Realism. Many of us claim to value it, but do our avatars look like the person in the mirror? I worked on my shape for a long time so that he looks just like me!
Well, my FACE … sorta. Friends say the avatar looks like me, but I know they are being kind. 🙂 The guy here at the keyboard has more squooshy around the middle than Mr. Sideways, and a little more “experience” in his face, too. I’d bet a whole month’s stipend that most of us have a similar confession if pressed.
SL is over-run with perfect 20-something, tan, flawless Barbie-women and Comic-book-hero men. One major skin & shape merchant harps on “realism” in huge letters on thier sign. They sell some breath-taking male avatars but they’re all towering, hulking Conan-The-Barbarian he-man shapes covered with gallons of sweat and pores the size of Pennsylvania Turnpike potholes.
Of course escapism is FUN! It’s cool to be a kitty or a dragon or an alien or just more gorgeous than you can ever be at home, but today I want to talk about REAL looking avatars.
I’ve found a small shop featuring avatars designed with an emphasis on blatantly, beautifully REAL shapes & skins for both men and women. Here you can find BBWs, short guys with football-like shapes, women with modest breasts & bottoms, and thin fellas who never lift weights and look old enough to offer some wise advice.
It is owned by Carmella Ruby, and the shop is called RUBY Skins .
I saw plenty of honest avatar packages with a shape and multiple skin options priced from L$450 to L$800 , and best of all she offers 4 avatars FREE on the upstairs floor. Here I’ll show you the two free male avatars that Carmella has generously offered to all visitors.
Adam is 6’7″ tall and comes with no-mod shape & skin as well as his eyebrow shaper.
Adam doesnt go to the gym much, but his sympathetic face makes him well-loved among his friends and a few very special ladies who wouldn’t trade him for all the beefcake in Waterhead. His skin is young, healthy, and undamaged but he does have a blemish here and there. Demos of several other RUBY male skins come in the package with Adam.
The other free male avatar, Benjamin, may well be the best Afro-male avatar I have ever seen.
He is not some bad attitude gangstaa or an overmuscled NFL brat child, just a real honest guy-next-door. In my mind it is easy to imagine Benjamin hittin’ the books a local college, working in the cubicle next to mine, or attentively carrying his small daughter in the store. Benjamin is slender , measures 7’0″ and features a moderate amount of short curly chest hair. Benjamin comes with no-mod skin, shape, eyebrow shaper and tattoo-layer hair base.
Either of these skins would be quite useful on a variety of shapes, their photorealistic detail is better than conveyed in these images. Beside each of them is an accompanying female avatar as well.
If you get in the mood for something besides Barbies and Beefboys, go check out RUBY Skins .