Hi everybody!!!! I took a few days off but now I’m back!!! Last week’s lesson was hair, and this week we are going to go just a bit lower than that, and stare into the soul of fictitious characters by learning how to draw their eyes! Eyes are not easy, and when you do them wrong can be the most distracting thing in your artwork. Shape, volume, symmetry, they all matter when drawing eyes!
Still, let’s not drive ourselves crazy here and crumble under the pressure. While drawing a realistic eye can be challenging, there are also simplified ways to draw an eye. This simplifications come from the knowledge of how real eyes are drawn and what defines their shape, so let’s learn the basics on how to draw a human eye first. I found 4 useful tutorials for you this time. Sometimes they overlap each other by repeating the same information, but when you find several tutorials that say the same thing, it might mean that you are on the right track.
Here are the best 4 tutorials for drawing eyes
First, let’s focus on the eyeball. Yes, it’s just a sphere, except it’s not! The iris is not on the surface of the sphere that shapes the eyeball, it’s more like a crater on the surface of the sphere, it goes deep into the volume of the eye. The pupil is on the center of this iris. This matter because you won’t always draw eyes looking to the front, and this will make a lot of difference when drawing the eye when it’s looking somewhere else.
This tutorial by GUSTAVO FIGEROA Talks about this, the proportion of the iris, and some basics on the eyelids and the eyebrows.
Now that we know how to draw the eyeball, let’s move into what covers it: The eyeball!
Here is a two part tutorial by Seiichi Nakamura, which was translated by Joel D. This tutorial takes a different approach the eyelid, but it starts with the same logical principal as every other tutorial out there: To trace the eyelid you need to follow the volume of the eyeball. This is clear when you see your eyes in a mirror. The eyelid surround the eyeball, so the easiest way to draw them is to first draw the eyeball and then draw the shape of the eyelid using the eyeball.
This tutorial takes an different path, but the underlying idea is exactly the same.
You can see what Joel D does, and some more translations of Nakamura’s tutorials HERE
Now, not all eyelids look the same, and learning how to draw them differently can be a challenge. Still, here is a tutorial by Han Ji Hye where she shows different types of eyelids and talks about the main differences between asian and caucasian/african. I found this to be pretty awesome and it makes me want to try and draw asian eyes. I’ve always been scared of trying because I couldn’t understand what made them so different, but now I do!!
Now, the eye is not floating in space. Its inside a skull. The shape of the skull affects the shape of the eyelids and everything surrounding them. What I’d recommend is that you take this good old 3d skull that we used in the head lesson, take some print screens of it and draw on top of it after pasting it in photoshop/sketchbook or whatever is your favourite software. Try to see how the cheek bone and the eyebrow affects the shape of the eyelids.
And last!!! Here’s a video that goes through some of the stuff that we’ve seen in the other tutorials, but also goes into things like placing the eye in the skull, using the hight point of the eyebrow to give some personality to the eye, drawing eyebrows and also using this to draw anime and cartoon style eyes. It’s a long video, but it’s a complete one. I left it for last because not all of us have an hour to watch this, and even though it’s useful, it is also a bit boring.
This one is by Reinaldo Quintero, also known as REIQ, and you can see more of what he does HERE. If you like half naked girls in provocative poses, you’ll love this guy. It can get a bit NSFW so watch out.
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BEFORE YOU GO, ONE MORE THING!!!
I added a pinterest board with this tutorials, some other tutorials with tips and some reference to use.