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Eye Tutorial - Drawing, Painting, Swatches by ThreshTheSky Eye Tutorial - Drawing, Painting, Swatches by ThreshTheSky
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• 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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Given 2014-02-03
aellynn Featured By Owner 7 hours ago  New member Student General Artist
I've never seen an eye tutorial like this but it's something I've always wanted! This is great!
dudgus2429 Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2014
ThreshTheSky Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Natmonkey Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It was so easy to follow! I used it here: 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 Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
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. :)
Natmonkey Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you for making this. First proper eyes I've ever done, thanks to you. It's deceptively easy, actually. I'm sure my output isn't perfect yet, but waaay better than before. Progress! :dummy:
ThreshTheSky Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
"It's deceptively easy, actually."

I'm so glad to hear that! I do my best to make my tutorials clear and easy to follow. That, and I hope that by making them people will see that it's all just technique and practice. :D
Natmonkey Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah. I thought it was magic at first, but no. Woo! :dummy:
BYBcool Featured By Owner May 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
cool..... you an expert....
ThreshTheSky Featured By Owner May 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I wouldn't call myself an expert. But thanks. I hope this is useful. :)
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