portrait Drawing Tutorial

How to draw a realistic eye

Step by step eye drawing tutorial. In this drawing tutorial I show you techniques I use to draw an eye.

Tutorial category: portrait  
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Tools used: Corel Painter Software




Step 1

First step: quick outline of the eye


Step 2

Step two: Adding more detail the pupil and the eyelid. Don't forget to sketch in the line at which i am pointing with red arrow!



Step 3

Step 3: add color


Step 4

Step 4: Make the edges a bit more darker! Don't make it darker where the green arrow is!


Step 5

Step 5: Add shading, but not to dark. Don't forget to blend in to lighter color where the blue errow is.



Step 6

Step 6: add shading in the eye with airbrush. Not only on the outside but a bit near pupil.


Step 7

Step 7: adding more light highlights with airbrush.


Step 8

Step 8: Adding shade at the top of the Iris and more dark slimm detail at the side and near the pupil.


Step 9

Step 9: Add shade but only at the bottom edge.


Step 10

Step 10: Add shade..eye is never just white it will always have some shade (Before that, clean all the scetches around Iris and other wished places before adding shading).


Step 11

Step 11: Where red arrows show make a bit lighter at the top but not near the eyewhite. Where blue arrow is make a bit darker and add a bit lighter at the top like blending in!


Step 12

Step 12: I cleaned up where red arrow shows and added slightly darker color to outline better. I cleaned up the bottom line where blue arrows are


Step 13

Step 13: Here is the first reflection in the eye, it must be very light and soft that you still can see the pupil and iris a bit.


Step 14

Step 14: The second reflection layer is white it can be broke in some places or be round, your choice!


Step 15

Step 15: The reflection of the eyelashes...never forget that, always look closely what is in the eye, otherwise it will not look real.


Step 16

Finishing Step: The eyelashes! Eyelashes never go same direction, some will be sticking out and some almost falling out!


Step 17

How you shouldn't do eyelashes!!! The eye is NOT A CENTIPEDE!! (please ignore red)

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