A Little More Personal: Alina Rubaneko

Hello gentle readers! Its been awhile, hasn’t it? Today I’m sharing my interview with one of my favorite artists on Flickr, Alina Rubaneko.

Prue: Hi Alina! Thank you so much for letting me ask you some questions to get to know you better. I appreciate your time.

Alina: Hi, Prue! I want to thank you for this wonderful invitation.

My name is Alina Rubanenko. I was born and live in Ukraine, in the big and beautiful city called Dnipro. I am an artist, a writer, YouTuber and a huge dreamer. I am 31 y.o. beautiful blue-eyed woman. I graduated from Radio Electronics College. I used to work at a telephone station, at an Internet provider company, and even at the same college that I graduated from. But I have never been happy in the realization of these areas.
I love life. This is a huge playground for creation. I love Art. What I use in all aspects of my life today. I am a freelance artist, creating oil paintings and writing a books.

PrueWhen did you first discover your love of art and how long did it take for you to see your talent?

Alina: I draw since childhood. And somehow I always knew that I had a talent. It wasn’t a discovery for me. Like all children, I loved to draw, but do it more and with a special interest.
My father wanted to be an artist, but he had to let go of this dream. He had no support in this from the family, probably it played a huge role in his life. And I inherited from him this passion for art.

Prue: Are you self taught or did you have a teacher?

AlinaYes, I am self-taught. But I graduated from art school. It was in my teenage years. I was not particularly serious about studying at that time. Years later, I took my studies in my own hands. The art school gave me a certain base. Invaluable experience. But in reality it turned out – the best teacher is myself. Practice, practice and another ten times practice. Conscious and with a serious approach.

Prue: What are some of your inspirations?

Alina:  Anything, even anyone can inspire me. It is always unpredictable and sudden. Music helps me a lot in the work process and inspires me very often. Movies and artworks of other artists.
It happens that inspiration comes when I sit down to work, in the process. When I don’t know what I want. Especially during commissioned work. I plunge into a special creative state, which is very difficult to explain. It can only be felt.

Prue: Are you active within any online games/communities? If so, which ones?

AlinaI don’t play online games. I don’t play games at all. This is very rare and in my entire life I can count no more than two games that I have passed. Well, maybe three. I used to be a part of the Sims community. And I still use this game to visualize my ideas.

Prue: What are your hopes for the future with your art?

Alina: I want to be more professional, learn more, be able to more. To be in demand and interesting to others. And, of course, making more money with my creativity.
I also want to inspire people, be useful and share my experience with others. I dream about greater happiness and prosperity for all of us.

Prue: Before we part ways, is there anything else you would like to add about yourself I may not have touched on with my questions?

Alina: Because of my many hours of practice in drawing, I spend quite a bit of time online. Truth be told, I hate social networks. I have never had a good relationship with any of them. They are very necessary for my work, but I cannot and do not want to devote a lot of time to them. So it’s hard to catch me let’s say on the Facebook or other. But I regularly post my works on Instagram, on Flickr, and doing my channel on YouTube. Also I’m always available on email. So I have not a very big and active online life, like others have.


Visit Alina’s Flickr to view more of her work and don’t forget to check out her commissions page. Below is my current piece from her for the Holidays. Merry Christmas everyone.

Saturday

Hello gentle readers!.

C88 is back with a brand new round, featuring a rainy theme. I kind of dig it, I mean, virtual rain that is. For this shot I decided to do a simple backdrop of greenery. xx

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Deets

  • Hair: Little Bones(Nova Faeyre)-Tachyon in blondes @ C88
  • Skin-Glam Affair(Aida Ewing)-Georgie in Jamaica(Catwa applier) @ C88
  • Jacket-ISON(Harry Hyx)-Jessica in Sea @ C88
  • Jeans-Addams(Amalia Rainwood)-Ornella High Rise in N*15

!Imabee @ Skin Fair

Hello again gentle readers!. Lets have another Skin Fair post, shall we?

!Imabee is participating with the Atara applier, their exclusive for this years Skin Fair.

Atara includes Shape (mod), Eyebrow Shaper, Three Eyebrow Options: dark brown, light brown & no eyebrows, System Base Skin, Maitreya Lara Applier, Slink Physique (includes hands and feet) Applier. For all those Vista bento hand users like myself, they also carry appliers for them also(they are just not included).

Technical Readout 

Genetics

  • Wig: Little Bones(Nova Faeyre)-Rema @ C88
  • Head: Lelutka(Minnu Palen)-Simone Bento 2.6
  • Skin Applier: !Imabee(Brendon Papp)-Atara in Apical @ Skin Fair(coming soon)
  • Eyes: Buzzeri(Eleri Catlyn)-Okina Eyes in Amber 
  • Body: Maitreya(Onyx LeShelle)-Lara

Wardrobe

  • Sweatshirt:Atomic(Ivy Graves)-Chill Out in Gray @ C88

Accessories

  • Glasses: Yummy(Polyester Partridge)-Lillian in Black @ C88

Skin Fair 2017: League

Hello again readers!. One of my all time favorite events is just around the corner, Skin Fair! Praise the gawds.

Skin Fair opens on March 10th and runs till the 26th of the same month. Each store will showcase new and exclusive skins, makeups, tattoos and mesh body parts.

League is participating with the stunning Lelutka applier, Amaia. Out of all the stores in Skin Fair, Nena’s was the one I looked forward to seeing most and she sure didn’t disappoint!.

Amaia’s base layer HUD includes natural eyes plus 5 eye makeups, four eyebrow colors including Black, Brunette, Red and Blond. There is also a browless option. The Makeup layers feature 3 lipstains/glosses, 3 eyeliners and freckles. Amaia also has Gloss & Satin Lipsticks in Midtones, Lights, Darks available for separate purchase. All the Amaia items, applier + lipsticks are the exclusives to skin fair. For even more information, visit Leagues blog

Technical Readout 

Genetics

  • Wig:[RA](Candela Kira)-Delina @ Whore Couture7
  • Head: Lelutka(Minnu Palen)-Simone Bento
  • Skin Applier: League(Nena Janus)-Amaia in Medium @ Skin Fair(coming soon)
  • Lipstick: League(Nena Janus)-Amaia in Untra Satin, Midtone @ Skin Fair(coming soon)
  • Eyes: Buzzeri(Eleri Catlyn)-Okina Eyes in Amber 
  • Body: Maitreya(Onyx LeShelle)-Lara

Wardrobe

  • Lingerie: Addams(malevolaaddams)-Cecilia Lace Nightgown – Maitreya – N*1 – RARE

Avatars Against Trump

Hello again readers. Today’s post is very political in nature and if its not your thing, I do apologize. For those who wish to continue, read on. 

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In the real world, I am a 28 year old gay male, who’s no beauty queen, jock, muscle god or beefy manly cake made out of testosterone; I am simply a bear cub. In my virtual world I am a glamazonian queen, my very own personal barbie. Make no mistake; my virtual me and my real me are integrally linked, we are one being. She is my female side, manifested in the virtual world of Second Life. I have always identified heavily with women, but am happy with being male. I accept both halves of my spirit and meld them into one. For this reason, I have not always been accepted, even within my own community, which breaks my heart. There’s so much prejudice in the world, somethings we just have to let go and let live, and others, we must resist. 

As a gay man, I have suffered horrific discrimination throughout my life which has impacted me in many ways, one of which is not wanting anybody else, regardless of race, religion, sexuality and so on, to have to go through the same horrors. Unfortunately we now have a President who has opened the flood gates of hate, intolerance, prejudice, racism, sexism, homophobia, Islamophobia and it hasn’t just stopped there. Now we are building a wall, and turning our backs on what America is. It sparks a fire within me to fight for all my American brothers and sisters. I will NOT sit quietly and let anybody be discriminated against, singled out or targeted. No matter how different we are from one another, know that I love you and you are not alone. We will fight this together, we are a nation of immigrants, you belong here, you ARE American. I will fight by your side, I will hold your hand, I will not let you suffer in silence. This is my pledge, my promise to all of you. We will fight, we will win. 

Please view Strawberry Singh’s Avatar’s Against Trump post, which has all the links and information you need to make up your mind if this is right for you. It was for me. Thank you to  Hamlet Au of New World Notes for propelling this movement forward and everyone participating. Please, join us. I will end this with a poem from Robert Browning, entitled, ‘Why I am a Liberal.’ It’s whats imprinted over top my image.

“Why?” Because all I haply can and do,
All that I am now, all I hope to be,–
Whence comes it save from fortune setting free
Body and soul the purpose to pursue,
God traced for both? If fetters, not a few,
Of prejudice, convention, fall from me,
These shall I bid men–each in his degree
Also God-guided–bear, and gayly, too?
But little do or can the best of us:
That little is achieved through Liberty.
Who, then, dares hold, emancipated thus,
His fellow shall continue bound? Not I,
Who live, love, labour freely, nor discuss
A brother’s right to freedom. That is “Why.”

Red for Filth

Hello again readers!. Happy 2017.

Collabor88 is ringing in the new year with a brand new January round!. So many goodies to grab and, of course, Exile is at the top of the list for moi.

Kavar brings us some fierce new years tidings with Iron Maiden and Rush. To be perfectly honest with ya’ll, Kavar rarely makes a hair that I don’t fawn over endlessly for days. I now have two more to add to that fawning list. 

I went for a different look than I normally do for this write up. I decided on a red and blond ombre to match this gorgeous Pink Fuel Vera applier. I’m not normally big on red, as im more of a blush and bashful(brownie points for knowing where that lines from) kind of gal, but today I went full force with this look. If you’re going to do it, why not commit, right?. I kind of love it, what do you guys think?.

Technical Readout 

Genetics

  • Wigs: Exile(Kavar Cleanslate)-Iron Maiden and Rush @ C88
  • Head: Lelutka(Minnu Palen)-Simone 2.0 Bento
  • Skin Applier: Pink Fuel(Mochi Milena)-Vera
  • Eyes: [theSkinnery](umazuma.metaluna)-Palermo 9
  • Body: Maitreya(Onyx LeShelle)-Lara

Wardrobe

  • Dresses(from left to right): Pixicat(areve)-Night Dress, Latex, Black & FemmeFatale.Dress, Black (Glitter) 

Gacha Guardians 2017

Hello gentle readers! 2017 is right around the corner and I keep wondering where the year went. 

Gacha Guardians is now open! There are some BIG changes, so brace yourselves(in a good way). The even is no longer store to store, but at a set location, here. That means no more hoping around, just a one stop shop. You no longer have to collect runes in order to claim gifts of the exclusive items, plus there will now be two exclusive gifts per gacha machine. You will get one of them after 15 pulls from a machine, so you have a 50/50 shot at getting one of the two exclusives. I like those odds. 

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Gos and Cae have joined creative forces to bring us the Jazz Pump gacha; a pointed pump by Gospel and glittering jewel adornments by Caelen.  There are 9 colors and two patterns to collect for the pointed pumps, of which the base is free, and appliers are what you are playing for from Gospel’s part in the machine. As you play for the colors/patterns, you’re also playing for the jewels Caelan created to accent these stunning pumps. There are 6 jewels to collect, one of which is RARE. I was only able to play a few times, which yielded two colors, Scarlet and Silver, as well as three of the jewels, Fleur Silver, StarryLight Blue and Ambrose. I’ll have to return to play it again, but for now, my poor purse has burst into flames(lol!). 

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  Mini Report

Genetics

Footwear

When the First Frost hits, Snow Fall isn’t far behind.

Hello gentle readers! After being away for awhile, im finally back to blogging and what better topic than the new upcoming December Arcade!.

Blog Update: The Arcade is now open!

Its an event we all know and love(or hate to love for the sake of our purses) and my favorite time of year for it is of course, Christmas!. Exile is participating with two fabulously wintry hair styles, First Frost and Snow Fall. The Naturals for both hairs are the rares and they have HUDS to control the ear muffs and Hat/Bow colors. 

Happy playing!.

Detailed Report

Genetics

  • Wigs: Exile(Kavar Cleanslate)-First Frost and Snow Fall @ The Arcade
  • Head: FIORE(Sanya Bilavio)-Soft 2.1
  • Skin: ItGirls(Annie Jolifaunt)-Isabeli in Summer
  • Body: SLink(Siddean Munro)-Hourglass
  • Hands: SLink(Siddean Munro)-Casual

Wardrobe

  • Top: ISON(Harry Hyx)-Wrap off shoulder weather in Light Gray
  • Skirt: ISON(Harry Hyx)-Suede in Black

Accessories