how to draw and color an easy realistic eye

How to draw and color an easy realistic eye

Step 1.

To get started, get a compass and draw a circle on your paper. This will be the pupil. If you don't have a compass, you can make one by standing one pencil upright and tying another one to it at an angle. The pupil HAS to be perfectly circular or it might not look right.

Step 2.

Set your compass or makeshift pencil device to make a wider circle and put the iris around the pupil. Just make sure you put the straight leg on the same point you did to draw the pupil or the iris will be lopsided.

Step 3.

For this step, just add the lines where the eyelid would be on the top and bottom. Your eye should now be oval shaped and pointy on both ends. Lightly draw a guideline through the center connecting the points. The eyelids should cover part of the top and bottom of the iris, or your eye will look wide open and give the impression of being very shocked or startled.

Step 4.

This next steps really easy. Erase where the iris hangs out of the eyelid, then add the tear duct in the corner of the eye. Remember, on the left eye the duct in in the right side, on the right eye, the opposite is true.

Step 5.

Now you'll add the upper eyelid and the lower waterline. You might have to erase the pre-exsisting lines and put the lid where it was. Remember, the eyelid is wide and arched, while the waterline is very thin. They should taper down and sort of hug the tear duct.

Step 6.

Add a point of light in the pupil. Add another curved point in the iris, I put mine in the lower right hand corner. Erase the guideline you drew through the middle.You're almost done!

Step 7.

In this step, the coloring begins! First, color the pupil completly black, but leave the point of light you drew white. Don't leave any spots where it looks fuzzy or scratchy. Next,pick a color(blue, green,brown, gray, etc.If you want a more exotic look, you could do an unnatural color like purple.) and fill in the iris. I can not stress this enough when I say color OUT from the pupil, straight oyt. It's tempting to fit your coloring to the curve of the pupil/iris but don't. If you look closely at your eye you'll see it looks like lines coming out from the pupil. That's the effect you want. Now color the lid and waterline a skin tone, but color with the curve of the lid. Color the tear duct a light reddish pink.

Step 8.

Last step! Take a different shade of what ever color you filled in the iris with, and put a little bit of it in the iris. Most people's eyes have two-three shades of color in them. Brown eyes can be an exception, with one deeper shade,but usually they have two. Try to blend the two colors so the less prominent one deosn't stand out too much. Now, just add the black eyelashes. Start on the opposite corner from the tear duct and flick them to one side. On the left eye, lashes flick left, on the right eye they flick right. Draw them all the way across the upper eyelid.

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Uploaded: July 7, 2012
Artist: Sparky221
Difficulty: Novice  Novice Skill Level
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Updated: July 7, 2012
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Artist comments

Hi, this is an easy tutorial on how to draw and color eyes,which a lot of people seem to struggle with. There's no shading involved, so don't worry about that.