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Custom Shapes (Bento & General Shapes)

As we know shapes become a vital part of our Second Life as  they do determine how our avatars look and they identify us as the "person" we wish to look like in this amazing virtual world. With the introduction of Bento Mesh Heads the creation of shapes have changed a little bit in order for us to create that look that is "Our Own". Bento creating shapes are not like the old school shapes worn on basic classic avatars, they are a little more complex. Unlike Classic Shapes they do not look as beautiful when the mesh head is removed. They look this way because with Mesh Heads With Bento Animations we now have the ability to seriously adjust our facial features to customize our over all face into a more realistic molding process, in a sense it's a virtual Worlds version of Cosmetic Surgery....And some shape designers do try to capitol on this, largely. What I never could understand is....

On Classic Avatars: 
You have a shape that is rather unique to you.
If I look at pictures of your face long enough....I can recreate your facial looks down to just about 80% which is a good enough to imitate the look and this is without copybotting a shape. The trick to it is, it's mainly knowing your way around the sliders.

Copybotting Shapes:
There is NO Legal way to claim ownership for the creation of a shape....As it is a system creation by tools of Linden Labs and Second Life. While you and I put the work into the overall look of the shape to form it to create a certain look for others or ones self there is still no binding legal claim on a system creation sadly which is why copybotters copy others shapes and sell them for astronomical prices, especially if it is someone in the fashion industry. Sad truth.

Classic & Bento Shape Creation:
While it is true that ANYONE CAN create a shape it does depend on the quality of said shape and the versatility of it. You may purchase a shape for 250L and look amazing but when doing so you may or may not have the permissions to modify the shape to fit mesh clothing which becomes a problem. You then have to purchase a modifyable shape that could cost you and additional 500L and then some creators do not allow for modifyable permissions because they want you to purchase the shape you like for your alts verses transferring the numbers from the sliders to a notecard and passing it around from your alt to alt(s). Theoretically, if you like a certain shape designers shapes you will continue to purchase them because with alts you have the ability to change character and explore Second Life in the darkest of corners without scrutiny and your privacy is totally protected of course depending on how many people you let in on the "dirty" little secret  that the alt is yours.


Back to Bento Shapes:
While Classic avatar shapes shape and mold our avatars classic body and face look with the choice of slider positions which on this shape is far more critical in the over all look but with Bento Mesh Heads and Classic Mesh Heads you have a different type of control with your shapes sliders. Mesh heads will change things like eye shape and mouth shape while with Bento you have Cheek, Chin, Eyes, Nose and Mouth shape and size control because the heads are animated and you have a wider range to build on how your avatar face looks, in some instances the Bento Mesh Heads adds a more realistic aesthetic to your over all virtual person.
The Classic Mesh Head is alot like the Mesh Body...You have limited control on the change of features. With a mesh body (Belleza is the only one at this time that I am aware of that doesnt have Bento hands) Come on Belleza catch up and get updated!! With a Mesh body you have control over the basics like hands, boobs, hips, thighs, arms, legs and feet sizes, its pretty basic but with that said how much more can one do with a shape as far as the body parts is concerned? As I said it comes back to the Classic Mesh Heads, they are the Mesh Body for your head. I purchased a Bento Head on VioletCrush Resident and I still have my Classic Head as well as on VioletCrush Bravin but I only have the Classic Mesh Head on Bravin which eventually I am sure that I will update that to a Bento but it isn't a priority at this time, just like I will add the Maitreya Body to Bravin and the Belleza bodies to Resident at a later date.

Classic Shape Prices VS. Bento Shape Prices:
Some designers feel that it an absolute must to charge 800L and above for a shape because it is either a pre-designed shape or one that is commissioned as a custom shape.
My opinion is (as a person who wears both Classic Shapes and Bento Shapes alike) Classic Shapes with full mod and copy perm shouldn't cost over 300L because Mesh bodies are popular and not many are commissioning shape designers to make them an original Classic Shape. And for Bento Shapes I do not see paying 5500L and up for these shapes. I figure if you get a Mod/Copy perm Bento custom you should pay approximately around 2500L or 3000L being the max and the reason I say this is because a Bento shape is primarily a custom shape. You have to work one on one with a customer to make sure that they are happy with the face as the face is the biggest issue on a bento shape. I'll post a photo of a Classic Body Shape then a Bento shape on a classic skin and then with a Bento Mesh Head to show how differently they look when the head is removed. It's a bit scary lol.

                                           CLASSIC AVATAR SHAPE

Bento Shape On Classic Avatar

Bento Head On Classic Shape

Bento Head On Bento Shape

So as you can see there is a DRASTIC difference between Bento Shapes and Classic Shapes!


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CLASSIC AVATAR SHAPE
What you get with the shape(s)
You will get a No Mod, Yes Copy, No Transfer Shape - Only 1
You will also get a Yes Mod, Yes Copy, No Transfer Shape - Only 2
The reason you get two is because sometimes we know what fits us and what wont.
 I preach "ALWAYS MAKE A COPY OF SHAPE BEFORE EDITING IT!"
So, because we are human I've decided that providing you with two modifyable copies is the best solution to the problem, but I do suggest to still make an extra backup copy because we also know that sometimes Second Life eats our stuff too!
You CAN use a NON-BENTO Mesh Head With The Classic Shapes!

Non Exclusive Shapes, so they would be only $250L
To get Exclusive shapes (where  they are never sold to another Second Life Resident) will run you $500L
Now, keep in mind that you purchase an exclusive shape but that doesn't guarantee you 100% that someone wont copybot you and reproduce your shape because we know how them damned old copybotters are!
I'd honestly suggest just going with the non exclusive shape to be honest so you aren't upset when you see your face on another resident, which would still be frustrating none the less. 


BENTO MESH HEAD SHAPE FOR BENTO MESH HEADS
What you get with the shape(s)
You will get a No Mod, Yes Copy, No Transfer Shape - Only 1
You will also get a Yes Mod, Yes Copy, No Transfer Shape - Only 2
The reason you get two is because sometimes we know what fits us and what wont.
 I preach "ALWAYS MAKE A COPY OF SHAPE BEFORE EDITING IT!"
So, because we are human I've decided that providing you with two modifyable copies is the best solution to the problem, but I do suggest to still make an extra backup copy because we also know that sometimes Second Life eats our stuff too!
You CAN use a NON-BENTO Mesh Head With The Classic Shapes!

Non Exclusive Shapes, so they would be only $2000L
Non-Exclusive shapes are not tweeked to perfection as an Exclusive would be since it is an Exclusive verses a Non-Exclusive shape. You basically give a brieft idea of what your looking for and we do the best with that to give you a beautiful shape that will be resold.

To get Exclusive shapes (where  they are never sold to another Second Life Resident) will run you $2500L
Will NEVER Be Sold To Another Resident In Second Life!

Now, as far as Bento shapes go...I will NOT make claims that I do not know to be true here. Once upon a time when Mesh came out and Scripts ran rapid on the grid you were unable to copybot Mesh And Or Scripts, so with that said I am not certain of copybotters being able to copybot a shape that is under Mesh. I would say I don't THINK they can but we also know the door is always revolving with new opportunities and theft abilities. My suggestion comes with personal experience and that is that I do have an exclusive shape created by me and I have used mesh bodies and heads for a very long time now and I have yet to see a duplicate me, however that doesn't mean anything. This would be a learning experience for you and me.

Now, your wondering why the price differential and why so high on the Bento Shapes. 
Firstly, these are cheap compared to ones I have priced for custom shapes for the Bento Mesh Heads. I've seen some being sold for $4000L and I just can't wrap my mind around them being that expensive, especially since I can buy it, you can buy it, your dog can buy it and my cat can buy it so virtually EVERYONE can purchase your shape and become the Stafford Wives or Husbands, pretty scary stuff there.
When doing a shape, especially a custom shape you need to tweek it until the customer is happy. Which means you tweek and design the face then you pass a no mod no copy no trans DEMO to the resident that is wanting a sexy super model look and they have to see if on their avatar and their Bento Mesh Head. I have the Lelutka Simone Bento Mesh Head so my guess is what it looks like on me, may be a bit different on another Bento Mesh Head so you have to go through a tweeking process to make the customer happy. You will end up with several demos from this process but that is ok that shows how the process was changing to make your avatar the most beautiful avatar that you have ever had and so you can appreciate the shape you purchased for a very long time.

Bento Mesh Head Shapes Are Basically All About The Resident Purchasing The Shape...You Want Them To Love It The First Time And All Of The Time.

So in short the reason the Bento Shapes are much higher is because they are a work in progress meaning you spend several hours with a client to ensure they have a product that is money well spent.


Please feel free to contact me on VioletCrush Resident for a FREE Exclusive Shape (Classic & Bento) consultation.
Send me a notecard telling me what you are considering for your avatars look to be and I will make an appointment with you to discuss what you have in mind that you want your avatar to look like.

Please know that if we cancel and reschedule two times the third appointment will be requiring a $1000L Retainer that is Non-Refundable for my time. You also may wish to remember that each no show will generate an extra $500L per reschedule as my time is just as valuable as your is too. 
After 6 consecutive cancellations I will no longer reschedule with you!


Thank you for your interest in 
M'era Luna Couture's Custom Classic And Bento Mesh Head Shape Creations!!


















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