Wednesday, June 13, 2012

and you need her and she needs you

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The Necomimi ears are available on the open market!


And apparently Panic! At the Disco has discovered steampunk. We'll see how long it lasts.

(from the scavenging album)

So on to the hunt again. Now, granted, part of my head-shaking over this one is that all the harem pants I've ever made (or bought) have been closer to wide-leg, billowing harems than the dropped-crotch yoga pants you see around. I'm not saying both styles don't have their place--they do. I'm just raising the point that when I saw "harem pants" listed in the box, seeing yoga pants diminished some of my joy.

(from the scavenging album)

That having been said, I think Factorie Couture did a good job. These are well textured, they move well, and they sit acceptably high on the hips for me. I'm wearing size M, which clips just a little bit around my navel; a couple points lower on "belly" for the slider settings would fix that, or I could just give in and wear the L.

(from the scavenging album)

This is the mens' "Slim Mesh T-shirt" from NiNight Creations (as ever, the tap pants and the stockings aren't included). Because it's a mesh shirt, the template controls the silhouette, and I do understand that. How'ver, I'm also going to go on record that it's still really weird to me to change from one shirt to another, and lose my breasts.

(from the scavenging album)

This is also a case where I'm fairly sure having a larger--and male--body would reduce or even eliminate the alpha flash at the sleeves. That being said, it's a good, casual t-shirt that could become a staple go-to item for guys on the grid.

(from the scavenging album)

Because they're the same template and the same pattern, I just took a front-and-back set of shots for both tube tops. This is the "Mesh ILoveDots" tube top from the front. (If I had to name a color, it would be "Baby Blue", but it's only listed as "Top 5" in the box.)

(from the scavenging album)

And this is the back of the second "Mesh ILoveDots" tube top, with the cute dragonfly detail. Actually, this top has a lot of cute little details. I like it. (And again, if I had to name a color, I'd say "Aqua", but it's only listed as "Top 6".)

(from the scavenging album)

It was about this time that I realized I wasn't able to get to stop #57, Amour Fashions, when I started this. So I went back and found it--this stop's a bit trickier than others, and they don't have a hunt sign out, but it is there--and their gift is the "Laura" two-piece.

(from the scavenging album)

It's not bad--the flair on the bottom of the shirt section is a little odd (I'm in size M in that), but the mini-skirt is an actual mini, not a micro (and I'm in size 3 in the skirt). I love the pattern--summer frocks need more monochromatica, frankly--and it moves pretty well, if one ignores the fact that the flair on the shirt base is designed to never come down. Plus, there's some clipping on the shoulder straps, depending on pose, but overall, it's pretty.

And more to come.


Icterus Dagger said...

It's interesting reading through your mesh hunt posts the past couple of weeks. At least interesting to me, as I had also happened to check Dame Ordinal's blog for any updates. Her last entry is still her experience with mesh from this past September.


Emilly Orr said...

Part of my desire to do this hunt in the first place--then, after, to cover it start to finish--is that while I've dabbled now and again in mesh items, for the most part I had decided I didn't really "need" mesh on any fundamental level because most of the viewers I used then couldn't see it anyway.

While I still don't exactly "need" mesh, per se, I'm thinking that this gave me an opportunity to see a wide sampling of different mesh objects, from clothing to home decor, and look at what it could do. And--more importantly--what it can't, or at least, what it can't yet.

It's convinced me of a few things, chiefest of which I brought up on the blog--that while in sculpted items, great texturing can make a mediocre sculpt shine, if you have a blah mesh template, the best texture artistry in the world won't help it in the least. I find that interesting--is it because of the higher polygon count? Because of how mesh moves, as opposed to how sculpts don't? Really don't know. But it was the single defining feature on this hunt.

Great template + great texturing = winner every time.
Great template + mediocre texturing = generally still pretty good
Slapdash template + great texturing = still a really great item

It was really fascinating to see that proved out over the course of things.

Anonymous said...

I'm a bit confused here. You say "if you have a blah mesh template, the best texture artistry in the world won't help it in the least." but then follow it up with "Slapdash template + great texturing = still a really great item" Those can't both be right?

Emilly Orr said...

Damn it, I got it wrong. Serves me for commenting on something right before I stumble off to bed.

The point was, in a sculpted item, texture is very important. It can elevate, say, a pottery urn in plain brown to a detailed, highly shaded, terracotta urn with shadows and highlights on all the curves.

Versus mesh items: if it's a good template, it doesn't seem to matter whether someone took the time to paint shaded garments by hand, following the lines of the mesh with exact precision, or simply made the whole thing orange and nubbly--if it's a good template, texture no longer matters.

Whereas the best texturing in the world won't save a bad template. The template trumps the texturing, every time.