10 Second Tip: The Pupil Drop

Kevan Shorey was kind enough to send along a terrific tip regarding pupil movements during blinks. By allowing the pupil to drop and resolve along WITH the lid, you can add a subtle bit of animation that instantly injects life and soul without much extra work!

Originally tweeted as an #animtip, Kevan had this to say about the pupil drop:

animtip Tweet about pupils in blink animations
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Being a visual fellow, I asked for a bit of image-explanation and Kevan was kind enough to follow up with this.

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The next time you have a close-up shot, why not try this nifty tip to see just how much it adds to your scene? Remember, it’s the little things that take animation from good to great!

Kevan Shorey is an animator with Dreamworks who graciously shares his years of wisdom and experience online @kevanshorey and on his blog found here. A huge thanks to him for this clever addition to our animation skillsets!

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Sabina K

I tried it out, it really adds something! Thanks for this! 🙂

Josh K

Personally, I don’t like it. Human eyes just don’t do that. There are other ways to brink life into a blink such as slightly moving the eyebrows down, moving the cheeks up, or slightly turning the head.

CGI Calvin

turning is always better but the drop works good to.


hi this is a nice tip..

and i have small issue about lids….from the start to end of my scene i always keep a little movement on lids then only i feel the eyes are alive ..is it wrong ,,,,r i can hold some frames ..when i have to hold exactly…


I think it looks really good, I just tried it. Except like said if it’s far away then it looks terrible ha ha.


Cool tip by a cool guy. 😉