Looks like there are new options opening up for new residents of Second Life.
Avatar Island offers a new resident orientation island, complete with a way to generate a personal avatar likeness of yourself without the need for any advanced Second Life skills. All that is required for creating your realistic self is a postage stamp sized passport photo. I have yet to try this out, as most of my time is spent on the private PacRimX Islands on the Teen Grid.
If others have tried this out, please post a comment to this entry sharing your experience.