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What lies Ahead and Deep Below…

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Halloween is on its way!
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…and of course the computer is smoking already from working on all the new goodies :D

It’s not quite time for release yet, but I couldn’t hold it back any longer so here’s the first official tease for our upcoming costumes for Halloween Season 2011!

Elise (our sim’s lovely-and-totally-non-creepy *cough cough* cupcake-lady from Cupcakes & Poetry) and me declared this time of year clearly the deviousSeason. *nods nods* Anyway, we’re building stuff like mad and there will be a ton of new things out over the next weeks :)

What the spirits will reveal…
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Currently 2 new costumes for deviousBeauty are done! Well, prototype-wise at least, still needs to be split on layers and boxed and all that good stuff ;D Also a set for (*chanimations which had been an exclusive gift for last Halloween’s photo contest winners, will be officially released this year. So it’s been waiting for quite a while now to be let loose – litterally! :D

As usual, there is more stuff I’m working on at moment but not far enough yet to give any hints what it will be ;) Planned is a bunch though, so keep watching notices and our blog for hints, teasers and release dates :D

Oh wait, did I mention yet? Halloween is coming! *jumps up and down all excitedly*

In the meantime…
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I really don’t upload pictures that often… so here’s an early new year’s resolution to do some pure picture posts from time to time again :D

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While you usually see the vendor pictures of the things I create (unless you follow my flickr), there’s actually really those occasions where we go out to “just” take pictures *laughs* In the following some of the shots with “The Siren’s Song”:

Admitted… the one above is an obvious left-over from the ad shooting starring (*chanimations SirenRock (aboveSurface) prop with poses from “The Siren’s Song” release, and *Deviance* Mermaid Tails “Fairy Moss” (green) as well as goldfish “Orange Crush”, both wearing the matching Shell Tops (tails and tops are sold separately either as color packs, color lines or individual packs). The 3rd mermaid costume comes from Evie’s Closet, named “Lumina”.

Location: my photo plattform, windlight settings and graphics programm lol.

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Deep Down Below:
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Since the pose prop comes with 3 different versions and only (aboveSurface) found its way on the vendor poster, I went out another day to take some shots of the underwater build. Of course it wasn’t that difficult to find the perfect fish conspirator who, on top of it all, had excellent knowledge of underwater location scouting ;D So we ended up at LEA sandbox with perfectly many underwater locations :D

My fish of choice here is more of the deep water kind, so the *Deviance* tail and shell top got combined with an old avatar I got in 2008 from Tekeli-li named “Anglerfish” (it is still available). The avatar comes with the skin and your personal anglerfish buddie to swim along with you :D (you see him somewhere further down in one of the pictures)

Chic is wearing a free mermaid outfit, you’ll find all details (and more pictures of our shooting) in her blog post here!

For the record, plan some time underwater cause turns out your favorite windlight settings are with a 99% chance total trash under the watersurface. Surprisingly, making good and somewhat realistic light settings down there is damn hard :D I ended up using Torley’s “HORROR” settings as a basis and started tweaking sliders from there.

(Please click images for larger view!)

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deviousHunt: Updated Information!

Big Congrats!

We’d like to say a huge contrats to Majik for finding the 5000L giftcard joker gift! Apparently she’s had the right intuition while clicking around prims in the sim, or simply massive luck :-D

Now the good news:

Since it didn’t take all too long that the first joker was discovered (yes, I did indeed say ‘first’ :D) we have decided to throw out another few of them in the upcoming weeks of our hunt! There will be multiple more giftcards slipped into the sim from time to time – join our Update Group if you’d like to be informed when they are released to the sim (and of course to get the info when they are found).   Good luck to all in finding one of them!

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Help our chief investigator!

If you haven’t been at deviousMind sim yet to go and hunt your gifts, see the next post for all goodies that can be found and stop by to grab them while you can :-D You’re hunting for gifts by Cupcakes&Poetry, (*chanimations photography props and poses, Captain’s Quarters and !dM deviousBeauty in a delicious looking hunt-box: look for the apple with whipcream and compass as seen in the picture to the right!

Have fun and enjoy!

deviousHunt: Memories of long gone things…

Report from deviousMind: As the events unfold

Chief Inspector D. Vious had been busy these days (apparently that helped his pale complexion as well a little) and while he couldn’t retrieve the lost items in question, by now he had a very good idea of the things missing. It was even possible to find pictures, not all of them offered very voluntarily but a bit of bribe would do wonders, even for somebody of his rank and honor.

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Easiest to come across was a full picture of the stolen costume in question, which belonged to the missing things of deviousBeauty. The chief didn’t even need to bribe anybody for that one, as it had been all over the newspaper in the last months accompanied with “Stunning Show at the FetishCabaret!” and “Breath-taking Glamor and irresistible Tease” and similar headlines to celebrate the big show of the season. A short call to the printing press, and the full colored image was his. And now has its neat little spot in his investigation journal, marked with “stolen item #01″ neatly written next to it.

(click the image for a larger view!)

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The Cupcake-Conspiracy

Not quite as easy was the discovery of the missing hats from Cupcakes & Poetry – in fact, only one of them seemed to have been documented on a picture. After talking to nearly every customer of the bakery he could get a hold of (it would appear, that most of them appreciated their cupcakes fresh out of the oven, so they were out at un-godly hours to get them!), he eventually ran into one helpful young jounalist who took a snapshot of Ms. Chandra wearing the item in question for a bakery event 3 months ago. Images of the other two hats were not documented but it would appear that they were similar in appearance (at least if the statements of Mrs Capalini-Cale were correct), one made of black leather and the other one sewn with white satin.

The photograph was glued into the investigation journal with a #02 written next to it – he was a thorough policement, one could tell.

From deep down in the Captain’s Quarters

Eventually, our good old Chief Inspector made up with Ms. Parisi as well for his unfortunate first meeting (see his report some pages earlier). It took him a few purchases and quite a few snippy remarks from her when he showed up, but in the end she would be noticably more friendly. The fact that he didn’t destroy anything during his visits at Captain’s Quarters and the very expensive old world globe he purchased (on the police offices’ expenses of course) might have helped his case.

Finally, he held a copy of a photograph in hand. It showed a belly dancer (was that again Ms Chandra?) in the middle of a fine display of antiques. “An event we have had to introduce our new collection to the residents.” Ms. Parisi commented on the picture when passing it to him. The Chief noded, and glanced over the picture pointing at the items in order as he spoke: “So these lanterns at the ceiling are the items stolen, correct? As well these baskets upfront and I see a pillow lying on the raised plattform, that is one of yours as well?” – “Yes, correct.” Ms. Parisi nodded. “The pillow is especially nice – it let’s you lounge on it for hours and hours, and is comfortable in all sorts of poses.”

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The chief nodded, and slid the photo into his investigation journal – later it would be pinned in there as “deviousMind case, #03: Items missing from Captain’s Quarters.”

Devious suspects are every where.”

Last but not least, there was that final part… looking at the suspects. Of course, any and all residents living and wandering through deviousMind sim were suspicious, but only 4 of them were available to capture on photograph. Needless to say, this happened under loud protests and with a lot of mockery of the fine Chief. A friendly spirit at (*chanimations (who shall remain anonymous here for the risk of getting fired or whatever these deviants would do!) was kind enough to assist the chief with the set-up of all suspects.

He made little notes in his book along with the finely printed images:

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Ms. Parisi:

From the looks of things, very talented Lady with a sense for decor and housing. Somewhat twisted lady who seems to have a flair of pirate-baroness in her some days, then is seen again wearing normal clothes or near to nothing-clothes. So maybe she’s actually less crazy than what meets the eye – or involved into the theater production or filming industry, who knows. Or it’s simply part of dealing with antiques and furniture? New Resident on the sim since July. Suspicious, especially since a wide variety of costumes seem to be at her hand. But certainly not pulling the strings of the crime quite yet.

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Mr. Staheli:

Slick as an eal, certainly Gentleman on first impression and Playboy on second, and both at the same time most of the time. Not many scandals are known but it would seem that he has influence and controls a lot of the on-goings of the place. Certainly one of the top suspects as he seems to know his way around; nothing can be proven though, he might as well being set up by a competitor. Beyond all suspicion of his own actions, none of the other suspects dared to point fingers at him. Was it true respect of this Gentleman, or was blackmail involved – one would not know.

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Ms. Chandra:

Throughout his investigation, Chief D. Vious found one thing: this woman was a chameleon! Very suspicious indeed. As well one of those hard to catch, as it would seem just as you picked up her trace in one of the buildings of the sim she was gone already again and showed up at a different spot. With charm combined, this might be a successful receipe to be the one behind all these deeds – he heard Mrs. Elise had said something similar, although it was whispered behind hands and just been reported by an informant. Nothing confirmed, and no traces left at either scene of crime in the sim.

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Mrs. Elise:

The lady of the bakery was top suspect for the vanishing of her own items, as it had been an issue with her and the cream a few times reportedly. Although what makes the deeds unclear is the fact, that most of the missing items in question were no longer in her possession when they vanished. A mystery indeed.

Summertime in deviousMind’s lucky chairs!

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Lucky chairs went Summer-Time!

Good news for all who weren’t able to grab some of our gifts last year: Our lucky chairs got refilled and bring you summer-y little things for photoshootings, your home and your avatar :-)

So for this summer season, you’ll find the following things with just a little bit of luck – or a friend’s TP right when you letter posps up (we all know how it goes :-D):

  • (*chanimations “SingBird” props&pose set (see above) includes a highly detailed canary cage and 3 poses,
  • (*chanimations “A retro-Valentines” has been in the chair since Valentine’s day, but how could I take out THE typical photo set for the “Summer of Love” ;-)
  • !dM DiamondLingerie in Absinth has been available as well since Carneval – but the fresh lime color just can’t be missing during this summer, especially since it matches this weeks lemon&lime gift so perfectly :-D
  • And in addition to both pose sets in the chairs, you could win a larger canary cage with 3 birds as additional decor for your photo shooting set,
  • or a sunflower vase that allows for different sunflower options and vase colors.

And as usual… there’s a good chance or or the other new thing will find it’s way into the chair ;-)

Enjoy!

PS:

In case you missed friday’s notice, don’t forget to grab your summerGift at at (*chanimations or deviousBeauty!

The Scent of Summer!

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I’ve been very hesitant in the attempt to conquer my huge inventory mess. Cause it is REALLY messy. And I’m sure there is about 30k items that could as well be deleted, copy of a copy of a copy of a copy type prims from building – you get the idea. While working on a costume and desperately trying to find stuff in the mad folder-structures, I ran across this build, which was a possible option for (*chanimations FruitFetish! #07 before the prop turned Kiwi ;-)

At any rate – would be a shame to let it just rot in inventory unseen, so I’ll make it a groupGift :-) Make sure to stop by deviousMind and get yours at (*chanimations or deviousBeauty!

<3 Chandra

PS: The summer costume is finished too!! Well… almost.. still boxing it up ;-) So likely tomorrow :-D

“Happy Valentine’s!”

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…with lot’s of Love!

I would like to send a special big Kiss out to the grid to everybody who’s been supporting us throughout the time ever since it all started with a little poses-in-a-photostudio venture way back when in Abraham sim… So much has happened since then, and we’ve met so many new people from all over the world in you! We truely appreciate every single feedback, compliment, question and notecard, all your gorgeous entries to our photocontests and beyond all that: YOU!

As a big “Thank you!” for sticking with us for another year, we’d like you to have a little present through our update group, so make sure to get it in case your messages capped in-world!

Wishing you all a wonderful day!

Oh and because I’m sure you’d like to know what it is, here it comes:

“Everybody wants her…”

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“The Queen of Hearts”
(*chanimations and deviousMind GROUPGIFT
Valentine’s Day 2011
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It’s again that time of the year… and yes, (unlike last year) this time we go full on red too, while trying to make the present as timeless as anyhow possible!

“The Queen of Hearts” photoset is both our Valentine’s present to our update group, and the reason why all official Valentine’s realeases will be released just VERY short before the actual 14th this year – it kept pushing my creativity from one thing into the next into the next and kept me quite busy these days!

We’ve added the present as well to our “Queen of Hearts” couture release as little add-on gift to inspire your creativity :-)

The gift set 2011 includes the following photography props and poses:
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POSES and PROPS (no mod/no transfer):
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Poses:
• (*queenOfHearts,
• (*queenOfHearts (alternative),
• (*queenOfHearts (alternativeBig),
• (*queenOfHearts_fingerA,
• (*queenOfHearts_fingerA (alternative),
• (*queenOfHearts_fingerB,
• (*queenOfHearts_fingerB (alternative),
• (*queenOfHearts_fingerC

Poses come in multiple variations so you will hopefully find one that matches your avatar shape best. If nothing works for you, try adjusting the length of arms and width of shoulders on your shape, usually that will help!

Attach:
• (*chanimations – “Queen of Hearts” redRose,

Rezz:
• (*chanimations – “Queen of Hearts” (fullBody) – 3 (+3) PRIMS,
• (*chanimations – “Queen of Hearts” (upperBody) – 4 (+3) PRIMS,
• (*chanimations “Queen of Hearts” multiPosestand (optional) – 4 PRIMS

As usually, sit on the rezzed card prop, and pose-menu appears when clicking the box again. The poses can be adjusted to your avatar size by chatting /1a in local chat while you are sitting on the prop. Alternatively, activate the included gesture and use F10 as Hotkey to access the adjustment menu, or go old fashioned with the posestand (responds to /1 hide and /1 show)

CARDS:
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One allows you to go for full body shots, while the other will ‘cut off’ the lower part of the body to simulate a playing card style design. For both cards, try to take your picture as frontal 90° as possible, so that the background is evenly square and not distorted by perspective.

For the upperBody card, you can keep alpha-textures attachments to achieve the intented effect, a full non-transparent prim will not go invisible though, so you will need to detach those types of prims for the proper display.

TEXTURES:
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All textures have been created by Chandra Meehan for (*chanimations and deviousMind. Please inform us if you find them used by anybody not connected to us and help protect original content.


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Searching for a fun pose that’s not everyday-standard? Something
to provocate? Searching for poses for artistic shots? Searching for a bit of
nostalgic flair?

You found it!!

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and share your pictures with us! We’re sooooo curious for your creations :-)))

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A little gift for “A Smokin’ Halloween!”

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Halloween 2010 -
pinUp Style of course!

It’s heading towards Halloween – and you all totally deserve a big THANK YOU! with a huge hug and present tied to it for sticking with our update groups throughout the unexpected extended summer break.

So here it is, for “A Smokin’ Halloween!” kinda way ahead of the holiday, but I thought the early gift will allow you to have some time to actually play around with the poseprop and create own halloween greetings and messages for your loved ones as well without any time pressure. :-)

The gift will be available through our update group as long as SL permits, and after that during October/November in our Lucky Chairs at deviousMind sim.

Hope you’ll enjoy!
<3 Chandra

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PS: Worn in the picture is of course !dM “Miss Sally”, along with Lucille ankle boots from Stiletto Moody and hair (with a way-too-complicated-name-to-recite-by-heart) from booN ;-D

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