Drawing the Eye
Step 1 – The Initial Line Drawing
There are two things that you should carefully observe when starting your drawing of an eye:
1 – The difference in shape between the upper and lower eyelids.
2 – How the upper eyelid covers the top of the iris. (mouse over the image)
Step 2 – The Eyeball
There are two main elements to consider when drawing the glassy surface of the eye:
1. A bright glint of reflected light should be left as unshaded paper at the start of the tonal drawing. This will become the brightest element in the eye. This reflection is further enhanced by its contrast with the pupil – the darkest element in the eye.
Step 3 – The Eye Socket
The final step is to render the solidity of the eye socket and surrounding area using graduated tone.
The upper eyelid casts a shadow which forms a dark curve across the top of the eyeball. This gradually softens into the shaded areas at each corner of the eye.
Graduated shading is used to cover the outline detail and build up the tone of the eyelids and surrounding area.