Skippy Beresford, when story-telling becomes art

Second Life®, Photography of Skippy Beresford

Speaking of people who have remarkable creativity and love to share it with other people, creating around him a community, Skippy Beresford is one of my favorite artists.

Skippy is the avatar of a child, brave and idealistic, learning every day something new about life. He faces new experiences that allow him to grow humanly, often sharing his adventures with some travel partners (other children, animals, etc.).

What we do flows from what we are.

The most exciting aspect of this cute virtual character, is the author’s ability to create, through images taken in Second Life®, realistic stories that arouse emotions in the viewer, laughter, sympathy, feeling, etc.

I believe it is this Skippy’s ability to emotionally involve the audience that makes him so much loved and followed on his Flickr Photostream.

The freedom you look for is where you look from.

At the time of writing, Skippy has 9,759 followers, and his images reach top 1000 favorite for a display medium for image over 9000 views.

These figures are difficult to achieve even for skilled photographers to Real Life.

They might not need me; but they might.  I'll let my head be just in sight;  A smile as small as mine might be Precisely their necessity.

How do you explain, then, this success?

The images of Skippy “immortalize” a situation appropriately narrated in the field “description” of the image itself. In the narrative is enclosed a message, a valuable lesson that likes to people, because it is “a vehicle of peace and love.”

There is in this world no such force as the force of a person determined to rise.  The human soul cannot be permanently chained.

I follow Skippy for a long time, and I think he is one of the friendliest and most creative people I’ve had the pleasure of knowing in SL®.

References

Skippy Beresford Flickr

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Awesome Fallen, Second Life® Artist Review

Second Life® Art

Speaking of Art in Second Life®, it is worth mentioning the importance that photography has in the virtual environment. In fact, one of the most popular hobbies and pleasant inside the metaverse of Linden Lab ® is just the photograph.

In most cases, it comes to fashion photography related to the environment, so shots that immortalize clothes, look and dress ideas for men, women, and children.

There are lots of Flickr accounts related to “photographers of Second Life®.”

In some (rare) cases in the SL® photograph we can find art.

In this sense, one of my favorite artists is Awesome Fallen. In her photographs, the use of colors, the “depth of field” effect, light and, in some cases, the montage of different images to create something new, are used to communicate.

......... Love .

................... Bad thoughts

The titles of her works and phrases that she often uses to clarify her feelings help the viewer to “enter into her artistic world.”

I saw this extraordinary artist at several events, but I must admit that contemplate her Flickr is always my preferred choice.

voyages through the soul ............ third

I think the images speak extensively of her, of her way of interacting with virtual reality, seeing it as an excellent opportunity to give vent to creativity and imagination. The Fallen style is varied, in some cases it is reassuring landscapes, in other instances of disturbing montages.

..........  A Life's History

......Queen of Hearts ...........

Whatever its stylistic choice, Awesome is definitely a splendid example of a virtual artist.

References

Awesome Fallen Flickr

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Second Life® Photographers at the DiXmiX Art Gallery

Second Life®

The Dixmix Art Gallery is an artist living room that I have appreciated and frequented for about two years.

The Gallery is owned by Megan Prumier and by Dixmix Source, whose name it bears. The building is exquisite and holds three spaces for three different art galleries. In particular, they are the “Grey Gallery,” the “Black Gallery” and the “White Gallery.”

At this moment when I’m visiting the Art Gallery, the Gray one hosts the artworks of the same DixMix Source, with the exhibition entitled “Extases.” Starting from a photograph, he realizes artistic works that look like drawings on a rough canvas.

DIXMIX Art Gallery

Dixmix, in the presentation of his artistic project, says he has found the right inspiration in the Real Life works. In fact, as I said, his art looks like drawings on a rough canvas. The real-life artist who inspired this latest collection of Source is the French Ernest Pignon. As he says, this artist has been a source of inspiration, so was born in Dixmix the desire to create drawings also in the virtual environment.

More specifically, the collection consists of twelve acquisitions made for SL® with different themes (between spiritual and carnal, mystical and sensual), all located immediately at the entrance to the Gallery.

As mentioned, the inspiring French artist of the latest Dixmix Source collection is Ernest Pignon, an exponent of the Fluxus movement and situationism. His artistic research has like his purpose investigating the memories of places, which the artist evokes suggestively through site-specific displays of posters, drawings, and serigraphs. His fondness for the creation of works strongly related to the location of the destination, the political, cultural and social commitment shown in his work, in addition to a situationist and unsettling approach of his ephemeral installations, make Pignon considered today among the forerunners of the street art movement. The first project on the street dates back to 1966 and concerns the construction on the Albion plateau of a series of stencils depicting victims of the nuclear disaster in Hiroshima, in critical response to the creation of a launch base for nuclear missiles in the area. The profound link between work and context becomes from this moment a crucial aspect for Pignon, who rejects the art system, preferring to express himself directly in the places of inspiration. With this spirit, the following projects are also born, such as the vast poster set-up realized on the occasion of the centenary of the Parisian Commune (1971) or in the works accomplished in the town of Certaldo (Florence) in homage to Boccaccio and Pasolini (1980).

Dixmix Source thanks, those who have helped him for the realization of this innovative project, in particular, Kimi Eleonara for the static laying animations, Burk Bode for the shapes, So Lecker as a model and Jil Bonetto and Ica84 for the mesh canvas.

Cecilia Nansen Mode is a guest of the “White Gallery” at the DixmiX Art Gallery with her exhibition entitled “Within the voice of Björk.” I think the presentation that the same artist writes is the best to introduce her photographic art. 

“Within the voice of Björk I hear the roars of a beast of the North, cutting and scratching her way through life. The beast within a woman, fighting her roles, her sexuality, her need to fight the known, the comfortable and conform. The predictable and the expected.
Within the voice of Björk I hear the little girl; the soft and very tiny girl, pleasing and sweet. A girl, insecure and needy for protection, love, care, acceptance and to belong.
Within the voice of Björk, I hear the finest and most delicate tones, the softness of a winter lily, the thin film of frost on a morning window. The ballads of small Icelandic springs, and the waves of mountain grass swaying over the lands. Knowing ….knowing deep within it, a volcano resides. An inner volcano ready to spur in huge explosions, in sounds no one can even define as human.
Within the voice of Björk, I hear passion, anger, love, hate, hope, and fear. The deepest frustration and the highest of happiness. The acceptance of depression, the orgasmic explosions of joy.
– I hear a woman, I hear all women, I hear myself.”

DIXMIX Art Gallery

The singer Björk with her distinctive voice is, therefore, the source of inspiration for Cecilia’s works. She manages to capture the nuances of the famous singer, who brilliantly interprets different emotions. Enigmatic, magnetic and revolutionary, Iceland’s elven voice has combined a trip of the techno sound, trip-hop, jazz and pop to unique experimentation of its kind.

From iconic looks to psychedelic video clips, Björk has sold forty million records without betraying her original nature. Twenty-four years of music that, from the timeless Debut, have seen the Icelandic songwriter turn into a geisha, a robot, and a virtual muse. A triumph of masks that, even today, consecrates Björk, the queen of transformism.

The “Black Gallery” holds the photographs of Freekency Banx. The placement of this artist in the Gallery is pertinent because his works are in black and white with a predominance of dark colors. The images of this artist are narratives, telling stories of everyday life. The general tones in his communicative artistic works are humor, grotesque, mystery, and terror. Among the exhibited works, my favorite image is called “Kingsman“; I particularly appreciate it, because it reminds me of the best style of excellent real life photographers who prefer black and white style. For example, I think of Szymon Brodziak.

DIXMIX Art Gallery

The Dixmix Art Gallery is an essential point of reference for photographers, so I suggest to periodically visit to explore what’s new in SL® photography planet.

References

DiXMiX Art Gallery

Dixmix Source Flickr

Cecilia Nansen Mode Flickr

Freekency Banx Flickr

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WITHIN THE VOICE OF BJÖRK IN SECOND LIFE (MODEM WORLD)
The Dixmix Art Gallery in Second Life®
The Dixmix Art Gallery in Second Life®

Currently on display within the Black Gallery hall at DixMix Gallery, curated by Dixmix Source, is a selection of images by Cecilia Nansen Mode – whom I confess is one of my favorite exponents of the art of avatar studies. Entitled Within the Voice of Björk, the selection features some fifteen images inspired by the lyrics of thirteen songs by Icelandic singer Björk.

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FINGERS AND MALOE AT DIXMIX GALLERY IN SECOND LIFE  (MODEM WORLD)
The DiXmiX Art Gallery in SecondLife®
The DiXmiX Art Gallery in SecondLife®

The latest exhibition at DiXmiX Gallery, which opened on Wednesday, November 23rd 2016, features the art of Fingers (Fingers Scintilla) and Maloe Vansant, together with a new display of work by gallery owner and curator, DixMix Source.

Maloe and Fingers are ideally suited to be exhibited together: there is something of a similarity in style and vision in their work, and the pieces displayed at DiXmiX underline this perfectly, presenting a combined, yet highly individual pairing of studies.

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DIXMIX GALLERY (ZIKI QUESTI)
DiXMiX Art Gallery in Second Life®
DiXMiX Art Gallery in Second Life®

The DiXmiX Gallery, curated by Dixmix Source, is currently showing several concurrent exhibitions in its various galleries. The work of Fingers Scintilla (image above) recently opened at the White Gallery, where his portraits, often infused with bright colors, feature faces that stare out to us, sometimes impassively and sometimes fraught with emotion. In the Black Gallery, monochrome works by Gaus (Cicciuzzo Gausman) (image below) explore the female form, and these will remain on display until about December 8.

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DIXMIX ART GALLERY (SL NEWSER DESIGN BLOG)
The DiXMiX Art gallery entrance in Second Life®
The DiXMiX Art gallery entrance in Second Life®

Have you ever been so at one with art, that you ate, slept, and breathed it, just for starters?  A lot of what draws us here to Second Life, is the beauty to create and share, so this seems a very obvious answer, but I wanted to share my experience of DiXmiX Gallery with you, anyway!  You see, this place called to me, all my senses were stimulated by the unrelenting aesthetics here.

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FURILLEN YOURS AND WOMAN IN RED AT DIXMIX (ZIKI QUESTI)
The DiXMiX art Gallery in Second Life®
The DiXMiX art Gallery in Second Life®

The sim Furillen, curated by Serene Footman (read here) has become one of Second Life’s most often photographed sims. Recently, photographers were encouraged to submit their best images to Dixmix Source, who has selected seven outstanding works to exhibit in his DiXmiX Gallery, and these — by Iolanda Weidman, MollyWolliDoodle, Hayel Bracula, NikaLee, Oyona, Laura Mrs S, and Magic Maker — will remain on display in the Grey Gallery through the end of October. Additionally, in the White Gallery is a new show of striking images by Vallys Baxter entitled Women in Red. Additional exhibits are ongoing in DiXmiX’s other gallery spaces.

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DIXMIX GALLERY INAUGURAL EXHIBITION (ZIKI QUESTI)
The DiXMiX Art gallery in Second Life®
The DiXMiX Art gallery in Second Life®

Now open is the inaugural exhibition in the new DiXmiX Gallery (much expanded over its original incarnation, and once again beautifully designed by Megan Prumier), curated by Dixmix Source, and featuring artworks by Ariel Brearly, Grazia Horwitz, Ziki Questi, both Dixmix Source and Megan Prumier, and other artists. “We have built a realistic looking place to host Second Life’s Art, Photography, Sculpture, and Music events in one gallery where we hope you will enjoy to hang around and see works from talented artists,” says Dixmix. Ariel’s dreamy and evocative work, hosted in a double-height foyer (image above), are favorites from Dixmix’s own collection; he plans to invite the artist to display additional works in a forthcoming exhibition.

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DIXMIX GALLERY IN SECOND LIFE® (MODEM WORLD)

 

The DiXMix Art gallery in Second Life®
The DiXMix Art gallery in Second Life®

Opening on Saturday, September 17th at 12: 00-noon SLT is the DiXmiX Gallery, a new venue for 2D and 3D art and for music in Second Life.

Designed by Megan Prumier (famous for Crimarizon and Deadpool) and curated by Dixmix Source, the gallery offers a large foyer area and three halls for art displays – the Black and the White Gallery Halls, which are apparently to be dedicated to monochrome art, with the Grey Gallery linking them. Art in these halls may be split over two levels, the ground floor, and a mezzanine area, while a music venue, The Atom, completes the major facilities.

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ESCAPE IN THE LANDSCAPE (ZIKI QUESTI)
The DiXMix art Gallery in Second Life®
The DiXMix art Gallery in Second Life®

Now on display at the Dixmix Gallery, curated by dixmix Source, is Escape in the Landscapes, an exhibition of landscapes by Megan Prumier and Lam Erin. It’s a pleasure to see works by both artists: Megan may be best known to others as a builder and creator, but her luminous images are beautifully composed, and, as dixmix remarked as we talked, Lam “has very rarely shown inworld.”

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Fall Trace, the quiet before the storm

Second Life

Fall Trace, owned by Elvira Kytori, reminds an apocalyptic landscape.

Wanting to define it in a few words, I would say “the quiet before the storm.”
The colors of autumn and the surreality of walking on water give the visitor an immediate sense of peace. This feeling offered by the landscape is so generously accentuated by the houses, furnished with taste in their incredible simplicity, and by the lights of what seem to be meteors that are going to touch the planet. Time seems to have stopped as if the imminent danger could not come because everything is still as in a heartening snapshot.

Fall Trace_005

Elvira has considerable experience in creating landscapes with a substantial emotional impact. Her aesthetic sense allows her to develop sensible scenes, even if surreal. Visiting her sims that look like three-dimensional paintings readily comes to mind a narration, a story to tell or photograph.

Fall Trace_003

Traffic in Fall Trace is high. The houses are all rented, and public spaces are often full of people who, like me, love the landscape and take pictures. For information about homes available for rent, contact Elvira or consult her marketplace.

Fall Trace_004

References

Fall Trace

(Be mindful of the rented houses).

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Cece’s Secret in Second Life®

Second Life photography

Cece’s Secret is a homestead furnished making the most of the prims availability (5000).
It is an example of fresh decor and excellent taste.

The author is CeCeGy, an inspiring photographer, who has both an attractive Flickr profile and a personal blog (as she says, for fun).

Returning to her splendid homestead, Cece’s Secret has a “center” and a more private and peripheral part.
In the central area, there is the station, point of arrival, with a unique retro setting. The train arrived at the station after passing through a tunnel. It is an idea that I appreciate, it gives realism to the landscape.
Also in the central area, there is the primary structure that houses the bar and several shops in the old style.

Cece's Secret

Cece's Secret

The suburban area, accessible by foot along the snowy path, is reserved and dedicated to two beautiful houses. They are comfortable and furnished with care and attention to detail.

Cece's Secret

Cece's Secret

Cece's Secret

Finally, the sim is surrounded by a lighthouse and a tower, also accessible and embellished with comfortable furnishings.

References

Cece’s Secret

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Lost Unicorn. A Unicorn Forest Sanctuary in Second Life®

Second Life Photography

Those who love “fantasy style” must visit “Lost Unicorn,” a place in Second Life® full of evocative details typical of the most beautiful fairy tales.

The owner of this beautiful resort called Natalie Montagne: I think her sim is one of my favorites, and because I love the “fantasy” style and because I appreciate the attention to detail in setting the scene.

Natalie Montagne

Castles, unicorns, lights, and colors. Everything makes you dream in a winter environment, a theme with the current season.

Natalie has graced the sim with bot themed clothes so that we can meet different characters of the most famous fairy tales.

The visit to the town is comfortable because of the well-marked walking trails: trails of snow already trampled suggesting how to move.

Unicorn Forest-CONTEST ENTRY

Bridges, snowy stairs, and signs indicate the most exciting places to explore.

The Lost Unicorn is also a place full of romance: there are lovely “alcoves” where you can spend unforgettable moments and take a beautiful souvenir photo.

Cinderella-CONTEST ENTRY

Moreover, art lovers will not be disappointed when you visit the “Lost Unicorn Gallery,” an excellent art gallery where the best photographers exhibit their masterpieces.

Art Perspective, My Art Column on ECLIPSE Magazine

Machinima

References

Faerie Tale

Lost Unicorn Gallery

 

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Mesh Eye Fitting Tutorial & More

Second Life

Hey folks.. Well, I thought I had already done a tutorial on how to fit your mesh eyes but, I decided, after having people make this request many many times, to do a more detailed video to help newer viewers, and residents… and explain how and why I fit my mesh eyes the way I do…

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SL Photography Quick Tips // Skin Shine

Photoshop Tutorial

I’ve gotten request on editing skin for Secondlife images and I’ll be covering those after the Holidays, but before that I do wanna highlight that pores of Secondlife Mesh Body Parts can actually be shown within Secondlife as well. I call these Skin Shine but in industry, terms are just Normal Maps and Specular Maps integrated into each Mesh Body Part. These are viewable with Advanced Lighting turned on. This video will explain the mechanics of how those work plus how to get them set up on the various Mesh Body Parts available on the grid.

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