*eyeballs the sartorial darlings*
Y’know how much I dislike mesh heads, right? All samey-samey, android-like perfection or rugged machismo dude, yeah?
So… Berry blogged the new CATWA ‘Jackson’ mesh head the other day, and I was intrigued enough by it to consider demoing it. It actually looked pretty damn good, includes makeup layers, and… well, rather importantly for me, it isn’t a TMP head. I’ve made my feelings very clear in posts on this blog about TMP, and how I disagree with certain of their business practices.
Anyway, I hit up Marketplace to pick up the demo of this head. I tried it out, and fuck me backwards, it actually looks quite a bit like Skell. Well, it looks quite a bit like Skell when he’s in full-on macho mode, but still… I was astonished enough to think, “Yeah, okay. I’m going to buy this one.” So I did.
Of course, being rigged mesh, the underlying bone structure helps to make the head ‘look like’ the avatar beneath it, but I was pleasantly surprised by this head. It’s not android-perfect. It’s characterful (which is a BIG plus point) and, well yeah… it’s damned handsome.
As far as I can tell no creators (apart from CATWA and L’Etre) have made appliers thus far for this head. There are a few small issues for me, notably around the neck join (the head has a very light section of skin under the chin on one side, which I had to blend for these pictures (so please excuse my crappy Photoshop skillz) and it took a few minutes of puzzling before I figured out why the area of beard-n-tache around Skell’s lips remained white when the rest of his face fuzz was black, but I sorted it out in the end.
ETA: There’s an appliers list on the CATWA blog, here.
I feel like it does need some different options for the mouth, as that’s the one part where ‘Jackson’ differs from Skell. Skell’s got a broad mouth, whereas ‘Jackson’ has quite pursed lips. It looks a little bit sardonic (which I actually like) and that’s without using any of the optional animations (check out Berry’s post for a video showing those).
So yeah. I went and bought a mesh head. And I wasn’t even really kicking and screaming. Yeah, Skell, you give that ironic little smirk, you smug little shit :p
Head: CATWA – Jackson
Coat: Body Factory – Classic Coat
Hair: Exile – Akio (raven)
Eyes: IKON – Hope Eyes (storm)
Rings: Kibitz – Rosie Rings