Sugar Mill Grove: Free poses and animations

I have two primary interests in Second Life. The first is to be a newcomer helper, mostly, at NCI. The second is that I enjoy photography. That said, I keep an eye open for freebies that I can point new people to, and I keep an eye open for free poses and animations in Second Life.

With that in mind, how can I avoid mentioning that Sugar Mill Grove is giving away free animations and poses.

I thank Anicia Medici for her generosity, and creativity. Based on what I’ve seen in her store, her particular bent is not the so-frequent glamour poses that we see, but group poses, or creative and dorky stuff. Fun stuff is good!

Check out the animations, and when you download the 15 free animations, either buy one that pleases you, to reward her, or simply send her a thank you note. People often forget that freebies take time, work and energy to created. Nothing quite warms the heart as someone who expresses their appreciation of it.

Sugar Grove Mills is giving away 15 free Second Life poses

Whoops! Noticed later that they are dollarbies. Still a great deal!

Newbies! Free Sexy Walk and AO (Animation Override)

So you come to Second Life, and you’re just plain Jane. You’ve figured out that all these old timers look soooo cool and that you are unhip!

I hate it when that happens.

Then you discover the shopping thing. Hair, dresses, you’ve even figured out that you don’t want to be “tits on sticks” (most newbie girls make giraff like long legs and HUGE bazoongas, whereas the males make their shoulders the width of a Mac truck and the waist the size of a toothpick).

And then one day… you see her. And she walks so cool and sexy… and you don’t! In fact, you waddle like you have a porcupine up your butt! :( What do you do? How does she do it? More importantly, how do you do it? Has she got a secret?

That my friends is no secret, it’s what we call an Animation Overrider (AO), or sometimes called “a sexy walk”. It’s a tiny little thing that you wear invisibly, that makes it so that you avatar moves in a certain way, automatically when you do things. When you walk, it makes a walking animation kick in. When you stand, it changes your pose automatically, when you sit, it makes you sit nicely.

Where do I get one? I want a free AO!

Image of the Free Second Life Animation Overrider offered by Imprerial Elegance

Image of the Free Second Life Animation Overrider offered by Imprerial Elegance

My friend Feodora Umarov (a.k.a The Walking Inventory) points to a Free AO that you can get here. Go and get it!

Poses versus animations

I confess to having a preference to using animations for taking images. Other than the fact that you get more involved, waiting for the moment, having a variety of snaps to take, especially if the head and torso are set to lower priorities, it’s simply economical! Consider that an animation is a series of transitions from one pose to another. How many poses in a 15 to 30 second animation? Lots more than one. Further, with the the AV’s instinctual movements like trying to keep solid ground, or turning when you move your mouse I find that I prefer the flexibility. While I can appreciate that a static pose might be useful for those couple shots, I think, given the choice that I’d still prefer to use animations. Mind you, I’ve not done any, so I really can’t speak with any authority on that matter.

What makes a good Second Life animation?

When photographing people, one of the more important items for creating emotion in a image is that of body language and facial expression. Deep and rich as SL is, there are understandable areas where it is lacking. This is one of them. So, our intrepid creators, along with the framework by the programmers allow us to play animations. I’m sure that in the beginning that this was intended for large gestures such as waving and such, but over time, people have adapted to it convey more subtlety and nuance to our characters. Enter the domain of animations and of animation overriders (AOs) Read the rest of this entry »

Cybernetic AO and animations

Cybernetic is offering animations at L$1 per anim. I personally encourage all content creators to offer great deals like this that helps the newcomer. Elvis Woodget has a smart idea: when coming out with a new line of products, do indeed offer your earlier, perhaps less practiced works at a good discount rate. It’s good for newcomers and helps the vendor to create a reputation for themselves.

Good deal at L$1, but NOT free

Good deal at L$1, but NOT free

One thing, all appreciation granted for the good deal, is the disappointement in the fact that the end-of-line animations are advertised for free, both on in the classifies, and on the wall, wherea they are in fact “inexpensive” L$1 animations. Better to either advertise correctly. At L$1, some of the animations are a steal, but this is offset with a certain waryness of the discrepancy between the word and the deed. Still, if you’re a newcomer, or a frugal shopper, the end of line anims are well worth the look.

http://slurl.com/secondlife/Cybernetic/155/36/45