Expressive look can breathe life even in a simple pencil sketch, because the ability to draw an eye to a beginning artist cannot be neglected. In our detailed tutorial "How to draw an Eye?», I will try to share the secrets of how to make the eyes look in the picture not just similar, but also alive.
Many people miss the small, but important details of the structure of the eye, presenting it schematically. For example, many people forget to draw a third eyelid in the corners of the eyes at the nose, or that a shadow usually falls on the iris. If you want to learn how to draw, then it is recommended starting to draw from memory, and not to draw someone's eye from the photo, then you will consciously remember the basic principles.
First, on a piece of paper, mark a barely noticeable horizontal line (later we erase it), the whole picture will be drawn from it, but it serves as a guide for the construction.
Now draw the contour of the eyes, it will be the borders for the eyelids. Note that the pupil in the human eye is not exactly in the middle of the eye, but is shifted slightly upwards. This is very important for creating a realistic look.
When the main boundaries are outlined, it is time to hatching. To do this, it is better to change the pencil and take as soft as possible one so that the shading turned out dense without pressure. In advance, make a highlight on the iris, which will a little go into the pupil, this area should not be shaded (erase the dense hatching is still foolish!).
Shaded the pupil? We pass to the iris, stroke it with thin lines, without going over the borders of the flare. It should always remain the brightest part of your eye, this will give it a realistic "humidity". It is not necessary to try to draw all at once all perfectly, to draw out every dash, you need to create a general look of the eye, to outline how the light falls on it.
We pass to the eyelids. Apply hatching not with sharp movements, but with long lines, following the smooth form of the eyelids. This will immediately give them a spectacular volume. Do not press hard on the pencil, but rather use shading of all shaded parts.
It can be a dense napkin or a piece of clean, fleecy fabric. But do not start shading with dark details like a pupil, it will get dirty and then dirty the whole picture! First we shade the lightest parts, the sequence is such: the eyelid, the white of the eye, then the iris and only in the final pupil.
The eye turned out, but it may look a little pale. To "revive" it, you need to add a few details. Make a more distinct and pronounced contour in the iris, shade the outer and inner side of the eyelid, slightly darken the areas of the iris adjacent to the pupil and to its outer circumference.
Only do not make all the strokes the same, they must be of different length and thickness, then the eye will sparkle with live sparks. Do not forget about the third eyelid. In the corner of the eye often there are glare. Simply use an eraser to erase a small speck to give a glare, but not as bright as the iris.
Finally the eyelashes. We draw them only in the last place, otherwise they will prevent the shading of the eyelid! Real eyelashes are never straight, they are always slightly curved. Begin to draw eyelashes from the upper eyelid, draw a slightly curved arc (the length of the eyelashes for each person is different, it all depends on your desire, but do not overdo it). Then slightly thicken the base of each, to give them a density and volume. Do not forget to make a slope of the growth of cilia in the shape of the eyelids!
Lower eyelashes are made shorter and slightly less, however, the general principle of drawing is exactly the same.
And here is a little secret from the artist painter. In order to make "glance" in the picture look like real, add a glare reflection of the subject in front of the eye. Most often, you can limit the reflection of cilia, if they are long enough.
I hope my advice has helped you, and very soon you will sharpen your skills and draw an eye even better than me.