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Eye Tutorial - Drawing, Painting, Swatches

By ThreshTheSky
Please read:

• This is not the only way and definitely not the best way to paint eyes. It's just how I happen to do it. Hopefully a few people will find it useful.

• When I began making this a long time ago, it was my intention to do one tutorial that covered the entire eye. However, I quickly figured out that that would be too much information for one sheet. Thus this one only covers the iris and pupil, not the sclera (whites of the eyes) or the eyelids/surrounding skin. If enough interest is expressed, I'll make a Part 2 that covers the rest of the eye.

• Although the painting section referneces Photoshop tools (I use PS CS6), I categorized this under "Other" since the Anatomy & Structure section can apply to drawing/painting in any medium (including traditional) and the swatches can be used in any digital program.

•This tutorial uses a fair amount biology/anatomy as well as physics to explain things. This tutorial could have been ten times as long in order to explain everything completely but is instead my attempt at concise and simple. I'm glad to answer any questions or clarify things if necessary. Just ask.

• If you notice any typos, please let me know so that I can be embarrassed fix it.

If you find this helpful or plan to use it in the future (especially the swatches), please add this to your favorites. Leaving a link in the comments to whatever you make with it so I can admire what you came up with would also be awesome. :)

Other digital stuff:
Fur Tutorial (Digital Painting in PS) by ThreshTheSky Brave: Merida by ThreshTheSky Elysian Feline by ThreshTheSky The Hobbit: Thorin Oakenshield by ThreshTheSky

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Thank you for sharing this.
ThreshTheSky's avatar
My pleasure! I hope it's useful. 
Astro8Dog's avatar
:D
Thank you so much!
ThreshTheSky's avatar
My pleasure! Hope it's helpful. :)
ThreshTheSky's avatar
My pleasure! I hope it's useful.
artbyremy's avatar
Thank you so much for sharing! I'm -just- learning how to paint digitally and this is wonderfully informative! <3 
ThreshTheSky's avatar
Glad to hear it! I hope it's helpful. :)
artbyremy's avatar
Oh gosh, yes it's been delightful! And SO easy to understand! I will post my image and show you what I created with your tutorial! Again, I can't thank you enough! I've seen about fifteen different eye tutorials and this one was the easiest to comprehend and the best for me, myself! <3 
ThreshTheSky's avatar
That's awesome to hear! I look forward to seeing what you make. 
ThreshTheSky's avatar
My pleasure! Thanks for sharing. :D
artbyremy's avatar
Thank you for teaching me! <3
I-Bl33D-4RT's avatar
You are awesome for making this tutorial <3
ThreshTheSky's avatar
I hope it's useful! Thanks for commenting. :)
hyperskygirl's avatar
i cant wait to try it ty for sharing :)
ThreshTheSky's avatar
Awesome! I hope it's helpful. If you think of it, come back with a link so I can admire your work.

Thanks for commenting, faving, and watching too. :D
aellynn's avatar
I've never seen an eye tutorial like this but it's something I've always wanted! This is great!
ThreshTheSky's avatar
Glad to hear that! Hope it's helpful. :D
aellynn's avatar
It will be :D 
Natmonkey's avatar
It was so easy to follow! I used it here: fav.me/d7l1p5j Can't really see the eyes all that fabulously there, I'm afraid, but I assure you that it has made a difference. A million thanks!
ThreshTheSky's avatar
Glad to hear it was useful! Thank you for linking me to your deviation. It's really gratifying to see what people make with a tutorial you made. :)
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