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Shading above the eyes
we shade in the iris we'll shade the skin. When shading,
start lightly because you can always go back and darken
shadows. It's much harder and messier to try and lighten
really dark shadows.
start shading at right above the tear duct because it's
usually one of the darker areas around the eye. Start
laying graphite down in that area and go all the way to
the far end of the eyebrow. See that the lid is creating
a really light ridge around the eye? Don't shade that.
As you shade, shade in the direction of the shadow:
start at the tear duct and shade toward the outside
corner of the eye. See that the shadow isn't uniform
under the eyebrow, there's a lighter spot just below the
eyebrow that isn't as light at the upper lid. When
you're done in the area between the eye and the eyebrow,
go ahead and shade the same area of the other eye.
Notice that those shadows are a bit lighter than the
ones on the first eye?
ahead and fill in the eyebrows noticing that they're not
all an even tone, they're a bit lighter closer to the
bridge of the nose. Shade in the direction of the hairs
of the eyebrow. You may want to erase the contours you
drew, but if you do, don't forget where the eyebrows go.
Shading in the eyebrows
you're done with the eyebrows, shade below the eyes. You
see that the lower lid is also very bright similar to
the upper lid? Don't shade that. If there were wrinkles
below the eyes, would you be able to draw them? That's
the lashes. Draw the lashes and as a clump, just make a
line that gradually thickens as it gets to the outside
corner of the eye. Drawing the lashes as individual
lines looks amateurish and childlike.
The finished eyes
eyeball is last. The pupil can be drawn as a crescent
moon shape to allow for the highlight. Or you can draw
the pupil fully in and then erase out the highlight. The iris is a
concave bowl inside the eyeball. Because of the way it's
shaped, the colored area of the eye is brighter at the
bottom than the top. This is assuming that the light is
coming from the top. Since the iris is concave, the
light bounces off the bottom of the "bowl" of the iris
and the top part of the "bowl" is in shadow. These eyes that we're drawing look
pretty uniform in the colored area, so shade it that
way. Allow for the second highlight in the eye as you
shade in the colored area. The whites of the eyes aren't
really white. Can you see the shadows in the corners of
the eyes? Lightly draw them in.
Try drawing these eyes
assignment: draw eyes. Try these eyes. They will be
a totally different problem than the female eyes we just
drew. Try and draw the glasses, draw the many wrinkles,
and the eyebrows are bushier. After you finish with
these eyes, sit in front of a mirror with your lap desk
and try and draw your own eyes.