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Start with a mesh body, and mesh  head. 'Mesh' basically refers to the fancy, super pretty body parts you might see avatars wearing that are also animated and use what is known as 'Bento' to achieve a more realistic look. The most popular mesh head brands are Catwa, Letluka, and LAQ. Mesh bodies are much the same, animated via Bento with tons of options. Depending on the type of body you want, the most realistic (and popular by far) is Maitreya Lara. Other great options include Belleza Freya/Belleza Isis. For an anime look if that's your thing, I recommend the Kemono body with the Starbright Fitted Torso add-on. A great anime head (though it requires some, ok a lot of tweaking) is the M4 Anime Head, which also works with the Maitreya body very well. 

Another thing to consider is your avatar's shape. You can use sliders to adjust your avatar's default shape, or buy a skin for your avatar that comes with it's own shape. I for example use a Maitreya Lara body, with the Melody skin and shape by Pink Fuel, which works with my LAQ Poppy head. 

However those fancy new parts will cost a good chunk of $L. Most mesh bodies range from $2500L (Maitreya) or higher. Heads are even more pricy, with the Catwa heads coming in at $5000L. LAQ heads are a great alternative at $1500L but the separate HUD will cost an additional $3000L, however the HUD works with all LAQ heads. 

But the best rule of thumb is to DEMO ALL OF THE THINGS. DEMO DEMO DEMO AND DEMO SOME MORE. Seriously demo *****, because you won't know what things look like until you try them and most if not all stores offer demos of their heads, skins, bodies, etc. 

Here is a picture of my Avatar (slightly nsfw because of her lingerie haha) but this is just one of many, many looks you could go for. Everyone's avatar is different, so play around with whatever you like! Also, if you want to add me as a friend in-world I can help you find stuff!

 

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5 hours ago, kamsing said:

thank you ChibiDragon! I am now at Japan Tempura Island. Is there somewhere I can look look to change my appearance?

 

Most bodies/skins/etc can be found in the Second Life marketplace or if you search for the names of specific brands you'll find things. 

Maitreya Lara body for example can be found at the Maitreya store in world. Go to search and type in Maitreya store and it should pop right up. Same goes for skins or the like. It's all depending on what your style is. 

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What look are you wanting to go for? The possibilities are endless as to the type of character you want to create..

Some specifics would be helpful as to what you want to mold yourself into..:)

 

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12 minutes ago, Ceka Cianci said:

What look are you wanting to go for? The possibilities are endless as to the type of character you want to create..

Some specifics would be helpful as to what you want to mold yourself into..:)

 

Yes specifics would help greatly so we can help you with what you want to make your avatar look like :) There's endless possibilities in Second Life after all. I mean, you can be anything from an average human to a four-legged critter. It all depends on you.

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What you need to do is replace any old prim or flexi hair with better made mesh hair. The hair can be static or rigged to move with your head (maybe even have some "wind" animations thanks to bento). Next, you want to consider a new skin. If you have an old skin, it will look old. Higher quality skins have better detail and shading and will help your avatar not look like a starter avatar. Next, you will want to look at your shape and tweak it so you look like a human being. Many shapes, particularly old ones, are not in proportion to what a human being looks like. Even if you switch to a mesh body, your shape will affect it and make you look weird and "old."

After that, start looking at mesh bodies and specifically clothes. These have more detail and better proportions. Your hands will look better, your feet won't look like door stops anymore, and you will look like you are actually wearing clothing instead of body paint. However, if you are fully clothed all the time with mesh clothing, having a mesh body isn't as important because no one will see it. I only switched to mesh because I was going swimming a lot or otherwise being topless (I play a tween boy), and a standard avatar looks like a bag of potatoes when topless.

Mesh heads are overrated and the realm of fashion divas. You won't need one unless you are trying to compete for Miss Second Life or something (in which case everyone will look the same). For the most part, a higher quality skin and carefully made shape will make you look pretty good.

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There are many fashion blogs where you can learn about what is on the market. I suggest Strawberry Singh's site to learn how to wear/use/adjust what you would wear. She provides a tutorial section in her blog. It is the best combination of fashion and 'how to'.

You have lots of advice on what to get to look better. But, if you had asked how to draw a person these answers would be telling you to get pencil, paper, eraser, maybe some charcoal... But, you probably already know that to draw a person and have them look realistic you need to do some study. Learn to draw... Same with avatars. You have to get the basics of what makes an avatar look right, the same as if you were drawing one. Then figure out how to do that.

The classic avatar can look pretty good. But, it takes some effort and talent/skill. It isn't rocket science. But it does require an eye for shape. However, you can buy a canned look. Easier than all the tedious learning and fiddling. It just depends on what you want and what you will tolerate. I want to have my look. So, I made my body and face shapes. When I went to mesh body and head I new pretty well what I was doing so I have my shape and look. But, I had to make a new set of shapes. So, knowing how to use the Appearance Editor is a basic skill for having a good looking avatar. You can start with the classic avatar.

Once you have and OK or better classic avatar you can add mesh body, feet, hands, and head and look pretty great.

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On 10/5/2018 at 1:42 AM, LittleMe Jewell said:

Here is a great website to educate you on mesh bodies and heads:  http://meshbodyaddicts.com/  They not only give info about all the different brands, but also have great tutorials.

I'm really not a fan of just linking this without any other advice in these types of threads. Many of the reviews are badly out of date, and don't really reflect the reality of the market right now. Realistically there are only 7 female mesh bodies that are viable; Maitreya, the two Slinks, the three Bellezas, and Kemono. Anything else, and you will really struggle to find skins and clothing (and you'll struggle at "mainstream" events for Kemono too, you're pretty much limited to the fairly niche Kemono-exclusive market).

A newbie with no experience of the market could follow your advice, look at the reviews, and decide to buy the Eve or G.Inc bodies; and only then find out that they have cut themselves off almost entirely from the clothing market. That's a terrible thing to inflict upon someone that lacks the experience needed to make a better decision.

The tutorials on there are great, and it's definitely worth pointing people new to mesh towards the tutorials for advice; but please, be realistic with your advice. Pointing to 5-year old reviews with no context is not good advice, at all. It's harmful misinformation.

And yeah I'm speaking from experience here; while I preferred Physique over Lara for the shape, I made that decision without knowing the issues I'd have finding clothing, and have since had to swap to Lara. At least I didn't choose something like Tonic or Ebody, that problem would have been an order of magnitude worse.

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