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Basic Eye Coloring Tutorial by telophase Basic Eye Coloring Tutorial by telophase
In my mad rush to procrastinate getting ready for A-Kon, I threw together this tutorial on coloring eyes. This isn't geared towards any particular coloring method, and you can use this as a guide for digital and traditional coloring.

There's a preview up because the file itself is about 350K, so be warned if you're on a slow modem. I couldn't save it any smaller and have the text still be readable amongst the compression artifacts.

Don't take this as a YOU MUST COLOR EYES THIS WAY because there's tons of ways to do it. This is just one method for getting good results, along with a number of different variations in reflections that you can try.
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GazTV-inc Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2012
Simple, Effective. Great work.
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Wizrares Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2011
Basic tutorial but awesome, exactly what I was looking for. Gratz
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profileshark77 Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Appreciate this very much! I definitely will be using it again XD
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Sid-Nas Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2009
very simple and effective, thx ;)
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pylorene Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2009
so much help thanks :D
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RavynCrescent Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you for making this!
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RockyandGinger4ever Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2007
wow thanks o)
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Kogeteen Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2007
great!

really helpful =)
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exarius0103 Featured By Owner May 7, 2007
very helpful, thanks!
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NekoWashu Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2006
I love how informative this tutorial is. It's good to know the what, why and when's of light reflections in eyes. =D Great job!
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Elenmire Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2006
very well done work, is very useful. Thank you ^^
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2006  Professional General Artist
Very good, the rundown of the different kinds of reflections is very useful!
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4Anime Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Good tutorial. I never thought of that.
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Ryouichi Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2005
amazing tutorial! This will be very useful :)
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Colax Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2005
oo explanations =o X3 :+fav: loves this esp. of goku's eyeess X9
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RubyLight Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2005
Nice. Very helpful :). I've been drawing for a long while, but sometimes I feel the need to refresh my memory on basic "anatomy" principles ^^. Reading through your eye shading tutorial really made me recall some stuff and think about the small details.
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kuroneko-luna Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2005   General Artist
wow... i hope i get to try this..i guess i will... i find it hard to color eyes, so thank you for this! =^-^=
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Grey-Ash Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2005
You have no idea how much that's going to help me now that I'm working on my first CG! Thank you!
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aligner Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2005
This was truly helpful, including the comment on hands and feet etc.. glad I scrolled down lols (:
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vega-chyan Featured By Owner May 31, 2005
Omg you were so totally procrastinating x.x
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PGTheGreat13 Featured By Owner May 31, 2005
oooh! spiffy tutorial! hey....*puts on puppy dog eyes* can you make a tutorial about hands and feet? or reccomend someplace with them? drawing hands and feet drive me up the wall (i'm always twisting my hands around trying to get the right angles and stuff - insane) it would be much appreciated. >^.^<
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telophase Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2005  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Heehee - I'm not that good at hands - I had to use some serious reference for these pictures. The best tip I've got is to learn the bones of the hand and when you draw it, do the bones first lightly (just a stick line is OK) with little circles for the joints, then wrap teh flesh around it after you've got teh underlying structure in. And keep in mind that in most poses, especially with bent fingers, each little segment of the finger is pointing in a different direction, and fingers are rarely exactly parallel to each other.

Feet are a bit easier, since the toes don't move that independently of each other. The closest I have is a quick draw-over I did for someone else to work out the perspective of a pair of feet. The best tip I ever got from my drawing teacher is to note where the leg bone hits the ankle: see how the heel bone comprises like a full third of the foot? The heel sticks out much farther than most people realize, which it's got to because of balance issues. If you vizualize the foot as a right triangle, with the right angle corner where the leg bone hits it, you can get it balanced out pretty good.

Toes: much easier than anyone thinks. Firs toff - they don't have to be elaborate, and you don't *want* them elaborate, like you don't want ears elaborate, because they're not the focus of the picture (exceptions here and here). So you just do what Hiroaki Samura does in Blade of the Imortal and draw little squiggles, thene veryone leaves compliments on your page telling you how good your toes are. XD
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PGTheGreat13 Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2005
thanks for the tips *hands you a cookie* now i must go and practice the evils *runs off*
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Animyth Featured By Owner May 31, 2005
yay! Thanks a lot for posting this! It's uber helpful =D ~ :heart:
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JamieKinosian Featured By Owner May 30, 2005  Professional Traditional Artist
-okay- the "deer in the headlights" Cracked me up. XD What a way to put it.

Very nice tutorial though. Actually cleared up a few things that'll prolly help me. ;)
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telophase Featured By Owner May 30, 2005  Hobbyist Digital Artist
XD Well, it goes a long way towards explaining why people often look gobsmacked in photos.
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JamieKinosian Featured By Owner May 30, 2005  Professional Traditional Artist
-okay- the "deer in the headlights" Cracked me up. XD What a way to put it.
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blades-of-ice Featured By Owner May 30, 2005  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks a lot for posting this, it'll be extremely useful if I ever get around to practicing coloring on the comp.
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BobTheDragon Featured By Owner May 30, 2005
Wow. I think you're officially my hero.
You just explained the anatomy of the eye for me. I now have... about a bajillion times as much knowledge on the topic of eyes...
Ok, that's probably not true, but then again, knowledge isn't exactly quantitative...
And bajillion's not a word...
So I guess my previous statement could really mean anything... Whateva'
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telophase Featured By Owner May 30, 2005  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! XD I didn't know about how reflection worked inside the eye until an art teacher told me two years ago. It was one of those O.o moments because it's something so simple and obvious yet not simple and obvious. And it changes depending on the lighting in the scene as well, but I'm not especially a master of anything but one-light-source images. XD
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BobTheDragon Featured By Owner May 31, 2005
Yeah, that really impressed me. I kinda freaked out when I realized what you we saying and forced my brother to admire the diagram as well ^_^; Anyways, yeah, I'm gonna be payin' more attention to eyes now. I can finally appreciate their shininess.
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telophase Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2005  Hobbyist Digital Artist
As with all things, they're always more complicated than you'd expect. :)
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brandiyorkart Featured By Owner May 30, 2005  Professional General Artist
Okay....it's official ... You now officially procrastinate worse than my husband..... at least your procastination is productive. XD And useful. :D
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telophase Featured By Owner May 30, 2005  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I am the Queen of Procrastination, and I can get an amazing amount of work accomplished, provided there's something else I'm avoiding. I've made great inroads on the squalor that is my apartment this weekend, and got this tutorial done. I shall probably find a cure for cancer before Thursday. XD
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elfofmirkwood Featured By Owner May 30, 2005
Koolio! I've been looking for this sorta thing! Thanx! :D :XD:
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telophase Featured By Owner May 30, 2005  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're welcome! :D
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