My Animal Eyes

My Animal Eyes - student project

Animal Eye Sketches: Dog, Lemur, Cheetah, Giraffe, Owl, and Horse

My Animal Eyes - image 1 - student project

For my first painting, I chose to do a cat with a blue iris. This was probably my favorite of the bunch, but I'm sure that it's familiarity contributes to that. 

My Animal Eyes - image 2 - student project

Next was the peacock, and it was really fun to work on this really darkly valued iris with a uniquely rounded eye shape with that high upper eyelid.My Animal Eyes - image 3 - student project

Oh boy, this one was an adventure! I wasn't sure if I should repaint it due to my perspective errors, but I thought I should share it anyway as an example of what happens if you draw too far away from your eyes. While the sclera is much too wide and the iris is a bit slanted, this baby basilisk was still fun to paint, and I hope that his unique look is fun to watch come to life!  

My Animal Eyes - image 4 - student project

This toad piece was entirely too big, took too long, and came out a little wonky on the perspective side as well, but ultimately it taught me a lot! I wish I had pushed the green hue a bit further in the eye, so I may try this one again in the future!

My Animal Eyes - image 5 - student project

Finally, here are some other eye studies I've enjoyed painting in the past. They include: german shepherd, golden eagle, peacock, dove, jaguar, house cat, giraffe, elephant, white tiger, boa constrictor, red panda, cheetah, and alligator.

My Animal Eyes - image 6 - student project


Denise Soden
Watercolor Artist & Content Creator
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