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Uploaded: August 14, 2011
Artist: Sabertoothwolf
Difficulty: Intermediate  Intermediate Skill Level
Steps: 12
Updated: August 14, 2011
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This tutorial was requested by Dabiscuit. As flaming and glowing eyes are quite similar to draw, I've grouped them together. This tutorial only shows you how to colour your eyes to acheive a glowing affect, not how to draw actual eyes, but luckily Dragoart has many great tutorials on how to draw eyes ^_^ Now this tut will cover 3 different ways on how to make your eyes seem glowing, so just pick which one you like the best. I used photoshop for this. I suggest using either photoshop or gimp (although I do like Paint.net I couldn't actualy find a smudge tool in that XD) I suggest that for every step you use a new layer. Hope you enjoy!

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How to Draw Glowing Eyes

how to draw glowing eyes step 1

STEP 1.

Before we start, you're going to need an eye to colour! So step number one is, quite simply, draw an eye.
 
how to draw glowing eyes step 2

STEP 2.

so now that you've got an eye, choose a base colour. For this I've used a yellow but you can use whatever colour you want. Create a layer underneath the line art of the eye and apply the colour.
 
how to draw glowing eyes step 3

STEP 3.

start shading the coloured part. I turned the orange colour I'd originally used down to a red on the colour wheel and applied it in different shades to the eye and then smudged it with the smudge tool (the little hand with the pointed finger) If you're using a different colour then just use either a darker or richer version of the colour you're using and do the same.
 
how to draw glowing eyes step 4

STEP 4.

Lighten up the colour you used as a base colour and rim it around the eye. use a soft brush and smudge it.
 
how to draw glowing eyes step 5

STEP 5.

Take the colour you used for shading. Lighten that up and apply it thinly around the rim again, making sure you can still see the yellow. Use a soft brush and smudge it where needed.
 
how to draw glowing eyes step 6

STEP 6.

Take your base colour and lighten it (this is going to be repetative XD) and apply it on the white of the eye. Only apply it where the yellow and orange are in the eye and outside of it. Again, use a soft brush and smudge it.
 
how to draw glowing eyes step 7

STEP 7.

Take the colour you've used for shading and apply it thinly following the partern you used on step 6. Make sure that the yellow/ your base colour is dominant. Apply more of your base colour underneath the eye. It is important that you remember that instead of using just a white tinted highlight for the bits of your face near your eyes you tint it with the colour of your eye. You can see me doing this on this step near the nose :D
 
how to draw glowing eyes step 8

STEP 8.

You've finished this glowing eye now. If you want you can rub out and smudge some of the hard black lines around the inside of the eye so it looks like the colour is overpowering it (that's what's shown here). Now just apply a white highlight using a soft brush and your done!
 
how to draw glowing eyes step 9

STEP 9.

Okay, so this is the second part of the tutorial. The flaming eye :D Start at step one but erase the inside of the eye, the pupil and the iris. After you've done that just colour in your full eye yellow. Or whatever colour you want your flame to be. For this type of eye you must create a layer on top of the linear of the eye.
 
how to draw glowing eyes step 10

STEP 10.

Apply different tones in kind of a swirly motion with a soft brush. With a base of yellow I used different tones of orange. Blend these in but at this point it doesn't realy matter how smooth you smudging is.
 
how to draw glowing eyes step 11

STEP 11.

On this step you can be as messy as you want. ANDANDAND you can use a hard brush! Exciting, aint it? :P just draw alot of squiggles in the motion you want your flames to go.
 
how to draw glowing eyes step 12

STEP 12.

Finaly, just smudge the squigles. neaten up what you've done so far, add a few highlights on the face and you will be finished. Hope my tutroial helped! don't forget to vote and comment!