How To Draw A Realistic Eye: Narrated Step by Step


Hello and welcome to my new video, How to Draw a Realistic Eye: Step by Step in this video I will show you how to
draw an eye using a 4b pencil starting from the very beginning, the first step is to try and imagine the
basic oval shape of the eye before you draw it, so that you can place it on the
page where you wish it to be, once you have decided to the position of
the eye, sketch it in as a simple oval and then add an upper line to represent the
upper eyelid and then the lower line to represent the thickness of the top of
the lower eyelid next it is time to draw the iris, it is a good idea if you make the top of
the circle look like it’s going underneath the top eyelid and the bottom
of the circle of the iris touches or just goes underneath the rim of the
lower eyelid now it is time to add a highlight to
your eye this will be very useful later on next it is time to draw the pupil in
the center of the iris, try to make sure the highlight overlaps the pupil as
then you will have the lightest and darkest areas of your drawing working
well together I now add a line to represent the thickness of the upper eyelid and then on the right hand side of the eye in the corner I add a tear duct, this would be the corner of the eye, nearest the nose, at this stage it’s a good idea to look at your whole eye rather than parts of it and see if there’s
anything that you think needs changing to make it slightly better we already just under two minutes into
the drawing in real time and we have got the basic eye shape all planned out once you are satisfied you’ve got the
basic shape of the eye then we are going to start to add
eyelashes, one at a time, being quite forceful with the mark, so that they
don’t need to be drawn each one more than once with a 4B pencil, if you press down hard and exert more pressure of the pencil you just get
a dark line and if you’re softer, more delicate with the pencil, you get a softer
more delicate line, as these eye lash lines will stay in your drawing it is
could be confident of the marks that you make but at any stage, if you see something
that needs changing your drawing, just erase that part that you see needs
changing and improving and correct or improve that part, rather than starting
from scratch, it’s good to build on whatever you have now I start to go over some of the
earlier lines with a darker line particularly the upper eyelid and around
the circle of the iris, and now it’s time for some detail within the iris, of the lines radiating from the center of the pupil outwards, sometimes they are
continuous lines, but more likely they’re broken lines, quite complex shapes which
you can just indicate with a variety of different marks going from the center of
the pupil to the outside circumference of the iris the more of these marks that you put in
the iris, more detail your eye will show for this drawing which is quite a large
drawing of an eye it would be good, I think, to put quite a lot of detail in,
but if you were doing an eye as part of a portrait of a person then you could simplify this quite a lot because obviously the eye would be much much smaller than this sort of demonstration eye that I’m drawing now when drawing a pair of eyes in the face it is a good tip to draw both eyes together so that you draw part of one eye and then part of
the other eye and then you look at both eyes before you make a judgment about
how your drawings going when building up detail in a drawing it’s always a good idea to look at the detail in relation to the rest of the drawing so the detail works in itself but it
also helps the rest of the drawing work well so building up these marks hopefully
we’re creating a drawing where the whole image is getting stronger because of the
detail that we’re creating the center of the image drawing his way of record what you see and so to improve my
drawing I make sure that I look really carefully at what I can see in front of
me this is tricky to do because we always
think that we know what we can see but when you start drawing you find that
all sorts of shapes and connections that you didn’t realize that were there and so to draw an eye or a lemon or a
cup you start to discover all sorts of
things which perhaps you had never noticed or seen before that’s one of the reasons that I enjoy
drawing so much when drawing shapes that repeat like the shapes within the iris
of an eye I don’t think it matters too much if he
loses track of which bit your drawing as long as you look each time you draw, I
don’t think anybody’s going to notice if you draw the same bit twice, but they
might notice if you start drawing things which you can’t actually see in front of
you… so it’s always a good idea to really
look very very carefully next it is time to use the side of the pencil to create a soft mid-tone,
not dark and not light, but somewhere in the middle, that you can shade over the
detail that you’ve just put on the iris so the details still showing but now it
has a layer of mid-tone pencil on it but not on the highlight of your drawing, the
eyelid of your eye will create a shadow which means that the top part of the
eyeball will be in a darker tone than the rest of the eye so we can shade that in now, to indicate
how the shadow of the top eyelid will cause this effect to happen this shiny reflective quality of the iris and the highlight on the eye is starting to show through now, I think this is mainly because there are
layers of tone, of light and dark, and the paper which I’m using is quite bright
white paper and that’s looking brighter as you put darker tones next to it, so
we are not using any white, we are just making the things around the paper darker, and
that’s making the paper itself look brighter it is now time to shade in the darkness of the pupil in the center of your eye, this should be as flat a tone as you can
make it and it doesn’t reflect any light at all and now I have shaded in the pupil I
can start to develop the area around the eye this is a stage in the drawing where you
really want to look at your drawing as a whole thing and to see if there’s any
way that you can unify the drawing or if there’s anything that can be toned down
or simplified, so the drawing works together rather than just pieces of the
drawing working individually, so we’re trying to unify the drawing at this
stage starting to place in some tone to give
the eyelid some form so the lines that we drew at the
beginning of the drawing now become lines where the tone changes from light
to dark, so on the right-hand side of the eyelid it’s become a area of tone then on the
left-hand side of the eyelid the tone is above the eyelid, we can
continue to strengthen here so that the eye is not totally isolated, it is now in
relation to the folds of skin around the eye the more that, I guess, the more dramatic
that the image becomes, although the actual I doesn’t change it’s just a matter of changing the tone
of the drawing around the eye to give it some sort of context within a face, this drawing took just under nine minutes, so far, in real time I start to speed up this drawing now to show you the various steps to get a full tonal range I hope you enjoy this drawing and you
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