personally thank @Rowan Amore, @Lillith Hapmouche, and @Nick0678 for their advice, and assistance in this project of mine, but especially @Marianne Little & @Echelon Alcott for there heavy involvement in helping me create Bjor BIG time. Echelon even took the time to contact me in game and answer all my questions, live and in person, and even had the heart to show me around some of the great stores in SL so I could check out things like wings and animations.
   Without any of these great people, I wouldn't have been able to create Bjor even this good (though he's still not complete yet imho), and I want to thank them all from the bottom of my heart. As Echelon said, I would have gotten here eventually, but with all of these folks help (especially Marianne & Echelon), it would have been a lot later then sooner. lol So... what do you all think? Is he "passable"? good or nice looking?
   And would any of you do a double take to check him out if he passed you by in the store (even if its just to throw eggs at him lol. It IS Halloween after all lol)? In either case, you all have a good one, thank you for your time, and as always...

Peace...

When I was fairly new in SL, I wanted to look good.  I spent what seemed like a lot of money on a nice skin, tried it with many shapes and different hair styles -- this was 2008 or 2009, so none of it was up to the standards of today. In any case, though, I thought I looked pretty good.

Then one night I was in a store, this huge lingerie store, and a handful of models suddenly appeared. They were super nice, and wanted to chat. I was awestruck at how incredibly beautiful they were.

One of them showed me a picture of her avi from a year earlier. It was surprising. She still looked amazing, but not a great as the avatar standing in front of me. "It's all from tiny tweaks, every day," she said.

I told an SL friend of mine about my encounter, and she said, "Do you know what the difference is between us and those models? They are always trying to look better, to improve their look."

Certainly it's easier for a female avatar in SL: there is a lot more to work with, so many more resources. Still, I doubt that ANYONE who posts in this thread started out looking fabulous. Whatever look you're aiming for, it can be done.

Be patient with yourself. Always make a backup, and spend some time effing around with sliders, skins, clothes, hair, whatever you feel could look even *slightly* closer to your vision.

Good luck and keep us posted.

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   Ok quick reply here, and then I'll return you to your previously scheduled program (the fantastic avatar show! 😁). I just wanted to give out a warm, serious, heart felt thank you to all the reactions on how my avatar looks. 14 likes & 2 thanks!!! Like holy crap, I did NOT expect that kind of reaction at all. My jaw actually dropped when I saw it, and I was so taken aback that I couldn't even do anything for a few moments, but stare in wonder of it all.
   So to all those who reacted & replied to it, thank you from the bottom of my heart, and GIANT hugs to you. And to all those who didn't, thats ok... you all still rock and are a inspiration on avatar beginners like myself. :) It is a honor to be amongst you, and I can only hope that one day I can pay you back for your kind words and reactions to something that is/was important to me. God bless you all, lots of love, and as always...

Peace (and again thank you)...

(Now to do some more shopping lol)

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   Hi all, and Happy Halloween to each and every one of you! I hope the scary people all brought you candy this year (or in the case of Vampires, blood lol). In either case, me thinks I caught a bug... the avatar bug lol :D Because besides checking out SL and exploring, and even doing a Halloween Event, I created a couple of new avatars to celebrate. And while they are not artistic like so many of yours are, and beautiful in the case of the ladies here as well, in the spirit of sci-fi and fun, I was able to put this one together...

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   I call him Cosmic Eternity in homage to Eternity from Marvel Comics. It took me a while to find the right skin that works with my body and looks good (it fits well too), and the glowing eyes as well, but the real treat is the aura's around his wrists. They are basically rave effects, and I have quite a few of them. They are great for when I dance, and especially when I am in this form and fly, because they leave a long energy trail behind him (which looks awesome I must say).
   The only thing I wish I could find for him would be a "cosmic" looking cloak or cape, and some sort of great stellar headress to cover his bald head lol. So this was my holiday costume tonight and it was quite unique looking amongst all the other cool costumes I saw. Tomorrow night I might show you my other new avatar... the one made of PURE nonhuman energy! 😁 So what do you think? Is it spacy enough? lol

   Oh and before I forget, @xLunaea I hope this does not sound creepy at all, but I liked your latest image so much that I knew I just had to have it for my wallpaper on my PC. Very stylish, artistic, and beautiful and I hope you don't mind. If you want some royalties for it, I'll gladly pay you with some coffee, or even a dance or two. :)

Peace...

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9 minutes ago, BjorJlen said:

   Hi all, and Happy Halloween to each and every one of you! I hope the scary people all brought you candy this year (or in the case of Vampires, blood lol). In either case, me thinks I caught a bug... the avatar bug lol :D Because besides checking out SL and exploring, and even doing a Halloween Event, I created a couple of new avatars to celebrate. And while they are not artistic like so many of yours are, and beautiful in the case of the ladies here as well, in the spirit of sci-fi and fun, I was able to put this one together...

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   I call him Cosmic Eternity in homage to Eternity from Marvel Comics. It took me a while to find the right skin that works with my body and looks good (it fits well too), and the glowing eyes as well, but the real treat is the aura's around his wrists. They are basically rave effects, and I have quite a few of them. They are great for when I dance, and especially when I am in this form and fly, because they leave a long energy trail behind him (which looks awesome I must say).
   The only thing I wish I could find for him would be a "cosmic" looking cloak or cape, and some sort of great stellar headress to cover his bald head lol. So this was my holiday costume tonight and it was quite unique looking amongst all the other cool costumes I saw. Tomorrow night I might show you my other new avatar... the one made of PURE nonhuman energy! 😁 So what do you think? Is it spacy enough? lol

   Oh and before I forget, @xLunaea I hope this does not sound creepy at all, but I liked your latest image so much that I knew I just had to have it for my wallpaper on my PC. Very stylish, artistic, and beautiful and I hope you don't mind. If you want some royalties for it, I'll gladly pay you with some coffee, or even a dance or two. :)

Peace...

I love what you have come up with! This is funny to me, because I have a character based off of Eternity from the Marvel comics. xD I named her Elysia (based off of Elysian which means Celestial) Eterna! She is supposed to be the daughter of Eternity. These pictures are from DCUO (DC Universe Online!). And I don't find you using my picture as your desktop background creepy at all. It is quite flattering. :-) Thank you!

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3 hours ago, xLunaea said:

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I love this!!! Did you do a motion blur in photoshop to get the background effect, and then erase (or mask) in the center around your AV (with multiple layers)?

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4 minutes ago, Bagnu said:

I love this!!! Did you do a motion blur in photoshop to get the background effect, and then erase (or mask) in the center around your AV (with multiple layers)?

Thank you!! I use PhotoScape X for all of my editing. I used a motion blur, and I inverted the mask so that everything around my avatar would be effected. :-)

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40 minutes ago, xLunaea said:

I love what you have come up with! This is funny to me, because I have a character based off of Eternity from the Marvel comics. xD I named her Elysia (based off of Elysian which means Celestial) Eterna! She is supposed to be the daughter of Eternity. These pictures are from DCUO (DC Universe Online!). And I don't find you using my picture as your desktop background creepy at all. It is quite flattering. 🙂 Thank you!

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   That avatar is simply amazing @xLunaea! Can you send me a picture of whom she is based on via a message here please, if it's not too much trouble? The only cosmic entity I know of in DC like what your referring to is Kismet (shown below). She looks very cosmic and I love the stellar skin tone. Hmmm, maybe we should get together in game so a group shot(s) can be taken? Of course, I would let you do it and direct things as you are FAR better at this then I am. lol
   Oh, and I am still trying to find a nice headpiece for mine; maybe a nice cosmic like crown even (I've seen a few that might work... gotta demo them out first though). And then there's the matter of finding a stellar cosmic like cape/cloak for him as well. If you have any ideas, please let me know (as the marketplace doesnt seem to have any that would work sadly)...

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Peace...

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