Sunday, September 19, 2010


I was in such a hurry last time I forgot to mention those cute little dresses - the peacock and the red one are from Haute! by Cleopatra Xigalia.  The one in red is Velvet Touches and the other is Peacock Baby Noir.  My hubby also brought up something interesting while I was creating the promo shots for my new style.  Music is such an absolutely enormous influence on what I build that he figured I should do a play list for my hair.  I thought that wasn't a bad idea.  So to back track a bit, I remember I was listening to "Pretty Toy" by Velvet Acid Christ when I created Machine and "Caustic Disco" also by Velvet Acid Christ when I created (what else) Caustic.  Darby was "Misery" by Maroon 5 and Onarra was "After Glow" by Phil Thornton. That's as much as I can remember; the rest is pretty much a blur. Some of it I wasn't listening to anything which probably accounts for the frustration level on those.
This is Voodoo Child and it's shown here in Grave from the Zombie pack. This one is poofy ponies...kinda.  It's got flexi tendrils hanging along the sides and a skeletal hand as a hairpin.  I had actually created this style for Hair Fair as an auction piece and as we know, there was no auction this year soooooo......  It was that skeletal hand that took me ages to find.  I had pretty much given up and had resigned myself to a fight in zbrush when I was out poking around and came across it.  I'll get this out in the store tomorrow.  I'm still working on promo shots so I'm dong this whole process a little backwards this time.
The playlist for this style is "Voodoo Child" by Rogue Traders

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

New Hair

So I switched from XP to Windows 7 and went from 2 gig of ram to 16 gig plus a 1 gig Nvidia graphics card. Surprisingly, it went very smoothly. I haven't had any problems. However I also went from CS 3 to CS 5. Problem. I couldn't get the marching ants to appear, did a little digging on the net, sorta found an answer, got frustrated and went and lay on the couch with a book. When the hubby finally got back, I showed him what was wrong, what I had found on the net and he (being a programmer) made the leap to the anti-alias under the advanced setting for the OpenGL. I knew I had an OpenGL problem but wasn't sure exactly what. So let that be a word of advice for anyone else. If you have disappearing marching ants and your drivers are up-to-date and your OpenGL is turned on...check the anti-alias. Which is why this post is late :P Anyway, on to the hair.
This is Auroral Lace. It's got a twisting roll in the front, a weave on the top, a short braid on either side, two ponies and the lacey weave in the back.
This is Auroral Lace V2.  It's got two extra ponies and it's with out the lace weave in the back as you can see and works well with hats.
And of course Lady Antonella and Darby have both been completed into their texture packs and are now out as well.  I had also intended on doing a longer post but I gotta dash and figure out a lighting set up for tomorrow.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Good things come to those who give up

Wow!   The universe truly has a warped sense of humor.  With Hair Fair this year I took the Zen attitude of what will be, will be or I suppose you could say I took a defeatist attitude this year as I didn't bother doing any promoting at all.  Depends on what side of the fence you view this from.  I didn't send out any of the designs to bloggers.  I had a look down the list and saw that most were interested in natural styles which is not something I really have a taste to do.  I therefore concluded that rather than waste their time and mine I wouldn't bother.  Instead, through a little bizarre twist, a couple of things fell into my lap which left me looking like the village idiot with my stunned reaction. Stunned in a good way.  There is one other thing that popped up - this one NOT in a good way.  I'll have a better idea tomorrow and I'm keeping my fingers and toes crossed on that one. Until then I'm not going to spend my time worrying about it.
     On a side note, it did spark a project between myself and another to give a little fair play to the alternative designers.  So among my current things on the go, I'm doing research to ferret out those hair designers who don't like to play in the mainstream.  I must admit I got a little crusty when I had my list of designers to check out on a notecard when SL decided to have an embolism and refused to save it.  I lost about an hour and a half of work.  Sooooo...after that I decided I would save it as a document on my desktop and make notes from there.  In the past couple of days I've heard complaints from other friends that are designers saying they have lost hours of work when they log back in to find SL has reverted what they spent the day doing.
     Anyway, I've got the Lady Antonella and Darby styles done in all the color packs.  I've got another style called Auroral Lace done as well and am working on getting Version 2 done of that.  I've also got styles called 1921, Voodoo Child and Vecona almost ready to go as well.  Voodoo Child is going to take me a while longer than the others to get out as it's a little more texture intensive, plus I finally found the sculpt I was looking for.  I could just give Danuc Landar (the creator) a big, wet smoochie for it!
     I'll get four of the styles out in the store and posted here in the next day or so.  After that...I've got some styles I've just had a real burn to do.  I'll get those out as soon as I can!

Saturday, September 4, 2010

It's Hair Fair Day!

I meant to get this post and a couple of others done a couple of days ago but things didn't quite work out that way.  After I get this post done I can spend a little time on cleaning my desktop. What a mess!
Anyway, in alphabetical order, here is what's at the Hairoin booth:
This is Caustic which is a punk fauxhawk kinda thing. And just because I spent a lot of time on setting up these sets for photo shoots I'm going to post them here otherwise they'll probably never see the light of day.  This is the only original shot I had done that's at the booth. Look below and you'll see what I mean.
I had a plan for the booth, got 4 out of 5 photo shoots done and then found out the theme for Hair Fair so I scrapped what I was orignally going to do and redesigned everything.  As I said, the above was the only original shot I had done that made it into my booth.
 This one is Dark Sun.  (You can click the image for a larger view.)  I wanted to do something a little on the grandiose side of things.  The headdress is part of the hairstyle and as a side note, I have another style in mind I want to do that's "regal".  It was one of the ones I had in mind for Hair Fair but this style was the one I decided to throw out there.  Now for the shot I had in mind...
First, I would like to say that no men were harmed in the creation of this shot.  It was, however, a bit of a challenge arranging 3 boys on poseballs like dolls to get this shot.  Again, you can click on it for a larger view.
This is Machine. Larger image, yada yada.  The accurate representation here is the image in grape.  I shot that one on white background while the other two had to be tweaked because of green screen.  What I was thinking when I did that I have no idea.  This style is what you get when you listen to too much Velvet Acid Christ. :P   The next two shots are what I had envisioned (but are not the final tweaked out shots):

And the one below is what I ended up with:
Ruina Kessel is the creator of those wonderful eyes and gorgeous skin.  The shots really don't do justice to the skin which has almost a soft shimmer to it that the photos just don't pick up.  Unfortunately, I hadn't found Ruina's skins before I had done the next shot because they would have worked beautifully for it.
Onarra.  That's the name of this style which I wanted to fashion in a kind of scorpion tale.  I'm not sure if you can see it very well in the pictures but there's a delicate metal twisty bit holding the hair strands back.
This was what I sorta had in mind for the shot for this. There was still tweaking to be done in photoshop but you get the idea. ;)
Finally is the men's style Tricksy.  I vaguely recall I had Lord of the Rings on the brain for some reason when I named this one.  This is the one style I didn't get around doing a photo shoot for because it was at that time I found out what the booths were going to be like.
     So there you have it.  Those are the styles that will only be found at Hair Fair for the next two weeks.  The styles are all Modify and Copy and come equipped with resizer. (Demos are also equipped with resizer but are copy only.)
The Hairoin booth can be found here at Hair Fair
I hope you all have fun and find many styles that make you go 'ooooo'.  ;)