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Semi-realistic + anime Eye Tutorial and References

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By Qinni   |   
© 2012 - 2020 Qinni
Reblog on my Tumblr

I've seen a lot of eye tuts on dA...at least, what seems like tutorials, but a lot of them are simply either step-by-step or just a bunch of different styles of eyes in different angles. None of them really explain how the eyes look the way it does, why the eyelids casts that shadow on the eyeballs, etc. At least, none that I've seen :)

I hope this gives you guys a more in-depth look to the human eye and the structure surrounding it. This actually took quite a long time, so i hope you guys like it :). Rendering the eyes took a LOT longer than simply sketching them D;.

If you have any more questions, feel free to ask :).

here's the step-by-step put into gif so it's easier to see:

here are the skull studies I did back a few years ago:

My other tutorials:

My other works:

I put some anime eyes in the references too, hope you guys don't mind, hahaha.

ps. i put it in traditional art catagory because it's the only one with the subsection "anatomy" in it. I'm not sure why digital art can't teach anatomy either, but you'll have to ask dA about that. xD;;.

PPS: I did this in Painttool SAI
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animeotaku543Hobbyist General Artist
Ahh thank you sm for this!!
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gaby2016Student General Artist
Oooh this is a nice tutorial
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Very useful!
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i like it
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AnspireHobbyist General Artist

Hello! Thanks for creating such a good tutorial! I am an aspiring artist and YouTuber and your tutorial was featured in one of my videos: www.youtube.com/watch?v=17M6gm…

If you like it and are a pay-it-forward type of person, I would appreciate a little help getting the word about my channel out. Anyway, keep up the great work!

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Thank you! Very helpful!
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daniel-nagyProfessional Digital Artist
gorgeous, thank you for sharing this!
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qirayamaHobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for the tutorial.
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MiriuneHobbyist Traditional Artist
Aahh this is very helpful, thank you for posting this! 
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gameyanProfessional Filmographer
very nice tutoral... thanks for sharing..

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navii16Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you for the tutorial. Recently I have been trying to draw more realistic eyes and the set with the eyes looking toward something is super helpful because I can see what the eyelashes are suppose to look like compared to flat.
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VifdorHobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very much !
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Thanks! it's gonna be much helpful.
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AkataiHobbyist Digital Artist
What kind of brushes do you use?
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Very cool, thanks for sharing your knowledge! :)
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SnauntyHobbyist Digital Artist
Very good tutorial. However I laughed at the skulls cause it looks like they've seen some real shit xD

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JeantineHobbitHobbyist Writer
Thanks for the tutorial! I love semi-realistic eyes! :)
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SydneyitsSydneyYoHobbyist Digital Artist
These are cool!
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AriBlueJHobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much for this tutorial.
Its the first one on eyes and facial structure that made sense to me.
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Freedom-of-my-SoulHobbyist General Artist
this is actually a good explanation. I don't know how many people realize that your entire facial structure (not just your eyes but how your entire face looks), is affected by your skull. Very nice ~
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