Cat can be a tough act to follow.Â When a few days ago he showed me some pictures from the sophisticated photo shoot for his reviewÂ of the new “Antonio” skins from designer Funk Schnook of FNKY!, I thought, “Hmm, these are good. Â In fact, they’re so good…that I kind of hate him…just a little…just for a minute.” Â Because this is one of those items that neither of us would gracefully concede to the other for review coverage. Â Fortunately, we play well together. Â My animosity was short-lived, I got over it quickly, I’ve moved on–and I don’t think he even noticed. Â ;)
Funk’s new “Antonio” skins comes in three base tones: Pale, Medium, and Tan. Â The skin tone can also be adjusted across a wide range via the Appearance sliders. Â As Funk told me, you can get a fairly light color even wearing the Medium tone skin. Â I am wearing the Pale skin tone in all accompanying pictures, with the color slider set to 25 (the “out of the box” setting is 50, the midpoint). Â In this first picture you see the “Baby Face” (clean shaven) facial hair option. Â Personally and quite subjectively, I think this might be the most attractive face any skin has ever given my avatar.
Two classic head hair options are available: bald and with hair. Â This is pretty much de rigeur for male skins, but wait–there’s more! Â There are no fewer than ten facial hair options: Baby Face, Baby Face Soul, Stubble, Stubble Soul, Rock Star, Rock Star Soul, Bounder, Bounder Soul, Hit Man, and Hit Man Soul. Â (In this picture, I’m wearing the “Stubble” variation.) Â I found them all to be quite realistic–not terribly surprising, given that all the beards are photo-sourced from Funk’s own. Â ”The face is actually almost all my own RL face. Â It’s all my own facial hair. Â If you try the beards, you’ll see lots of variations.Â I actually shaved them all into my face.Â People thought I was nuts!”Â How long did that all take? Â ”Well, I grew it out for about six days.Â I’m Greek, so it grows ultra fast. Â :)
“But when people saw me working on this…RL friends and relatives saw the avatar and said, ‘OMG are you making yourself?’Â Because this looks like me. Â Of course the [body] shape and facial shape are not the same, but if you see me you will see [the resemblance] right away.” Â Funk describes this as intentional. Â ”I wanted a face similar to mine and didn’t want to source material for it others may have used. Â It’s not 100% my face–I also sourced some lower rez images and hand painted. Â This skin overall is about 50/50 hand painted [vs. photo sourced], just because I’m not a pro photographer, and some of my own cam shots had really bad light.”
In the I Don’t Think I’ve Ever Seen That Department, there are also two abs options for each skin: lightly and heavily shaded. Â While I was trying on one of the skins for Funk’s critical evaluation, he warned me, “One thing with this skin–it’s really made for avatars with a thin waist and bigger chest.Â I know this can be seen as a fault, but it’s intentional. Â It’s just one of the choices I decided to make.”
When I had finally re-rezzed, with some seeming surprise he added, “Yeah, it’s not too bad actually [on you].” Â I told Funk that I did see what he meant about about the shape and proportion.Â After all, I’m a skinny guy. Â ”That’s why we have demos. Â I don’t want people buying it when it doesn’t look right [on them]. Â But for those bigger avatars like mine, it works.” Â At left you see me wearing the heavily shaded abs and the “Stubble Soul” facial hair; in the picture at right I’m wearing the lightly shaded abs. Â Although you should take Funk’s design emphasis seriously, I think the skin works very well on my slighter frame, too.
Overall, I think this is a beautiful skin. Â I’ve commented more than once that I would wear it for the face alone, but the detailing in other areas is top of class as well. Â The variety of beard styles, abs options and ability to lighten or darken the skin tone via the Appearance sliders provide great flexibility and control over your ultimate look.
Single skins are priced at?L$1750; this includes both hair and abs options for a total of four skins.? A pack of all available variations in the same skin tone (forty skins total) is available for L$10,000.Â Â Demos are available in the shop for L$1.
Available at FNKY!?(FNKY Cake 127, 58, 24).