Last summer Rah-Bop completed a costume of her Dungeons and Dragons character for Anthrocon. The original design of the raven looking monster race, Kenku, isn’t like anything I’ve seen (photo below). Since we first posted about the costume, Rah has shared some tutorials for various facets of the costume, including the incredible eyes. They were made with acrylic cabochons and acrylic paints. Once the cabochon was traced onto a paper like cardstock, Rah says:
Paint your eyeball design onto the paper with acrylic paint. You can use other stuff (like colored pencils, markers) to color as long as it is not water soluble. Note that the cabochon has a magnifying effect and will distort the size of your painted image a LOT. In the photo below, both eyes are identical on paper but the one with the cabochon on it looks really different. As you’re painting, test your design frequently.
Look at how the eyelids move:
Get more details about making the eyes and how to craft articulated eyelids here and learn more about the making of other aspects of the costume here.
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