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August 21, 2008
Drawing a realistic eye by =Edana Is a excellent tutorial for anyone wanting to learn how to create a photo realistic eye using digital painting methods.It is easily explained and to follow and gives you many detailed tips.
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Drawing a realistic eye

I know this has been done many times before, but I wanted to practice drawing eyes, and explaining how I do stuff to others always makes me really analyse what I do, which helps. :)

I hope you find this useful, and that it's not too full of language mistakes.. Feel free to ask if anything is unclear, or if you have any other questions! And I wouldn't mind a link back here so more people can see it if it inspires you or helps you with a painting. :)

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Jesusmar's avatar
boa tardevocê tem esse tutorial em texto, sem ser imagem, para que eu possa traduzi-lo e entender as tuas explicações, grato pela ajuda, aguardo resposta.
cha-lie's avatar
Awesome tutorial :D 
Noweria's avatar
Thanks a lot for your tuto! I know you have a loooot of comment, but this is my work with your tuto, I never make some eyes like this, and take a llama, thanks again! Golden girl by leenleena
TyphonicSha's avatar
Lovely tutorial. Here's what I drew with the help of your tutorial. c: 
PearOfDiscord's avatar
This is an amazingly helpful tutorial.  It freaks me out looking at the finished image, as the eye color is the exact same color as mine!
Edana's avatar
Cool, I am glad you liked it! :)
PearOfDiscord's avatar
No problem!  You did the work for the tutorial. :)
MisaSami's avatar
I suck at matter how many times I try I always end up turning the eye into a spider  No, I disagree!  but anyways, this is one of the best eye tutorials I've seen around here. Thank you!
Edana's avatar
Best tip I can give you is to try to forget what you think eyelashes are and look like, and try to copy line by line some reference pictures. 
Among other things commercials seem to have distorted our image of lashes. :P
I am very happy to hear that you liked my tutorial! Let me know if you do something with it. :)
absorptus's avatar
It took me forever to do this but then you exist.

You're awesome!
Edana's avatar
I am really happy you liked the tutorial! :)
gallicka's avatar
I want to thank you so much for this tutorial. It was very easy to follow and even though I didn't use photoshop, the result was still pretty good and LOOKS semi-real! :D
Here is my attempt…. I praise it so much on tumblr. XD
Edana's avatar
Great work! I especially like the colours and texture of the iris. For the next time, I would advice you to pay a little more attention to the placement of the pupil, from the front it is exactly in the middle of the iris. And to examine your own eye in the mirror to see how the flesh meets the white of the eye in the corners. But this is a very nice painting, I am not familiar with Clip Studio Paint, but you seem to have good control over it! 
profvkd's avatar

Sorry to trouble you.

I am 38, an Assistant Professor in the field of Fashion Technology, working in India.

​Right from chldhood I was interested in Oil Painting. ​
After seeing your digital art / paintings, I am fully mesmerized, and now ​I ​also would like to learn how to create drawings and paintings using computer and mobile  software​.

I have seen many digital paintings on Internet created by using programs like Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop, Corel Painter, Corel Draw, Sketchbook Pro, etc.
I have done oil paintings of huge sizes like 1mx2m, 2mx3m, etc.

I am confused about which software should I learn.

I would like to know from yourgoodself which software provides best tools to create Realistic Paintings, that too with a Huge Canvas Size without compromising the quality. I want to take digital print of the painting at the end.

Thanking you with warm regards,

Vaibhav K Dhange
Edana's avatar
Hello Vaibhav,

Sorry for the late reply, I have not been here in a while.

I use Photoshop, but that is mainly because I got it more than ten years ago and love a program where I feel at home. I know that some people prefer Corel Painter because it has a more painterly feel to it, in the way the brushes work. Photoshop is great for the small details, and the brushes have gotten a lot better with the recent versions. You can do great things in all of the programs, but I think these two are best if you want a process and result that feels more like oil painting.

When it comes to using a huge canvas size, your hardware is just as important. I know at least photoshop starts to lag if I work with a very large resolution, but I am on a laptop with not too impressive qualifications.

Kind regards,
CAPtainAmerica77's avatar
This is so helpful thank you so much!
EdsonAndrade's avatar
Just wanna say thank you for one of the most useful tutorials I have ever seen. Here is my attempt:…
Edana's avatar
I am happy you like it!
playingarts's avatar
Thank you so much for this tutorial! It's very helpful :)
Kmitzu's avatar
I tried it here [link]
I have mouse so... don't expect to much :C
Astrikos's avatar
Lovely tutorial!
TheOwl68's avatar
Excellent tutorial =D thanks so much for sharing!
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