Why Learning How To Draw Eyes Is Vital
There have been many times when I have completed a pencil portrait, and had that niggling ‘Something-isn’t-right’ feeling, but couldn’t work out what it was. Nine times out of ten it was something relevant in the eyes; a missed glint, or a small crease line in the corner can completely alter the whole portrait so much that the pencil portrait resembles nobody I have ever seen in my life; never mind the actual photo!
For this reason, I always start my pencil portraits with the eyes. Actually, just the one eye then the nose and then the second eye.
This drawing tutorial will guide you through drawing the first eye.
How To Draw Your Subject’s Eyes
For this you will need;
- 2B Pencil
- Putty Rubber
- Blending Tool
- Shading Guide
1.) Start by working out the right eyes (as you look at it) position. You can do this by simply counting how many squares across, and then how many squares up the page on your printout from the bottom left hand corner.
Mark your starting point very lightly on your paper.
One square at a time, and making sure you frequently reference your printout, begin drawing a light outline of the right eye. It doesn’t have to be exact at this point, just the general shape is fine.
I would suggest around a 4 or 5 on your Shading Guide for shadows, leaving 8 or 9 for the pupil.
Don’t do too much- less is more. We will be blending this out in step 3.
Don’t. It’s fine, and just to show you I have the same kind of messy result.
Things always have to get worse before they get better, right?
Keep referencing your printout, and try altering the shape if needed now you can see the darker areas.
Take your time.
Keep the blending as tight as you can.
They are common in the iris and pupil…
Feel free to tweak it as you see fit using the techniques mentioned above.
Before we can do the left eye, we will add the nose in Step 4.
This will keep the sketch flowing, and allow for continuity between shading.