If you’ve spent any real time in Second Life, I have little doubt that you’ve heard about Relay for Life. They’re one of the most major charitable organisations taking advantage of the digital medium of Second Life and the wealth of online community support by both creators and consumers as a method of fundraising. Well, it is that time of year again. The Relay for Life Fantasy Faire is kicking off in less than a day, and it seems to be a great way to start off the charitable Relay for Life season (which runs through to June, I think, if I have my dates correct!).
So this year, I have three Relay for Life charity items, each falling into a different price-range – so that there’s a little something even for those who need to watch their budget. The first, as you see above, is a set of silly star earrings in pretty pink.
Some of you may remember my Chibi-heart Pets – well, this is a special recolour just for the faire. It will only be around as long as the faire is, and then it is gone for good! Featuring more vibrant colours than the original Chibi-heart Pets, this little fellow is sure to make you stand out. You can even name them!
The third item I have up is a touch more expensive, but has been released at a discounted price in the hopes that more people will scramble to pick it up, in support this great cause! I absolutely love the vivid yet delicate tones of this skin. I’ve also set out a little 1l treat (a paint-splatter for the face, in a tattoo layer) in a gift-box at the faire.. I’m sure it isn’t hard to find it.
You can pick up these items and check out the full Sanu display at the Relay for Life Fantasy Faire. Here’s a TP to my location on the Fantastical and Magical sim. I believe that it reroutes teleporting to the central hub, but hopefully it will bring up a red beacon for you to follow.
Happy shopping, everybody!
Ok, I’ll admit it… I shelved this post for a few days because I was just feeling too ranty when I was first going to post it.
Long story short, I recently had a bit of surgery (I made it!) and then had a follow-up appointment where I was offered… more surgery. Frivolous surgery, even. Surgery with questionable actual benefit, a long recovery time and that was of absolutely no necessity (at least at this point). Needless to say, I decided to reply with a nice, firm ‘No!’
So yeah! Today’s picture is of a chop-happy surgeon… a chop-happy surgeon with a stethoscope.
You know, I think a hunt is a great way to kick off the new month. During August I will be participating in the Needle in a Haystack Hunt, hosted by the Happy Hunters group. This will be their first hunt, so hopefully everything will go nice and smoothly for them!
You can find a full list of participating stores on the Happy Hunters website, which will no doubt also have hints and teasers of some of the prizes added soon as well.
The prize at my store is now up and ready to go. It contains two cute skins, in addition to some needles for nomming. (Please don’t try this at home. Like running with scissors, nomming with needles is hardly a great idea.)
You can find these prizes at the Sanu mainstore inside a little haystack, and I haven’t hidden it all that hard. In a big hunt such as this, I just think it is much easier on everyone to have a prize that is easier to find!
In case you do get stuck though, here is a little hint: I’m feeling hungry… do you like cupcakes as much as I do?
Today’s sketch is somewhat of a sneak peek at something that I am cooking up… sorta. It might take a little while longer until the finished product is ready!
I am trying to get into the habit of creating more ‘finished’ work. I love sketches – adore them to bits… I think that there is a wonderful immediacy, sense of movement and style that comes with swift pen-strokes, guide marks and all the little errors that go into making a picture. I believe it to be an art of its own. That said, I’ve neglected doing anything really ‘finished’ for quite a while.
I think, in part, it has to do with the fact that I love sketching – and I also love the finishedness (that totally isn’t a word) that comes with completing a truly great sketch. You know, at that point, that the sketch is the best it is going to be. Perhaps it could be further enhanced by doing something derivative from it, but the reality is that putting it into any other form will change it.
For today though, I am going about it differently. The idea came first, the internal visualization came second, the sketches were actually only a nutting out of the final product because I work better with a good solid base (it lets me sort out some of the bigger problems ahead of time and sort out the general foundation of the picture) than starting from scratch trying to work immediately on the vectors.
I think that going into the sketches knowing that they are really only a rough guide for another work makes it easier to detach myself from them. When I sketch to produce a… well… ‘finished sketch’ it is different from when I am sketching to produce something else. I don’t know exactly what it is that defines that difference though – perhaps a measure of investment, or an understanding of the clear potential it has as a product in another form. Either way… hopefully the finished pictures for which this sketch was a quick study for will be up in a few days.
Let me introduce you to the next in this cast of characters: Ellen Starry!
She’s an awesome gal with a fondness for anything pink, pretty and covered in Hello Kitty. If you can toss in a geeky reference, so much the better!
Don’t let the peppy facade fool you though – she’s quite happy to deliver a knock-out punch with a smile from ear to ear if you cross her, then skip off to do an x-ray or ultrasound of whatever poor sap just happens to find themselves on her examination table. Yeah, you heard it right – not only is she deadly, she also knows how to operate machinery that can kill you with radiation.
When the Zompocalypse comes, you can be sure that she won’t hesitate in trekking over vast stretches of zombie-infested land to get to Jimminy and Brittoni… after all, popping off zombies with a pretty pink gun is far more fun when you can do it with friends! So long as they all hole up in a place well stocked with booze, snacks, guns and girlie-mags, she’ll be quite satisfied.
After all, Zompocalypse is just like a real life first person shoot-em-up, right? She’s spent enough hours in front of a PS3, Wii, DS or computer screen to know how to win at those… and unlock all the hidden easter eggs. Just so long as the zombies aren’t actually the death-spawn of Hello Kitties, there’s hope for us all with her around.
Oh yeah… and she curses like a sailor. Just sayin’. She censors herself sometimes, but everyone slips up now and then.