Avatar Bonnie Vedmore (2009)

Second Life Avatar BV

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Essentially avatars are dull grey things constructed from three dimensional shapes known to the ancients as the platonic solids which when assembled in various combinations give the essential human avatar shape, overlayed on this surface is a texture, usually a jpeg file, to provide the appearance of skin .

Subsequently Second Life animateurs bring much novelty to the interpersonal relationships between avatars by articulating these solids using animation software, other residents, skilled in the use of digital design tools have created huge industries in 'skins' and virtual clothing for avatars to wear and of course virtual world architects build homes for all to live in.