Tips on Drawing the Eyes: Part 2

December 13, 2011

Drawing Faces, Sketch Proportions

Eyes are just so fun to draw! There’s a sense of accomplishment when you’ve drawn an eye just right with the reflection of the light glistening on the iris, when everything is in proportion, and you’ve shaded it to perfection. But reaching this point might be a bit difficult for some, especially if you don’t understand these points which I’ll cover in this post.

In the previous post I covered the basic things you should know when drawing the eyes and in this post I’ll take it a step further and share with you some tips on drawing eyes from difficult angles.


Eyeballs and their axis

The first point I’d like to bring out is that the eyes work and move together on the same axis. Just like in this illustration.

This concept of the two eyeballs moving on a single axis will help you in drawing the eyes from different angles.



I’m pretty sure everyone is familiar with this term it refers to “the visual effect or optical illusion that an object or distance appears shorter than it actually is because it is angled toward the viewer. –Wiki” Now let’s apply some foreshortening to our eyeballs.

In the illustration you can see how the eyeballs appear to be moving closer together until you are viewing it from the side. This explains why when drawing a picture from a three quarter view the foremost eye is a bit larger then the other and also why the space between the eyes is no longer the width of one whole eye.


The Eyelids

Now let’s see how foreshortening affects the eyelids. From a three quarter view the eyes will be at an angle.  Let’s see what happens when we add the eyelids. You can see how the foremost eye doesn’t appear to have changed much in shape or size as when you saw it from the front. The further eye on the other hand has changed in size and shape. I’ve seen some artist draw both eyes the same size and the same shape when drawing from a three quarter view and it doesn’t look pretty.

Now if you recall from my previous post on drawing eyes, you’ll remember how the eyelids follow the curvature of the eyeball from anchor point to anchor point, and this still applies when drawing eyes from an angle.

When drawing an eye from an extreme three quarter angle it might look something like this. In this illustration the further eye’s eyelid disappears from view around the eyeball.

 This post isn’t much of a step by step tutorial but it does help you understand how the eye works and I think that’s a very important part of learning how to draw. Now you have to practice drawing with these points in mind and see if it makes a difference in your art.

And lastly practice makes perfect. The more you draw the better you will become. So pick up your pencil and sketch book and start drawing.


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