Recently someone made a comment about the shapes I sell in my marketplace store and I thought it would be a good opportunity to discuss realistic proportions and perhaps help those that are looking to create more proportionate shapes in Second Life.
The comment basically said that my shapes were “gorilla” like with “too long arms.” I thought this would be a great teaching moment and even though I have talked about proportions quite a few times before, in my Proportions post from 2013 and then in my Digits Challenge from 2013, I realized it’s been a while and perhaps a refresher is necessary.
I know in Second Life we can be whatever we want to be so I am in no way saying that if you don’t have a proportionate avatar then there is something wrong with that, you do you! However, if you are trying to create a more realistically proportioned avatar, let’s take a look at this image of the human body:
As you can see, the arms on all the different bodies reach about mid-thigh. If they didn’t reach about mid-thigh, then after we went to the restroom, it would be very difficult for us to clean ourselves properly. If we can’t clean ourselves properly, we’re basically just walking around with a dirty vagina. The reason the arms on my shapes are all mid-thigh is because I want to look realistically proportionate and I don’t want to walk around with a dirty vagina.
Now, I’m not saying that my shapes are absolutely proportionate. I have made my legs longer than they proportionately should be, but I did that because I preferred the way clothing fit on longer legs. So if you prefer to have shorter arms, like I said, you do you! Maybe you want to walk around with a dirty vagina, who am I to judge?
The bodies on my bento shapes are all exactly the same, I never change those because I like the way my body looks and I feel comfortable in it. The only thing I change is the face to go with whichever bento head I am making the shape for. My shapes are only L$99 because I never planned to ever sell them. I just ended up selling them because people kept asking me for them. I make the shapes for myself, and I just put them up on marketplace so people can buy them if they want to look like me. I am actually quite surprised at the amount of shapes that I sell so I do want to thank all of those that purchase my shapes and support my work. Thank you, you are feeding my Second Life shopping addiction!
On a final quick note, to the person that gave this ‘constructive criticism’ to me, you may not know but using an ape insult, especially towards a black avatar, is incredibly racist. Please read this so you don’t look racist or ignorant again in the future: The ape insult: a short history of a racist idea
Thank you for reading and for your continued support of my work. Don’t forget to share this post on your social media so perhaps in the future we can see more proportionate avatars in Second Life.
My Style Credits for Female Avatar:
Shape: StrawberrySingh.com Catwa-Ciara Shape by Strawberry Singh
*Mesh Body: Maitreya Mesh Body – Lara V4.1 by Onyx LeShelle
*Mesh Head: CATWA HEAD Ciara v3.1 by Catwa Clip
*Skin Applier: League Sadie by Nena Janus
*Eyes Applier: Avi-Glam Reverie Eyes by Kendra Parfort
Hair: booN Lab.053 hair by boo Nakamura
*Bikini: erratic / leffe – bikini / black by erratic rain
My Style Credits for Male Avatar:
Shape: StrawberrySingh.com Daniel Shape by Strawberry Singh
*Mesh Body: [Signature] Gianni BODY v4.4 by Mona Delpiaz & Raph Dirval
*Mesh Head: CATWA HEAD Daniel v3.0 by Catwa Clip
*Mesh Ears: [MANDALA]SIMPLE_EARS_HUTUU by kikunosuke Eel
*Skin Applier: STRAY DOG – JASON – TONE 06 by Gac Akina
*Eyes Applier: Avi-Glam Enchanted Eyes – Catwa Applier – Pack 2 by Kendra Parfort
*Bento Beard: [MF] Daniel Bento Hipster Stache & Beard Medium – Night by ElleEtGance
*Hair: Stealthic – Haunting by Stealthic
*Boxers: [Signature] Gianni Boxer – Halloween gift by Mona Delpiaz
*Tattoo: Letis Tattoo :: KING by Leti Hax