Sunday, 9 February 2014

postheadericon ~ Refined Wild ~ is Gonna Fantasy Gatcha!

 *laughs maniacally*


Seriously, though. "Soon" as in: I'll be a part of the next one.

 If you want to check out the current Fantasy Gatcha Carnival, go HERE.
Sunday, 2 February 2014

postheadericon .enchantment. - Now Open! Exclusive ~ Refined Wild ~ Items Available Until February 28th!

"You go this way, I'll go that," said the Bzou. "And we'll see who gets there first."
Enchantment is now open to the general public, providing everything you could ever want for all of your Red Riding Hood related needs. As usual, all items are exclusive to this round of Enchantment - including two of my very own products, each up for sale at $200L apiece.

I am one of the very few (read: excruciatingly few) creators that have made something that is specifically male-centric; however, even at that, I've seen more than one female avatar sporting the Big Bad Bloody Bzou mask since the event opened on February 1st. One of the bloggers told me the Big Bad Bloody Bzou stole the show - and perhaps that's sheer flattery - but it's flattery my ego accepts without hesitation.
(Especially considering the work that went into that thing.) 
The mask that looks amazing with a bit of red lipstick applied is called A Little Bit Red. It's been utilized quite a bit more than the formerly mentioned Bzou mask in the awesome SLtography plastered all over Enchantment's Flickr Page.

I took the above two images myself. I'm not exactly sure how my SLtography stacks up compared to others. I'm far more used to taking product photos, and displaying true-to-form images as to how the objects appear in-world - not making them look all fancy and frilly and filtered in Photoshop. I'm actually surprised how little post-processing I did on the 2nd above image, now that Second Life supports Normal and Specular maps (oh god finally why did that take so long oh good god why) - I only adjusted the contrast on that one.

And now for some SLtography from other bloggers (in the order in which they were shown to me):

Okay, I'm putting Elysium's first for obvious reasons. She even used my "Pins & Needles" display for her background. Gorgeous composition and a wonderful means of showing off the product. I saw this one and went "Wow.".

Tekila used Big Bad Bloody Bzou in droves. I don't think she used A Little Bit Red. At all. Which is amazing. I'm so happy and pleased that she loved this mask. She took many pictures, and wrote a little story revolving around the wolf-head. She used it as a literal wolf-head - which possibly makes her usage of it even better.

I think this is one of Anika Bellissimo's better usages of color in her set of photos. She's definitely showing off the products how they should be seen, in the right set of tones. I like how the bright blue dress and tan boots go with the red in the mask, even though it's a quirky combination.

Natsumi Kanjon is another blogger that created an image that made my eyebrows bounce. She totally "got" how I wanted the mask to look under the hood of the cloak. The "placed" eyes in the Bzou mask is a bit freaky (which is fine - the wolf should be freaky!), as the eye holes will fall on your avatar's eyes, but I understand that there would've been major clipping issues if she hadn't moved it upward, to get that position to work - so good problem solving on her part!

As mentioned before, these items will only be available (at least in their current size, shape and color) until the end of the event. Fill your wolf-sized Red Riding Hood appetite while you can!

[ Enchantment ] SLurl: CLICK HERE!
Sunday, 5 January 2014

postheadericon ~ Refined Wild ~ at .enchantment. - Opens February 1st

If you can guess what the theme of the event is this month, you win!

So I'm going to be sponsoring (and partaking in) in the 2nd Enchantment Fair event, which is going to have a distinct Little Red Riding Hood flavor. There will be exclusive items created and sold at this event.

I likely would've taken part in the last Enchantment event, which revolved around Snow White, but my dear friend Elysium Hynes didn't give me the heads up until the event was about to start, and admissions had been closed.

This is actually pretty exciting for me. Let's just say I know a little too much about the history behind this fairy tale - it's one of the oldest in existence and definitely one of my top favorites.

It seems like most of the creators are pretty wise about the origins of the story, and how the fairy tale actually goes. I'm really looking forward to seeing everyone selling content displaying the gorier and scarier parts of this famous horror tale.

While the event opens early for bloggers (it's a very blog-centric event), it won't be open to the public until February 1st. After that, I believe the event goes for about a month.

Thursday, 21 November 2013

postheadericon ~Refined Wild~ at the 3rd Annual Relay for Life Christmas Expo!

 Yearly Relay for Life Events: You can never attend just one!

Yes, yes, yes, I know what you're thinking.

Hey, Khyle, yo' crazy. You already did a Relay for Life event this year. A big one. You built an entire sim. Don't you think you've had enough?

Well, buddy. I'll tell you when I've had enough.

So, yeah! Refined Wild will be at the 3rd Annual Relay for Life Christmas Expo. My good friend (and motion artist) Methias Kira from [-Abstract Soul-] is going to be selling in his very own booth this time around!

(*wipes away tear* They grow up so fast.)

Unfortunately, I won't be doing anything too extra-super-duper-special for this event. No art installations. No sim-wide builds.


I will be selling a couple of new products, will have something nice in the raffle and I will be displaying a themed Christmas Tree!

See you there!

Sunday, 1 September 2013

postheadericon There Will Always be Someone who Hates Your Art - A Tutorial on Criticism and How to Deal With It (Part 2)

Boy, I didn't think this post would end up as long as it did - so I've split it into two parts.

In Part 1 of this tutorial, I explained about traits of Good Criticism, Poor Criticism and how to tell the subtle differences between them.

In Part 2 of this tutorial, I'm going to take some time to explain what to do with the Good Criticism once you've got it. Receiving a decent critique is one thing - what you do with that decent critique is an entirely different story.

Wednesday, 17 July 2013

postheadericon There Will Always be Someone who Hates Your Art - A Tutorial on Criticism and How to Deal With It (Part 1)

If you can't handle criticism, don't become an artist.

I've said this more than once in my life, and will likely say it more in the future. A lot of people who delve into this field cannot take a lick of criticism, whether good or bad. In the context of Second Life, I've seen merchants who would rather shut down their businesses and remove themselves from the grid entirely, than taking criticism gracefully and working to improve. Many simply ignore the criticism and do not improve, nor change (and then complain about the fact that they don't sell anything). Others cannot come to grips with the idea that no matter what they do, there will be someone, somewhere, who will dislike their work.

These two particular facts can be spread like Vegemite across all mediums:
  1. There will always be someone who does better work than you.
  2. There will always be someone who hates your art.
Tuesday, 11 June 2013

postheadericon :: "The DragonSpire" Items Now Available for Purchase! ::

"The DragonSpire Build Kit" Contains Cave Structures, 
Crystals, Troll Trees and Color Drops!
Click the product images and be whisked away to the marketplace!

Just so that people are aware: I will be putting the mesh tunnels up for sale. I have no idea when that will be. Whenever I can devote time to re-purposing them for individual use. Hopefully by the end of summer/early fall. Make sure to check back for updates!

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