One of the fears people have about adopting mesh heads is that we will become clones of each other – all looking the same, but that is not something we really need to fear. There are many mesh heads from which to choose. There are many skins that can be applied to each head. Different hair colors and styles, different eyes, different skins with varied makeup. All theses styling choices give us variation. If you doubt that, look at this showcase. Sure, I would love a mesh version of my own face, but with the many mesh heads out there, it is possible to find something close. The Ever head from Lelutka is the one that feels closest for me.
I want to explore the Lelutka mesh head’s versatility. In one way, it is less versatile than other mesh heads. It does not come with a variety of emotive expressions. With the Lelutka mesh head you have the option of opening or closing the eyes and opening or closing the mouth. There are no looks of shock, horror, surprise, laughter, anger, pleasure or disdain. As anyone who has followed my blog for a long time, you know that it not a big priority for me. For those who love to emote, that may be an issue.
I am more interested in makeup versatility. The standard HUD comes with eyeshadow and lipstick applicators. For all these pictures, I used just one eye and lip option, so all this variety comes from just that one option. This is because you can dial up the color strength and gloss to the max. In this picture, the shadow and lipstick are their darkest.
Here you can see that I have dialed it down – look at the red arrows, those are the controls for how intense the colors are.
I can also dial up the level of shimmer on the eyes and gloss on the lips. Here I left the color intensity low and dialed up the shimmer and gloss.
Here I took the lip color to a love medium intensity. I also brought down the color menus that you can use to thing your eyebrows and hairbase to match your hair. Above it, you can see the las options – light or heavy. This puts a lot of control in our hands to get the look we like.
I love this Ever head because it is closer to my own look than others. It would be fun to add emotional expressions, but that is not my highest priority. I can customize the head by adjusting the head’s width and length, something covered in Harper Beresford’s review. The things I would really like to see in mesh heads are not possible, I would love to adjust eyes, nose and mouth the way we can on the default avatar, but they cannot rig to the face like that. The only way to get that kind of customization is to pay someone a lot to make you a custom head (I have not found anyone offering that service.) or learn to make your own, but then you will have to make your own skin, too.
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Skin: -Glam Affair – Grazia Skin – America 01 E
Eyes: [UMEBOSHI] Eon eyes dark Green (med)
.LeLutka.Mesh Head-EVER v1.0
Slink Physique Mesh Body V2.3.1
Hair: .~Tableau Vivant~ Sherilyn hair
Jewelry: Maxi Gossamer Giselle Opal Set – Pink
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|☆Lourdes☆||awesome post and very informative. Thank you|
|Whiskey||I'm going to be in the minority here... there are many, many bloggers and other avatars that I know without any name or title. All of the ones blogging the Lelutka heads this past week have all lost their faces|
|Whiskey||to me. I would know your face anywhere, Cajsa, and in that head, you don't look like YOU.|
|Whiskey||Everyone who wears the "Ever" head will look like Ever, IMO. And YAY for the choice to do that. But I think it's a valid complaint that everyone looks remarkably similar and remarkably not unique.|
|☆Lourdes☆||I think everyone looks sort of similar now because there aren't many customization options available at the moment|
|☆Lourdes☆||people who wear the mesh project heads don't all look alike because its been out awhile and there are many customization options available.|
|Whiskey||LourdesD: I agree that it's getting better. I do! But it's so important to me that erryone be a special snowflake, that I just dislike the conformity.|
|☆Lourdes☆||well if it helps most bloggers I know just wear the mesh heads sometimes.|
|Whiskey||LourdesD: That's worse!! I get so confused. And it's all about how I feel about them, ya know? |
|Whiskey||I really like knowing someone's face, unique characteristics and style. It makes me relate to them, because I connect them with those things. I have trouble doing that with these heads.|
|☆Lourdes☆||when I found Cajsa's pic on flickr I knew it was her with the Lelutka head. I just knew.|
|Xiomara||At the risk of setting off a drama bomb, I feel like mesh heads are great for people who want to be a white woman in SL. For the rest of us, not so much.|
|Xiomara||I can't really see myself wearing one until they're just as customizable (is that a word?) as the system head.|
|(((Cajsa)))||They never can be, but I did give a link to a make your own head site.|
|(((Cajsa)))||but that means making your own skin or buying her skins|
|(((Cajsa)))||there are no eye, nose, mouth "bones" to rig to. I don't know. It does not look exactly like me, but I felt a jolt of recognition when I put it on - a "that's me" enough. The other heads, not at all, but that|