Ion – Rejected by Reality

ion - rejected by reality

Tonight, Ion has learned why it is not the smartest idea to wash down seven blueberry slushies with an equal amount of coke. Especially not right before bed, after a day on the beach fair. (editor’s note: clowns removed for the faint of heart.)

Today’s look

hair & eyes: The Stringer Mausoleum (Thrift Shop)
hairbase: Birth
blood: hiyoko
PJs: BareRose
pose: custom
bunny: Coco Designs (free)

Today’s set

coke vendor & bottles: 22769 ~ [bauwerk] (The Mens Dept)
rails & minecart: Dysfunctional Designs (The Challenge)
snow cone cart & slushies: Standby Inc. (The Garden)
rocket ride: Culprit (Genre)
unicycle: Studio Sidhe
tricycle: Little Hopper
tunnel texture: Patrick Hoesly

Ion – Growing Pains

ion - growing painsGrowing up isn’t easy and Ion is at a difficult age. Sometimes, he feels like an adult. On the other hand, he is not yet ready to let go of the treasures of his childhood. Luckily, he has a cosy spot to keep all things that have been and still are dear to him. Little trinkets he collected all over the world, while travelling with his parents.
Being an avid gamer, Ion also collects retro video games, and unlike many adult hoarders, he still enjoys playing them.

Today’s look:

shirt: Blank Line (free)
elbow warmers: [hate this]
pants: 22769 (The Mens Dept)
shoes & spikes: fashionably dead (The Arcade)
socks: fashionably dead (free)
studded bracelet: Baiastice (The Arcade)
friendship bracelets: BOOM (The Arcade)

Today’s set:

house: Trompe Loeil
TV & console: HopScotch (The Arcade)
other console: Cheeky Pea
coke: 22769 (The Mens Dept)
fur rug: aisling (free)
footstool: 22769 (Silkroad Hunt)
day bed, pallet table, shelf, dominoes: Scarlet Creative (The Arcade)
cats: Shop Seu
cat pillow: NX-Nardcotix (old The Arcade item)
4 across game: Second Spaces (The Arcade)
typewriter: floorplan (The Arcade)
photo albums: Commoner (The Arcade)
sandwiches: Elate (The Arcade)
orchid: Aria (The Arcade)
London skyline: DIGS (The Arcade)
lemonade: vespertine
books & vase: 22769
torii & stonehenge: PILOT (The Arcade)
pygmy puff & piglets: Ohmai (piglets from The Arcade)
buddha head: Culprit
cat & unicorn emotes: Tableau Vivant (The Arcade)
other cat figurine: Schadenfreude (old The Arcade item)
plushies: Intrigue Co. (The Arcade)
radio: Tee*fy (old The Arcade item)
deer head: Commoner (old The Arcade item)
dress forms: Schadenfreude (The Arcade)

Ion – Downtown

ion - downtown

Like all kids, Ion doesn’t always do what he’s supposed to. He loves to roam around and enter parts of town in which a rich boy isn’t exactly safe. The “cool” kids at school talked him into exploring some of the derelict buildings there. Ion sure doesn’t like to be called a coward and looks ready for adventure.

His outfit is a bit of a mix between old and new. Old favourites – like the collar. And new items, like the skinny pants from Ispachi, which replaced the texture layer jeans I previously used for the outfit. Both the shoes and hoodie were among the first mesh items I ever bought, and I still like them a lot.

The hair is modified – I bought it both in black and platinum and replaced some of the black strands around the front with platinum ones, which I tinted red. I’ve done pretty much the same (minus the red tint) with Leon’s hair, too. Depending on the hairstyle, it’s quite a bit of work, but I’m happy the result in both cases.

Today’s look:

hair: Dura (mod)
hoodie: Dirty Lynx
pants: Ispachi (The Liasion Collaborative)
shoes: Super Kingodm
collar: The GL
Pose: Oracul (from AO)
location: TheFlowout.

Ion – The Squirrels ate my Homework

ion - homework

Today’s look:

shirt & pants: Fruk (The Mens Dept)
socks: FATEwear
piercings: the HV (The 100 Block)
inhalator: RC Cluster
bracelet: Kosh (Marketplace sale)
watch: HOC Industries
shoes: Super Kingdom

Today’s set:

skybox: Abiss
bench: 22769 ~ [bauwerk] (The 100 Block)
stereo set: Standby Inc. (The Mens Dept)
backpack & helmet: Action
burger meal: Pilot
squirrels: Silent Sparrow (FLF)
game console: Cheeky Pea
board games: Supernerd
tapestry: lame
skateboards: Avoid
picture: Bazar

Heroes – Ion – The Monk

heroes - ion - the monk

The third picture of the heroes series. And because it was so fitting, an attempt at the haiku meme (ok, this is not exactly how it was intented, it’s about this picture, not my SL in general, but well, I tried.):

At dawn, a young monk
Training hard to become strong.
Tea awaits inside.

Ion’s character of choice is the monk. Ion has more than often been the victim of bullies at school and is not one for violence himself. He would love to be strong enough to defend himself if needed, but would much rather avoid conflict at all.

Today’s look:

hairbase: No.07
war paint: R&A Tattoos
outfit: Barerose

Today’s set:

temple: 22769 ~ [bauwerk]
tea set: L&K prefabs
other furniture & deco: Sway's
pose: [hate this]

Tools of the Trade

ion - cartoon

A few people have asked me how I work. Now, I don’t want to publish a tutorial or anything. I don’t think, I am that good anyways. But I have rarely seen anything on other blogs about the inworld and external tools people use for their pictures.

First of all, the SecondLife viewer. I use Firestorm most of the time, occasionally Nirans Viewer. I have a good gaming PC that allows me to set my inworld graphics to customised Ultra settings, even for every day use. I have avatar physics and avatar cloth turned off permanently, set my view distance down to 128 (unless taking landscape pictures) and I only turn on depth of field if I need it – it would make me dizzy if I’d use it all the time.

Every picture begins with an idea. Unless it is to create promotional pictures or vendors for my own products, I rarely take pictures just to show off a certain look. Usually, I want to create a certain mood, sometimes tell a whole story. Of course, that doesn’t work out all the time…

First of all, I try to find a suitable spot, or I simply go to my own photo studio. Next, I play around with poses and camera angles until I can feel, I’m “getting there.” Last, but not least, I fiddle with windlight settings until I’m as close to the mood I am after.
A little fine-tuning on camera position, pose and expression later, the picture is done.
To adjust poses, I use Animare. For facial expressions, eye positioning and hand pose, I use the AnyPose Expression HUD.

Next I take the picture to photoshop for post-processing. Usually, I do as little on the photo as possible, especially when it comes to vendor pictures. Ideally, I only crop the picture and do some minor adjustments on contrast and color balance.

I use a wacom intuos4 tablet, but as you will probably agree with Ion, my drawing skills are more than… lacking.

Today’s outfit:

hair: Gauze
top & shorts: 22769
backpack: Kal Rau
skateboard: Action
pose: [hate this]

Everything else was used in previous posts.

Allow me to introduce… Ion

ion

Name: Ion
Age: 15
Born: his father's private island
Occupation: student

Now this young man is Ion (spelled with a capital i, not a lowercase L). He is a 15 year old human old boy. Ion is very clever and a bit of a nerd. He dreams of running his own video game company after finishing school and university.

Ion’s hobbies are skateboarding (snowboarding in winter), playing video games and cooking. Even though he is quite athletic, Ion is known to be very accident-prone and is rarely seen without a cast, bandage or brace (from my own line of medical props, of course).

He lives with his mother, who is a fetish model and professional dominatrix. Even if he is fully aware of what she does for a living, she keeps details (and customers) away from him. Ion’s father is the owner of a big company and insanely rich.

Money has never been an issue for the boy, but he is not a spoiled brat, unless you count his regular shopping sprees. Ion loves to change his looks and is not too shy to use make-up or wear crazy costumes.

OOC Information:

Ion was the second character I created in SL, again on the same account. Since his looks are distinctively different from Corvus, it shouldn’t be too hard to tell them apart. He came to existance as a character during a time when I felt very vulnerable due to real life circumstances. Maybe that is why he turned out to be a bit of an emo boy. The people behind his family and friends really helped me to get through these hard times, and we had wonderful roleplay together.

To make this clear, by roleplay, I don’t mean any dirty stuff. First of all, I do not have any sexual relationships in SL at all and I definitely want to keep it that way – I’m happy and content with my RL relationship. And secondly, there is the fact Ion is 15 and a minor.

Ion’s name is the Basque and Romanian form of John, and is pronounced eeon (not aion).

Ion’s basic looks:

shape: my own
skin: Zanzo
hair: Dura
eyes: Umedama Holic
piercings: the HV (Hebenon Vial)
tattoo: Aitui (not seen in pic)

Today’s outfit:

top: Nerd Project (from The Mens Dept)
pants: Kauna
shoes: Deco
make-up: Sorry Asia
necklace: Kosh (from The Mens Dept)
watch: Yummy (from the Arcade Gacha Event)
finger tape: SiniStyle
pose: Madesigns