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This is a short video to show you some tips for making your sculptures the same on both sides.
The biggest problem I have when doing an animal sculpture is getting both eyes in the same place, the same size, and looking in the same direction. (Is that three problems?)
I used these tricks today to help me with my goat’s eyes. When I looked at her face from the front, I knew the eyes weren’t quite the same. But what, exactly, was different? How could I fix it? That isn’t always easy to tell.
After using the first tip in this video, I’m much happier with my goat sculpture, and I thought it might help you, if you have this problem, too.
The ‘acetate alternative‘ trick would work just as well if you have an empty picture frame with a piece of glass. It is a bit fiddly – you draw on the shapes with your dry erase marker while keeping your head absolutely still, and when you flip it over and look at the other side you’ll need to move your head around to get the drawing lined up with the sculpture.
This was especially tricky when I worked from the front of the goat. I held my right eye shut while I drew the edges of the sculpture onto the clear plastic, and made sure to mark the center line. Then I flipped the plastic over, lined up the drawing’s center line with the sculpture, and closed my left eye so I could see how the outside edges were different on the sculpture and the drawing.
Like I said – it’s a little tricky, but it was worth the extra effort.
I do sometimes us a mirror, too. It’s the trick to start with because it’s easier, and sometimes it’s all you need. For my goat problem, it didn’t really help much and I had to move on to the clear plastic in a frame.
I also sometimes take a photo of my sculpture from both sides, flip one of them in my editing program, and then superimpose one image over the other one, with the top image set at a lower opacity so I can see through it. That should help, but I usually give it up after messing with it for way too long, because just a very minor difference in where the camera is held can change the image enough to keep them from lining up correctly. The acetate trick looks like more work, but it seems to help me more. Your results may vary.
Please let us know if you have any tricks that help you get your sculpted eyes in the right place and the right shape.