Moon Dance

Spyralle Owl Moon April

Spyralle Owl Moon April

The year keeps turning, and the owls fly every night, under the moon. Last year we brought you the Owl Moons of September through December, plus some special gowns just for the holidays. Now we bring you out of winter into spring with January through April.

Spyralle Owl Moon March

Spyralle Owl Moon March

I must have made about a hundred new colorings of the fractal for this group, of which I saved maybe a quarter as parameter sets and rendered about ten. Recoloring means fine tuning several layers of gradient in Ultra Fractal, rendering out an image, then starting the texturing of the garment over from scratch, sometimes more than once. March took three complete makeovers before I was satisfied. February needed only two.

Spyralle Owl Moon February

Spyralle Owl Moon February

Texturing with these fractals is not a matter of “slapping them on” or just using them as they come, right over the mesh UV or the avatar UV. There are many hours of experimentation, meticulous seam matching through scaling, rotation and other transforms and 3D testing before the design of the prototype is final. I’ve learned to document every detail and create template files as I go, because it’s almost impossible to reconstruct some of these processes after the fact to make a more colors.

Spyralle Owl Moon January

Spyralle Owl Moon January

It all paid off with January. She came together on the first try! By then, it was March. But winter will come again, and blue is always in season.

Spyralle Studio group members received January and February as gifts. All four gowns are in the store now. And the year of Owl Moon is not over. There are four more in the, ah, wings. And Fantasy Faire is coming!

Photographed at Ode, Annon, Athan and Aear. Poses from NanTra, Marukin and Di’s Opera. The skin is Sia from Glam Affair, Asia tone, and the hair is Ange from D!va in various colors.  Feet by Slink, eyes by IKON.

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Dream Gaze

Spyralle Dreampunk Monocle

Spyralle Dreampunk Monocle

Steam the Dream – the Tenth Steam Hunt presented by Historical Hunts Ltd. – will soon be (alternate future) history. The dream closes on March 31. Until then, this useful bauble from Spyralle is free for the finding somewhere in the store.

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Sons of Genre

 

Spyralle CVT Bracelets Topanga

Spyralle CVT Bracelets Topanga

Biker chic is all over the roadhouse parking lot at Genre this month. I had once made this fractal that suggested gears and speed and mechanical power, so I enameled it on silver cuff bracelets.

CVT by Kerryth Tarantal

‘CVT’ original fractal art by Kerryth Tarantal

After more work in Ultra Fractal on the layers, gradients and blending, I got the image for the first design, Jacinto, with the fire at the heart.

Spyralle CVT Bracelets Jacinto

Spyralle CVT Bracelets Jacinto

Almost every recolor I do for an inworld design means going back to the fractal software and tweaking colors, rendering out a new image and then rebuilding the texture for application to the mesh.

Spyralle CVT Bracelets - Topanga, Corona, Mojave & Pomona

Spyralle CVT Bracelets – Topanga, Coronam Mojave & Pomona

Guys can wear them too.

Going back in California memory to choose the names was kind of a nostalgia trip. It was a little Honda motorcycle, and I wore a helmet always, but you never forget the feel of the wind and that dusty fragrance of summer evenings in the hills and canyons.

For Genre, I made tattoos also.

Spyralle Broken Wings Tattoo Set - Blue

Spyralle Broken Wings Tattoo Set – Blue

Broken Wings is also available in red.

Tank top from fri.day. Skin is Glam Affair’s Sia in Jamaica tone. The eyes are my favorite IKON Sunrise in Egyptian Blue. The hair is Scribbled Hearts from Exile.

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A Tattered Page: 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea

Spyralle Medusa Pink - A Tattered Page Exclusive

Spyralle Medusa Pink – A Tattered Page Exclusive

Jules Verne is the author of this round’s A Tattered Page [*citation needed] book, Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea.  Here is the passage that inspired me:

Soon forms of objects outlined in the distance were discernible. I recognized magnificent rocks, hung with a tapestry of zoophytes of the most beautiful kind, and I was at first struck by the peculiar effect of this medium.

It was then ten in the morning; the rays of the sun struck the surface of the waves at rather an oblique angle, and at the touch of their light, decomposed by refraction as through a prism, flowers, rocks, plants, shells, and polypi were shaded at the edges by the seven solar colours. It was marvelous, a feast for the eyes, this complication of coloured tints, a perfect kaleidoscope of green, yellow, orange, violet, indigo, and blue; in one word, the whole palette of an enthusiastic colourist! Why could I not communicate to Conseil the lively sensations which were mounting to my brain, and rival him in expressions of admiration? For aught I knew, Captain Nemo and his companion might be able to exchange thoughts by means of signs previously agreed upon. So, for want of better, I talked to myself. I declaimed in the copper box which covered my head, thereby expending more air in vain words than was perhaps wise.

Various kinds of isis, clusters of pure tuft-coral, prickly fungi and anemones formed a brilliant garden of flowers, decked with their collarettes of blue tentacles, sea-stars studding the sandy bottom. It was a real grief to me to crush under my feet the brilliant specimens of molluscs which strewed the ground by thousands, of hammerheads, donaciae (veritable bounding shells), of staircases, and red helmet-shells, angel-wings, and many other produced by this inexhaustible ocean. But we were bound to walk, so we went on, whilst above our heads, waved medusae whose umbrellas of opal or rose-pink, escalloped with a band of blue, sheltered us from the rays of the sun and fiery pelagiae, which, in the darkness, would have strewn our path with phosphorescent light.

Spyralle Medusa Opal

Spyralle Medusa Opal

The medusa is modifiable and can be worn as a companion follower, or simply float it in your underwater environment … or anywhere.

Spyralle Medusa Purple

Spyralle Medusa Purple

Original mesh and textures by Kerryth Tarantal. The Medusa is available at the Tattered Page Library and at Spyralle. The pink is exclusive to the event and will not be available after this round of ATP ends.

Spyralle Medusa Yellow

Spyralle Medusa Yellow

Photographed at Ode.

 

 

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Faces: Futurewave Past

The Other World having taken relentless hold on me these last few months, this blog has been neglected, and I did not get my new releases for Futurewave posted during the event.  The reserved releases will be back in the store, however, within the next few days, so here they are now.

Spyralle Sensory Enhancement Module Perle

Spyralle Sensory Enhancement Module Perle

The next module was a Futurewave exclusive and will not be available again, although I may release a single jewel version to go with the tattoos.

Spyralle Sensory Enhancement Module Astra

Spyralle Sensory Enhancement Module Astra

The Astra tattoos were not exclusive, so they will most likely be back in some form.

Spyralle Astra Tattoos

Spyralle Astra Tattoos

The star pattern is a result of using a kaleidoscope mapping on a fractal I’ve been working with for a while.  Here is a monochrome version of the layer composite without the kaleidoscope. The little glow balloons are typical Gaussian integer coloring, which behaves very unpredictably in this formula. The star looked like some kind of undersea creature, so I was greatly tempted to use it in my project for A Tattered Page, in preparation at the time, but that one went in a different direction, to be seen in an upcoming post.

Original fractal by Kerryth Tarantal - source for Astra images

Original fractal by Kerryth Tarantal – source for Astra images

The outfit is from Gallactic, a 2014 Futurewave release. The hair is from BooN, and the skin is Glam Affair, using a no-brow option. Eyes by IKON.

 

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Faces: Genre

Genre: The Dark Arts is still running for a few more days. I hope you won’t miss it.  Spyralle brings you these Dark Artifacts as a set.

Spyralle Dark Artifacts - Spell Seeker and Spell Catcher

Spyralle Dark Artifacts – Spell Seeker and Spell Catcher

The Spell Seeker forehead jewel can be customized by HUD with five pearl gem colors and 4 metals. You can also adjust the glow to six levels from none to blinding. It is mesh, of course, and original, with materials. The pearls are simple flame fractals. The embossing on the metal is derived from a lace fractal image made in Fractint back in 1999.

The five coordinating Spell Catcher tattoos are a spiderweb pattern harvested from a fractal in the tattered lace family I first introduced in Round 2 of A Tattered Page.  Each color of the tattoo was made by setting up a new color gradient in Ultra Fractal. I usually use gradients from the large library I’ve accumulated over the years, but I had to hand-make these in order to keep the transparency in the right place and get some (but not too much) color shifting from the center to the outside. Although I had iterations set to max (and very slow it was!), the program still wouldn’t render all the way to the center of the web, so I put the flame pearls in the middle.

Unfortunately, I do not have my notes on this computer and cannot log in to SL just now, so the credits will be sketchy; for that, and any errors, I apologize. The intriguing hair is KG 1848 from BooN by Boo Nakamura. The skin is Glam Affair, probably Sia, a no brow option. The pants are from Gallactic’s Halcyon series, and the top and scarf are vintage Sn@tch from my insanely vast collection. The eyes are IKON. The pose is probably {NanTra}, but I can’t swear to it.

 

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Return of the Glass Gazebo

This is a rebuild in mesh of one of my favorite projects from a couple of years ago…

Spyralle Rose Gazebo v2

Spyralle Rose Gazebo v2

I kept setting this aside for other commitments, but I finally finished them in January. The Rose is one of three new colors. There is a Valentine version, which is available exclusively at Valentines in Vegas on Mieville Shelley – with a special price too.

Spyralle Valentine Gazebo Special Edition

Spyralle Valentine Gazebo Special Edition

The third new color is Opal.

Spyralle Opal Gazebo v2

Spyralle Opal Gazebo v2

The three colors of the prim version – Jade, Jewel and Pearl – are also out in the new version. Although these photographs were done with Full Bright turned on, the gazebos come with Full Bright off.  However, they are modifiable, so you can turn it back on, if you like. You can also shrink the gazebo down to Petites or Tinies size – which also reduces the land impact significant.y.

Like some of my other builds, I’ve used the classic bump map and shine on parts of these structures instead of materials. The way I create my fractal images, the “normal” map is often kind of “built in” to the fractal image and sometimes works better than a separate normal map.  It’s leaner on impact too. I usually make the normal and specular images, compare them to the classic inworld and then use whichever system works better for that particular mesh. The bonus of the classic mode is that people can see it without Advanced Lighting Module turned on – and a lot of SL residents still keep ALM off as a default – and, because these items are mod, you can turn the bump and shine on and off, if you have some object editing experience, without losing an attached normal or specular texture.

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