Monday Flickr Fix: Loony Columbia's Expressive (and Ultra Kawaii) Fashion Snaps
Basic fashion photography is Second Life is not hard. Rigid poses, straightforward outfits, blank faces, all these things are pretty easily accomplished at this point. That's what makes the expressive and hella-cute pics that fill Loony Columbia's Flickr gallery (potentially NSFW) stand out; they're clean and uncluttered, but also incredibly natural-looking. In many cases they're the kind of pictures you'd find on an ulzzang blog, emphasizing natural beauty with a lot of playful poses and expressions alongside a fair amount of twee, hyper-feminine fashions.
Her cuteness, muted color palettes, and outstanding sense of style aside, there's one very specific thing I admire about Loony...
There's a trend among many smaller skin brands (usually ones helmed by Japanese or Korean designers) to have thinner, more "natural" looking lips, which flies in the face of the slick and overly-plump lips you'll still find on most skins in SL.
This cleaner look is one that I've had a really hard time getting right on my avatar, which makes me appreciate how beautifully Loony manages it. The mouth area on the SL mesh isn't the nicest to work with, but with sliders, expressions, and likely some Photoshop in equal measure, Loony's lips are flawless.
But still, there's one more thing to love about her Flickr; Loony also posts screenshots of games from time to time, including Skyrim (who doesn't love Skyrim?!) and even Kindness Coins, an indie game made for the Pulse-Pounding Heart-Stopping Dating Sim game jam. Kindness Coins was one of my favorite games to come out of the PPHS jam, so how can I not give Loony props for playing it?
Unfortunately Loony doesn't seem to have a blog (though I'd love to see one from her) but you can find all her pics (and even a few videos) on Flickr.
(Hat tip to Anemysk Karu for pointing Loony's work out on Plurk!)
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Iris Ophelia (@bleatingheart, Janine Hawkins IRL) has been featured in the New York Timesand has spoken about SL-based design at the Fashion Institute of Technology in Manhattan andwith pop culture/fashion maven Johanna Blakley.