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Typical Ghoul Next Door
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I've finally got some progress on this project, so I thought I'd get a thread started. :)

I posted a while back that I really wanted to do a painting that had moving eyes looking out from behind eye holes, like those you see in the old movies. I had lots of great ideas thrown around, but nothing that was going to be within my abilities that would be what I was envisioning.

DaveintheGrave was one of the posters, and he let me know that he'd been thinking about trying something similar, and that he'd be happy to experiment with the idea and send me a moving eye mechanism if he could get it to work... and he did. I'd wanted a pause in between movement, and it works so perfectly - it is a beautifully simple idea, but no one had thought of it before. (can't thank you enough, Dave!)
Mechanical: - Moving Eyes Mechanism

So I have the pupils (courtesy of Terra's eye patterns-full tutorial here, but I used ping pong balls) and gloss coat on the eyeballs complete:



I had a large frame picked up from the thrift store that I spraypainted black and then did aging with gold metallic paint.


I am doing the painting on cardboard, and mounting the eye mechanism on plywood that will be behind the cardboard. The screw mount will be behind, but the screws will be hidden behind the cardboard.

Here is the beginning paint job of "Mortimer"




And the finished version - still have to do the clear coat to simulate the varnish.
Updated final paint pic - had to fix the highlights and I adjusted the colors on screen for a more accurate color portrayal. 6/14



I haven't painted in quite a while, so I wasn't planning on Mort being really detailed - sort of a primitive style portrait, and I think he turned out rather well. I am a graphic designer, and used to be a fine artist, but it's been a while since I really sat down and did "art" that involved handwork and not a computer... :rolleyes:

Hope to get the eye holes cut into the plywood and mount the eyes tomorrow if I'm lucky.

Still have to get side panels to mount on the frame to increase the thickness of the frame itself as the motor needs about a 6-7 inches clearance from the wall. I figure on getting some wall molding to mount and then paint up to match the frame and it will look just fine. :)

I'm really really excited about this - can't wait to get it completed. It just may go up now, and stay up until Halloween. :D
 

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Wow! Your painting is really looking GREAT, FG !!
That looks as good or better than some paintings I've seen done on canvas. Great job!
I think that's going to turn out to be a really fantastic prop!!
Keep the pics coming!
 

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Painting looks awesome, this is going to be a very cool prop, and i cant wait for dave's eye how -to, that mechanism is beautiful in it's design and simplicity.
I think there is alot of potential in that little gear motor, and dave is leading the way.
 

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Awsome FG, now I can't wait to see it in action! You gonna post a video?
 

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Looking great
I have a portrait that I have used in my haunted house for several years.
It is from the Disney concept though.
I mounted a portait of a lady on cardboard. I cut out the eyes and mounted them about 1/2" behind the eye hole cutouts. I mounted a small light just below the eyes on the inside to make the eyes glow. When you walk past the portrait, the eyes appear to follow you. I want to construct another portrait this year where the eyes actually move just like the one you are doing.
How are you going to build the mechanism to move the eyes?
 

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Nice work!

I am a big fan of animatronic movements, and this very nice work.....

On a similar note, for those of you not saavy with mechanical design or animationics, you could make a similar illusion by using plastic ping pong balls cut in half....paint an "eye" on the inside of each of the halves, glue in place, and light dimly from behind. When your patrons walk by, it will give the illusion of following eyes, no matter which angle they look at the portrait from...similar to the inverted bust design...Of course, your patrons will have to be at least 2 feet from the painting to get the effect.

Good job on the painting and the mechanics.:D
 

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craigs... you beat me to it, I was just about to say that. Now, I want to TRY it.

:eek: LQQK Mama, that painting is looking at us! I LOVE it.
 

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Thanks again for the compliments, everyone!!

I'm a fan of the "non-moving" moving eyes also, like craigsrobotics mentioned. I've had the inverted ping-pong ball eyes on my stirring witch out in the yard for a few years now. It works great!! Even creeps me out sometimes!



 

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Just wanted to do a quick post to say that I haven't forgotten this project... just had some unexpected horribleness lately.

My dad had a heart attack on Father's Day, an emergency double bypass and I had to drop everything and fly to Kentucky (home state). He's doing fine now, long road to recovery ahead, but fine. (whew!) and I'm hopefully going to be able to get back home this weekend.

Is it wrong that I think his chest staples look really cool and keep thinking of painting him green? Dadinstein!
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