View Full Version : What is the best way to model realistics eyelashes?

06 June 2005, 08:36 PM
What is the best way to model realistics eyelashes? Below is the eye I have so far, but should I model eyelashes piece by piece for the best realistics or is there a beter way.

(I have tried to use UV mapping to color and a second one mapped to the alpha channel, but the blue background shines through the lashes instead of the skin (as if the face doesn't exist)... so after 2 hours of struggling no good result yet)

Please help.
(WIP thread at:

06 June 2005, 04:23 AM
it depends on what kind of renders you will be doing with this character, but the easiest
way is creating a plane across the eye for the top and bottom lash, and apply a texture image
on that plane with an alpha channel, if you plan to do close ups such as the one in your
example, i would model them out



06 June 2005, 06:31 AM
Ok thanks, I'll give it a try to model the lashes piece by piece and by using duplicate.
I've tried the UV mapping / alpha channel, but it didn't gave me a good result... I think it's more something I'm going to use for modelling the hair.

07 July 2005, 02:15 AM
In Maya, paint effect may be a good idea.

But in game, alpha chanel may be better.

07 July 2005, 11:08 AM
This ( seems a good way but surely there's a faster way to create the lashes.

Someone know what the commands would be to a Max user to constrain along the first spline, then just scale and slide out copies along to fill out the lashes? :P

07 July 2005, 10:03 PM
I noticed in his wip thread that he is using nurbs. So I don't think he's making it for a game. Games don't use nurbs, they use polys - at least that is what I've experienced to date... Since it isn't for a game (I assume) he might as well model each eyelash. I wouldn't imagine that a plane with an alpha channel would be very effective. By modeling each hair separate, he can control the specularity on each hair from different camera angles - hence more realism.

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