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Puppet Construction => Puppet Building => Topic started by: andycomic on September 24, 2011, 07:10:13 pm



Title: Eyeball type
Post by: andycomic on September 24, 2011, 07:10:13 pm
Should I use a realistic eyeball look on a puppet or the simple white with a black dot look. What the school of thought on this ?

Andy


Title: Re: Eyeball type
Post by: Billy D. Fuller on September 24, 2011, 07:38:14 pm
We have discussed this before and I would think that it depends on what you are going for. Sometimes the typical white eye/ black pupil looks very comical or cartoon like where a white eye with a painted or acrylic iris looks more doll like. Then on the other hand a white eye/acrylic animal eye will give a completely different look. I've heard big eyes for baby characters and smaller for adult characters. Black beaded eyes give a more sincere look. So I guess it just all depends on what kind of eyes your character looks better wearing.


Title: Re: Eyeball type
Post by: Na on September 24, 2011, 08:05:11 pm
I've heard big eyes for baby characters and smaller for adult characters.

That probably has to do with dimensions. There is a reason why babies, kittens, etc are "cute". It's that the proportions are larger in the head and eyes, and that this difference makes something seem cute (ok, I forget why exactly, but the basic idea is that younger animals have larger heads and eyes in comparison to the rest of the body). It should be explained somewhere in a decent psychology textbook.


Title: Re: Eyeball type
Post by: andycomic on September 25, 2011, 10:22:07 am
Thanks for the help. I have been spending a lot of time make some animatronic eyes for a new robot. I'll post the results when I've finished.

Thanks,
Andy


Title: Re: Eyeball type
Post by: Billy D. Fuller on September 25, 2011, 10:29:10 am
Thanks for the help. I have been spending a lot of time make some animatronic eyes for a new robot. I'll post the results when I've finished.

Thanks,
Andy

Oh goody! can't wait to see some pictures.


Title: Re: Eyeball type
Post by: Andrew on September 25, 2011, 11:59:53 am
That probably has to do with dimensions. There is a reason why babies, kittens, etc are "cute". It's that the proportions are larger in the head and eyes, and that this difference makes something seem cute (ok, I forget why exactly, but the basic idea is that younger animals have larger heads and eyes in comparison to the rest of the body). It should be explained somewhere in a decent psychology textbook.


It's not a psychology textbook, but Preston Blair's book "Advanced Animation" has a good explanation:

(http://www.animationarchive.org/pics/pbanimation17-big.jpg)


Title: Re: Eyeball type
Post by: Na on September 25, 2011, 12:10:11 pm
That's a great description, thanks for posting it Andrew! (Note to self: find that book and read it!)