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New tutorial! Making 'toony eyes! 
31st-Mar-2006 02:31 am
Raining
Its that time again!
Tutorial-time!

This time its a tutorial on making cartoony eyes using plastic bowls!


http://www.matrices.net/eyes.asp


Please let me know what you think of my tutorials, input is always helpful. I try to make them as user-friendly as possible. So let me know if anything else needs to be better-explained.
Comments 
31st-Mar-2006 10:47 am (UTC)
Neat tutorial, thanks for sharing :)
31st-Mar-2006 11:06 am (UTC)
XD i think the bowls i got were too thick when i made swyvel because there was no way any razor blade could go through them.. I had to BURN out the eyeholes with a lighter.. which was stinky... and then carve them to a circular shape which too forever.. and when i tried to cut them out of the bowl the bowl kept cracking in random areas while i was cutting them out (with heavy duty scissors) it also took me forever to cut them out because the bowl was so hard...

so yeah... don't get bowls at the $1 store in redwood city, CA... THEY ARE EVIL. XD
31st-Mar-2006 11:35 am (UTC)
great tutorial, thanks for making it :)
While beeing on the questions of eyes,
how do you get the shape even, ie nice rounded / oval shape
without a dent.

I think that some fursuit builders like whitefox might now be using some tools to make perfect circle shapes now ?
Anyone using dedicated tools and mind to share their tricks ? :)
31st-Mar-2006 11:54 am (UTC)
another question too,
where is it better to cut into the bowl ?
Where it's slightly curved, where it's mostly flat ? which orientation ? :)

31st-Mar-2006 09:52 pm (UTC)
For the eyes for the mask pictured in the tutorial, I had it so the bowl's curve was at the top of my eyes. I've also oriented it so the curve of the bowls is to the left or right edge of the eyes (like on my Treever costume, where his eyes are more squinty, and so they curve more around his face)
I added a little section to the tutorial that says: "Use the curve of the bowls to your advantage, try to match up the curve with the shape of the face of your mask."
1st-Apr-2006 12:17 am (UTC)
okie, sounds logical :)
thanks for the info :)
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31st-Mar-2006 09:48 pm (UTC)
I hope it was okay I added that as a quote to my tutorial, credit given, of course. :3
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31st-Mar-2006 11:37 am (UTC)
Moo!

Very nice tutorial, though completely different to how I do my eyes! I LOVE the eyelid trick though :)
31st-Mar-2006 11:40 am (UTC)
I think the tutorial is awesome. I have a suggestion for another one, if you don't mind. Ear clips/bands. (Let me know if you think it's a bad idea.)
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31st-Mar-2006 08:54 pm (UTC)
yes, yes, yesh! I, too, agree. It's such a nice detail.
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31st-Mar-2006 03:20 pm (UTC)
Very well done. Thanks.

My only suggestion is a minor one: Test the paint beforehad to ensure it will stick to the bowl/iris by using a scrap piece of plastic from the unused or left over bowl pieces.
31st-Mar-2006 09:12 pm (UTC)
Good point! I'll add it :3
31st-Mar-2006 04:26 pm (UTC)
Finally, a good tutorial on this subject! Thanks! :D
31st-Mar-2006 05:30 pm (UTC)
DAMN you got good timing! Just started messing around with eyes on my current project. Rock on :D
31st-Mar-2006 06:48 pm (UTC)
Yay! Thank you - I have trouble with my fursuit eyes - they need to be re-done. - except I'm going more realistic type. *ponder*
Thank you!
31st-Mar-2006 07:29 pm (UTC)
Might want to add:
you can soften the plastic bowl by running it under very hot water, or use a hot air gun then you should be able to cut it with scissors.

(I did this just lastnight, works great)

-J
31st-Mar-2006 09:44 pm (UTC)
I hope it was okay I added that as a quote to my tutorial, credit given, of course.
31st-Mar-2006 11:13 pm (UTC)
thanks for another amazing tutorial!!
1st-Apr-2006 04:09 am (UTC)
this was very helpful to me and my growing knowledge bank of fursuitness ^ ^ thanks!
1st-Apr-2006 05:01 pm (UTC)
thank you thank you thank you thank you!!!!!!! :D
1st-Apr-2006 09:56 pm (UTC)
yea!
2nd-Apr-2006 05:02 am (UTC)
i really love how closely your fursuit and drawing style match.
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