Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Second Life Avatar - Representational Self-Portrait

Assignment #5

Second Life Avatar – Self-Portraits

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New World Notes - Online News Source for Second Life

Avatar Representational Self-portrait

Sign up for a free account and get acquainted with Second Life. Go to and sign up!

The project assignment involves the creation of a purely representational avatar/self portrait in the online community “second life”. Use the change your appearance functions to essentially create a mirror image of yourself. Either create or find clothing items that work for your self-portrait/avatar. Think of the tools available as a new type of drawing system – use the “edit” “appearance” functions to create the most realistic, representational depiction of the self.

An avatar, (from the Sanskrit word for "a form of self", commonly used in many Indian languages) is a computer user's representation of himself/herself or alter ego, whether in the form of a three-dimensional model used in computer games, a two-dimensional icon (picture) used on internet forums and other online communities. (Wikipedia)

As you first engage Second Life you will notice that avatars tend to be flamboyant, exaggerated, alternate personas that are fantastic, idealized selves. Your assignment is to take a different approach to avatar creation – by developing a humble, realistic self-portrait as avatar, you will be creating a vision of the self that adheres to reality, rather than escaping from it.

Visit the blog, watch the linked videos, read the articles and conduct some basic research online regarding Second Life. Become familiar with the basic functioning of this online community.

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