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Drawing Eyes 101

Tamas Benko

Drawing Eyes 101

Tamas Benko

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7 Lessons (1h 30m)
    • 1. What's in This Class?

    • 2. The Structure of the Eyes

    • 3. Draw the Eye in Front View

    • 4. Draw the Eye in 3/4 View

    • 5. The Eyes in Perspective - Part 1

    • 6. The Eyes in Perspective - Part 2

    • 7. What's Next?

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About This Class

In this beginner How to Draw the Eyes class you can learn and practice drawing eyes with a pencil.

I'll be drawing in real time, so you can follow along easily.
No previous drawing knowledge is necessary.
This eye drawing class is for Beginners.

Minimum tool requirements:

  • a pencil
  • an eraser
  • some copy papers

Or you can use any digital drawing tools if you have. I'll be using the popular Procreate app on the iPad with the Apple Pencil. A drawing tablet with Photoshop is also a good option.

Class content

  • First, you get an overview on the the structure of the eye
  • Then we'll be drawing eyes from different angles using reference photos
  • We draw an eye in front view
  • We draw an eye in 3/4 view
  • Finally, we draw a pair of eyes in perspective

This class is a great exercise for human portrait drawing. Plus, it will be a few hours relaxing activity.

Now if you'd like to develop your drawing skills, take your pencil and paper and start watching my lessons!

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Tamas Benko


Hi, I'm Tamas.

I love to teach new skills to students.

My classes focus on basic drawing skills including lots of drawing & sketching exercises. If you're a beginner at drawing, you can learn how to draw & sketch. You can also learn portrait drawing including all facial features (the eyes, the nose, the lips, the ears). There is a dedicated class for one of the most important drawing skills called shading. For these classes you just need a simple graphite pencil to start with.

I also like to use the Procreate 5X app on the iPad with the Apple Pencil for digital art. I have an extensive class on how to use Procreate for digital illustration (drawing & painting).

Beyond art, I also love numbers. Thanks to my original profession I have 20+ years experi... See full profile

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1. What's in This Class?: In this class, you will learn how to draw the most important facial feature, the mirror of the soul DI. We'll be using reference photos to draw eyes from different angles. No previous drawing knowledge is necessary. This class is aimed to develop your drawing skills that you can utilize in portrait toying. Welcome, my name is Thomas. If you are interested in drawing human portraits and you'd like to improve your eye drawing skills. This class is for you. To follow along. You don't need to purchase expensive drawing tools. All you need is some copy papers, pencil, and an eraser. However, I'll be using the popular drawing and painting gap procreate on the iPad with the Apple Pencil to show you some of the benefits that digital tools can provide. First, we will discuss the structure of the eye. Then we'll be drawing eyes from different angles. We will practice the front view, the three-quarter view, and challenging pair of eyes in perspective. If you use a digital tool, I'll be showing you a trick to paint the eyes with any color, preserving the texture of your drawing. Mostly, I'll be drawing in realtime and trying not to hurry. I hope you can follow along easily in case you fall behind. Feel free to pause the video. Drawing is not erase. Take as much time as you need with your drawing and continue playing. I hope you are excited. Now let's draw some beautiful eyes together. See you in the next video. 2. The Structure of the Eyes: Before we start drawing as using reference photos, let's discuss the eye structure. How would a four year old or an absolute beginner draw the eyes? Something like this. It doesn't look artistic needle realistic tacit. The biggest problem with this illustration is that it's too flat. It's so two-dimensional in order to draw the eye properly from any angle. And this is true for the other facial features to, you need to understand its 3D structure. The base 3D shape of the eye is a sphere. You can usually see only a quarter of it, but it's a ball. The smaller circle represents the lands. Circle inside lens represents the pupil, which is always the darkest part of the eye, basically black. Around the pupil, we have the iris, which consists of radial lines, and it also defines the color of the eye. We can usually see a tiny highlight in the pupil. It's the indispensable part of the eye on illustrations. So this is how the eye looks from the front. And let's draw another eyeball. But this time we are going to make it three-dimensional. We are drawing the great circles to show the spheres orientation. Let's draw the lands. Notice that a circle rotated in the 3D space will become ellipse for the viewer. But also realized that we need to rotate the ellipse around its center point in the proper direction. Just look right on the surface of the ball. Let's draw the pupil and the iris. The rounding of all the lands is always a bit dark line. And let's draw another orientation. Just you exercise drawing the circles in perspective or in 3D. And another one looking downwards. Let's draw two eyes next to each other just as they are located on the head. We are also giving perspective to this drawing. So the ible further array will be a bit smaller. It may sound trivial, but the orientation of the two i's must be the same. They move together. According to this principle. Let's discover the structure of the eye inside you. This land is located here. Let's add the eyelids to our drawing. Note that the elites are affected by the roundness of the ible. Think of the eyelids as wrapping lines. Let's place the eyes into the sockets. To illustrate this, we're lowering the half of each ball into a brick shape. I'm using red color to show the structure of the bone and how they fit into the brick. We are adding the islets to a drawing. They should feel as if they travel across and around the underlying form of d. I remember drawing on the surface of the ball. And let's draw the lines. In the next lesson, query drawing an i in front view. 3. Draw the Eye in Front View: Let's observe a real eye in front view. I'll be drawing temporarily on a separate layer, so my reference photo via remain untouched. Remember that the eyeball is sitting in its socket. Here are the lands and the pupil. The curve of the upper eyelid and the lower eyelid, note that they are not the same. The upper lid always has a higher curve, closer towards knows. The shape of the eyebrow. The curve of the nose is coming from the brow. Okay, now we know enough. So let's draw this beautiful. I try to follow me step-by-step and pause the video as needed. I start with the orientation of the eyeball. That's fine. Watch how they are different and how they follow the surface of the eyeball. First, withdrawing gentle, lose line's not going into details. We want to have a solid, precise structure at this stage that will ensure that our drawing will look like our subjects. What I'm paying special attention to, his deadlines have derived angular compare to each other and have derived distance between them. It's a good practice to forget what you joining. I tried to forget this is an I. I tried to see only lines and curves, angles and distances, orientations and relations, brighter or darker planes. This approach helps you to switch off the part of your brain, which is responsible for words and related symbols. Symbols stored in your brain as simplified representations of real-world objects. Scientists connect dysfunction to the left side of the brain. In most people, why creativity and abstraction belong to the opposite, the right side of the brain. The left side of our brain is dominant because we use that the most flu our everyday life. It tries to solve everything. Drawing, it is rather harmful. So we need to achieve that the left side of our brain goes to sleep. You may struggle with this first, but with time, you can control it and let your brain's creative part do the job when it's needed. One sign that the left part is still fighting for control is that you find drawing the tiny details boring. Once you lose the sense of time, it's a good sign that your creative part is in control. We need the state of mind in order to create nice drawings. Don't worry, if you feel this battle in your brain. The left part will give it up after some time and you will enjoy the two relaxing state, the derived by brings you also your drawings. We start to look like what is in front of your eyes and not the symbols for linear brain. Let's get back to our drawing. At the beginning. Amusing tones that are close to a middle gray and proceed dark one slowly. I'm going over some parts many times. This way the gradients will be smooth or at the end. It's also important when I'm doing the shading, I'm trying to observe the orientation of that surface or plane. The direction of my stroke's follow this orientation. Stroke direction that divergence would cause confusion in the viewer. So try to avoid that. Don't worry about this dying highlights on the I is for now. We will add them later. This outer ring has no constant. So I'm trying to apply some randomness. This will be one of the dark is. But you don't need to press your van SEO as hard as you can right now. You can be adopted. Increments. Let's draw the shadow shape here. Let us draw the eyebrow. You don't have to draw every single hair. Now let us draw the shadow on the side of the nose. I'm applying ready live. So I can control the gradient. A little bit drawing in 3D space and tried to copy that. Tried to draw them at random direction. Now let's add those tiny highlights to the I, which will bring it to life. If you are using traditional tools. Can be used to create these tiny spots or try out a wide band to draw the lines. Now my background color is set to 15% gray, which is almost right. But this way I can add nice highlights with pure 100%, right? Be careful with these highlights. The right amount can greatly support your art. However, too much use of it can ruin your drawing. This wide rectangular shape on the eyeball is basically a mirror image of the light source. I'm checking the photo and my drawing and making some final touches here and there. Now if you are using the digital drawing tool, I'll show you a trick. We are creating an extra layer on the top. I'm choosing a nice blue, slightly less saturated as the desired result. I'm setting the new layers, blending more to overlay. I'm choosing a medium hard airbrushed. Now we can paint on the new layer and the texture we drew previously will be intact. Maybe I increased the saturation of this blue colour. Alright? I hope you also manage to draw an eye. You are satisfied. If it has no 100% likeness photo, that's okay. We are here. In the next lesson, we are going to draw an, I mean, an interesting three-quarters. 4. Draw the Eye in 3/4 View: This photo shows the eyeball, its volume and reflections on it magnificently at Troy. As usual, let's discover the structure in this viewing angle. We need to make sure that these important lines will have the right orientation on our drawing. The video will be in double speed. Now, I suggest to watch how I draw this. I first then tried to copy this photo on your own. Don't feel ashamed to use your eraser. If something goes wrong. He raise and redraw if necessary. That's the nature of the learning curve. Starting with the orientation of the curve of the upper and lower eyelids. This contour line or the phase is also essential. In an exercise like this, you don't only practice drawing the eye, but you get used to this 3D space. Even if you don't know the principles of perspective drawing, you are applying them. Just like children learn the language. They are not aware of the grammar. Still, they can form perfect sentences. You can increase contrast and bring the important Barton focus. The eye. I'm using white areas. I usually set my background color to 15%. So I can use to increase contrast here. And this is one of the benefits of a digital too. Those of you who draw with traditional pencil for these tiny highlight, you can use a y j. And the last step, I'm drawing the eyelashes. As usual, let me color this. I let's say I'm using this brown color. In the meantime, I realized that the position of these lands isn't quite right. So let me just fix that quickly. I'm using the eraser to delete the problematic parts and draw again. It happens that you realize an issue at the end. That's why it's important to take a break in each phase of your drawing. Take a step back, look at it, check the photo scanning or drawing and compare the earlier you notice the issue easier, you can fix it happens sometimes the diaries into drawing in a day or two and notice a new issue with a fresh mind. If it's not too much work for I taken out on that and try to avoid it next time. All right, it looks much better now. In the next lesson, we are going to step further and draw an exciting verifies who perspective. 5. The Eyes in Perspective - Part 1: Let's try to draw this beautiful verifies. This study will be a bit more difficult because the eyes have to match perfectly in terms of position, orientation, and size using the rules of perspective drawing. But we are going to deal with that. Let's observe the structure first. I'm going to draw near-real-time. Now. I start with this receding plain, drawing it in perspective. So these two horizontal lines converge slightly on the right. And I'm marking the position of the nodes. The eyebrows. The eyeballs will be here. And I'm trying to form the islands gently. There's no right or wrong order of the elements. I found this order logical. You can always decide which one to do next is to go into too much detail too early. Shading is an iterative task. I usually drawing builds up layer by layer. Join perspective. You often think that the distance is longer than in reality. For example, this left part is now wider than it should be. Let's fix it. This is called foreshortening. When you turn an object around its vertical axis, horizontal distances decrease for the viewer. So the reason we CDI on the left this way is because it is turned around the vertical axis of the head. So it's farther away from us than the I on the right. The next video. 6. The Eyes in Perspective - Part 2: I'm looking for the brightest bonds on the face. It's a good practice to leave the eyelashes. Or alternatively, she's on a separate layer on the top. This way you can draw on the underlying layers, ruining the eyelashes. But looking at the whole picture, I realize I still don't like the guy on the left. And draw them again. I am also fixing the eyebrow. I'm not quite satisfied with the contour of the forehead here. There is a slide just above the bow on the photo, and I want to copy that properly. There is a term in drawing code, negative space. In this case, I'm looking at the small white area on the eyeball, am observing its shape, height, and width. So I'm not looking at the dark pupil for the curse of the eyelids, which are around this white area. Instead, I'm trying to ensure that the wide area looks right. That white area is the negative space. And concentrating on that helps me to draw better. So let me fix that. Some final touches here. That's colored green. This time. You have completed this class. Let's talk about what's next. 7. What's Next?: First of all, congratulations to you for completing this class. I hope you enjoyed it and successfully improved your drawing skills. I'd really like to see what you have learned. I'd like to ask you to find and engaging photo about someone tried to find an interesting composition and lighting different from the ones we used. To draw the eyes and upload it as a jpeg file to the project section. I can't wait to see you joining. Now what's next? If you'd like to explore other facial features, check my adult classes. I planned to applaud the class for each facial feature, press the Follow button to get notified. Finally, I'd like to ask you to give feedback on this class. If you manage to develop your drawing skills and had a good time, I'd appreciate if you'll let me know. Thank you. I wish you the best. Goodbye.