Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Arwen's Creations: Cerridwen

This time I am focusing on another beautiful gown from Arwen's Creations called Cerridwen. When I was in the store, this one stood out because of the simple yet detailed and lovely styling. I also love the color combination I chose, green and brown (called pear and pinecone). These colors have always been some of my favorites because they're so befitting of a forest elf, plus they are just naturally pretty, representing true nature. I love all of Arwen's designs because they all look and feel so realistic, from the period look to the fabric itself. This one is no exception, plus it can be worn casually or otherwise, as it has contains many different pieces and ways to wear them. It also comes in 18 amazing color combinations. Here is Arwen's writeup in the Marketplace:

"Cerridwen" is a complete 16-piece Ladies ensemble for Medieval, Fantasy, or Rustic roleplay. The ensemble includes extremely detailed clothing layers (Jacket, blouse, high neck white undershirt that is not visible in the pictures, pants, underpants, and wrist length gloves), 3 skirts (1 single layer, 1 single layer with draped front and built in belt, and 1 double layer), scrunchy ¾ sleeves, shoulder pads, Cape, belt with scissors, pouch, and lock & keys, and an opaque draped veil.

Please click on each picture for a bigger size.

Clothes: Cerridwen in Pear and Pinecone by Arwen Serpente of Arwen's Creations

Skin: SilkGirl Xian in Tan by DrLife

Elf Ears: Etherial Fey Ears by Balderdash and Schadenfreude

Eyes: Sunrise Eyes in Absinthe Green by FASHISM

Hair: Yuri in Red by Catwa Clip of ^;^CaTwA^;^

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Arwen's Creations: Morgan

Knights on white horses, Camelot, castles, and medieval are a few words that come to mind when browsing Arwen Serpente's beautiful designs. I plan to do a series of blogs showcasing some of my favorite creations by Arwen. They are amazingly detailed, authentic, and of high quality materials. She is so creative on how she crafts and places each and every component! All designs have many optional pieces, which I have tried to show below in my pictures. There are three different style skirts and different bodice options, thus different looks to achieve! Here is Arwen's description from the marketplace:

"Morgan" is a 20-piece ensemble featuring 3 skirts (High Waist, Low Waist, and Low Waist with Train), elaborate leather Neckpiece, jeweled Headpiece/Crown (also a gold and silver version is included), detailed leather belt, puffed sleeves, shoulder pads, laced cuffs, and opaque veil. All of the clothing layers are no modify, except the undershirt which is a simple semi-sheer, high neck undershirt with modify permissions so you can tint it and use it with any outfit you want.

The outfit comes in 8 gorgeous and rich colors...this one being Periwinkle Blue. Please visit Arwen's wonderful store in world, "Arwen's Creations".

Clothes: Morgan in Periwinkle Blue by Arwen Serpente of Arwen's Creations
Skin: SilkGirl Xian in Tan by DrLife
Elf Ears: Etherial Fey Ears by Balderdash and Schadenfreude
Eyes: Sunrise in Light Azure by FASHISM
Hair: Dina in Blonde by EMO-tions
Lashes by Calla

Friday, January 20, 2012

Fantasy Art Focus: Patricie Sapphire

"For myself the picture will always start with the pose, something I feel a connection to at the moment. It becomes the root for the look and the setting."...Patricie Sapphire

A beautiful girl wearing a pretty pink skirt with flowers and .....red boxing gloves....in a thunderstorm. Another lovely girl, who is a mime, sitting on a stool in shallow water with stilts and a parasol. A giant clock sitting in water while a winged girl with antlers and high heels looks on. These are descriptions of three works of art each with their own unique style, details and meaning. Works of art produced by one of the most creative talents in Second Life and Flickr.

left to right: Time Warps All, Baby Gunna Knock You Out, Mime of Hearts

Patricie Sapphire is this amazing, unique, and detail-oriented artist. Each and every piece she produces is very special with an all too obvious amount of love and care put into each one. By this I mean Patricie takes her time with every picture until it turns out exactly like she wants it. She puts her all into them and you can tell by looking at the beautiful color and intricate details once the picture is enlarged. This includes lighting and background detail, not to mention her talent for all kinds of effects, like water reflections and splashes. Her pictures tend to be eccentric, eclectic, and whimsical...with a touch of fantasy. Patricie also only produces pictures with some sort of special meaning to them, something that relates to herself.

Just who is she? Who is this outstanding talent? It is not surprising Patricie loved art in one form or another beginning at a very young age. She's always loved drawing by using charcoal and most drawing mediums, painting, wood works, lathe work, hand carving, and scroll saw. Because of this passion for all forms of art and because she was good at all she pursued, Patricie's Dad sent her away to an Arts school where she was "semi-schooled". What do I mean by semi-schooled? Well, halfway through her schooling, Patricie ran off and got engaged. To this day, her Dad still gives her a hard time about that!

Oh, Someone Let Her Out

A Few Clowns Short of a Circus

At some point, Patricie began playing Second Life and after the newness of the game wore off, she found herself looking for ways to enjoy it more. She began reading tutorials and blogs regularly in which she discovered the magic of photography within Second Life, just by noticing all the great pictures within what she was reading. This motivated her to begin using her creative background to produce amazing pictures in game. She started out just taking random snapshots and then later graduated to blogging along with it, also a way to justify all her spending in game :P She blogged about fashion by using simple poses that were less intimidating. However, because of a very traumatic and emotional hurt Patricie experienced within Second Life, things totally changed. She immersed herself into her artwork and began challenging herself to go beyond what she thought she could do. Intimidation had all but disappeared and out came Patricie, artist extraordinaire! She had begun to use her emotions and what she was feeling at any given moment as the motivator in her work. Because of this, a new level of art developed, and even her fashion pictures now always have a piece of what she's feeling at the time. She says once she finishes a picture, she feels a cathartic release!

Patricie continues to be just as passionate as she ever was regarding digital art within Second Life. She says, "I find Second Life to be such a creatively stimulating environment with heaps of talented people who have made and continue to make Second Life the great canvas it is. They have even left some blank spaces for us to create in as well."

Patricie uses Photoshop, Corel, numerous plugins, and a tablet for digital art as her mediums. Using all of these continues to be a learning experience full of new discoveries.

Patricie's Flickr stream: http://www.flickr.com/photos/patricie/

What Side of the Mirror Do You Live In?

Thoughts of Holiday Baking

Matador of Death

Chasing Your Youth

Catch Your Dreams

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Mushroom by Emily Dickinson

"Nature alone is antique, and the oldest art a mushroom."
--Thomas Carlyle

Mushroom Delight by Kupula

The Mushroom is the Elf of Plants --
At Evening, it is not --
At Morning, in a Truffled Hut
It stop upon a Spot

As if it tarried always
And yet its whole Career
Is shorter than a Snake's Delay
And fleeter than a Tare --

'Tis Vegetation's Juggler --
The Germ of Alibi --
Doth like a Bubble antedate
And like a Bubble, hie --

I feel as if the Grass was pleased
To have it intermit --
This surreptitious scion
Of Summer's circumspect.

Had Nature any supple Face
Or could she one contemn --
Had Nature an Apostate --
That Mushroom -- it is Him!

Zigana, Sea Salts by Xanna Ziskey

"I am...a mushroom on whom the dew of heaven drops now and then"
--John Ford, The Broken Heart (1633)

Mushroom Faerie by Tamzin Xigalia

Thursday, January 5, 2012

...and All That Jazz!

Well, I had every intention of posting this particular blog before New Year's, but didn't quite make it. That's okay, this gorgeous gown by Rebel Hope can be worn for any special occasion, not just New Year's! It really caught my eye because I love the blue and black contrast, so lovely :) This gown also comes in all black. The All That Jazz set includes:

* Clothing pieces on all layers (bodice, glitch pants)
* Gloves
* Flex prim skirt with and without sizing script (1 mod and 1 with sizing script)
* 1 piece of bodice top fur that just covers the top of the breast area (with and without sizing script)
* 1 piece of bodice top fur as well as fur that goes around the arms to the back (with and without sizing script)
* 2 upper arm fur pieces for added fluff (with and without sizing script)

This gown flows and fits beautifully!

Please click the pictures to see a bigger view.

Clothes: All That Jazz Sapphire gown by Rebel Hope
Skin: SilkGirl Xian in Tan by DrLife
Eyes: Sunrise Eyes in Azure by FASHISM
Elf Ears: Etherial Fey Ears by Balderdash and Schadenfreude
Hair: Nina2 Noir by Vanity Hair