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Endless eyes Tutorial: colored by Stephen67 Endless eyes Tutorial: colored by Stephen67
Here's a quick tutorial on how I draw eyes. Not everything was there as it would be about 200 photos. So if you have any questions feel free to ask :) Also I tried not to sound like a jackass when I pointed stuff out, so if I did sorry about that.

This is one I am doing of Charlize Theron, I might continue to do tutorials on this piece if there is a big enough want of them (as it takes longer to stop and take pictures after each step). Unfortunately a picture isn't the same, it's very difficult to see something endless in a picture over the real thing, especially when the picture is of something a lot larger and the eye becomes like 50 pixels big. So hopefully this will help illustrate a bit of what gets lost in a photo... which is ironic because it is a photo and has lost a lot, lol. For example layers of colored pencil make effects with light at different angles, you loose this with a picture.



As always, remember to have good lighting and GET UP at least once every half hour, other wise you WILL get back problems and if you think back problems just mean a sore back, you've yet to have one :( Drinking A LOT of water helps as a reminder, also keeps your work up to shape and keeps you focused.

Have fun!
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iminastrangeland Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
omg this has so many helpful hints in it. :) thank you
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Mysticwolf3 Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This helps so much it looks amazing O.o :D
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Sapphire-Hyuga Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
That looks like Amy Lee's eyeO.O
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FireYuuki Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Um, can I apply these steps with every eye color?
You have to know that this is the best tutorial about coloring eyes ever! And I've been searching a lot! Thank you so much for posting this!
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Stephen67 Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2012
You can use the same steps but you'll need to adjust for what color you're doing the iris as. The important thing to remember is the base color and what family of color it's in. Blue eyes generally have a shade of blue or maybe a tiny bit of green as a base, green eyes can sometimes use yellow in the base but it's very difficult to use a yellow in a blue eye without turning it green. Brow eyes tend to use yellow as well, the more vivid the yellow, the more honey colored the eye will be, for a natural brown eye more of a dark orange color is best (brown is in the family of orange). It can depend greatly on what look is desired with it, and in my experience I have never used the same "recipe" twice with eye color as it's all quite subjective.


Hope that helps, glad you like the tutorial :)
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FireYuuki Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much for this,it's really helpful!
And for yellow eyes, like you did for Edward, it's the same as for brown eyes? Do I have to use yellow, orange, light brown?
Sorry for bothering you with these...
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Stephen67 Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2012
Yellow eyes are a bit different, mainly a base of a strong yellow followed by a little bit of yellow-orange and a tiny bit of a dark brown to give it depth. Brown eyes tend to have a darker base, more of a butterscotch color. Some browns are more vibrant and rich, butterscotch as a base will help with that, a darker brown eye will have more of a chocolate colored base.

I tend to use a lot of colors in an eye, sometimes as many as 40, the trick is to find a good base color that will shine through all the others and effect them the way you want to. It's one of those things you have to play with to get the effect you want, often I'll use a tiny bit of a color and find it's not doing what I want, so I'll switch colors. Expect to use at least a dozen pencils to get the life and depth you want.


And no worries, ask away. I might not always quick to answer as I don't check this as often as I use to, but if I can help I'll tell you what I know.

Have a good one.
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FireYuuki Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thanks! :D
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hannahslion Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2011  Student General Artist
This helps a lot, thanks for the help!
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Stephen67 Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2011
You're welcome :)

(Sorry for the late reply)
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demeter17 Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2009
oh gawd. this is to hard for me
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Stephen67 Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2009
Break down the steps more. If something is too hard you're biting off too many steps to do at once. Complicated things take patience because of the amount of small steps involved.
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Igorxxx70 Featured By Owner May 6, 2009
I enjoyed your tutorial but I could not see the middle row of pictures because they were too dark. Any way I correct that so that I could see the colors?
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Stephen67 Featured By Owner May 7, 2009
hmm, middle row is the same, I'm guess it might be a problem with your monitor, might be able to turn up the brightness and see more on it. Sorry.
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Igorxxx70 Featured By Owner May 8, 2009
What do you mean by middle row is the same?
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Stephen67 Featured By Owner May 8, 2009
Well, on my screen the middle row looks exactly the same as the two side rows, no difference is color, brightness or anything else.
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what colors did you use in this tutorial, and what colors would you use in hazel- greenish eyes?... i want to learn to do eyes as good as you! thanks agian for taking the time to write this tutorial!
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Stephen67 Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2009
Be about 25 colors so I don't know off hand. Start with the lightest and work your way darker.

Hazel-greenish eyes, similar to the drawing I've done of Abby (which are green with brown) will have a lot of greens, yellows, some oranges, and some browns. Possibility a few blues. The more colors the better it looks. Black Raspberry or Black cherry do interesting things with green bases. But test that first, I mainly use the combo with plants not eyes.

Just take a look at your reference picture and study all the colors. You'll find you will always grow to see more color than you did the prior time. The more you train your eyes to see colors, the better your drawings will be. You just have to search and try to match them to what you have, it's the only way to teach your eyes and brain. Sometimes you can't see a color till you see the effect it causes, like lavender in skin, it's very subtle and not something you normally see on it's own, but when added it makes skin much more real, specifically with women.

Sometimes it takes several minutes to see what color is missing, a lot of back and forth searching, sometimes you have to think what color would react well to what you have down; for example the black raspberry is not a color you would see in a reference picture, but when places on top of several other colors it creates an effect. Only way I know how to explain that is through experience with your colors. For example white over a black base creates a very different effect than black over a white base. The two colors are the same but the order changes how they lay down on the paper. Order is very important, I usually write mine down when I'm doing something large, like hair. Other wise when you go to repeat it, it won't be identical even though you used all the same colors. Just something that has to be played with.

Think of your colors as transparencies not opaque, come to think of it, painting my car with a candy really helped me learn a lot with drawing...
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thank you so much for taking the time to answer me.. I am going to go practice now!
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Stephen67 Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2009
No problem :)
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PurpleStripeyedSpork Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2009
thank you for the fave! [link]
Affection
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:iconpurplestripeyedspork:
thank you so much.. I'm having a whole lot of trouble with eyes.. this helped one of my problems! happy drawing to you!
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Stephen67 Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2009
Glad it helps, happy drawing :)

I also am in the process of making a tutorial for hair. Just need to write it up.
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yay.. Im alright with hair, but I find myself doing tutorials just for practice/new methods of drawing.. please put your color list in the hair one though.. as it is I wouldn't have thought of orange and black grape in hazel eyes.. I enjoyed your gallery!
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letseewhatwegothere Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2009   Traditional Artist
This is really help, I`m really suck at drawing colored piece...
can`t wait to see your hair tutorial.

:)
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Stephen67 Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2009
Glad it does :)
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Rolomie Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2009
thx , itx helpful
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Stephen67 Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2009
no problem, glad it helps
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Rolomie Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2009
-v-
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Mahado07 Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2009
great tips :-) thanks a ton !
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Stephen67 Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2009
No problem :)

I'll try to do a tutorial on hair here shortly as well if you're interested.
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Mahado07 Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2009
are you kidding :drool: count me in ! I just realised i didn't put you on my dev watch *really strange since i did click on the button* thanks so much :-) I hope to someday actually produce something that looks like it's supposed to :D
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Stephen67 Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2009
lol thanks for the +watch ;)

Outline is the most critical part, for instance on Twilight I spent 3 hours on it. If something is off on the outline, everything will be off on the drawing.
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Mahado07 Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2009
i have shaky hands *not due to alcoholism - never had a drink in my life :D but through mercury poisoning, my nerves are a little shot*
i find it very difficult to draw something from scratch on the computer - colouring it digitally is what I'm comfy with but i have to draw on paper/some sort of material and then too, my lines are always shaky so something simple which would take someone 10 minutes, takes me around 30 :O_o:

you don't have to thank me for the watch :lol: it is to my benefit

The twilight piece looks beautiful :nod:
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Stephen67 Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2009
I'm the same with drawing, I usually just draw and scan then color (not any of these drawings, more things like business logos). Sucks about the mercury poisoning, I didn't know that would have long term effects :(
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Mahado07 Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2009
well if you catch it early *within 6 months or so* then you have a chance chelating but otherwise, you're pretty much stuck with it for the rest of your life and the umbrella symptoms grow yr by yr, we have symptoms of arthritis, parkinson's, binocular vision, heart tremours etc but it never shows up in an official sense like on the blood tests, MRIs, ultrasound and so on; you wouldn't believe how this sucks to put it lightly :(
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Stephen67 Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2009
Sucks would be a massive understatement, sorry you have to deal with it :(
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meihua Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2008
wow that is so cool! thanks for showing the process :)
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Stephen67 Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2008
no problem :)
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hadoolie Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2008
wow compared 2 my way of coloring itz like totally off
well not off bt totally different
im drawin this pic n i rely want u 2 see it
hopefully ill finish it within this month
bt u know, bigger than a3 paper n all in color
bt wen i finish it n post it up
i wud rely apretiate it if ud look at it
kk, thx for the tutoring n rely luv ur idea
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Stephen67 Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2008
Course, let me know when it's done :)
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hadoolie Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2008
thankeez
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mademoisellelala Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2008
some good tricks i'll have in mind..... especially with miss dormer ^^...
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Stephen67 Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2008
:)
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