HOW TO DRAW REALISTIC EYES


Tools : Adobe Photoshop and a Graphic tablet (or a mouse if you haven't)

Abbreviation

L : Layer
SRB : use a soft round brush
W : Width
C : Color
O : Opacity
E : eraser
GB : Apply a gaussian blur


  • Create a new document of 1560 x 1040 px
  • Create 17 layers and name them as : L00, L01 ... L16


Each step starts by the name of the layer you have to work with (example : L00)

Picture 01

  • L00 . Apply the color #8d8d8d
  • L16 . Draw the shape : SRB (C : black ; W : 15 px ; O : 100%)
  • L01 . Color each part : SRB (W : 100 px ; O : 100%) C : #5a5a5a / black / #f2f2f2
  • L01 . GB 7 px


Picture 02 (click on the thumbail #2 to see the larger image)

  • L02 . SRB (C : #3a3a3a ; W : 100px ; O : 100%)


Picture 03

  • The skin crease is more marked in the upper eyelid than in the lower eyelid
  • L02 . GB (30px)
  • L02 . Erase if the shadow is too large : E (W : 100px ; O : 100%)


Picture 04

  • L03 . SRB (C : black ; W : 50px ; O : 10%)

Picture 05

  • L03 . GB (15px)
  • Hide L16

Picture 06

  • L04 . Continue to work on the shadows (don't forget the eyeball) : SRB (C : black ; W : 100px ; O : 5%)

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  • L04 . GB (30px)
  • L05 . Start to work on the lights : SRB (C : white; W : 65px ; O : 15%)

Picture 08

  • L05 . GB (15px)
  • L06 . Work again on the shadows with a different size of brush : SRB (C : black ; W : 200px ; O : 15%) & SRB (C : black ; W : 45px ; O : 15%)

Picture 09

  • L07 . Use this layer to work on the detailed lights (iris...) with a little brush : SRB (C : white ; W : 20px ; O : 10%)
  • L08 . Use this layer to draw the largest light : SRB (C : white ; W : 100px and 200px ; O : 10%) and adjust with E (W : 65px ; O : 100%)

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  • Merge all the layers : L00+L01+...+L08
  • Use dodge and bum (expo : 4% ; W : 200px/50px) to correct shadows and lights as you want


Eyelashes : The eyelashes belonging to the upper lids and the lower lids vary from each other. The upper lid eyelashes are longer, tend to curve in an upward direction, and are more noticeable than the lower lid eyelashes, which are shorter and tend to be stumpy without much curve. There are two or three rows of eyelashes in the upper eyelid and one or two rows of eyelashes in the lower eyelid.


  • L09 . Draw eyelashes on upper lids : SRB (C : black ; W : 17px ; O : 100%)

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  • L09 . Smudge the extremities of eyelashes : Smudge (W : 45 ; strength : 25%) and correct if it's too long with E (W : 65% ; O : 100%)

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  • L10 . Use the same tools for eyelashes of lower lid

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  • L11. Add some shadows with a big brush under the eyelashes : SRB (C : black ; W : 100px ; O : 10%)
  • L11. GB (25px)

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  • Create a New Adjustment Layer : Gradient Map :

Black (0 %) #421706 (16%) # c18362 (44%) #ffdba3 (70%) #ffe2c8 (88%) white (100%)


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  • L12 . Change the layer blending mode to Hue and its opacity to 70% and color the iris : SRB (C : #175769 ; W : 100px ; O : 100%)

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  • L13 . Change the layer blending mode to Color burn and draw with a SRB (C : #cfc179 ; W : 100p x ; O : 100%)

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  • L14 . Change the layer blending mode to Hue and its opacity to 80% and color the eyeball : SRB (C : #436d94 ; W : 100px ; O : 100%)

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  • L15 . Change the layer blending mode to Multiply and draw the outline of the iris : SRB (C : #366561 ; W : 30px ; O : 15%) GB (8px)

Make any necessary corrections...

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial (the video is in video tutorials)