New Yorker Passerby

There is an artist I have enjoyed following over the past few years since I found out about him. Jorge Colombo, who has since become famous for his iPhone New Yorker covers, was doing daily sketches of the people he saw out on the sidewalks of New York City every day that he called “The Dailies.” I was absolutely entranced because he seemed to capture their character so vividly in each sketch, from the tone of their skin to their expression, stance and details. You can see a few of them here but he has been doing them for 10 years. (He used to date stamp each one before it got put on his website.)

I realize that my foray into avatars that look substantially different me is a sort of Jorge Colombo deal where I want to honor the people who would inhabit these bodies, perhaps spark a bit of imagination about their lives, perhaps lend empathy. They are “character sketches” in a very virtual sense. And many of them are my fellow residents in SL.

New York Passersby

In this character sketch we see this gentleman, waiting to cross the street. His name could be Jorge.. or Dwayne.. or Hussein, depending on who his mother is and how she felt when she first saw his face. His sweater, made by potato beanster, shows a certain hipness. His drawstring cargo pants from swaffette firefly show practicality. His hi tops from Coke Dreadlow show a certain quirkiness (since they are orange) and his messenger bag from onakagoo Waco shows an artistic bent. He’s definitely a native New Yorker.

New York Passersby

You have to wonder what’s in the bag.. art supplies? School books? Graphic novels? As he gazes out from behind his sunglasses at the traffic, you can see he’s quite a handsome man. Perhaps it’s his modeling portfolio in that bag. Certainly the skin Emilia Redgrave has provided shows off his best attributes. He is a delicious man of color.

Kavar Cleanslate completes the look for our handsome city man with dreadlocks perfect for this man about town.

New York Passersby

“Every day I am a spy for two minutes – and every day I am after a different person.” ~ Jorge Colombo

Hair: Exile Andre cheyanne by Kavar Cleanslate for Exile

Skin: 04   Dark-Tan Skin -Tyson-/goatee+base+chesthair  *REDGRAVE* by Emilia Redgrave for Redgrave

Shape: Sophistishapes – LLOYD bodyshape by Sophia Rossen for Sophistishapes (modified from original)

Sweater: Ducknipple Tom Sweater by beanster Potato for Ducknipple

Pants: sf design cargo cutoffs stone mens by swaffette Firefly for SF Designs

Sunglasses: ROLE OPTIC SG-77 Escuda (male) by Rohal Schnyder for Role Optic *

Messenger Bag: ::: ArtMeter ::: bag S Orange by onakagoo Waco for ArtMeter(no longer available)

Earring: Made by me :)

Shoes: PornStar Hi-Tops MultiColor v2 by Coke Dreadlow for Urban Bomb Unit

Poses by Diesel Rogan of Diesel Works Animations *

Masked

Who is the woman behind the skin? For some people, the mask is so much a part of existing that it’s integral to one’s self. We hide behind the masks of our avatars, sometimes revealing only what we want others to see.

Masked

We use fashion as a sort of mask. Or a cultural representation. What does a top like LeeZu Baxter’s say? Well it might say we are fashionable, cutting edge, or simply girly (considering its beautifully rendered ruffle sculpties). The tied neck in back–is it sweet or sexy? Are you casual? Are you cutting-edge? Wealthy?

Masked

But what about the mask? In this case, Alia Baroque, who has generously sponsored the Dark Realms sim at the Fantasy Faire for RFL, presents a new set of skins to benefit RFL based on a spooky clown set—with fangs and without. Alia’s work is artistic, truly fantastical, and genuinely unique. We don’t see here just white on a face—it’s actually painted on. Our girl’s underlying facial structure is a little tough—she has a sort of stiff upper lip and a petulant bottom lip. The eyebrows are exaggerated but underneath the face paint, we can see the real eyebrows. This isn’t blobs of color slapped on a template—it’s true art. There is quite a story here about this masked woman. By wearing her skin, we begin to tell it.

Masked

All the world loves a clown. ~ Cole Porter

Hair: [!SyDS! Hair] Opera without Music – Cafe by Serenity Stransky for !SyDS!

Skin: CLOWN xx +Fallen Gods Inc.+SKIN+ HUMAN Bianco Severo by Alia Baroque for Fallen Gods found on the Dark Realms sim

Top: [LeeZu!] Mailiin Blouse /silver by LeeZu Baxter for LeeZu! *

Leggings: *Fishy Strawberry* Topolinia Black Leggins by Fae Eriksen for Fishy Strawberry

Boots: .*Courtisane*. La Vivien Graybrown by Enktan Gully and LeeZu Baxter for Courtisane *

Poses by Rogan Diesel for Diesel Works Animations *

Precious

I’m not gonna sit around
And waste
My precious divine energy
Trying to explain
And being ashamed of things
You think are wrong with me

I read an article about Esperanza Spalding this evening and fell in love with a song by her, so this blog, having nothing to do with the song but written while I listened to her, is named “Precious.” It’s a song some women should pay attention to. Frankly, I have no idea how a woman like Esperanza could possibly even come up with these lyrics—she is absolutely amazing. (Please note these lyrics do not apply to my own life, so don’t think too hard about it. My divine energy is rarely wasted ;))

Precious

Nicky Ree’s latest little mini, a piece of pure purple and pink perfection, highlights one of Nicky’s “things”—using gradients of lovely harmonizing colors to create a dress that is silky and light seeming. Her flirty and sexy prims do not stray into trampy territory—her ideal woman is sexy and classy at once.

Precious

I am wearing the new and beautiful skin by Pompeja Rossini, another woman who doesn’t waste her divine energy. A real life make up artist, Pompeja lends her skills to making a strong and sexy woman through her skins. Pompeja has done the immense work of taking her artistry of working on real life people and translating it through Photoshop to apply on human-form meshes. You can see she has accomplished no small feat when you view her work.

Precious

Finally, I donned these sexy shoes from Babette Ultsch. With their sexy high heels, absolutely amazingly gorgeous textures (Babette does the best silver shoe texture, bar none), and usability, these shoes are for the woman who wants pretty pink toes without the high price tag (and fat-looking ankle).

Precious

All you got was me/ And that’s all that I can be

Hair: >TRUTH< Brit – mocha by Truth Hawks for >TRUTH< *

Skin: LaVie Michelle V3 004 Tan by Pompeja Rossini for La Vie *

Dress: Nicky Ree – Spring Romance Mini Dress Set (Lavender Rose) by Nicky Ree for Designing Nicky Ree *

Shoes: *KL* Sandals Nadia Silver Satin Display by Babette Ultsch for Kitties Lair

Poses: from the Diva Set by Rogan Diesel for Diesel Works Animations *

Hippie Babe

Is your Valentine a natural girl? You know the one—she eats organic, talks about your aura, smells like patchouli and lavender, drags you to Burning Life, glows with fresh air and sunshine.

Hippy Babe

If this is your girl, then I suggest you get down to AnaLee Balut’s place and find this set, which includes these pretty undies. Flowery but not girly, this is the kind of outfit a woman wears when she wants to let her hair down. Reflecting her love of nature and her slightly batty air, this is for a girl who is earth and air and water and fire all at once.

Hippy Babe

Hanging around our hippie’s neck is a necklace for a cause dear to her heart—Abraxxa Anatine is donating all proceeds from the sale of this beautiful piece and its matching earrings to Haiti. With its native motif and turquoise stones, this jewelry set will deliver your babe to the vortex. Add a feather in her hair from marron Vita, and she’ll be ready to crawl in a tent with you and anoint you with oils (and other stuff).

Hippy Babe

“Look for the girl with the sun in her eyes”
~ from “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds” by the Beatles

Hair: baby cherry by Queue Marlowe for Analog Dog

Hair Feathers: [mixx]feather hair exte_01 by marron Vita for [mixx Ethnic Style]

Skin: []::Tuli::[] Bella (dark tan/br) VIP exclusive by Tuli Asturias for Tuli

Underthings: Bra, string unterhose and glove without finger from ALB SUMMER set by AnaLee Balut for ALB

Necklace: EarthStones Jumoke Necklace – Larimar by Abraxxa Anatine for Earthstones

Lace: *~*Cord Armband Rt: Small/Transfer by Siyu Suen of *~*Illusions*~*

Boots: :::Usagui::: fringe boots by Usagui Noel of :::Usagui:::

Poses: From Venus and Piper by Rogan Diesel for Diesel Works Animations *