Someone asked me the other day if I had a LM to Renderosity Hair. She’s fairly noobish and she saw so many of this creator’s hair on the various Flickr streams and in ads in a lot of shops. I chuckled and explained her that it is a set of images one buys from Renderosity.com to use in SL or other artwork, but that it was not hair that is available in SL to actually wear on your avatar.
Last year, I remember being utterly frustrated after having seen a photo of Ginny for a release at Last Call with amazing curly hair that vaguely reminded me of Analog Dog, but was like 100% better than the hair being in the shops, and we had a great laugh when I finally got hold of her and I was told that it was indeed Analog Dog hair, but heavily modded in Photoshop… grrrr… It still looked like it could be available in an SL shop though. Like a fool I had been TP-ing all day hoping to find that pretty hair somewhere. So I guess I can’t blame my newbie friend for doing the same.
It made me think though. Renderosity hair is making its way fast into SL, in ads and vendor shots, and everyone and their mother throwing it on their avies in photoshop for Flickr and Koinup and such. To be honest, it is a development that I don’t like. I almost consider it a bill of incapacity towards our hair makers, like their efforts are sub par to the brushes created for photoshop art. The first few time that I saw it, I was still, wow.. nice… but I’m growing tired of it quickly and I wish that the talented photographers of SL would be better patrons to the talented hair designers around especially when they do commercial work for SL content creators….. /rant off