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CodeBastard Redgrave and the Boudoir Rouge

I’d been meaning to post this for a while but I’ve had a full plate lately and I’ve been a cranky-pants too :p but I’m over it now so back to blogging!

I had the good fortune of meeting Codie (a.k.a. CodeBastard Redgrave) early on in my SL existence.  I could go on about how impressive her SL photography and art is, her coding skillz and just overall brainy-ness (is that even a word lol), her machinimacam and vids, the fact that she’s a content creator who can make avatar appearance things like eyes and skins and stuffs, and the fact that she was Avastar of 2007… but you know what?  All of that pales in comparison to the gargantuan generosity, kindness, and warm-heartedness she exudes.  She is hands-down one of the nicest and friendliest people you will EVER meet in SL.  Ever.

Codie began an art/photgraphy project called Boudoir Rouge, and you can view the fruits of her labor thus far on her flickr set, which I’m extremely honored to be a part of.  The set was meant to be a celebration of women in Second Life; in her own words, it is “an ode to all the beautiful, brilliant, sexy, geeky ladies of the metaverse. Pure avatar shots, in the most playful pinup style. Welcome to the Boudoir Rouge.”

It looks, however, that it may end up being much more than that.  According to her blog, she’s looking into selling the series with the intention of donating most of the proceeds to charity for AIDS research and cancer research.  It sounds like this is still very much in the early planning stages, though, so if you’ve any ideas on how to get this fundraiser project off the ground or know of some resources that can be useful in this undertaking, please don’t hesitate to speak up.  🙂

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February 7, 2008 Posted by | Fashion, Photography | , , , , , , | 1 Comment

CodeBastard Redgrave — is there anything this woman CAN’T do?!

Okay, before I say anything else, watch this machinima that Codie just released!

That was her first music video machinima ever. I would never have guessed this was her first time trying her hand at it! I’m looking forward to future vids that I’m sure will be surfacing on her YouTube channel. Do yourself a favor and go subscribe to it. ^_^

And now, let’s step back for a moment and contemplate the woman behind the avatar, shall we? She’s an SL photography artist, she runs a club (CodeRed Lounge), she runs a shop in which she sells avatar content that she’s created (Dramavatar), she’s total brainiac who is ace at scripting and other stuff that flies over my head… and now we can add machinima creator to the list.

And the best part of it all? She truly is one of the friendliest, sweetest, most gracious people you will come across in SL. 😀

Update:  Youtube removed the audio.  View it here to get the audio:  http://www.archive.org/details/BeautyIsOnlySkinDeep

September 10, 2007 Posted by | Friends, Machinima | , , , , , | 2 Comments

Finally met Codie, a.k.a. CodeBastard Redgrave

There are quite a number of people from SL who haunt flickr on a very regular basis, and many of them are incredibly talented at elevating SL snapshots to an art form.

I finally got to meet one of these people in-world a few days ago. Her name is CodeBastard Redgrave (is that a cool name or what?!), a.k.a. Codie. We’d been meaning to intercept for a while but because of time differences and obligations, that hadn’t really worked out.

Until now! Codie IM’d me and we were both free, so I asked her to come over to my house in Peraut. We chatted for a bit when Codie informed me that she’d been taking pics of me as we sat. ^_^ Then she asked if I’d be open to doing a photoshoot with her, and I was like, are you kidding?! If you’ve seen the images that she’s posted of her friends, you’d be jumping at the opportunity, too.

One of the shots Codie took in my house.

Codie suggested going with a tropical theme, so we donned some bikinis and headed out to a place called… um, I forget the name lol. (I’ll update this post when I do get that info, I’ve got it landmarked because I REALLY want to go back and explore the area, it’s absolutely gorgeous.)

I had fun during the shoot, and Codie’s sweet and fun to chat with. Sometimes I forgot to use the backslash when typing and I think I messed up a bunch of her pictures with my hands moving, but for the most part I think I was able to control my movements.

I was surprised that no one interrupted us during the shoot; there were several people in the area and I think maybe a couple of them were mildly curious as to what we were up to as we stood around and posed. There was one guy that stood off to the side for a long time, but he never approached us. I know if I’d come across two women in bikinis just standing around posing in a park, I would’ve been nosy enough to ask outright what was going on, hehe.

After Codie had finished grabbing a bunch of high-res images, she set to the task of “killing” pictures. I don’t remember the exact total but I think she said she’d accumulated about 80 pictures; some of them had to go. She whittled the collection down to a set of 51 photos, which you can view here if you’d like.

She asked me to choose two images for her to enhance in Photoshop — one of just me, and one of the two of us. I made my choices, and then she proceeded to explain to me how she goes about enhancing the images with layers, diffusion effects, the liquify tool, etc. I was really happy about that, because I have a bunch of SL images on my hard drive that I want to tackle but I’ve been unsure where to start.

After a bit, she’d finished the post-processing work and uploaded them to flickr. Yay! Here are the two images:

Melanie and Codie

May 8, 2007 Posted by | Friends, Photography | , , , , , | 5 Comments