Our Strawberry Singh meme of the week is a return to the “What’s Your Digits?” question. I did the original one on Flickr, but it wasn’t with my main av so I thought this time I’d look up Ravensong’s numbers, or at least the numbers as they are today… 😀
I’ve never been committed to one shape, I tweak the heck out of my shape and have dozens of prior shapes in inventory, so my digits today may not be my digits tomorrow. I have no problem adjusting my shape a bit to fit some mesh clothes better, and I usually downsize the feet a little to wear shoes (although I still won’t usually drop them past 20 or 25), the only thing I don’t really change much are my face settings. When I started off I tried to make myself look sort of like me, or more accurately, an idealized, twentysomething looking version of me at around my ideal goal weight. I’ve had my av a bit larger, but I’ve found if I try to make my shape too much slimmer I just don’t really feel like ‘me’. Right now I have everything set at a mesh standard size large, which feels pretty comfortable, and I have a shape tweaked for a mesh medium or for the large mesh clothes that I want to wear, but they are still too little for my shape *frownyface*. I hated to go too small, so I set the body width wider to make up for reducing the body fat, so I still feel like I’ve kept her curvy enough. It is super frustrating when I bury my hands in my hips and butt in so many poses, though. Pose adjusters have been the best thing ever.
I would toss up my hubby’s proportions too, but he hasn’t logged in for a couple days so instead I thought I’d kidnap our joint Alt Mc Alterson here (no it’s not his real name lol) since I did his shape from the ground up. He’s maybe a bit short for the grid at 6’6″ but he’s a more or less perfect mesh standard medium sized guy. Not sure why his feet look so big here, they’re really not that huge 😛 By comparison I believe hub’s main av is a mesh standard large right now, and more or less proportional, although now I’m kinda curious to log him in and see just what his numbers are. He rarely ever changes anything on his own, so apart from some tweaking to fit him into mesh I think he’s stayed mostly the same size since he first rezzed.
Now onto the meme! Here are Strawberry’s instructions – don’t forget to leave your comments on her post so we can all check out your digits ;D
Share your avatar’s digits (if you want to, not necessary) and then copy paste the following questions and answers into your post, remove my answers and input your own. Don’t forget to share your link in the comments of this post and if you decide to share your numbers, the flickr group for the Digits challenge is here: http://www.flickr.com/groups/digits
1. Do you try and keep your avatar’s body proportionate and similar to the “average” proportions pictured above?
I’ve always tried to be somewhat proportionate, but for the most part I’m just eyeballing it so I end up going more for something that’s pleasing to me to look at, and maybe not ideal human proportions. I tried to measure her out and she’s about 7 and 3/4 heads high, and her midpoint hits at about the right spot, so I guess I did a fair job of it on my own. I never worried too much about keeping the height proportional, making my av my RL 5’5″ left me feeling like a pixie amid a sea of giants. Even at 6’4″ I still feel short sometimes, although I see a lot of newer people with more real-life heights, maybe because of the height listed on the appearance window. I did notice that while Firestorm gives me the same height measurement as the Av ruler above, the official SL viewer had me listed at about 5’6″, so if I was relying on that I’d think I had sized myself to RL proportions. I think hub’s main avatar is probably about a head taller than my av, because we were trying to replicate our real life height difference (in RL he’s about the same height my av is in SL which makes me chuckle).
2. What do you dislike the most about the SL avatar mesh?
The feet and ankles, and the hands, I did finally spring for some Slink feet, but I’ll probably wait a while on the hands. I don’t like how the mesh gets all sharp and blocky if you raise the sliders too much. And I wish there were a few more settings to fine tune your facial features. I always felt like even my old Sims2 game had more customization options for faces than the SL mesh allows for.
3. Does it bother you when you see other avatars that are not proportionate at all?
It doesn’t bother me, it does occasionally amuse me, I admit I giggle about the tiny headed musclemen with the t-rex arms. I wonder, sometimes, did they keep their head child sized because they like a wee head on a massive body, or are they just not sure how to resize their hair so they shrink their head to fit small hair instead? I may not like some of the shapes out there for myself, and don’t get what people find attractive about them, but it doesn’t bother me to see people wear them.
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?
Naw. If it’s a look that speaks to you, follow your dreams! I think most of the offbeat trendy looks that pop up from time to time on fashion blogs are intentional choices to follow a particular style, not the result of people who aren’t sure how to do their sliders. I may not care for some of the trendy fashion looks for myself, but I have no problem with people who want to wear them. The only time I really pay a lot of attention to the appearance of other avatars is if they’re my friends and I see them often, or if it’s an avatar I notice because I think they have a really attractive look. I do like that there seem to be more male avs going for a natural regular guy shape instead of the super buff bodybuilder shapes that you used to see so often, I tend to find the more average sized ones a lot more appealing than the model who hangs out at the gym all day look, but that’s just a personal aesthetic choice. I may look dorky or too generic to other people who find the more traditional model shapes and high fashion faces to be more pleasing, so I’d never complain about someone else’s avatar.
At the end of the day my opinion is that you are the person who looks at your avatar the most, so if you have found a look you love then who cares what the rest of the grid thinks?