Random pictures

I was just sorting out some photos that I had made recently

Experimenting with Specular maps (shininess) and Normal maps (bumpiness)
The nice Quest 2m shirt
Ape comes to visit
Ape comes to visit

Specular maps

Specular maps in Second Life are texture layers that convey additional rendering information to the graphics engine. This additional information is used in conjunction with standard “diffuse” textures to add a whole new level of detail to otherwise flat surfaces.

Winged-Heart-2I’ve made a couple of tops with Specular maps. With the first one (below) I tried to make a satin cloth, but it looks more like plastic. That can be seen as nice if you are into that sort of thing. The second attempt (above) came out better. Less plastic appearance and the design had a nice sheen when viewed in the light.

Satin-Fleur-de-Lis-2 Satin-Fleur-de-LisLight has to come from the sun or from artificial lights and ‘Advanced Lighting Model’ has to be turned on in the graphics section to appreciate these effects.


Quest 2m v1.2 Mesh – Release Thursday 1pm

The long awaited Quest 2m v1.2 Mesh is finally here and it promises to be an absolute stunner.

The release is on Thursday 22 May at 1pm SLT at Eden Tern. Landmark sURL.

Qyv and Hawk will be on hand to introduce the new yacht and explain the new features which promise to  push the boundaries of SL sailing further than ever before.

Including a working main sheet, working outhaul adjustment and  lee sailing, this new Mesh version of the popular 2m will surely be a hit.

Come to the release on Thursday. We’ll race it directly afterwards on the North Sea Short Olympic course a few times to put the yacht though it’s paces.

Pick up a free Ladies T-Shirt or Cami top or a Mens Polo top at the event or on my Marketplace shop.

Quest 2m v1.2 yachts. Hawk’s beta test yacht in red and my final release edition in blue.

New Quest 2m items in my shop

In time for the forthcoming launch of the updated Mesh Quest 2m, I’ve added some more items to my shop. These include my first Mens item, a nice Polo Shirt, modelled here by my friend Speedy who is famous – at least in Demark – for his blog on the history of Machinima: mirrorworld.dk

Here I am posing on the new Quest 2m v1.2




Really difficult to find decent mens T-shirts or polos, if anyone can point me in the direction of a good wholesale supplier, I’d be grateful.

And also in my shop, a couple of new T-shirts that I made last week: