I’ve always held the view that mesh heads look a tad on the freaky side. That they often weren’t an improvement on the base avatar most people had carefully crafted. To be honest, a part of me still thinks this way. Some mesh heads do look strange, maybe because they represent to me a higher degree of falseness given they are so perfectly aligned?
I do however see the benefit of mesh heads, especially for photography. Gone are the post production processing issues found with the base avatars, such as broken flat nose lines or those funky effects when trying to correct eyelashes and closed eyelid attachments. For some reason no matter how much effort I made to adjust eyelashes and eyelids they would NEVER fit my eye sockets. In the end it was this continual frustration which has pushed me over the line and into the world of mesh heads.
Once I’d made the decision to seriously look at buying a mesh head I was overwhelmed by the choice. I had no idea just how many mesh heads were on the market. Neither had I realized just what a difference a skin will have on any particular mesh head. Given the price involved, by the time you purchase the head, facial skin, body match skin for your mesh body and mesh eyes you are looking at spending around $6,000 linden, my advice is not to rush the decision. Try many many many demo skins with all the heads and wander around like Demo Queen inworld for days on end getting use to the eventual look.
I’ve always attempted to keep my avatar looking similar to its original incarnation which was as an interesting twist of Eastern and Mediterranean facial constructs. Of course as the graphics have improved the look has become more refined with the last two skin’s having a much lighter colour tone than my original intentions. Deciding this was the chance to return to those design roots it was important that the essence of PB remained, hence it was important to find a skin that would reflect those similarities but return to a darker more mysterious exotic look. As no head matched my exact requirements, after tossing around my options, I finally decided upon the new Catwa Helena mesh head. With those drop dead gorgeous eyebrows, Franka from DeeTalez was exactly what I was searching for. A set of new mesh eyes, still blue but more smokey grey blue completed the look.
There are differences to the nose and mouth but I think the end results is an avatar who looks pretty similar to the avatar she was two days ago. I still have lots to learn on the hud and certainly need to go shopping for some nice eye shadow effects but I love love love the eyelashes and feel the change has been a positive one.
Whilst I wait to hear what Mr. P. thinks about the new look, let me know what you think about the change or just mesh heads in general in the comments box below! All hints and tips and shopping suggestions are welcome.
Hugs, PB xx