And a big thank you to Christian Arnold for his Dragon's Eye tutorial in Flow Magazine. Even though the tutorial is for boro - I did it in soft glass.
Check out my first attempt!
How cool is that? Yeah - I got the iris all swirly - but in the context of a dragon's eye - it works. The first person to bring me a live dragon that has different eyes can complain. Besides, if any of you read any Anne McCaffery's Dragon Rider series - you may remember the description of the dragons where it would say "so and so's eye whirled angrily ... " - well maybe this was what that looked like.
I used Double Helix Nyx for the stringer for the iris. Hades black for the pupil and base, and Lauscha clear for the lens. There is a layer of light ivory around the the very small white of the eye, and skin and eyelid are CiM Gunmetal.
For the actual tutorial, you'll have to get your own copy of Flow Magazine. It's the Summer 2010 issue. You can get it from their site.
And while you are there - subscribe. It's an awesome magazine!
just as a follow up - I've continued to make more of these. You can see them here on my webshots album. They make great wallpaper too.