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I'm modeling a Jaguar animal. How do I model the eyes? Look at the front view. The left line of vertices isn't aligned right, the end shouldn't be touching the nose, I want it to be aligned exactly like the right line. How can I achieve this? http://pasteall.org/blend/index.php?id=47801 here's my file

Simply put, I want both eye loops to be aligned with the Jaguar's eyes. Why did my reference photos disappear all of sudden?

Sorry, I'm new to Blender. Should I use images that are perfectly aligned, where the front or side is aligned perfectly with my view? Will they make my modeling faster and easier? Or is any image fine? What do you guys suggest?

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  • $\begingroup$ Can you please take a screenshot? $\endgroup$ – HappyBlenderUser Sep 14 '17 at 3:10
  • $\begingroup$ You can download my blender file, it has 2 reference images in it. I gave the link from pasteall.org $\endgroup$ – Reptilian Sep 14 '17 at 3:23
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    $\begingroup$ The reference images aren't there. You'll need to pack them into the .blend. To do this click File -> External Data -> Pack All Into .blend. Then upload your file again. And please consider using Blend-Exchange instead of pasteall. Blend-Exchange offers permanent storage. $\endgroup$ – Duane Dibbley Sep 14 '17 at 4:09
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    $\begingroup$ Welcome to Blender Stack Exchange! If you're not used to how Stack Exchange sites work, understand that they are each a Q&A database. If your question only applies to your specific situation, other readers are unlikely to benefit from reading it. "Help with my model" is a really vague title. Half the users here are probably seeking help with their models. Perhaps "How to align vertices on a symmetrical model" would be a better title? Other users with similar questions can search and find yours. Speaking of which, have you searched to see if an answer exists already? What have you tried? $\endgroup$ – Mentalist Sep 14 '17 at 5:23
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Ohh, animal modeling! My favourite! :D

From my experience (and I have modeled many), the most crucial aspect is aligning your reference images properly. I use the Images as Planes addon to create the images and then align the different views as well as possible. Only then I start modeling and it becomes decidedly easier.

Selection of good references is also important - don't use close-up shots, but rather zoomed ones, because they will have much less perspective distortion.

If you're interested, I made a video tutorial showing this process. It is still old blender (2.49), but the general concepts and workflow are still the same. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zufMhsMi7jE&list=PL_XAV9LtBOVwG1crtM4npRrGWzzf4a-Ib

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  • $\begingroup$ Curious... is there a reason you use Images As Planes instead of enabling Background Images? $\endgroup$ – Mentalist Sep 14 '17 at 12:53
  • $\begingroup$ Yes. I can freely align the planes in any way, which is not possible with background images AFAIK. Plus I can have an unlimited number of them active at the same time. $\endgroup$ – HENDRIX Sep 14 '17 at 13:01
  • $\begingroup$ I get what you mean. Sometimes there's an arbitrary angle you want to align to, and BG Images don't allow for arbitrary angles, except when oriented to the Camera. I've tried Images As Planes too, but I found that the inability to control the transparency, as well as the fact that switching to Wireframe Viewport Shading makes the image planes invisible made it impractical for me (I work in wireframe a lot). What I did find to be a good workaround was using Empties that are set to display as Images instead of Plain Axes, and adjusting the transparency as needed. $\endgroup$ – Mentalist Sep 14 '17 at 13:31
  • $\begingroup$ I'm not sure if it's because the jaguar is slightly turned to the side, but the left line of vertices (your left ) near the nose, isn't aligned as I would like it to be. If nobody could read that, because it was hard to paint good letters: (1) I want this, to be here. (2) But at the same time, not move this. Basically, I want to move the left (your left) part of my mesh, even more to the left, BUT without moving the the right (your right) side, which I don't know how to do. I want to post an image but I don't know how to on this website. [imgur.com/8AwJ4aq] $\endgroup$ – Reptilian Sep 16 '17 at 1:57
  • $\begingroup$ Either move your view so that the model is rotated until it matches the head on the photo, or just find a straight front view. Hint: google "jaguar portrait", or search for references on flickr.com. $\endgroup$ – HENDRIX Sep 16 '17 at 11:06

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