How to draw/color a realistic colorful eye with colored pencils | Step by Step
Hi everyone, In this tutorial I will explain how I colored
this eye with colored pencils on toned pastel paper. Under the video is a list of all of
the materials and a list of all of the colors I used. I start with the sketch using an HB mechanical
pencil. Im using an HB so you can see the sketch better. I would recommend sketching
with a lighter graphite pencil like 2h or 4h. Later on before I start coloring I use
the kneaded eraser to lighten the graphite a bit. Because I don’t want to see any sketch
lines through my coloring. I start my shading with light pressure.
I will list every color I am using and for this drawing I use polychromos and luminance
pencils. I mostly use luminance pencils for the shading because they are wax based, so
they are softer and easier to blend. I use polychromos for the details, they are oil
based and color more precise with a sharper tip.
I am using a dark blue and a dark brown for the darkest colors to create a natural black.
Using only black will make your drawing look dull and flat.
I like using the polychromos indigo blue and walnut brown they are my favorite. I usually
use those for darker shading. Or if I want to naturally darken a color I use a layer
of indigo blue, walnut brown or both as a base. If I want to create a natural black
I mix those colors together. Or like now indigo blue with sepia. The luminance pencils don’t
have this kind of dark blue, thats why I’m using the polychromos. This is the first time using this paper with
my colored pencils. normally I use bristol smooth paper. I’ve noticed that this paper
needs a lot more layers.. I actually prefer smooth paper but I do like to draw on toned
paper because it really makes the colors pop. Let me know if you know any toned paper with
a smoother surface. If you are using another brand of colored
pencils. I have put links to some color charts in the description box so you can compare
the colors I have used with the colored pencils you use. I keep building up the layers gradually with
light pressure. I don’t worry about the tooth of the paper showing through because after
a couple of layers this wont be visible anymore. Now with a lighter color I shade with light
to medium pressure to blend some of the colors together and to get rid of the tooth of the
paper. The colors are a lot lighter now but I will
go over this again with the same colors with light to medium pressure and build up the
layers gradually. Thats why its important that you don’t press to hard on your pencils
because you want to be able to keep adding layers. This will be the light reflection so I lay
down a layer of white. Now that I have more layers I shade with light
to medium pressure. Don’t press too hard because otherwise you wont be able to add more colors
and layers. In the reflection on the iris you can actually
see what the person was seeing and what kind of surrounding there was. Maybe you will see
a reflection of a window, or a reflection of the camera, or in my case nature.
I blend this with a white pencil for a softer look. I use the pencil eraser to erase where I need
to. You see me going of camera after erasing to clean the eraser on a clean piece of paper.
If you don’t do that in between you will just smudge the colors instead of erasing. Now I’m drawing reflections of the eye lashes
in the iris. and I darken things with the dark blue. The
top of the iris will be darker because here will be shadow coming from the upper eye lid. When it comes to drawing with colored pencils
it’s all about layers, many layers. For this you need a lot of patience so try to
enjoy yourself while drawing. If you are new with colored pencils its important that you
practice a lot and don’t be to hard on yourself. You cant tell by the first few layers how
your drawing will look like. If you have patience and you practice a lot you will get there. What I like about the luminance pencils is
that you can layer the lighter colors on top of the darker colors. The first layers I shade with light pressure
and after building up a few layers I use light to medium pressure. The eye ball is never pure white but the light
is coming from this side so I’m using white as a base and the other side will be more
darker because of the shadow so for the first layer I use raw umber 10%. buff titanium is a very light color like an
off white color. I use this to blend the colors and smooth everything out. This is called
b urnishing and when I do this I shade with medium pressure.
I use buff titanium when I don’t want to lighten the colors t o much. This is why I love the white luminance pencil it’s
very opaque and it draws perfectly over darker colors. If you don’t want to or for some reason
cant buy a set of luminance pencils I would recommend on buying just the white pencil. I go back and forth with the colors and usually
focus on 1 section at a time this way I can focus on the details per section.
I’m adding some veins to the eye ball and later on I blend it together again so its
not to dark. As you can see I take my time I try not to
rush and I build up the layers gradually. Maybe I have a lot of patience because Im
a perfectionist 🙂 but it really is important to have patience well if you like to draw
realistic.. because every small detail counts. For the brightest highlights in my drawings
I use this white acrylic paint marker. Where the light hits the waterline there will be
a reflection, this makes the eye look a bit wet and realistic.
and some small reflections on the iris. I also use the white pencil to draw some highlights
and reflections. Once the paint is dry you can gently color
over if you think its too bright or you can scrape some of it away with a sharp point
like I am doing now. I usually draw about an hour before I take
a break and then I take a picture of my progress. Taking a picture is a great way to look back
at your drawing with a new perspective I also turn the picture up side down some times to
see if everything is correct. I noticed that the iris wasn’t quite round enough on this
side so Im correcting that a bit. A tip for you is to take enough progress pictures
along the way. To see if you are still on the right track and still satisfied When you are a beginner at drawing you might
look at others draw and copy their techniques to help you out. You know the more you copy
the more you will be able to freestyle what you’ve copied in the pass. Copying all the
time will help you and strengthen your visual memory to create what you see. So don’t worry
about copying and drawing what others do, this will help you a lot while practicing Because Im using toned paper I use white as
a base where I want the colors to be lighter and where the light hits the eye. Now with a darker color I define the crease. Now I start shading the upper eye lid. For
this eye drawing I chose to draw colorful eye shadow. So I will be using different colors
while shading the upper eye lid. Again I start shading with light pressure. I also shade
over the crease because you want to blend the crease with the colors so it doesn’t look
like a line. Now I go over the previous layers with a white
pencil with medium pressure to blend the colors and burnish for smoother effect. Don’t press
to hard on your pencils because you want to be able to add more layers.. Then I go over this again with light pressure
to add some color. When you see me using the white pencil shading
over other layers.. I am burnishing for a smooth effect and I shade with medium pressure.
When I shade with the other colors I use light to medium pressure. I went to far with the blue so to correct
I also use the pencil eraser and I erase gently so I only erase the top layer of blue and
not all of the layers. I’m using the acrylic marker to the brighten
this highlight a bit more. I’m drawing with small strokes because the eye lid isn’t very
smooth there will be some skin texture. I often search for words how to say something…
so I hope you understand what Im saying 🙂 I saw a line from when I blended with the
white pencil.. So Im erasing that a bit because I don’t want any lines.
Now with light pressure I go over it with the light skin tone color. Now Im correcting the crease a bit, because
the crease line was to thick here. You see that you can do a lot of correcting with the
pencil eraser. As long as you build up the layer gradually with light to medium pressure
and never with very hard pressure. I erase gently and then color over it again.
Im gently erasing here to create skin texture. Now it’s time for the lashes I always draw
this with a mix of dark blue and dark brown and sometimes a little black if there is mascara
on the lashes. At first I draw the eyelashes light to see
where I want them to be and later on I will darken them with more layers. Draw the lashes
with normal pressure at the begin and than reduce pressure at the end. The line should
be thinner and lighter near the tip of the lash. The faster you do this the more natural
the result. Make sure to curve them and some overlap each other. Also make sure not to
draw al these individual lashes but also some together. You see that I keep turning the pencil after
every stroke. I do this to keep the tip sharp. Some of the lashes will be facing down for
a more natural look. The ones in the center don’t have much of
a curve because you’re looking straight at them. and Make sure your pencil tip is sharp
enough when you are drawing the lashes 00:45:30Now I go over the first layer with
dark brown, again with a sharp tip. Now I another layer with sepia to darken them
more… The tip of the lashes should be lighter because they are thiner and thats where the
light hits some of them. So I only darken them below.
If I was drawing natural eye lashes I would only use these colors but now I want to draw
long lashes with mascara on so now I use black to darken some more.
For the lower lashes i use the same technique. and remember try to enjoy yourself while drawing
because patience is the key… I use the acrylic marker again to draw highlights
where the light hits the lower lash line To smudge this a bit I use my finger. Im making the eye lashes a bit thiner and
lighter on the top because I lost the thin strokes at the top when I went over it.
Now Im creating some wrinkles under the eye for some more detail and later on I will shade
over the line with the light skin tone color to blend it more in the skin Just creating a smooth transition here between
the coloring and the toned paper with the buff titanium. I’m adding a few details and that’s it.
I would love to hear what you think about this drawing and tutorial, let me know in
a comment below and feel free to share any work in progress or your final drawing if
you give it a try. Thank you for watching