The arrival of mesh feet was certainly a boon to the beauty of avatar feet, which was followed by the arrival of mesh hands. I set out to find what the mesh body would do for the avatar.
The Sapphira Mesh Body is owned by Morrigan Bellic and Lexii Ceryos. Morrigan gave me the history of its beginnings. “This body is a work in progress. It began in SL™ with a company that had to go out of business due to health issues. We bought the assets and improved on the initial product.”
To improve the body, she explained, “Lexii does all of the scripting. She is amazing. We have revamped the entire HUD system and scripting system since taking over the body, as well as making adjustments to the body and hands, and adding feet. We have also added 8 skintone, 10 fingernail, and 10 toenail presets to the HUD.”
For clothing designers, she stated, “developer kits are included with the body or can be obtained separately. We also offer the assets (.dae files) for mesh clothing designers interested in rigging their clothing to the body.”
When I arrived to look at the Sapphira Mesh Body, Raeven Moonweava, a purchaser, happened to be there. She was happy to talk to me about the mesh body for this article. “…well having several mesh bodies in SL™, i would say this is pretty good. We just need alot of designers now with appliers,” she said. She likes the hands, saying, “…alot of poses for them too.”
She continued, “I only got it today, but so far the only problem I’ve found is really an IW problem, and that’s scripts, you need to reset the body scripts, and the hud scripts, and atm I can’t change nail colour, again a script issue I think.”
Having no knowledge of mesh bodies, I decided to try the demo. I was impressed by the shape being very smooth and the fact that it kept my height the same. I do recommend trying the demo so you can see for yourself.
Looking ahead, Morrigan said, “with the new Bento project skeleton being released in SL™ (and hopefully other grids soon), we will be able to make major adjustments to the body, such as cutting the hands down to one pose with the new rigging and adding fitted mesh heads. We are also working on a male body and a second female body.”
There is at least one designer offering clothing for the new body, Debra Avon, the owner of Business Diva Boutique. Talking about her involvement, she said, “working with mesh bodies has been part of my design since SL™, and coming to IW, this has given me the chance to expand my creations, and give the community the opportunity to try a new trend of fashion. The Sapphira Mesh Body has given the females the ability to create a more curvy shape, compared to the traditional avatar.”
Where to try and buy:
Sapphira Mesh Body http://places.inworldz.com/Kerry/212/104/22
Debra Avon Designs for Sapphira http://places.inworldz.com/Altair/221/211/32
(Check out her other beautiful designs downstairs)
Sexy Feet Boutique http://places.inworldz.com/Altair/195/145/22
Debra Avon Designs for the Sapphira Mesh Body
More photos: Debra Avon on flickr