Children's play ground and Bella's place. You may ask, what is so special about THIS build? There are so many places similar to this all over SL.
Building Lilliton was a very big effort and a hard time finding a place to work on it because of the high prim count.
The next day when I returned to the IBM 6 Sandbox I was lucky to meet the creator of these remarkable miniatures: PatriciaAnne Daviau. She was immidiately prepared to answer a few questions which had come in my mind whilst admiring her work the other day. In addition she agreed to pose for a portrait and a few close up pictures in Waikiti beach. Thank you again Pat, you did a great job holding those miniatures whilst enduring the long winding posing session.
LL: Have you always wanted to build and create miniatures in SL or did you gradually come to do this?
I have always loved miniatures as a child and when I joined Second Life I thought making jewelry was the only way to create 'small things'. As it turned out I was not very good at jewelry designing. I then saw the train in AM Radio's wheatfield and the very cool cafe Tezcatlipoca Bisiani had built and decided to try modeling those. I built rural America around those pieces and had so much fun putting the town together that I kept building more. Always learning and stretching my abilities.
LL: Are good eyes and a steady hand essential for building these tiny objects? Viewing the minute details you have added in your creations is not easy with my standard mouse; I wondered how must this be whilst building?
Oh yes! Good eyes, a steady hand, and lots of patience are a must for creating these tiny builds. With tortured micro prims you have to use your eye to line up textures because the numbers just don't work. I use a standard mouse right now but would love to explore the new technologies that are available.
LL: Are you influenced by the work of other SL creators? (At some distinct views in your landscapes I thought to see a touch of AM Radio…)
I am influenced by both RL and SL artists. And thanks to AM Radio, Tezcatlipoca Bisiani, Spiral Walcher, and others I have learned so much about texturing and scale. When I see a beautiful sim or an awesome build it can inspire me to model it. I think it is so I have a permanent memory of it.
LL: Although your work is currently to admire in the IBM 6 sandbox only, did you ever participate in a more permanent SL exhibition? I mean, it would be a great loss if your work would not be kept!
I had the rural America town on display for a short time on the Brooklyn is Watching sim, and a few of my pieces live in personal residences, but I have not held a show nor are any of my miniatures on display on any sim. The problem with my builds is that to get the detail I want without using textures to create the illusion of shape, I have to use quite a few prims, and not a lot of places have the prims available to support my builds.
LL: Do you have any plans of building more in the future and if so can you reveal anything about the subjects?
I have a few towns like Tokyo downtown,the full rural America town, and the Drive-In Theater, and quite a few musical snowglobes with miniatures in them not on display in the IBM 6 sandbox. I am always looking in RL and SL for things to model or ideas to create new towns. If you have any let me know :)
A Rural USA landscape. Elements from America's past and present tastefully arranged in a tiny, but still great build.
Close-up view of a section of the Rural USA landscape, isn't this beautiful?PatriciaAnne carrying one of her delightful snowglobe music boxes. In this particular one she has created a miniature, but still very detailed steam locomotive.
What at first sight looks like an obscure unfinished miniature: the 'Tiny simple-life winter' build has remarkable details.
Tiny and easily overlooked. I would not be surprised when most people consider this item as PatriciaAnne's most wonderful creation: The snowglobe music box!
This snaphot of Pat holding a JCB digger and forklift illustrates the extreme small dimensions of her creations.
I strongly suggest readers of this Blog to have a 'Gulliver's eye' look at PatricaAnne's miniatures in the IBM 6 Sandbox and say hi when you happen to meet her.
In the repetitive few days I have visited her display stand, I have seen a constant change of exhibits, so come back from time to time!