Finally had some time after moving my shops to finish creating a new coat — Craquelure! The name might sound weird, but I always liked it after first learning about it from a Photoshop filter. This one is actually a “happy accident” I stumbled upon while working on the Leather & Lace/Petals coats a couple weeks ago, and I’m glad I decided to save it 🙂
The Water Horse Summer Creator Faire is now open! Over the past couple weeks I’ve created 3 new products for all Water Horse breeds. The first is an ocean-inspired complete texture set called Sea Horse:
This set includes 4 pieces: Great Waves body coat, Sandy Shores pattern/tattoo with hooves, Ocean Breeze mane & tail, and Ocean Breeze feathers. These can be bought individually or as a package, and are perfect for riding on the beach!
The second and third products are leather-inspired body coats, with delicate lace patterns/tattoos that can be turned on or off:
I’ve also added my Watermelon coat as a free gift in my booth, plus a customer loyalty discount for all in-world purchases (something I appreciate when shopping myself). Once a spending threshold has been reached, you receive a permanent discount 🙂
Added a brand new pattern, Birthday Sprinkles, to the Midnight Madness board this week! July is my RL birthday month, and had the idea to do something fun like this for it 🙂 Not sure how long I’ll keep it up, but at least until the end of the month.
I’ve also accepted an invitation to be a vendor in a fundraiser for Second Chances Equine Rescue. They’re a non-profit in Georgia that rehabilitates for adoption & provides sanctuary for horses. One of their volunteers is coordinating the event, which will be held at Elysion on the weekend of August 25 – 26. 100% of the sales will go to help the horses, and I’m excited to participate and see what everyone else creates!
Yesterday, I finished Blaze, a new fiery pattern that includes leg, hoof, and unicorn tail textures! It came about after I discovered how to make realistic fire while working on another coat — and can’t say no to that 🙂
Then today, I finished Kaleidoscope, which is my first coat with a colored/iridescent specular layer (instead of a monochrome one). I was inspired after noticing the same effect on a mesh unicorn figurine — it had a regular base design, and then a completely different design that only appeared where the light hit it. I wondered if I could do a similar thing with Water Horse, so started messing around with layer effects. It took me a while to get the right intensity, plus design the base coat in a way that still looked good on its own (for those using lower graphics settings). I definitely like the end result!
For this one, I’d had an idea for a few days to make a coat with ivy, but it turned out completely different in the end! I think I was in a plant mood after doing so much landscaping at my mainland store — but I like the mix of spots, leaves, and dots with black and white. I also played around with windlight in the photos … trying to find one with nice shadows that wasn’t outrageous and still looked natural.
It’s also nice to take pictures at my own place for a change, instead of searching other sims for the perfect backdrop 🙂