Lately I’ve been feeling like my arms were totally out of proportion. At first I thought they looked ok but a few people mentioned that they were a bit short and I might have a bit of t-rex syndrome going on. So I asked my friends on plurk this morning and a lot of them chimed in with loads of good advice, I suggest everyone read this plurk because I’m sure you’ll find lots of good info about body proportions in it.
Amongst all the awesome the advice and the pictures of me changing my arms and hands around, there are a few important things that stood out and I wanted to reference:
- This body proportions image that Corvus Szpiegel shared. It shows correct proportions for adult males, females and also children. It’s definitely very helpful.
- Penny Patton’s “Vitruvian Shapes” and tutorials on avatar proportions that were shared by Mona Eberhardt. That one is also very informative.
- I am wearing the SLink mesh hands in the picture below and I noticed when I changed my hand size, it adjusted the size of the slink hands as well. This was great because I always felt the mesh hands were a bit small looking but the medium size would not fit me. This way I can still wear my small size but adjust the sizing using the hand size sliders.
- Even after changing those proportions, it wasn’t a HUGE difference. There is a slight difference in my arm length and it does look a lot better, however my arms are still not the ideal proportion because of my torso and legs.
I was speaking to my friend RubyStarlight Writer about this and she mentioned how it is very difficult to create a properly proportioned avatar because the sl avatar mesh is limited. So her advice to me was, “instead of trying to struggle with proportions, just look at your arms and if your avatar is able to reach over and wipe her butt without a struggle, then you’re fine. If she can’t, then well, maybe you wanna make them longer.”
She always has a way with words! But I guess she’s right and even though they are not perfect, for now they are good enough. I guess messing with my shape will go on forever but I have learned a lot from today’s plurk and also from my What’s your Digits posts.
The first picture in this post I actually also changed my legs for as I felt they were looking way too long so I changed them from 56 to 35 and they still look that long in that image. But I kind of liked the long sexy legged look. The pose is the latest release from Diesel Works and it’s part of the Bombastic series. I fell in love with it instantly and I’ll probably do more shots with it.
So what do you think of my current arm length now? I can’t make it any longer, but I guess I can make my torso smaller and legs smaller but I don’t think I really want to do that. Where are your arms at and how do your avatar’s proportions compare to the body proportions image?
I guess the best part of Second Life is that it is our Second Life and we can make our avatars look any way we want. In the end, all that matters is if we are satisfied and happy with it. For now, I think I am pretty happy with my avatar so she’ll stay as is…till I get bored again.
*Skin: Glam Affair – Cleo – America by Aida Ewing
Hair: booN TUN247 hair chocolate by boo Nakamura
*Mesh Hands: Slink Mesh Hands (av) Casual S by Siddean Munro
*Shoes: [Gos Boutique] Marilyn Sandals – Classic Collection – S by Gospel Voom
*Pose: Diesel Works Bombastic Pose by Rogan Diesel
*Skin: Glam Affair – Cleo – America – 05 C by Aida Ewing (it’s been released)
Eyes: Mayfly – Deep Sky Mesh Eye (Deep Ice, w4) by Arkesh Baral
*Hair: “”D!va”” Hair “Sayaka2″ (Type A)(Brown diamond) by Marisa Kira
*Dress: Zaara : [Mesh] Chaitra chiffon dress (S) *ivory* by Zaara Kohime
*Mesh Feet & Hands: SLink by Siddean Munro
Sandals: Slink Ilena Sandals Large White by Siddean Munro