The 3D virtual worlds are giving many people who have great vision but (in some cases) not so much dexterity the ability to create amazing works of art - beautiful, inspiring, silly, funny, etc.. KoinUP is a showcase for art created by users from all of these various virtual worlds (Second Life, Blue Mars, Movie Storm, World of Warcraft, etc.).
In most cases, users have taken either in-world photos, videos, or screen shots of their own avatars in sims they or others have created, then manipulating those photos or videos with photo or video editing software.
There is also a social networking component to the site, in that users are able to join groups, make friends ("contacts"), vote ("favorite") each other's work, and comment.
I've included above a widget showing off some of the work from the "Evocative Landscapes" group. There are many other groups focusing on avatar design, fashion, story boards, sims, color, humor, and much more. Whether you're an artist, or just appreciate art, this is a great place to go see what is now possible in virtual 3D.
Jennifer Pointer (e-mail) is in Tulsa, OK. She promotes a simple, a low-tech approach to effective online profile management, search engine optimization and social networking.