Into the Underground – Composition can be frustrating sometimes!

Lately I got really frustrated about picture composition and why sometimes things work and if you try to do the same thing exactly as before it won’t work anymore.

Did you ever come across such as well?

You know you have the basic rules for picture composition down, you do as you learned over years how to align things and items and set your avatar in place and still you miss the “wow” on the picture? Then you start playing with lights and shadows, push around prims, add more lights and delete them again, change the angles and anyways what you do always looks ‘ok’ but not that you would like to work on the picture more?

This time I forced myself to work on all of the pictures, anyways if I do like it or not. The purpose was to do a Visionaire homework and I wanted to discover why I feel so different or see different things in pictures. As well to see if all the popular art rules would go over my personal liking in picture composition.

I adore people who know how to place things for sets, it looks so easy and consistent while there is so much thinking behind it.  I only can imagine how long you have to play ‘prim nudger’ until you have everything in place for a huge complete scenery. I only do little sets, with a few selected props usually and that already feels like it would take forever. I do not mean to feel like a whiney but I really pulled my hair over that the past weeks and if you have a solution, you are more than welcome to put it in the comments – I would highly appreciate that :).

Now, more about my todays look…

It was time fo contrasts again for me. I went for a black and red look and wanted to combine it with a blue/black background, that I was eying quite a while already and never had any ideas what I could do with it.

When I saw the “Maggie” pants from Salt & Pepper, I immediately fell in love with them. They do have an amazing color HUD as well, but when I saw the black and red I was sold :p

I just had to find a jacket, that goes with the whole idea and that I found in the “Bubble Crop Jacket” made by Sabotage. Since I do have an addiction for tattoos – I always had – The amazing blank belly was able to be tattooed with one of the amazing creations of White Widow.

With that strong styling and as well the contrast I chose by using a blue/black background to my red/black style, I needed a strong makeup, too. And yes – you can make a guess – it comes from Zibska :p It is not a secret how much I do love Zib Sgaggs designs and the more I am happy, that I can showcase another amazing Makeup/Lipstick combo named “Ventura”.

I enjoyed playing with artistic rules in mind like ‘Lines & Diagonals’, ‘Repetition or the ‘Rule of Thirds’. For some I even found the Fibonacci sequence applying – can you guess which ones?

Outfit & Accessories

Jacket: ..S.. – “Bubble Crop Jacket – Red” (Maitreya)
Pants: Salt & Pepper (S&P) – “Maggie” (Maitreya)
Shoes: PHEDORA – “Abby Heels” (Maitreya)
Face: +XAnSA+ – “JianDi Face Straps”
Piercings: Meva – “Bento Hand Piercings 2” (Maitreya)
Rings: Meva – “Bento Nails 3” (Maitreya)

Hair & Makeup

Hair: .shi – “Hearken”
Makeup & Lipstick: Zibska – “Ventura” (LeLutka Applier)

Body & Tattoo

Head: LeLutka – “Simone 3.0”
Body: Maitreya – “Lara 4.1”
Face: Izzie’s – “Pores & Blemishes” (LeLutka Applier)
Tattoo: [White~Widow] – “Dead Man” (Maitreya Applier)

Poses & Props

Background: Mesh India – “Bon Voyage Escalator Background”

Model & Photographer

Wicca Merlin

Wicca’s Wardrobe @ Blush

 

For this round of Blush we have Holly, a sweet lil ensemble made up of a jacket, corset, and skirt (panties included). Holly fits Maitreya’s Lara, Slink’s Hourglass, and Belleza’s Freya. As always we have a HUD that gives you 8 fabric color options and 4 metal choices.

Taxi: Blush Event

 

Always on the Run

My mama said
That it’s good to be fruitful
But my mama said
Don’t take more than a mouthful
And my mama said
That it’s good to be natural
And my mama said
That it’s good to be factual
But I’m always on the run

[Lenny Kravitz]

Details

Outfit & Accessories:

Top: Mowie – “Haramori” (Maitreya)

Jacket: Gabriel – “Long Cardigan” (Maitreya)

Pants: PurpleMoon – “Maise Trousers” (Maitreya)

Shoes: Livalle – “Hax – Combat Boots”

Glasses: HAYSURIZA – “Glasses HipHop”

Necklace: Kunglers – “Sile”

Rings: Slipper – “Laura” (Maitreya, Bento)

Hair & Makeup:

Hair: no.match – “No.Twist”

Body & Tattoos:

Head: LeLutka – “Simone 3.0”

Body: Maitreya – “Lara 4.1”

Face: Izzie’s – Pores & Blemishes” (LeLutka Applier)

Poses & Props:

Poses: Wicca’s Wardrobe

Props:

22769 ~ [bauwerk]  – “Sinatra Wall Art”

22769 ~ [bauwerk] – “Pallet Wallart Squirrel”

22769 ~ [bauwerk] – “Industrial Endtable”

[NC] – “Colonial Wall Lamp”

[sf] – “Industrial Sofa”

TD – “Mesh Industrial Tray”

Model & Photographer:

Wicca Merlin

Wicca’s Wardrobe @ The Gacha Garden November 2017

 

Deanna is our contribution to this round of the Gacha Garden. Deanna is a versatile gacha that allows styles from sweet to sexy. You are going to want all the parts of this gacha, there are so many ways it can be worn! Deanna is made for Maitreya’s Lara only. All metal parts have a gold/silver option. Numbers 8 – 14 have a HUD for the slip of the garter pants. RARES come with full HUDs and all colors. (2 rares & 21 commons)

The Seed of Inspiration (SoI) is the corset and is only available during the event and never again! The SoI is given on top of each 20th pull of the machine during the event.

Deanna is unique in that it is the first one of its kind to have two outfits in one plus a compatible SoI that works with all the bottoms in the gacha.

The Gacha Garden Rules: http://www.thegachagarden.com/?page_id=797

Taxi to Gacha Garden: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Gimme%20Gacha%20Productions/119/185/26

If it makes you happy…

If it makes you happy

TUNES

I’ve been long, a long way from here
Put on a poncho, played for mosquitos,
And drank til I was thirsty again
We went searching through thrift store jungles
Found Geronimo’s rifle, Marilyn’s shampoo
And Benny Goodman’s corset and pen

Well, o.k. I made this up
I promised you I’d never give up

You get down, real low down
You listen to Coltrane, derail your own train
Well who hasn’t been there before?
I come round, around the hard way
Bring you comics in bed, scrape the mold off the bread
And serve you french toast again

Well, o.k. I still get stoned
I’m not the kind of girl you’d take home

If it makes you happy
It can’t be that bad
If it makes you happy
Then why the hell are you so sad

[Sheryl Crow]

Details

Outfit: Indented – “Bea” (Maitreya)

Hair: EMO-tions – “Denise (V2)”

Collar: Voluptas Virtualis – “Rye Collar” (Maitreya)

Glasses: ANE – “Tehe”

Rings: MEVA – “Bento Maitreya Rings” (Maitreya)

Lipstick: je suis… – “LeLutka Lips no. 006 [greys]” (LeLutka applier)

Basics

Head: LeLutka – “Simone 2.7”

Body: Maitreya – “Lara V4.1”

Shape: Selfmade

Model & Photographer: Wicca Merlin

Spooky!

TUNES

I love the night
I like it spooky
Werewolves and their bites
I like it spooky
Skeletons laughing at your fright
I like it spooky
A black witch in green light
I like it spooky

[God Module]

Details

Outfit: Wicca’s Wardrobe -“Victoria” (Maitreya)

Lingerie: Blacklace – “Vivian” (Omega Applier)

Stockings: Izzie’s – “Sheer Tights” (Maitreya Applier)

Shoes & Socks: Ducknipple – “Docs vs1” (Maitreya)

Chocker: Enfant Terrible – “Belle Collar”

Necklace: :Bamse: – “Mechanical Crow”

Glasses: Crie Style – “Houkusai”

Hair: no.match – “No.Risk”

Makeup: Zibska – “Noir Pack 06” (LeLutka Applier)

Lipstick: je suis… – “LeLutka Lips no. 005” (LeLutka Applier)

Basics:
Head: LeLutka – “Simone 2.7”
Body: Maitreya – “Lara V4.1”
Eyes: IKON – “Hope Eyes”
Shape: Selfmade

Location: Arranmore

Model & Photographer: Wicca Merlin

Running Free!

2nc U Magazine: https://issuu.com/secondumagazine/docs/2ndu-apr2017

Details
Outfit: Salt & Pepper – “Enya”
Left Foot: Meva – “Aster Boots”
Right Foot: DRD – “Post Apocalyptic Prostethic”
Gloves: Astralia – “Ivy Elf”
Wings: Astralia – “Dead Bird Cage”
Mask: Astralia – “Selvaggia”
Hair: KoKoLoReS – “Leighton”
Tattoo: White Widow – “Chocolat”

Pose: Poseidon

Model & Photographer: Wicca Merlin

Basics:
Head: LeLutka – “Simone 2.6”
Body: Maitreya – “Lara V4.0”
Eyes: IKON – “Hope Eyes”
Shape: Selfmade

LOTD 03/26/2017 – Yesterday @ GizzA

Working at GizzA is so much fun, you meet new people everyday and as well you have probably the 2 of the best bosses ever. Giz and Auster are 2 of the most kind people I ever met in Second Life and so work is even more fun especially if the come around to check the store and have time for little chit-chat 😉

GizzA had many new releases lately – as always –  it was hard to pick one for my today’s shift.

Finally my decision fell on the “Karlie Sweater Dress”.

The dress can be worn without any pants or leggings as well, but I am not a fan of bare legs too much, plus the season not yet has me in the mood for that 😉

The sweater dress comes in many different colors and you get for each of them 2 different shades and a HUD for the belt.

For the pants I chose some leggings from Lassitude & Ennui, that just matched the tone of the sweater perfectly.

That look just matched the season mood I am in at the moment, ready for spring to come even if it is freezy outside still later in the afternoons!

Details

Top: GizzA – “Katie Sweater Dress” (Maitreya)

Pants: Lassitude & Ennui – “Hisa Leather Leggings” (Maitreya Applier)

Shoes: Moon Elixir – “Wicked shoes” (Maitreya)

Bracelet 1: Pulse – “Treasure Wooden & Metal”

Bracelet 2: Jasha – “Tahta” (store closed)

Necklace: Jasha – “Tahta” (store closed)

Hair: no.match – “No.Border”

Glasses: Crie Style – “Kabuki”

Makeup: Zibska – “Noir Pack 06” (LeLutka Applier)

Lipstick:  je suis… – “LeLutka Lips no. 005 [browns]” (LeLutka Applier)

Basics

Head: LeLutka – “Simone 2.3”

Body: Maitreya – “Lara V3.5”

Eyes: IKON – “Hope Eyes”

Shape: Selfmade

Seductive Chic in a Spring Mood

 

Spring is coming! – At least it looked like yesterday even if the wind was horrible again today :p

To my todays feeling the “Plaisir” dress from [sys] just was the right match. The short dress with the high open, loosely collar and the seductive open back… perfect for the first few warm sun moments.

The huge cutout in the back really makes the “Plaisir” dress mega special. Only the thick brown leather strap hold the whole dress in place 😉 And look how deep the cut out is… you really have to be careful with your moves… 😉

I chose to wear some leggings under the dress and I know I had blogged those already before, but I really do love them a lot. The “Hisa Leather Leggings” from lassitude & ennui. I was so amazed when I put them on the first time, that appliers can look so realistic and actually do look like a mesh item while they are appliers ‘only’. All those shadows and lights , the folds and wrinkles, they are so realistic I really had to cam close to see that they are really flat on the body… incredible!

The super chic glasses are made by Glamistry and just were the perfect accessory for the look to give it an even more chic look. The “PU2003” sunglasses have a cat-eye feeling to them as well as a soft vintage touch, this kind of shape is my personal fave anyways 😉 It does remind me of those 50s pin-up glasses a little bit.

I really enjoyed the sim a lot after I was doing my shoots. I never was at Anduril before, but I am sure I was not there the last time. they have so many different corners there and all are built with so much love to the detail, it was hard to choose one for the pictures already when I arrived there and looked around. Sometimes it is really worth it to jump through the search to find a new sim, or even look into the destination guide of SL, instead of just using the ones you already know very well. It can be time-consuming, but you can find some neat places out there.

I hope you could feel some of my spring feelings for that post 😉

Details

Dress: [sys] – “Plaisir” (Maitreya)

Leggings: Lassitude & Ennui – “Hisa Leather Leggings” (Maitreya Applier)

Shoes: [sys] – “Lido” (Maitreya)

Glases: Glamistry – “Sunglasses PU2003”

Collar: [evolove] – “Mandy Horn Choker” @ The Avenue

Necklace: CLOCKHAUS – “Wooden Necklace”

Hair: KoKoLoReS – “Oakes”

Makeup: La Boheme – “Steph” (LeLutka Applier)

Lipstick: je suis… – “LeLutka Lips no. 005 [greys]” (LeLutka Applier)

Nailpolish: alme. – “Golden Threes Light”

Poses: Vitalis Animatum

Location: Anduril

Basics

Head: LeLutka – “Simone 2.3”

Body: Maitreya – “Lara V3.5”

Eyes: IKON – “Hope Eyes”

Shape: Selfmade

Styling Challenge – It is all about a Bow!

Ok… I admit I am a little bot crazy sometimes :p, but most of you know that anyways 😉

Anyways, today the reason for my style and pictures was a wonderful head bow.

A friend gave it to me, it is part of her new gacha and when I saw it, I just HAD to think about a ways how I could showcase it 😉

So, where to start with… first of all, put the bow on. That already was a hard choice, because Twelve gave me not only one to choose from :p. In the end I decided to go with the”Black Snow” one. I always had an addiction for black, white and red so that one just really caught me.

First I thought about a lingerie styling for the bow only and went through my lingerie folder, where I found the “Claire” teddy set from Blacklace. When I did put it on, I realized only lingerie would not be what I would like for the ‘Bow style’ and I started experimenting with several ideas.

I tried some dresses and gowns, they all looked nice, but maybe too nice and smooth 😉

Then I found the “Hisa” leather leggings from Lassitude & Ennui in my leggings folder and with the black and white combination they looked amazing to the bow, but had a serious break/collision at the hips with the lingerie. I needed something to cover that up without hiding one of both. Next step – I typed ‘shorts’ in the search field of my inventory. Oh man… I better should not have done that… I did not even realize before how many ‘shorts’ I have…

Ok… focus Wicca… focus… you need something to cover the waist area. Maybe some high waist shorts would be a good idea! Back to the search window – ‘belted shorts’

Bingo! The “Celine” shorts from Asteria popped up as oe of the first and when I tried them on, I knew those would be the ones to use.

Now the arms looked a little bare and I thought about some kind of jacket. After trying some long-sleeved jackets, which usually were either close or too close in the front, I came across the “Neith” jacket, made by [sys].

That amazing jacket with the scales looking fabric and the short sleeves was just perfect, with the great open front. That even gave room for the amazing necklace from Empyrean Forge.

A tattoo for the arms came to my mind first, but after trying som of my favourite tattoos, I realized I need something more subtile. The amazing slit and sheer sleeves from the “Occult Jacket” just matched awesome under the short sleeves of the “Neith” jacket from [sys].

Looking at the style from all sides I really was happy with it, just some shoes were missing. No high boots, that would take off too much from the leggings, but pumps or stilettos would be too ‘tiny’. All of a sudden an ankle boots came to my mind, which I got longer ago and never had a chance to wear them. The super cute “Wicked” shoes from Moon Elixir. They even come with an amazing socks option!

PERFECTAMENTE!

With that weird mix and match, I got the feeling, that no location, that I know of would fit and so I started to build my own little set for the picture. The “Kira” sculpture from E.V.E Studio is an ultra rare of one of Noke’s gachas. First I thought it would be too huge, but with the great liquid looking ground part it worked out so nicely. I added the “Ivy Bonsai” and some parts of the “Chained Roses”. First it looked like a whole mess, as I am not the greatest set builder, but after some moving and twisting and turning it fell into place 😉

I never made a style based on just one hair bow, but I have to admit, that style would have never come together like this, if I would not have started with the bow :p

Maybe I should do that more often again… just start with a little accessory and see what it does lead me to!

Details

Bow: {1209} – “#7 Holiday Bow – Black Snow”

Lingerie: Blacklace – “Claire Black Lace Teddy Set” (Omega Applier)

Jacket: [sys] – “Neith Jacket”

Sleeves: ISON – “Occult Sleeves”

Pants: Asteria – “Celine”

Leggings: Lassitude & Ennui – “Hisa Leather Leggings” (Maitreya Applier)

Eyeshadow: alaskametro<3 – “Mariposa” (Lelutka Applier)

Nails: Koffin Nails – “Dominatrix” (Maitreya Applier)

Necklace: Empyrean Forge – “Benedictine’s Riata”

Hair: enVogue – “Sonya”

Shoes & Socks: Moon Elixir – “Wicked Shoes & Socks” (Maitreya)

Head: LeLutka – “Simone 2.0”

Body: Maitreya – “Lara 3.5”

Poses: Poseidon

Set: E.V.E Studio – “Kira”, “Ivy Bonsai” & “Dystopia Chained Roses”

Model & Photographer: Wicca Merlin