The eyes are arguably the most important part of the face when you're making a cut-out set. I typically divide each eye into 5 to 10 parts, nearly all of which I like to make from skirts:
1. Eyebrow* - Something swishy or pleated creates the illusion of actual hairs.
2. Eyeball* - I like to use plain white pencil skirts.
3. Iris* - I like to use skirts that are sparkly, have a subtle pattern, or are pleated to make the iris more complex.
4. Pupil* - It's a black circle. Polyvore has one under the embellishments section, but I prefer to make my own from a black skirt.
5. Eye shadow - Not all cut-out sets will require this. See-through watercolors also make very nice eye shadow.
6. Upper lash line* - Again, I typically just cut out a plain black skirt (I'm boring) :)
7. Lower lash line - Not all cut out sets will require this. Often a lighter color than upper lash line.
8. Crease - Again, not all sets will require this.
9. Iris sparkle - Often blue or green eyes are highlighted at the bottom of the iris. (The best transparent sparkles can be found by searching for "sparkle" in the Background category.)
10. Reflection - Usually to the top or side of the pupil. (Can also be found by searching for sparkles.)
Of course, this I just how I do it, and there are many different ways. I usually try not to use all 10 parts on each eye to avoid hitting the 50 Item Limit before I'm ready. Asterisks mark the parts that will almost always be necessary.
PS Sorry this set isn't the most attractive, I hit the upper item limit :/
So I just watched all of Legend of Korra in one sitting yesterday, because that's what cool 17-year-olds do over spring break .... right? Anyway, I LOVED it but I had one problem, which was the way Amon's portrayal compared to Tarrlok's. Both were prejudiced extremists, and neither was exactly a"good guy," but it pissed me off that Amon was shown as the villain to the end, while Tarrlok evolved into a weird sort of hero martyr. Obviously, Amon was going about things the wrong way, fighting violence with violence and behaving quite the hypocritical zealot, but it seemed to me like the non-benders *were* being oppressed and probably did deserve more representation. I just wish Tarrlok's McCarthy-style treatment of the Equalists had seen more screen time.
Anyway, I have a feeling most of my issues will be addressed when Book Two shows up. I realized I sound super rant-y, but I actually love the show and plan to go back and watch all of Avatar now (Yes, I realize that's the wrong order. Whatever.)