[Learn to draw]
How to draw and paint eyes
practising frontal and profile sketches of human faces, we now move on
to drawing and painting eyes and ears. Drawing the eye is not as
difficult. As with all facial features with eyes there is a great
variety without which we would be a pretty boring lot. The illustration
on this page cover both sexes and of different age groups.
The actual shape of most eyes is rather like a tear drop laid on one
side. The common factor we see is the duct at the inner corner of each
eye. Fig. 1 shows a close up of an eye in different shapes. Notice the
difference in eyelids. They can be thick, thin, heavy, bulging or hardly
visible. The lower lid usually shows a rim from which fine lashes
Females have pretty pair of eyes, and they can enhance their long
lashes with make-up. This helps to eyes a bit easier. When drawing eyes
remember to leave a white spot on the pupil. This reflects light which
gives life to an eye. Try to sketch various eye shapes from Fig. 1 then
add lids and lashes.
The eyes in Fig. 2 is of a young male model. See on the top view how
the hair of the eye brow has been drawn, fine lines running the way
actually grows. The upper eye lid extends on either side beyond the
surface of the eyeball. The lashes curve gently up from the top lid, but
are sparse on the lower one. The tear duct can just be seen at the inner
end of the eye. The middle sketch in Fig. 2 will give you more clues on
how to draw eyelashes.
The bottom view of a closed eye shows the fringe lashes and how the
shut lid is sketched as two thin lines. The eye brows also pulls down
nearer to the eye.
the Fig. 3. When we become older it all changes. Your teen observation
will take in the bags, lines, straggly eye brows and thinning lashes.
Copy these in pencil using thin and thick lines. Then go over with a
fibre-tip pen, so that you will see what each medium does.
In painting eyes a light pale colour is applied according to their
skin textures. Watercolour painting has a pattern that must always be
The lighter colour must be applied first and the dark colour to
outline the highlights. Fig. 4 show you the skin texture in colour and
position of the eyes, between the eyes and ears.