As soon as I rezzed my first prim an realised it was 50 by 50 by 50 centimeters, I realised I could use this scale to make things but to also make my avatar the same height as I am in real life.
And I’ve always been interested in trying to mimic realism in virtual reality.
So when I started building the 1920s Berlin Project, I soon decided to use the so called “Prim scale” and now pretty much everything in that sim has a 1:1 scale compared to RL.
But having such a sim made things difficult for visitors.
Making your avatar realistic is not easy in Second Life, the avatar editor is a bit wonky and the measurements not always reliable.
So I created a realistic proportioned avatar kit for visitors, filled with lots of goodies and gadgets to help you make your avatar look more realistic.
Today I’ve updated the kit, tweaked it a little and also added information and measurement prims that can help children find their right size.
You can get this kit for free at our Teleport area or simply test out the Loomis figures to see if you’re much too tall or short for your age.
Visitors to 1920s Berlin don’t have to make their avatar realistically proportioned, but doing so will help the immersive experience and keep them from bumping their heads.
We also think that it is a good thing to at least know what a realistically proportioned avatar looks like, once you know that you can of course always decide to change your look in whatever way you want.
If most avatars are realistic, someone who is small or large will have more fun standing out.
There are many devices available in SL that claim to help you measure your height but in my experience there is only one way to be completely sure; Rez a simple prim and making it as tall as you want your avatar to be and then stand right next to it, or even inside the prim.
In the free realistic proportioned avatar kit you will find;
- The two Vitruvian shapes made by Penny Patton
- Ideal Loomis proportion female 66″ / 167.6 cm
- Ideal Loomis proportion Adult male 72 inches / 182 cm tall
- Ideal Loomis proportion male 15 yrs 67.5″ / 171 cm
- Ideal Loomis proportion male 10 yrs 52.5 inches / 133.3 cm
- Ideal Loomis proportion male 5 yrs 42 inches / 106.6 cm
- Ideal Loomis proportion male 3 yrs 32.5 inches / 82.55 cm
- Ideal Loomis proportion male 1 yr 24 inches / 61 cm
- TMT Professional Pose Stand
About the Loomis figures:
Andrew Loomis made excellent drawings that explain how the human body is put together.
Of course these shapes are idealistic, but the proportions regarding height, length of arms, legs, etc, are correct.
Good luck working on your avatar.
Please remember that we do NOT demand you to have a realistically proportioned avatar in 1920s Berlin, it is just a suggestion.
Thank you Penny Patton, Tikuf Arun and Andrew Loomis.
The free kit can be found at;