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Photorealism Tutorial by markcrilley Photorealism Tutorial by markcrilley
This is a tutorial constructed from my latest YouTube video, in which you can see all the key steps of this illustration as they are drawn, much of it in real time:


Heartfelt thanks to anyone who chooses to help out by purchasing one of my books:

Miki Falls: [link]

Brody's Ghost (pre-order): [link]

I greatly appreciate your support! ^_^

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Given 2010-09-07
Photorealism Tutorial by *markcrilley -- Suggester's words: This eye-tutorial is so well done, explained step by step, and helps the less gifted in drawing among us achieve a very nice realistic piece! I have tried it and was so happy with the result. ( Suggested by Zwoing and Featured by FantasyStock )
Fabique Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2018
This tutorial is well executed with the key steps drawn. Love it!!! Thank you for the resource.
SimpleLysh Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
This is a really good tutorial :D
hobbitblueflow Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks Mark 🌶🍈🍉
ellianezhang Featured By Owner May 23, 2015
I  love it and really enjoy your video! I downloaded this video with total video downloader for mac, hope you can allow me to keep this for learing without network!
orange-pirates Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2014
this is really cool, thanks :D
louaineannd Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
this makes me obsessed in drawing eyes..
CottonCatTailToony Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
How beautiful eye.
beautiful-confession Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
you are my art teacher Giggle 
InsaneGirl15 Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013
Thank you :D
Kalheesi-chan Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very much for the tutorial^^
HopeGrayson412 Featured By Owner May 17, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
How do you color it?
MsSunnyMuffins Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
OMG, MARK CRILLEY~~!! I saw your hands and I was like....I know this guy. I'd just like to say mark, your anime tutorials on youtube are what got me started on drwaing two years ago! thanks for being you! :)
lovekelza Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Totally usefull^^
bp818 Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Hobbyist Filmographer
big fan of your work and instruction books.
Breathcore Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012
Wow this..this rocks.
Izzymooshoo Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2012   Artist
WOW thanks
i've had trouble lately with my eye drawings but im shure this will help.
iluvluka Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
ima try this
Bethan-White Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2012
really helpful but mine still failed :[ but... i think i just need to keep trying! thank you. :)
NicolletBlack Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
WoW! It's amazing!
laartje205 Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
This is very very helpful, but my attempt[link] still failed :( I'm not good at realistic... could anybody please give me some tips??
Que-ink Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
This is fairly impressive...good tutorial for those who need help in realism~
KawaiiiCherry Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012
You are amazing!!!!
SkullBoyThe Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
fbwebb Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2012
Love your tutorial, i tried drawing an eye like you have shown here & my results were pretty good. Even my daughter agreed it looked good. Thanks, I will purchase one of your books.[link]
ShootingStarla Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The result was such a detailed eye that looks like the real one!!!
That tutorial was so helpful!!! thank you for posting it here!!!
biejoe Featured By Owner May 24, 2012
Every single little dot or line he`s doing got sense and character and gives more live to a picture than everything I ever managed to draw, and people tell me Im not that bad. So please tell me, what`s the secret with that? Seems, youre able to bring live and sensibility to paper, running through your pencils, I love it though I`m not able to manage that! I salute you!!!! (Please excuse my bad english...didn`t practice this for years)
Esmerelda88 Featured By Owner May 19, 2012  Student Photographer
O.o I love you Mark Crilley! You are such an inspiration and I will always be a fan! ;)
DIGITALid Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for uploading this. It will be challenging. I'm not quite ready for this yet but I look forward to giving it a shot sometime soon.
Omarex123 Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
woow so useful :3
pandalover14563 Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
this is really good and useful!
i have seen your videos on youtube they really helped me! so thank you!
kawaiidesu004 Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2012
oh god! it's mark crilley i've been doing your tutorials on youtube!!
Colorpie Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012
Awesome! Thank you for sharing this. I found it on Pinterest. I think you should put your deviant art address directly on it. I did a reverse image search in Chrome and found several places where it is on Pinterest. Some come here and some go to a blog from Japan. The best way to protect yourself these days is to put your url right onto your artwork. Thanks... CP
Inspirement Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm totally gonna try this! I just thought you may like to know (if you didn't already) that this tutorial is used on a on 9GAG post. Nothing is removed from it though, so it was quite easy to find where it came from (top result in a google search for "Photorealism tutorial" ;))
Tirrithx Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's you?!! :la: I've been watching you on Youtube for ages!
Kishex-Nevarx Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2012  Student Digital Artist
OMG YOU'RE ON DA? :iconlegaspplz:
iridescent888 Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Zeldafan1997 Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
OMG! You are on ere too!? I'm SOO HAPPY!!! *faints from exposure to too much awesome*
fantastic-mao Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wahhh! is this you? yes! I final found you!!! long time youtube subscriber finally found you... tears of joy~
kristinanagode Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2012
26 that's just ... woooooow 14 i wish i could draw like that [link]
TATARA14 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2012
i needed this for a science project cuz i had 2 draw an eyeball!!! still got a C cuz i didnt do the work bt the art helped me XD thanx!!!!! n its totally realistic ur amazin!!!

~5 year olds are crazy!!! y did my lil cuz squeez my boobs n hw do they feel lik icecream????~
sabather Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2011  Student General Artist
E3tsuki Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
this was really helpful :) i love drawing eyes! now i can draw them a little better. your really helpful mr drawing guru
thewisefool27 Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
you're an awsome artist bro i wish i had half of your skill. good luck man
ZombieVSham Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2011
I watch your YouTube videos :D your an amazing artist and this tutorial helped a lot :)
COla013 Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2011
Thank you it helps a lot :) i also watched your videos on yt. You' re amazing artist
Dimsim92 Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2011   Traditional Artist
I remeber this on Youtube, anyways both are helpful :D
Drezz15 Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Excellent tutorial... very clear and precise... I will def forward it to my friends...
Leona-Starli Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2011
hey thnx for great tutorial its help me so much

i was drawing the human eye but its not so good when i see this its make my drawing so good^^

i love that thnx again i will sent to you the link leter ok? ^^

and can u make tutorial on how to draw the human face & body plz?
Hyroar Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2011  Hobbyist
The sunlight and the reflection are an amazing effect!! I think these two aspects in the picture are very important for the final realistic look. :)
LiquoriceWhirls Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2011
Wow, you're a brilliant artist! You make it look so easy, but whenever I try it, it never turns out right!
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