OCAD Studio: Drawing Eyes

  • This lesson will introduce some basic concepts to help you tackle eyes in portrait drawings and paintings.
  • I find it helpful to begin with the line of the upper lid as it meets the eyeball.
  • This shape can vary a lot from person to person but it always tends to be a bit asymmetrical – so keep an eye out for this!
  • You can now lightly add the shape of the bottom lid.
  • Then you need to figure out the thickness of the eyelids – this is really important for making the eyes have enough dimensionality.
  • Now you can shade in the darker tones and shadows.
  • In normal circumstances, the eyes are lit from above which means the bottom of the top lid is dark and the top of the bottom lid is light. (Hopefully that makes sense!)
  • This is a good time to find the iris and pupil, before also shading in the pupil( leaving a highlight if it’s present).
  • Finally, you now have enough information to start rendering the smaller forms of the eyes and adding details like lashes.
  • I also recommend looking for light reflecting up into the iris (usually from below) as this always creates a more lively impression in a portrait.
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