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Eyeball type Posted by andycomic on Sep 24, 2011
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
Re: Eyeball type Posted by Billy D. Fuller on Sep 24, 2011
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.
Re: Eyeball type Posted by Na on Sep 24, 2011
Posted by: Billy D. Fuller on Sep 24, 2011
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.
Re: Eyeball type Posted by andycomic on Sep 25, 2011
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
Re: Eyeball type Posted by Billy D. Fuller on Sep 25, 2011
Posted by: andycomic on Sep 25, 2011
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.
Re: Eyeball type Posted by Andrew on Sep 25, 2011
Posted by: Na on Sep 24, 2011
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:

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Re: Eyeball type Posted by Na on Sep 25, 2011
That's a great description, thanks for posting it Andrew! (Note to self: find that book and read it!)
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