I know its cliché - but everyone needs at least one eye drawing in their gallery - so rather than just do 'another' eye drawing, I thought I would go for the 'Ultimate Eye' drawing
I managed to find some excellent A0 Smooth drawing paper in my local Shanghai Art Supply shop ("Marie's Art Shop" - doesn't sound very Chinese eh!) and couldn't wait to draw on it, I have some amazing projects to start, but first I wanted to get this one out of the way - its an eye! But no ordinary eye - this one measure approx. 80 cm by 40 cm, with some of those lashes being a good 30 cm in length
I have spend a good 20 hours on this already, and have about another 10 to get it completely finished - thought I would share this WIP with you, as when I finally upload the finished work, it will probably just look like any other ordinary eye on DA - but for now, it is the 'Ultimate Eye'
I came across this self-portrait by talented artist 'Fatigued'[link] whilst searching DA with one of my favourite words 'Melancholy' it wasn't just the title that made me want to draw it, the eyes, the darkness and the emotion expressed through the photograph are what encouraged me to put pencil to paper.
I hope I have done the photograph justice, and that you like it.
Size A3 Bristol Board Smooth Range of traditional and Mechanical pencils from 4H to 8B Blending stumps and erasers Approx 10 hours or so
Let me explain the title .... I noticed a of photograph on the internet that showed a similar concept, it suggested that the photograph is not photo-shopped, and that the tear is real - the idea is that you have the model lay face down, and at the moment the tear forms, and a droplet appears you take a photograph using a fast shutter speed! To be honest I am not convinced, but I love the concept of a tear being almost pulled from the eye.
In my mind I can imagine this happening when in zero gravity - I.e. your resting on your bunk in the International Space Station, 250 miles above Earth, feeling lonely and missing your loved ones, tears well up in your eyes - under normal gravity they would just roll down your face - however in zero gravity they form a droplet - dragging the pooled liquid from your eye and forming the drawing above!!!! I am sure someone on DA will correct me, and say this could not happen - but for now I like the idea
This is a BIG drawing - 65X50cm on A2 Bristol Board type smooth paper, using a 0.5mm mechanical pencil with 4B leads, and a range of traditional graphite pencils up to 8B, it takes a long time to cover such a large area - but I love the realism it gives when shrunk down to monitor size
If you like this eye perhaps you will like my previous eye;
Reference photo:[link] I found on a Russian website - I apologise beforehand if this is your photo, despite spending half a day seeing if I could find the original - I failed!!!
The last eye I will do for a while, this took the longest and was technically the most difficult. When I started drawing just over a year ago the one thing I admired more than anything was those who had the ability to draw water - this was used as a trial to a drawing I have had planed for months, and contains only water!
I have to admit that I hated drawing this, and have made many mistakes - it is a miracle that i am even uploading it to DA, lots of problems getting a good photo especially as it has been dull all day in Shanghai and the flash on the camera reflects the dark areas (I may try and photograph it again if we ever see the sun!) - however after spending 3 weeks and 40+ hours on it, I feel I have to show something for all those wasted hours!
Usual drawing implements; mechanical 4B Pencil, traditional pencils 4H through to 8B, lots of erasers and a piece of smooth A2 paper.
I 'bumped' into the original eye photograph and thought I should make reference to this fantastic picture - you can find the original here [link] (I actually used a reference found from a Google search, and have only just found the original -just shows you that all roads lead back to DA
And the original photoshop reference (also just found) is also here [link]
I posted a WIP of this a few days ago such was my excitement of finding some smooth 'Bristol Board' A0 paper in downtown Shanghai, and how delighted I was with the progress of my 'Eye' drawing!! Well some late nights have enabled me to finish the piece. I have spent almost as long trying to decide how the final 'scan' should look - should I just upload a similar scan to the WIP, with the eye at an angle, perhaps with a couple of pencils to show scale - or should I do a full-on straight 'scan' as per my normal uploads. Decided to upload 2 versions, and leave it up to you to decide
Anyway, enough waffle a Size A2'ish Female Eye approx. 65cm X 45cm, in graphite, using a range of pencils from 4H through to 8B. c20-30 hours work. My first, but maybe not my last Eye
The reference for this picture was called 'Karate Kid', a fantastic photo by dincturk [link] and can be seen here
I just absolutely loved this kids eyes, with so much life in both these and the scars all over his face. I couldn't remember the title dincturk had given the photo, and have been calling him 'Street Fighter' whilst drawing him, so I have kept the my name instead as its seems fitting
Usual materials used; Bristol Board Smooth A3 Mechanical Pencils 4H thru to 8B Time - about 15-20hours