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Drawing a realistic eye by Edana Drawing a realistic eye by Edana
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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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. ( Suggested by 2tall4yall and Featured by znow-white )
Jesusmar Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
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 Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Awesome tutorial :D 
Noweria Featured By Owner Edited Jan 22, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
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 Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2014
Lovely tutorial. Here's what I drew with the help of your tutorial. c: 
PearOfDiscord Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2014
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 Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Cool, I am glad you liked it! :)
PearOfDiscord Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2015
No problem!  You did the work for the tutorial. :)
MisaSami Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
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 Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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 Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2014
It took me forever to do this but then you exist.

You're awesome!
Edana Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I am really happy you liked the tutorial! :)
gallicka Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2014
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 Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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! 
C100D17 Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2014
profvkd Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist

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 Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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 Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is so helpful thank you so much!
EdsonAndrade Featured By Owner May 3, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Just wanna say thank you for one of the most useful tutorials I have ever seen. Here is my attempt:…
Edana Featured By Owner May 3, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I am happy you like it!
playingarts Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much for this tutorial! It's very helpful :)
Kmitzu Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2013  Hobbyist
I tried it here [link]
I have mouse so... don't expect to much :C
Astrikos Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Lovely tutorial!
UsayFudo Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2013  Student General Artist
TheOwl68 Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Excellent tutorial =D thanks so much for sharing!
MYSTIQUE-MUSIC Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012
great job
enabeleno Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Mizidora Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012
Hey I gave this a go. Take a look if you want here [link]
Thanks for a great tutorial. :clap:
AzuraDragoness Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Thank you SO much for making this tutorial! I searched a lot to find a tutorial that was easy to follow, and I finally found this one. I experimented with it here: [link], and I'm really happy that I finally am learning how to draw in a realistic style. Thank you!! :tighthug:

Oh, and your art is AMAZING, by the way. :)
Zmeysa Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012
Amazing! Hello, can I buy the final picture? I need this for using on a website.
Edana Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Sorry about the late reply. But sure, if you are still interested! Can I see the website you want it for?
xXphyra Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012  Student Digital Artist
A stunning tutorial! c: It's helped me a lot, I used your tutorial as a practice on colouring. Your tutorial was used <img src="[link]" alt="here" />.
Icicle1penguin Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Ahwsome! :DDDD
coolcat87 Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2012
AdorableCrayon Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is awesome.
ARTabstraction Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2012  Student Digital Artist
AHHHHH! Thank you so much! You helped me OODLES!
SereneScientist Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Great tutorial, thanks! :D
SiaRyzh Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Deborah-Valentine Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
very nicely done and a great resource
okbrightstar Featured By Owner May 11, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much for providing this! :glomp: it was incredibly helpful!
used it here: [link]
poowulpi Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
This has been featured! :la:

Implis Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2012  Student General Artist
This is incredibly helpful, and even if I didn't use it exactly it was really very useful!
I used it to paint eyes for a health project on Beautiful Boy by David Sheff - [link]
Thank you for providing such an amazing resource!
JagularXing Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful! Thanks!
BubbleTea19 Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2012
Cool, thanks!
Snowstorm-cat Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012
Awesom *o* I cant believe that sombody could make it as good as you. Im jealouse (: Thank you for the helpful Tutorial:heart:
blumilein Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you for this tutorial!!
It helps me a lot!!
Edana Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I am happy to hear that! :)
Indian-Outlaw13 Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2012
*jaw drop* 0.0
Edana Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks. :giggle:
startraveller776 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow. Fantastic tutorial! Thank you so much!
Edana Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you, I am glad you like it. :)
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