So far…

Balcony

I am lucky enough to have an apartment in Hangars Liquides, it it one of my favourite places in SL. The door to my apartment block is up the steps, behind me…

… once in my apartment, I always go straight to the balcony…

… for one of the best views in SL…

… I stand in my little slice of Seraphimness…

… and look out into a strange and wonderful place, where strange, wonderful birds fly…

… and I listen to the music of a city from the future…

… that sounds like no other music.

Return

For my first outing for a while, I decided to return to Insilico

… where I just keep finding new stuff, lately! I found these orange corridors I’ve never seen, before, and they go for miles, until…

… you are in more spacious, blue corridors…

… filled with fast moving machinery…

… I adore these wonderful, comic book, architectural perspectives and colours…

… this is a visually stunning build…

… Moebius meets BladeRunner…

… meets William Gibson’s ‘Sprawl’…

… what I think of as a ‘comic-style’ visual aesthetic…

… spectacularly achieved.

My hair in these pictures is ‘Ainia’, by Adoness. The hairbase is from ‘Loki’, also by Adoness (:

Nocturnal Wanderings

I often wake up, in the small hours of the morning, and I’m out in my garden…

… usually near one of the two statues that actually possess power…

… they use their power to dress me the way they prefer me to be dressed…

… it’s always strangely warm, with odd wind currents that only affect certain areas, causing the autumnal leaves to constantly eddy around me…

… it’s strangely soothing…

… feeling the warmth, and the gentle caress of the wind and the leaves…

… my mind drifts, half-awake…

… back through the millenia…

… to when I first came to Earth, as a child, and found humans to be an abundant, easy source of sustenance. It would be another thousand years before I stopped feeding on humans, and learned to hide among them, in plain sight. I’m glad those days are over, but my statues don’t seem to understand that, and continue to whisper in my head, about blood and hunting.

Missing Melody

I visited Missing Melody, yesterday…

… a very pretty place…

… with a wonderful, static sky as the ‘shared environment’…

… I felt as if I was on the stage set from my own dreams…

… an unassuming gate leads into…

… a gorgeous little, Mediterranean village…

… snuggled onto a slope above the sea…

… it was hard to shake the feeling…

… I was dreaming, again.

Wision

I recently visited Wision

… I went with the ‘shared environment’, which is a sunset one with fabulous, fast-moving clouds…

… the island is a nicely landscaped, realistic, semi-wild environment…

… with various structures and objects discovered by wandering the paths, or flying…

… including…

… wonderful Skye standing stones…

… paved areas…

… old warehouses filled with interesting stuff…

… plenty of things and areas for photographic settings.

Belzebubble

One of my favourite SL clothing brands is the eponymously named Belzebubble

… whose super-cute logo is a back-the-front B, back-to-back with a B, and the B’s have little devil horns…

… her clothing is clearly not aimed at people who dress like me, more the ‘Barbie-bimbo’ crowd, it has very bright colours, most of which I don’t actually like because they are too bright, but I love the white, black and the pink, which is one of the prettiest pinks in SL. All her stuff comes with wonderful HUD’s that give you a really good range of options. I love her entire brand collateral, it is totally consistent, bright and cute, her advertising panels are like frames from a comic…

… her gear has gorgeous fabric textures…

… but what I love about all her stuff is that it fits my Maitreya Lara Petite body perfectly, almost BOM-perfectly. Because of that excellent fit, it goes under a wide range of clothes that I wear. I often wear BB gear under my jackets…

… and when I’m wearing little short skirts, my BB Alpha Panties are a must. In this set, though, I’m wearing my new ‘Kioke’ bodysuit, so I don’t need the Alphas. The thing that totally makes the BB brand, for me, though, is dealing with Belzebubble herself, when you have problems or questions, she always replies to requests for help, and she’s always lovely. I’ve never met her, but I really like her. That’s why I’m doing this little Belzebubble post, as a way of saying ‘thanks’ for your wonderful customer service, Belzebubble (:

Michiel Bechir’s Art Walk

I visited Michiel Bechir’s ‘Art Walk’, the other day…

… I was pleasantly surprised by the excellent SL photography on display, here…

… and the comic-book/Disney environment is very pretty…

… there’s a very eclectic range of subject matter, here, which is always refreshing…

… from people to landscapes…

… interiors and exteriors…

… a wonderful range of work…

… in a lovely setting (:

Retrospective Installation

I decided to hang a retrospective installation, featuring some of my digital portrait paintings. Portraits have always been my favourite theme, both for painting, and photography. People who know me will know the work I’ve been showing the last year or so is quite different from what I used to do. I have two digital styles, one I call my ‘comic’ style… I’ve always been interested in sequential art, and, a lot of my early digital paintings, which I started doing around 2012, are in this style…

… they are potential panels for that stunning graphic novel I never did, because I simply could not satisfy my own inner critic about the quality of my work…

… my other style is my ‘photorealistic’ style, where I actually had to learn when to stop polishing, because the paintings end up being so like photographs, it kind of defeats the actual painting process… I still want people to go ‘oh, that’s a painting!’…

… my earlier stuff was pretty dark… dark, but gorgeous, and was always about very scary girls…

… by 2016, even my ‘comic’ work was looking pretty realistic. In 2015-2016, I did a lot of Suicide Girl fan art. My work was easily some of the best on their fan art page, but hardly anyone ‘liked’ them, because I painted portraits, not nudes…

… I also paint singers I adore, and babes from films. These images are just 8 of my paintings from 2013 to 2018. I’ve done a whole lot more. The choice, for these, was to start as early in my life as a digital painter as I could find, the rest was actually dictated by what was easiest to find on my chaotic, two terabyte hard drive (: