Part 1 of the Pencil portrait course is all about drawing the windows to the soul.
In this class we will learn:
1) How to draw eyes 2) How to draw eyebrows 3) How to draw natural looking eyelashes 4) How to make the eyes look alive 5) and much more..
For this class you will need:
1) A set of pencils 2) A4 or letter size sheet of paper 3) Soft eraser and Kneaded eraser
Step 1 - Draw in the initial outlines
Begin by lightly drawing from or tracing the basic template for the eye. You can make your layout as large as you like to make it easier to work on, but take time to get the layout correct. Note differing shapes of upper and lower lids.
Step 2 - Draw the Iris and the Pupil
In a full face portrait the iris and pupils are perfectly round, though the top of the iris is usually cut by the upper lid. Lightly shade the iris then lay in the pupil, which will be the darkest point on the portrait. This will enable you to judge the depth of shading for the iris.
Step 3 - Add the highlights to the eye
Use the eraser to lift the highlights and then make adjustments by carefully shading the highlight edges from light to dark. Don’t forget the direction from which the light is coming.
Step 4 - Shade the eyeball
The ball of an eye is not white, so very light shading is needed here. Pay attention to the shadows made by the overhanging brow.
Step 5 - Draw in the eyelids
Now put light shading around the eye as well as the highlights to the top and bottom eyelids and brow.
Step 6 - Add the eyelashes
Eyelashes are not always single, but some are in clumps. They are shorter on the bottom eyelid and much longer for the top, but watch the direction and foreshortening for both. Adjust the shading under the top eyelashes.
Step 7 - Draw in the eyebrows
Like eyelashes, eyebrow hairs lie in several directions and can be light or dark so flick them in carefully. Shade lightly around them, not forgetting the highlights.
Step 8 - Complete the eye
Make adjustments to shading to pull it all together.
One eye does not a portrait make; draw many eyes using photos, mirrored self or persuade family/friends to sit for a few minutes. The more you draw the faster you’ll get – and better!
Get access to the two hour video of this class below.
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