After a long road, once again we have new avatars to sell! Initially these were planned to be simple and easy, a nice rework of the foxes, but they turned into so much more. A huge upgrade on how I shade things such as muscle detail, a step forward in quality and fitting.
Firstly, we redid the headshape, making it much easier to fit rigged hair. In fact, virtually every rigged hair for the standard heads should fit these heads just fine now.
The second big improvement was shading. We added a lot more shadows and highlights into the skin, and I believe it really shows when compared to older works. In general we paid more attention to detail and learned a lot, and created eyes that finally look nice and alive as well.
Feature wise, these wolves are quite in line with the previous foxes, meaning things such as:
- Varied facial expressions. Whether you want to be happy or sad, snarling or a smirk on your face, the wolf will do it. We also carefully adjusted the various eye states to hold much more expression.
- Rigged hands, tail and ears, with upgraded animations for you to enjoy, as well as rigged feet and digilegs.
- Skins for all avatar core variants, highlighting subtle curves or toned muscle
- A HUD to control all the things
For the first time, we also attempted an alternate head style, which will be offered seperately and is lovingly referred to as the “bitch head”. This particular design features a fuller lip, larger eyelashes, and a higher brow arch, playing to a certain popular style in SL. Should the response be positive, we’ll certainly be doing more of these alternate items in the future.
As far as the release goes, we are shooting for next weekend, so the 6th and 7th of October, however we will update with the proper times and locations once we have all the agreements with the places we want to party at, so do keep an eye on this blog for updates!
Lastly, we are currently in the process of exploring the feasibility of offering these kits with support not only for Avatar Core, but also for other popular mesh bodies. Stay tuned for news on our decision here!