Cica’s Drawn Town in Second Life

Cica Ghost: Drawn Town

I first came across Cica Ghost’s work as a result of Honour MacMillan writing a piece on Cica’s animated stick figures, displayed at LEA 13 from September 2012 through March 2013. Later in 2013 I visited Cica’s Rust, and fell in love with her work, which I started covering from Ghostville onwards.

I mention this because her latest piece, Drawn Town, which opened on February 1st, 2019, in some ways brings my acquaintance with Cica’s work full circle. Within it, she brings together both her familiar 3D design style and an echo of her drawings and stick characters.

Cica Ghost: Drawn Town

Set against a midnight sky and black sea, Drawn Town presents just that: a town surrounded by fields of flowers, all of which appear to have been drawn in chalk on a black board. Or perhaps a better description would be a white-on-black drawing raised from the pages of a pop-up book.

It’s a simple, delightful setting. Star like flowers rise from the darkened ground, mirroring those rising from many of the chimneys of the finger-thin houses. Roads and alleys pass between the houses and buildings, thier routes simple horizontal lines on the ground, while plazas are marked out like white-on-black chequer boards.

Cica Ghost: Drawn Town

Also scattered around and in the town are little black-and-white cars, available for anyone to jump into and start driving (just turn off your AO should you do so).  Also to be found are some of Cica’s familiar motifs: her cats, her little stick characters occupying various windows, and places to sit – such as a little café like setting in a town square, or benches by the fields of flowers.

Wrapped in a wonderfully apt quote by Maureen O’Hara, “In the beginning it was all black and white”,  Drawn Town is wonderfully whimsical, light and endearing. As per most of Cica’s builds, it will remain open through the month. Do be sure to visit!

Cica Ghost: Drawn Town

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The Two Loons in Second Life

Two Loons, Calas Galadhon; Inara Pey, February 2019, on FlickrTwo Loons, Calas Galadhon – click any image for full size

In January I wrote about the Grumpy Troll, the new café in Calas Galadhon, the magnificent 10-region park operated by Ty Tenk and Truck Meredith with their team. At the time, I suggested that a Water Horse rezzer and hitching post to encourage people partaking of the park’s ridable horses to enjoy the café in the knowledge they can resume their ride – an idea Ty and Truck adopted. I also made a casual observation on my reaction on hearing about the new venue:

Now, to be honest, when we received word about the Grumpy Troll, we both though it might be a local pub – the name ranks right up there alongside Tolkien’s Prancing Pony.

Two Loons, Calas Galadhon; Inara Pey, February 2019, on FlickrTwo Loons, Calas Galadhon

Well, Ty surprised me with an IM: “I used your suggestions again by actually putting up a little pub on Gulf of Lune,” Ty informed me via IM. “Similar in feel to The Grumpy Troll, but built around alcohol consumption!” So of course, I had to hop over and take a look at the new build – called the Two Loons – and it really is a nicely cosy place in which to spend time.

Located in the wetlands of the Gulf of Lune, it’s set somewhat apart from the riding trails, but can be reached on foot (or indeed horse back) along the raised board walks that wind their way across the boggy, wet lowlands. Sitting on the edge of deeper waters, the Two Loons offers wonderful views out over Belegaer and the Grey Havens, and back across Dimrill Dale (with the Grumpy Troll seeming just a stone’s throw away across the waters of the intervening bay).

Two Loons, Calas Galadhon; Inara Pey, February 2019, on FlickrTwo Loons, Calas Galadhon

Combining designs by Cory Edo (I believe I’m right in identifying her Piper Hideaway House and elements from the Yara Treehouse), the pub is wonderfully snug whilst also remaining open to is surroundings. The main lounge area, complete with pot-bellied stove, carries an impressive range of wine (so impressive, I’m tempted to move in!), with comfortable armchairs and sofas in which to sit while enjoying them. For those in the mood, the outer section reached via a little rope bridge offers both room to dance (look for the bird table outside to get the dances) and seating out on a deck suspended over the water, while above the main lounge is a little “crows nest” covered area again with a raised deck where views across the park can be enjoyed.

Further comfort to time in the bar is provided by the seating animation, which allow the wine to be properly enjoyed, and which offer a feeling of social comfort that is delightful to share. Plus, the use of Cory’s designs within the overall build means that the Two Loons and Grumpy Troll share a nice feeling of similarity / continuity  / homeliness that is another delight with a visit to both.

Two Loons, Calas Galadhon; Inara Pey, February 2019, on FlickrTwo Loons, Calas Galadhon

There are many, many reasons for visiting Calas Galadhon, as I noted when writing about the Grumpy Troll. With the arrival of the Two Loons, yet another has been added to the park’s attractions – and it is likely to be one I’ll be returning to frequently; it really is the ideal place to spend time at, and has already made its mark with Calas regulars.

So why not drop in and see for yourself?

Two Loons, Calas Galadhon; Inara Pey, February 2019, on FlickrTwo Loons, Calas Galadhon – with the Grumpy Troll in the background, to the right between the uprights and the sign

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