Sunday, July 1, 2012

A selection of Matisse paintings

Henri Matisse (1869-1954) was a prominent French artist whose career spanned from the 1800's into the 20th century. We studied him a lot in Fashion Illustration, due to his expressive line work and his use of shapes.

With that in mind, I thought I'd do a little Sims homage with a small sample of his paintings from various decades. There are NINE paintings in total.

If these paintings look a little dim, it's because I stupidly took the pics during "daytime" and therefore, there wasn't much artificial lighting going on. When properly lighted, they are true to hue. =)

Download them HERE

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Jane Lane in the Membrane: Jane Lane Quotes on Tees

I know what's wrong with the world today. It's a lack of 90's cynicism and bizarre horror pop art.

For those who don't know, Jane Lane was the artsy sidekick of Daria Morgendorffer, the titular character from MTV's classic 90's hit, Daria. Jane often provided the darkly humorous counterbalance to Daria's altruistic and/or sarcastic deadpan observations regarding the fictional town of Lawndale and its quirky caricatures denizens.

Jane saw the humor in things. And that's why I'm starting with three of her quotes. I'll eventually get to many of the other characters, but, in the meantime, you'll have to contend with Jane's wisdom.


The shirts are both male and female and teen-Y/A. There's one male shirt with three quotes. And there are TWO female shirts -- the crew tee and the layered long sleeve -- with the same three quotes. Both shirt styles come in the aforementioned female ages. Savvy?

Below, I will detail the quotes. (Keep in mind that each quote comes with ALL the different ages and genders I explained.)

Quote 1: "I like having low self-esteem; it makes me feel special."

Katya is modeling the female teen crew neck example.

Quote 2: "Gee, you may join the human race after all." 

This would be the YAF long, layered tee.

Quote 3: "Darn. And it came so close to being semi-decent."

And here is an in-game example:


HERE is the link to the mediafire folder. Just take which files you want.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Two More Lipglosses

I'm back again with even MORE lipgloss, because -- because, why not? My Sims like to keep their lips moist. It's an obsession perfectly normal.

Glossy Lips

Here, Jillian is wearing the new Glossy Lips. These have more of a shine than the ones that I've released before, so if that's your bag, then you'll probably like them.

And here is a screen shot in game. As you can see, shininess is somewhat dependent upon environmental luminosity. So, at night, when the lights are dim, it's just not going to be as shiny -- but that adds realism, so yeah.

Heart Lips

Yuki is wearing Heart lips, so named because -- well, her lips are kinda heart-shaped and, well, yeah.

This gloss is more matte. In fact, one might call it a lipstick rather than a lipgloss. But I was craving something really matte -- but with texture -- in my game, so this was the result.

I chose this deep red color to show them off here, but they also look pretty neat in exotic colors like purple and blue.

And here is an in-game shot. As you can see, when the lips have a matte finish, there's less of a difference between CAS and the game.


The Glossy is HERE

The Heart is HERE

CC List (for the stuff I didn't create):

Both models are wearing Lady Frontbum's Naughty Skin. They are wearing Romance eye shadow and Cheeky V 2 blush (set to low opacity). Get it all at Lady Frontbum. I pretty much exclusively use Lady Frontbum's Naughty skins (male, female, all ages), so I'm gonna make a post with the defaults replacements I use.

The eyebrows for Jillian come from XM Sims, created by in789. (Yuki is wearing base game eye brows.) 

I don't really remember who the clothes are by. I'm gonna have to get back to you on that. (I suck at keeping track of other creator's CC, which wasn't really a problem until I started creating myself, SO...I'mma try to do better in the future. And offer these creators my most humble apologies in the meantime.) 

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Shabby Update

I decided my blog was in desperate need of a new layout, so I strolled (yes, strolled) over to Shabby Blogs to snag some free shabby blog things, like this nifty background. The header is theirs too. I just did a crappy edit to put my crappy blog name on their shabby header. =D

So, yeah. I've made some more lipglosses. I need to test those out. I'm also thinking about doing some paintings. I learned how to do custom paintings, but I think I need to work on it a bit before I actually post one (the last one came off slightly off center from the original, which was a Matisse).

Anyway, I'm just telling you things. But I might even post a REAL UPDATE later today even. You just never know.

Until then my hobos,

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Two new lipglosses

The title is extraordinarily direct, and it's not a liar. Today, after a long hiatus, I bring you two new lipglosses. Yes, you read that right. Not one, not four, not twenty five, but two new lipglosses.

Why two you ask? Well, one would just be lonely.

About the Lipgloss

First of all, I want to say that I couldn't have done this without Shyne's tutorial. She made it idiot-proof, which is great, because -- know. It's an awesome tutorial. I highly recommend it.

In fact, the tutorial was so awesome that my first lipgloss came out good enough to be shared with the general public.

So, without further ado, here it is:

The Sparkly Gloss

Named because it looked very Sparkly in CTU (and still kinda does in-game), this my first-born lipgloss. Treat it kindly.

As you can see, my model, Lacy, is wearing red. To get this deep, true red, you literally need to make it more of a true red which looks like this. That's the only thing that really needs to be mentioned. In the future, I'll improve and release lipsticks where you can input the color you want and the outcome will be that color.

The Dewy Gloss

So named because, initially, I thought it had a dew-like quality. (I think that less-so now, but couldn't be arsed with changing the name.)

And, seeing how Venetia is darker complected than Lacy, I thought I would experiment with hue. And here, she is sporting (what I think) is a rather lovely pink.

Tips about these two here lip glosses:

As I mentioned above, they look best when you use them with bright colors. These bright colors turn out darker and more muted then the colors you pick. I don't know if it's the method I used to do the lipstick, or if it's something I did wrong -- but whatever. It's not a big problem to me, and, chances are, it's not a biggie for you if you don't mind playing around with the nifty little color wheel and sliders.


The Sparkly Lips HERE

The Dewy Lips HERE