Four Eyes? You’re not doing it right

May I raise a question. It’s a pretty simple one. It’s one that’s been bothering me for a while. And here it is. Why would you give a alien creature your making four eyes?

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Here’s an image of an alien from the game Mass Effect. I love you Bio Ware but I have no idea how giving anything, four eyes like this would make any sense? …Maybe this isn’t a simple question. Here, let me nit pick this for you.
Humans have binocular vision, meaning we have two eye that are use together as a pear. This allows us humans to track one thing at a time and have pretty good depth perception and such. It looks something like this

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Simple right? Okay so now someone could argue: well if you have four eyes, it could allow you to track two things at once. And yes, that is most likely true. But if that’s so, why hasn’t nature taken advantage of that? Out of the many many animals,  only one  creature has more then  two eyes, the arachnids.

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That’s right! Spiders! (I hate spiders…-shutters-) But why do these little creeps have so many. Well—did you know that spider’s can’t turn their heads? (Except for jumping spider’s. But they’re just weird.) No I didn’t, you say. Well now you do. Notice where these spider’s eyes are? No? Let me show you a better picture.
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This love picture proves my theory.

So there’s one good reason not to randomly slap on another set of eyes. If your alien or whatever creature your make, can move it’s head to pin point a sound and focus on it, then it probably doesn’t need another pair of forward facing eyes. It’s redundant.
That also brings my attention to another point. Let’s say  you argue that  your creature cant’t move it’s eyes instead. So to make up for that, it has extra eyes. Well here’s where I kill your idea with—

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Little art tip

Okay have you ever tried to draw something but no matter how hard you tried you just couldn’t get it right?

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Graaaaaa!!!!!!!

Were you trying to draw said something with just your imagination and imagination alone? Well if that’s the case that may be the problem. There is absolutely nothing wrong with using your original thoughts to create something but sometimes it’s good to use a reference.

I myself usually use some form of reference or a guide when I’m drawing an action pose, when I’m trying to figure out muscular related things, or when I’m trying to make it look realistic.

⇓Take this image here for example⇓

boredom_by_e3tv-d71ooy5 Drew this about year ago. I was have a little crisis with bat wings working with a human body. I write stories and I have a character with bat wings. It’s my pet peeve not knowing how things might work so here’s my attempt at making this work in my head.

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How to make original sounding ideas

BOOM.

INSPIRATION.

I GOT IT!

Wait no I… Dammit. Lost it.

Okay, how many times have you thought you had a great idea but then you lost it *Snapping sound* like that? Or worst… Someone already came up with that idea. Oh…really? They did? ……………..Shoot. Okay. Now what?

Well you know what? I’m here to tell you that taking someone elses idea isn’t always a bad thing.

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Okay, obviously you can’t be like “Oh I like this, I’m going to use this whichever way I please. Thanks for the idea.”

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NO, you can’t take someones whole idea and use it, but you can take pieces of it.

Let me explain in more detail. You see an idea you like a lot and you’d like to use it somehow but you don’t want to be a copycat. So instead of take the whole idea, you take a part of it and modify it with your own ideas. That’s how idea’s are usually made now-a-days. Pretty great, right?

Well here’s another trick. Even when you take an idea and modify it so it’s different, it may still be recognizable to the original idea. There’s nothing wrong with that. Just look at smart phones. They are all almost exactly the same with the exception of a few features. But if you want your idea to seem really original, it’s time we made a Frankinstein.

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Yes my idea lives!!!!!!!

But really, “frainkseinning” is a good method for making original sounding ideas.

This pretty much how you do it. You take little parts of a lot of other ideas and you put them together in the order you like, then zap it with some brain power and it lives!!!!

I use this method a lot myself when I write or draw. It’s great and I’ve actually won a writing contest for a story I wrote, and guess what? I used the methods I just spoke of!

All you have to remember is the difference between stealing an idea and modifying one and making it your own.

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