I told you about the SL service that converts photos of your real face into a mesh-based head you can put on your avatar, but top SL content creator Damien Fate went a step more, and decided to give it a whirl. Here's Damien's (rather damn handsome) flesh and body head, now atop his avatar:
Above right, the photos he took and sent to Franz Strzelecki, the head head-maker. The mesh head, Damien just explained on Plurk, is "imported straight to SL, no rigging or fancy stuff." (He did blend his skin in Photoshop.) Looks pretty good, if pretty morose (though there's a reason for that.)
Damien's take, as a 3D content/avatar creator himself:
"Pros: Super quick turnaround, eyes aren't attached, so they could be rigged, decent-ish starter mesh. Super cheap (L$500). Cons: Terrible texturing, [it] basically just cut out my face from the front pic and nothing else. The mesh doesn't really match up too well, in my opinion. Mouth has no interior, my head has a weird lump in the 3D model." But for under $2, all in all not a bad result.
And yes his avatar looks emo, but as I noted, there's a reason for that: "Instructions were to not smile for the picture, so if I look depressed -- it's only on the outside." Which is sort of ironic, since avatars are often seen as windows into the soul. Due to the technology's limitations, Damien can now use his avatar to show other SL users what he really looks like in the real world, but with this, he can't show them how he really feels.