It is meme time again. This week, Strawberry Singh‘s meme challenge is all about body proportions of avatars in Second Life.
I did this one last year, Kyli’s Digits, it was all about our sizes. This year it’s all about body propoprtions. I’ve always had an issue with oddly shaped avatars I see out and about. I’ve seen some that have incredibly long legs, very short arms, giant heads and the one still baffles me is female avatars with enormous hands.
When I originally created my avatar back in 2009, I modeled my avatar to look as close to my real life self as possible. It took me many months to get it right, as I was new and didn’t quite know what I was doing, especially when it came to modifying my own shape. Plus, the hair choices that matched my RL hair hadn’t been created yet (Thank you Truth, Wasabi, Elikatara, etc for all you do).
Finally, I was able to make myself look just like me (I’ve unfortunatley lost a lot of the original pictures I took of myself in SL, they’re on my old, non-functioning computer which is taking up space in my closet at the moment). Over the years, I’ve changed my appearance slightly here and there, but still maintaining my real life self look as best I can.
Obviously some things are different like my waist isn’t THAT thin, my tattoos on my arms are different and I can’t exactly change my hairstyle this good on a daily basis, but overall, what you see is what you get.
1. Do you try and keep your avatar’s body proportionate and similar to the “average” proportions pictured above?
As close as I possibly can. I’m not the best shape modder out there but I think I got most of it pretty accurate.
2. What do you dislike the most about the SL avatar mesh?
I can’t stand the default feet and ankles. Before prim/mesh feet came out, I never showed my feet. I always wore shoes. I bought a pair of N-Core pumps (that didn’t have built in feet) and I never could stand the ankles so I don’t wear them that much. The hands and fingers I guess are next in my list of dislikes, but I can tolerate them. At least someone finally came out with mesh nails that grow/shrink with your hand size.
3. Does it bother you when you see other avatars that are not proportionate at all?
To no end. I see all these avatars that could look so good, if they add length to their arms, decrease their butts and shorten their legs.
4. Even though this is a virtual world and people can be anything they want to be, do you feel when they are in human form, they should try to keep their proportions close to average?
If they’re in human form, yes. Other forms I suppose it would be ok.
My RL height is 5’4″, I have small hands and short legs in RL just like my avatar.