Portrait tutorial - how to draw the eye, rendering and shading the eye.

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step-by-step on the eyeA step-by-step diagram on how to draw the eye.

  • Draw the outline in first. Notice that the shape of the iris is round on the sides (it is a round circle) but its top is obscured by the upper eyelid, and a little bit of the bottom of the iris is obscured by the bottom of the eyelid.
  • After you get the shape correct, start to draw in the light outline of the lower eyelid thickness. Draw in the pupil (which is round) and indicate where the highlight on the eye will be.
  • Then start to add shading and detail. Keep the indication of the lower lid light and subtle. Make a few subtle lines to indicate the eyelashes.The upper lid will cast a gentle shadow on the eyeball, so add shading to indicate the roundness of the eyeball. .

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Eyebrow step-by-stepA quick step-by-step of the eyebrow:

  • The hair of the eyebrow grows in different directions. Look at your own eyebrows in the mirror!
  • First step is to draw in the outline of the eyebrow.
  • Then draw a line that indicates the "brow-line." This line is often a shadow in the eyebrow. It shows where the brow "dips" in towards the eye socket. Add some shading to this brow-line shadow.
  • Then start shading the rest of the eyebrow. This part of the eyebrow is on the upper part of the brow-line, which is jutting out a little more. It will be a little lighter.
  • Then, start to darken the eyebrow, and add more details and hairs to the eyebrow.

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