How to Draw an Eye – Step by Step

How to Draw an Eye – Step by Step


Hey guys, this is Stan Prokopenko, welcome
to another episode of Proko! In this episode I will show you step by step,
how I draw an eye. I recommend you watch my previous video in
which I cover the structure of each individual part of the eye. So, every drawing starts with a layin. This phase is usually linear and is focused
on proportions and shape design. You want to make sure the the major shapes
are the right size and in the right place BEFORE you start adding details. Most of the time, my layin process involves
starting with the biggest shapes and then breaking it up into smaller and smaller shapes. Start with the angles of the eye brow, side
of the nose to bottom of the lid and back around to the side of the socket. I like to group the lids, sclera and iris
into one shape at first. I feel that it’s easier to get this shape
accurately placed inside the socket, instead of drawing all the pieces individually. I make sure to observe all the angles of the
plane changes. Then, I can break down this group into it’s
smaller pieces. When you’re drawing the lids, make sure you
include the bottom plane of the top lid and top plane of the bottom lid. This will show the thickness of the lids. This eye is looking directly at us, so it
will be a perfect circle. Usually the top lid will cover more of the
iris than the bottom lid. Don’t forget about the thickness of the eyebrow
and make sure the distance from the brow to the top lid is correct. Step 2 The 2 value stage is very important. Most people want to jump ahead and start rendering
details. If you’re advanced, you can do whatever you
want, otherwise, I suggest simplifying the process. The 2 value stage involves separating the
areas that are directly lit from areas that are in shadow. To clarify, halftones are considered part
of the lights, and reflected light is considered part of the shadow. If this terminology isn’t familiar to you,
I’ll try to get a video on that later. For now, you can take a look at my blog post. I’ve added a link to it in the description
box below. So, I’m observing the light pattern and trying
to design those shapes. This stage should look clean and graphic. You should only have 1 value for the lights
and 1 value for the shadows. My shadow value is usually around a 4 on the
value scale. Number 3 Now I’ll put in the darkest areas of the drawing. I do this to establish my value range. Meaning, I have the darkest and lightest values
in my drawing. You’ll typically find the dark accents in
core shadows, deep creases, like on the top lid, and areas that have a darker local value,
like the hair of the eyebrow. After putting in the dark accents, you should start
to see the reflected light in your drawing. Notice that I didn’t erase the reflected lights
to make them lighter, I just darkened around them. Step 4 At this point, I switch to the lit areas of
the drawing and I focus on the gradations and plane changes to make the forms read a
little bit more 3-dimensionally. If you find the highlights, then you’ll know
that everything around them just needs to be a little bit darker as the planes turn
away from the light source. And Step 5 Finally, I’ll go through the whole drawing
one more time and clean up anything that I think can make the forms read better. I’ll sharpen some edges, clean up shapes,
and maybe add some more details. So, for example I want to sharpen this cast
shadow from the top lid and make sure that it’s shape wraps around the eyeball. I’ll add some fuzzy eyelashes.. and I’m almost
done here. Ok, I’ll call this one finished! And I’m going to be giving away this drawing
and the drawing I did in the previous video If you want a chance to win, just find my
facebook page and reshare the post to this video or the first eye video, or both! I’ll pick the winner on September 28th. hey by the way if you want me to use your photo in
one of these videos and you haven’t sent one in yet, you still have time! I still have to do tutorials on the nose,
lips, ears and hair. So, keep those photos coming! The main things I request is a good balance
of light and shadows, so please don’t use a flash. And since I’m publishing these videos in HD,
of course the higher the resolution the better. Thanks a lot guys! I really appreciate everyone who has already
contributed.

100 thoughts on “How to Draw an Eye – Step by Step

  1. No matter that I do not understand your language because I am Egyptian .. But I learn from you .. Thank you very much. And our Lord will reconcile ❤

  2. Why does I thinks the eye doesn't look at me? you've said it would look at me. I shall not be ignored!

  3. How do you make your shadows and gradations look so smooth and pleasing to the eye? Mine end up looking either too rugged or too undefined

  4. Please tell me i wasn't the only one really confused with what was going on. Actually got really angry I couldn't follow along

  5. You are great.it looks so easy, how you explain, hope u are still doing it. Can wait to start practising i am going home right now and buy some pencils.Yeeeyy

  6. Ur so talented! Do u do portraits? I'd love to find someone to do my dad we lost to prostate cancer I cant think of a better gift for my mom and family.

  7. Awesome movement in your shadows seems to come from your hand position on the pencil.
    I try to draw like that but have no control. Great video

  8. I have just learnt so much from your tutorials. I watched my drawing go from mmm…something's wrong but I don't know what it is, to oh my gosh I cant believe a I just drew a perfectly real eye!

  9. I've come back to this series week by week and just noticed that I've been doing one of the steps wrong,
    finally snapped into me.
    Thanks for the free content though, I love it.

  10. Before watching this video I was drawing just to get a feeling with lines and stuff (first time trying to draw 2d seriously, I'm learning 3d modeling atm) and my drawing has always been bad, but for some reason I noticed I'm quite comfortable working on 3D. After watching this video I know why. It is not that I can't draw lines for saving my life, I just lack anatomy knowledge and the ability to translate irl 3d objects to 2d on paper.

    I listened carefully to Proko and put an effort to make the eye as shown and… ! I can't believe I have just draw a decent eye! I'm impressed with myself. I know I can definitely improve and draw better lines and learn proportion a bit more but I'm so glad I found your channel, thank you sir.

  11. I know this is an old video but hopefully you will reply, Proko.

    Is there a way that I can show you my end result

  12. I have seen so many tutorials with long individual eyelashes, but most eyelashes are not curled! You barely see them from front.

  13. Really great. Almost like finding the image , rather than Creating it. Thank you. Glad there are Proper artist out there today and not just in the past

  14. My tips? When you learn. Don't focus on details. Each eye is different in details. Find commons. Like. REAL common. You'll be surprised at how simple things you ONLY need too learn.

  15. God, I wish you were my teacher. Learning stuff from here is incredible too! I want to draw more eyes, does anyone use Proko’s package deals? I need to learn eyes from angles and different mimics of the eyes. Does Proko have more eyes tutorials in his packages?

  16. I been out of practice a while, but following this took me back to where I left off! I would say mine is about 90-95% close to yours!

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