A female cyborg is under attack from a menacing alien!

A female cyborg is under attack from a menacing alien!

Dramadramadrama. What will our heroine do?

I’ve been dying to figure out a way to add some guts and drama to our AVs. Part of the problem is that we have a face that’s as placid as a Hindu cow. We can use Yadni’s emoter HUD that makes use of the built in facial animation to combine them, but the default expressions are very cartoonish–fine for when SL first started, and given the technical limitations, I can understand it. So what to do?

Steal ideas from comic books! And by the way, for people searching for terms like “steal second life clothing”? STOP IT. Sweet Mary, when you translate the linden costs into real life costs, a full outfit might cost you one or two dollars! Get a LIFE you cheap thiefs!

Sorry, /me steps off the soap box.

So, what do we do? We find ideas in comic books where the expressions are deliberately exaggerated. This one reminds me of the 1950’s detective comic books.

Photography Tip: A trick about photographing facial expressions. What looks stupid at one angle can look perfect in another. This facial expression, for example when viewed from the front or above gives our model ginormous doe eyes. Not quite what we’re looking for, but from below one does not see the full scope of the eye, and thus we have a slightly wide-eyed fearful look that is somewhat more realistic.



  1. August 19, 2008 at 1:07 pm

    cute tip and nice pic too :)

    I too love to play with funky camera angles to get a better perspective. Facial expression I still haven’t tweaked much with them though… hmmm….

  2. quiteoh said,

    August 20, 2008 at 8:25 pm

    Thank. Yeah, there’s just so much to to strive for, given the limitations of SL. On one hand it close enough to real to make us go for it, on the other hand it’s just slightly under the bar so that it remains cartoonish. Facial expressions are really, really tough. I admit that they, along with hands are one of my greatest struggles.

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