Friday, February 08, 2013

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Flex your Creative Muscles and your Fashion Prowess with the Create-a-Character Second Life Blogger Challenge

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Iris Ophelia's ongoing review of gaming and virtual world style

This week, SL blogger Pancake launched a truly intriguing blogger challenge on her blog, Renoobed. The challenge is to create and style your own compelling original character in Second Life, a concept that can be as simple or as complicated as you want it to be.

I love playing around with this idea almost as much as I love seeing what other people are doing with it. My own entry isn't quite ready yet (keep an eye out for it next week) but I wanted to share a couple of my favorite entries made by others. Check 'em out:

The character pictured above is Torch by Nimil Blackflag. Nimil's made a couple characters so far, both with very tortured and moving backstories that are well worth reading. Nimil's first character is also named Nimil, and her story provides some surprisingly personal insight into her own evolution as an avatar.

Kelpie by Finn_ID

Finniilluminati's Kelpie may seem like just one more pretty picture by an SL Flickr artist, but be sure to read the description for a short and sweet snippet about this mythologically-based character. She's far more than just a pretty face.

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Of course I have to mention Pancake's own perfectly cyberpunk character, Cyrenn. Pancake's been dabbling with characters and character-based inspiration on her blog well beyond this challenge though, so be sure to check out her work.

And of course, don't forget to keep an eye on the Create a Character Challenge Flickr group for all the latest and greatest entries. I've got a feeling that this challenge is going to inspire some amazing work.

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Mixed reality iris 2013Iris Ophelia (@bleatingheart and Janine Hawkins IRL) has been featured in the New York Times and has spoken about SL-based design at the Fashion Institute of Technology in Manhattan and with pop culture/fashion maven Johanna Blakley.

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