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Enayla
04-05-2005, 02:54 PM
I've finally put together the tutorial that I did some time ago. I thought it would be a nifty thing to add to this our first week of the Art Discussion forum.

Painting an Eye

http://www.furiae.com/images/paintingeyes/animation.gif

The eye is probably the most catching thing about the human face. It's where we're looking when we're talking to people. It's where tears emerge from, it's where we indicate what we're looking at and often what we're thinking about what we see. If you're doing a painting and you do everything beautifully but you make the eyes look dead... then that's it, you've not painted a human, you've painted a mannequin. A dead thing.

http://www.furiae.com/images/paintingeyes/1.jpg

Instructions: Let us start with a blank piece of paper, only make it flesh coloured instead. Picking a good first colour for skin usually has some impact on all the other colours one will pick thereafter - for this reason, it's always pretty vital to start off in a good way. Not too pink, not too orange, and not too saturated.

Common mistakes: Using a colour that is too saturated or too grey. A colour that is too orange or too pink. Try to find the middle ground, it will affect the rest of the painting.


http://www.furiae.com/images/paintingeyes/2.jpg

Instructions: Secondly, sketching a really, really simple eye. There are some things here that people tend to forget. The first one is that there is a lid below the eye as well as above it. Without this lid, the eye will sit very unnaturally in the face. Secondly, we have the corner of the eye - you know, that small bit where the eye starts, where all the tears come from? Leaving these things out are among the most common mistakes when it comes to painting eyes.

Let's keep these 'sketch lines' on an entirely separate layer, on top of everything else.

Common mistakes: Forgetting the lower lid. Forgetting the corner of the eye.


http://www.furiae.com/images/paintingeyes/3.jpg

Instructions: Next, we try to get the feel for the shape of the eye. If we shade the bottom eyelid, and highlight the upper one, we suddenly see something emerge. A flat eyeball will mess the entire eye up, so it is very important that we get the roundness through. But the truth of the matter is that the area surrounding the eye should be showing the shape of the eyeball itself. The eyeball is white and you won't be able to show much of its roundness because most of it is hidden, but by shading the lids you'll give the same message without making the eye look like it is bulging. I'm using a warm pink here to highlight, and a desaturated brown for the shadow. This will all change though.


http://www.furiae.com/images/paintingeyes/4.jpg


Try to imagine that there are lines running across your face, showing the shape of it - it's sometimes hard to tell how the structure lies by just looking at something. Better yet, if you are ever inclined, paint straight lines running down your face and take a photo of it. You'll see that the lines look everything but straight when you look in a mirror - in fact, you might discover an entirely new way of looking at your own features (I once did this, believe it or not: it took a while to wash all the makeup off afterwards).

When you shade, keep these lines in mind. Don't paint them in unless you feel you absolutely have to (and if so, on a separate layer), but try to imagine them while you shade.

Common mistakes: Imagining the eyeball not as round, but as elliptic. Shading the surrounding area as well as the eyeball as if it is the shape and size of what shows, not what is hidden behind lid and flesh.


http://www.furiae.com/images/paintingeyes/5.jpg

Instructions:So, first I'll build the area around the eye up. I do this by picking a highlight (in this case, the same one that I used for the eyelid) and I figure out where the light would fall.

People have different shapes of eyes, but a rule of thumb is that you'll have a soft, pillowed area just below the eyebrow (along the entire length, actually, though I've only highlighted part of it here - the other part 'pops' out because I've shaded below and above), one upon the cheekbone and then it'll always help to make the area just around the corner of the eye look a little less flat. Close your eye and gently trace the shape with your fingertips. You'll have the swell of the eyelid, the area below the eyebrow and then the cheekbone, right? Remember that an area like this is likely to leave a shadow below.

The problem here, of course, is that we're not painting the entire face - it's easier to fit an eye in when there is something to fit it into.

Common mistakes: Too stark shading. Using pure black or even lines to show edges.


http://www.furiae.com/images/paintingeyes/6.jpg

Instructions: After this (watch the animation for, perhaps, a few more visuals on exactly what happens between these two stages), we need to define the areas that I only very quickly blurred in on the previous stage. I'm working with soft edged brushes here, all along. In some places, I'll shift to a custom brush that is round but has slightly torn edges.

Pick warmer, more saturated colours. You can highlight and shade by using colours alone. Work shadows into the eyebrow, but more importantly accentuate the eye itself by shading the lower lid more and also adding some shape to the upper lid. Again, touch your own eyelid (now carefully, keep your eye open), it sticks out a little but not too much. A common mistake is to make the upper eyelid look huge, and to forget the crease that shows that while you've got your eye open, the lid is slightly folded back.

Now, we're going to be tricksy. Instead of just shadowing with dark colours underneath the eye and accomplish a look like an alcoholic that hasn't slept for five days, we're going to find the shapes with a combination of highlights and shadows. Never forget that across the planes and curves of a face, the values will be flowing. You'll have light reflecting differently on the different types of skin (often oilier below the eyes, around the nose, moist on the lips). You'll have a few sharper creases (like upper eyelid) and then creases that soften out (like the one on the lower eyelid, which smoothens as it reaches the corner of the eye). A face does not consist only of highlighted cheekbones, nose, lips and chin - it has all kinds of hills and valleys, and however good you become at painting, it will always look flat, false, and fake until you understand these shapes.

http://www.furiae.com/images/paintingeyes/7.jpg

Common mistakes: Accentuating all the creases and folds only with shadows instead of highlights.


http://www.furiae.com/images/paintingeyes/8.jpg

Instructions: Trying to find shapes with a combination of highlights and shadows isn't always easy, but it's far more effective (to me, anyway) than trying to find it by using lines. For the most part, I won't even have the sketch lines here, they're merely here to demonstrate the shape of the eye as I build the face up around it.

Once more, accentuating the curves, planes and folds with a combination of lighter and darker areas. We're using no black, we're using no white. All variations of the same skin tone. Now - if you're clever, the highlighted area underneath the eye will have a slightly more bluish tone (as the skin here is extremely thin and the vessels underneath have a tendency of showing colour though), and use warmer highlights for the other parts of the face. If you pick the colours directly off this demonstration, you'll see that when I say 'bluish', I don't mean actually blue.

Taking a look, you'll see that in spite of the eyeball itself not having been drawn in, the eye already has shape!


http://www.furiae.com/images/paintingeyes/9.jpg

Instructions: Having just said that the face has shape even without the eyeball, that doesn't mean we can skip it altogether, does it now?

Let's sketch it in. Don't use white, use a mix of pale grey-beige and then brush over with the skin tone - I've found that this combination very closely resembles the actual colour of an eyeball (the skin tone is generally reflected on the highly glossy surface). Do not add highlights to this eyeball yet. It's a waste to work in the glossiness at this point - it'll be painted over by the iris and pupil anyway.

What's more important, though, is that the eyeball's shape is consistent with the shading you've done on the eyelids. If you've been thinking right, it should fit right in. If you've messed up, the eyeball will look like a golf ball pushed into an ill fitting hole. Keep imagining the round shape of it, and if it helps, sketch the outlines of the round shape on a separate layer and then shadow the eye below it accordingly.

Common Mistakes: Pure white for the eyeball.

Enayla
04-05-2005, 02:54 PM
http://www.furiae.com/images/paintingeyes/10.jpg

Instructions: The iris is completely round. For the most part, some of it will be hidden by the eyelid - if you hide only a little, the eye will look widened, shocked and staring (such as in the example I'm painting here), while hiding half or more will give the eye another expression altogether: perhaps indolent, seductive, sly.

Like the eyeball, never cease to imagine the iris as a round thing. To make absolutely sure, always paint the full round thing on a separate layer and then simply erase the bit that would be hidden by the eyelid. Like previously mentioned, we see the eyes, and we definitely see if something's messed up. A non-round iris will make it look alien and crooked - a neat thing if that's what you intended, but not so neat if you are aiming for a natural look.

So, pick a dark, random colour (nothing too extreme) and paint in the iris. Then on top of that, paint a lighter colour that will leave a slightly darker edge. Not all eyes have this darker edge at the outskirts of the iris, but we're settling for it this time around.


http://www.furiae.com/images/paintingeyes/11.jpg

Similarly, the pupil is COMPLETELY round, no doubt about it. Paint in a round, dark circle in the middle of the iris. Just for the feeling's sake, dab a blotch of white on top of the iris and pupil, just to see how it would feel. There's the eye, suddenly a little glossy.

Common Mistakes: As previously mentioned, there is a tendency to make the iris less than round.


http://www.furiae.com/images/paintingeyes/12.jpg

Instructions: There are no dark sketch-lines in a face, so it's time to get rid of them. There are two easy ways to do this - either you simply delete the layer, or you do as I did here: paint over them. I've found that painting over something rather than simply deleting it occasionally helps the liveliness of a picture. So for the sake of this exercise, paint over, don't delete.

What we have after we've done that is an eye that likely looks slightly messed up. We've used the lines as crutches, forgetting to shade the folds instead of letting simple lines do the talking. So the next mission is to do the highlighting and shading in the areas that are now looking stupid. For this, I use a brush that is either just a hard edged round one, or something similar to this:

http://www.furiae.com/images/featherbrush.jpg

(I've found that this brush is excellent to blend colours with, either as just painting, or as smudging)

Do not forget the fact that the bottom eyelid sticks out a little. It doesn't fit flat agains the eyeball - we need a little 'rim' to show that there's a shape to it and it's not just pasted in place. Paint this 'rim' (just above the lashes) with a vague pink colour slightly lighter than the skintone below.

Also, it might be a good thing to scribble the eyebrow in at this point, because once the lines are removed, chances are it looked like a dark blur. We'll fix it up more later.

Common mistakes: Leaving the lines in or mimicking them once they're removed.


http://www.furiae.com/images/paintingeyes/13.jpg

Instructions: At this point, pick up a mirror. Look at the eye in the mirror, and notice that the white of the eye becomes pinker as it reaches the corner of the eye, and that the pink isn't entirely flat in shape right before the corner. We need a little glossiness here, a little colour to make it believable. A tint of blue added to the eyeball colour, and then some very soft, smooth touches of a round soft brush to pick out little highlights here and there. Most important here - be careful, chances are you'll overdo this area and end up with an eyeball that looks textured. This isn't the point. Point is, adding little touches of realism.

Also, redefining the shape of the eye at this point, and adding more detail to the eyebrow and the corner of the eye is almost a must. I've found that the realism is sometimes helped by further enhancing the shape of the corner of the eye by highlighting around it (take a look to the immediate left of it, you'll find a little highlight there). Try to work in more colours. Try to find little oranges, blues, reds and purples to discreetly add here and there for a more skinlike 'feel' to the area surrounding the eye.

This is where we start thinking about the iris, as well. The iris is a textured, wonderfully intricate thing and usually what makes an eye 'fly'. The first step to defining it would be just adding a very sloppy dark shadow at the top of it (from the eyelid, remember that it sticks out a little.

Common Mistakes: Forgetting to define the corner of the eye, or even leaving out that area altogether.


http://www.furiae.com/images/paintingeyes/14.jpg

Instructions:
Do a new layer. Set new layer to 'soft light', and paint with a dark, ruddy colour to emphasise the skin tone. This will make more difference than you know. Paying special attention to the eyelids (the lower one in particular) and the area underneath the eyebrow. There is a vast difference now that the skintones are picked up. This sort of alteration goes for any kind of detail in a face, especially the bottom of a nose, around the nostrils and the eyes, but also the corners of the mouth and the side of the nostrils.

In this step and the one before, I've smudged the eyebrows a little with the brush I previously showed.

Common Mistakes: Forgetting about skin tone variation. A face and all its details looks dead and flat without such small devices.


http://www.furiae.com/images/paintingeyes/15.jpg

Instructions: Continuing on the skin tone variations around the eye, make yet another layer above the first one, and now add textures. Use a small brush with pressure set to opacity and shape and just scribble away. The eye in the example is slightly exaggerated, but the practice is the same. Skin is NOT just a smooth, polished-stone texture. It's not porcelain. Do not forget to at least hint at the texture and the pores, sometimes only with little skin tone variations. I'll happily say that I learned this from the 3D art forums - watching all these marvellous artists work on the skin textures, and then in the end asking myself: why didn't I think of that?

The good thing about keeping the texture layer separate is that you can use a soft eraser to make some patches more transparent and others more opaque, giving a lively, 'real' look to it. Add a few birth marks while you're at it.

Common Mistakes: Leaving the texture out altogether. Big no-no.


http://www.furiae.com/images/paintingeyes/16.jpg

Instructions: Paint the lashes in by using a hard edged little brush with pressure set to size. Keep them just a little bit scraggly, and don't paint them too long. Keep them on a separate layer. (A good thing to keep in mind is that the lashes rarely sweep out towards the outer corner of the eye, as they are often depicted to. Most of them will be curving downwards quite naturally).

After this has been done, use a combination of a tiny smudge brush and the eraser to soften the sharpness of the lashes. Rinse and repeat for the upper eyelid, but in this case remember not to point the lashes straight up, as this has a tendency to look unnatural.

Common Mistakes: Painting eyelashes as unnaturally long, and forgetting to taper them off at the end. Even worse, forgetting about the eyelashes altogether for a creepy-eyed look.


http://www.furiae.com/images/paintingeyes/17.jpg

Instructions: We're getting there! The iris is a plethora of textures. If you pick a mirror up and stare at your own eye really closely, you'll see that it's not even just the diamond shaped textures radiating from the pupil, but that they're layered. Layer upon layer of delicate little coloured shapes. Not an easy thing to mimic. We'll try, though, by painting little soft strokes of colour upon one another, not erasing if we make a mistake but just keeping to paint over, paint over, paint over for that right textured, deep look.

In the end, I decided to break the highlight up as well, just to make it look a little more realistic. It's a good thing to think about the light conditions of a picture before deciding where to place the highlight and what shape it should be, but in this case, I just smudged it a little and added the faintest possible touch of blue to it (I doubt you can even see there's blue there, but there is).

Common Mistakes: Making the iris look flat by painting only one layer of texture and using only one colour with different brightness.


http://www.furiae.com/images/paintingeyes/18.jpg

Instructions: There's not a lot to say. For the final step, look the picture over for some things you might want to change or do differently - in this case, adding some more shading and shadowing to the eyeball itself as well as adding a touch of gloss to the iris.

I hope the tutorial has been helpful. It's only been posted on CGtalk so far, but it should be going up on my page soon enough. Best of luck with your eye-painting.

captain_stinky
04-05-2005, 03:22 PM
very cool, thanks for all that info! im gonna go try now...cheers!

ThirdEye
04-05-2005, 03:22 PM
hey thanks a lot, it's a very good one. Nice animated gif too :)

tinitus
04-05-2005, 03:27 PM
WHAAA!Great TUTORIAL enayla!THX
everything right with your hand again?!

AlyFell
04-05-2005, 03:28 PM
One excellent tutorial Linda! Ta muchly! :)

Madison
04-05-2005, 03:35 PM
^_^ Picture says it all, brilliant stuff mate. Well done.

:thumbsup::applause:

mack72
04-05-2005, 03:42 PM
Very special tutorial. I've learned a lot! Only problem now is, I have to go and repaint the 'cyborg-like' eyes I've character I've been painting for 2 weeks!

At least the eyes will look good now though!

Cheers
Mack

JasonA
04-05-2005, 03:49 PM
Hi Enayla,

Thats a very beautiful looking eye, and its really neat to see someone's painting workflow. A great tutorial and very informative. Thanks for sharing! :buttrock:

Equinoxx
04-05-2005, 03:55 PM
VERY well done Linda, I like how you compiled it into nice little steps and summerize the common mistakes for that step. It's all very clear and one does not look focus.

You deserve a special :buttrock:

jbw
04-05-2005, 03:56 PM
Enayla - Thanks muchly. :applause:

I'm inspired and looking forward to having a go with your suggestions later this evening.

ta,
jbw

b-lame
04-05-2005, 04:03 PM
thanks a lot. did i mention you're brilliant? ;)

rebo
04-05-2005, 04:16 PM
Thank you very much!.

CGmonkey
04-05-2005, 04:19 PM
thanks a bunch Linda!

pierrebixquert
04-05-2005, 04:20 PM
Hello , thank you for his course for instruction, I admire much
his work, thank you still, I would like to be a paper sheet to marry
me with his talent.

Pierre Bixquert

Dranger
04-05-2005, 04:20 PM
:bounce:
Thank you very much!
I wanted to know a bit more about the way you do so nice pictures and what kind of brushes you use. (I suppose everyone here wanted to know more about your way of working ).

ms@zx
04-05-2005, 04:26 PM
impressive tutorial and i love it, linda,i still hav some problem painting my marionette's eyes.lol.not sure how to make them look solid,as its she has no skin.:)

DrFx
04-05-2005, 04:27 PM
Wow, Linda! Thank you so much for sharing your technique! The tut is great!

SublimCreation
04-05-2005, 04:32 PM
Wow, great!

I love painting eyes so much, it will help improving my technique.

Thank you very much Linda! :thumbsup:

Dominique

StephanD
04-05-2005, 04:40 PM
It's great or should I say an eye-opener(insert james bond accent)

Great work and thanks for sharing

Libor
04-05-2005, 04:42 PM
It´s great to see such a nice helpfull tutorial! Thank you for your time Enyala, much appreciated!

P.S. This is one of the great aspects of the CGTalk community - learning from the best in the field! :arteest:

offbeatworlds
04-05-2005, 04:47 PM
Wow, this is going to be so incredibly helpful! Thank you so much for taking the time to post it! *hugs* Your tutorials save my life! :love:

InAction
04-05-2005, 04:52 PM
One can't appreciate a tutorial more than I currently do. I'll definitely keep this tutorial in mind in the future.

Mycket bra jobbat Linda! Om du någonsin gör en till tutorial i den närmre framtiden så kommer jag att hålla utkik. Förresten, några planer redan nu på vad nästa kommer att vara? :arteest:

ElysiumGX
04-05-2005, 04:55 PM
Awesome work, and thanks for sharing it. I remember in another thread you mentioned how important eyes are in portraits. I agree. They communicate our emotions and basically add life to the figure...which you have mastered. I'll have to try using this technique to add more life to my character models. Game art seems to be overflowing with lifeless creations.

I'm becoming a big fan of your work.

Enayla
04-05-2005, 04:59 PM
Thank you, everyone. I'm glad the tutorial is appreciated.

Chances are that it will be a while before I can do a new tutorial, but when I get around to it, I'm thinking either hair, or face composition, or possibly hands.

Mattus
04-05-2005, 05:09 PM
nice wlkathrough there, thanks

dQ: did you have tyhe iris prepped from before or did you do it specifically for this eye

BluesManJF
04-05-2005, 05:42 PM
Hi Linda,
thanks for this tutorial. I´m sure that this one will improve a lot of people!
thanks!
Love your job!

Lingon
04-05-2005, 05:43 PM
Thank you so much for this excellent tutorial! It was really educating and I really love your little notes about common mistakes. I don't need to mention that the result was stunning, as all of your work :thumbsup:

If you do plan on making another tutorial I vote for the one on face composition.

Tack så mycket för all hjälp och all inspiration, du drar hela CGTalk framåt!

gra7
04-05-2005, 05:50 PM
very usefull tuto !!!

thankss !!
c ya !

GhostInTheMachine
04-05-2005, 05:50 PM
sweet! thanks. :D

Swoop
04-05-2005, 05:51 PM
Thanks alot.. great stuff.. gonna try it out tonight :D

eclipson
04-05-2005, 06:02 PM
ello, thank u so much for the tutorial, u rock:buttrock:

SamSed
04-05-2005, 06:23 PM
very nice tut thanks:)

madart
04-05-2005, 06:27 PM
Thank you very much for an excellent tutorial! Very well written and "illustrated". Like the animated GIF as well. Makes it easy to follow, as well as reading the text.

Is-boset
04-05-2005, 06:44 PM
Thanks for share your knowledges with us, indeed nice tutorial well done!!

xshaman
04-05-2005, 07:05 PM
Enayla, i m your biggest fan..thanks for this tutorial.. is very usefull.. :thumbsup:

Shad0W6600
04-05-2005, 07:12 PM
Great tutorial! I really like how you explain everything thoroughly and point out common errors people tend to make. Thanks for this excellent resource and I hope you do some more in the future.

Back to painting spiders now? :D

LadyMedusa
04-05-2005, 07:13 PM
Thanks a lot miss Linda. Lovley tutorial and easy to understand :)

Feagond
04-05-2005, 07:41 PM
Wonderful tutorial!:applause: Thanks a lot!

Love the common mistakes parts :thumbsup:

boomji
04-05-2005, 07:52 PM
this'l help loads...thanks.





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GlenGramling
04-05-2005, 08:16 PM
KICK!!! @$$!!!.......


im book marking this one

BlackNull
04-05-2005, 09:06 PM
I'm sure u just made a whole lot of happy people right now, thanks for sharing your knowledge and taking the time to do this. :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

calisto-lynn
04-05-2005, 09:31 PM
tx linda. great tutorial. :bounce:

yonna
04-05-2005, 09:32 PM
Thank you very, very much, although i already did this tutorial when it was only a gif-animation. You are pushing the standards of the cgtalk community. :thumbsup: One question: is it ok to draw the outline of the eyeball right away at step 2?

rayz
04-05-2005, 10:06 PM
Thanks for the tutorial :thumbsup:

I'll give it a try sometime.

Enayla
04-05-2005, 10:08 PM
Everyone's quite welcome :] I'm only too happy to give something back to this wonderful community.

jånnis -- go right ahead :] I only meant for this to be used as a guideline, or an exercise. If you do paint another eye, I'd love to see it - feel free to post it in this thread (that goes for anyone).

scracker
04-05-2005, 10:10 PM
Awesome job. Post more like this, please.

naludai
04-05-2005, 10:15 PM
enayla this is amazing! and exactly what i've been looking for. ive been working on realistic eyes for a little bit now but just couldn't get them to look natural! i was giddy when i found your nose tutorial, then your lip and skin tone tutorial appeared and now this! i truely am learning a lot from you, i can't remotely try to describe how appreciative i am.

naludai
04-05-2005, 10:17 PM
oh, and i forgot to say, im so glad your feeling better from the "mishap"! lol! its always lovely seeing your work.

nobodee
04-05-2005, 10:25 PM
I think I've never seen a better tutorial in my life. What people tend to miss out in the tutorials is the explanation itself - they usually go "now add a dark shade there -- no, no, no 3 pixels LEFT of that -- then splatter some white and add a green and you're done! OmGz!1! u an aRtst now!"
you explained why we have to put that white there and not over THERE and.. waaah, it's amazing :D it helped my understand an eye's anatomy a lot better.

thank you so much, Linda :)

FantaBurky
04-05-2005, 11:21 PM
Vackert öga :P och tack för tuten, tänkte just börja måla digitalt så den kunde inte ha kommit mer lägligt :D.

p.s fint att se mer svenskar här :) (speciellt en som kan måla så bra :thumbsup: )

Virum
04-06-2005, 12:55 AM
Thanks Enayla! I've been mainly doing 3D since I came to CGTalk, but recently I've started drawing and looking for tutorials on painting in photoshop (or 2D program of choice). This is one of the better ones. :D

Thanks. :)

phospt
04-06-2005, 01:04 AM
Wow, Thanks for the Great tutorial. Your an inspiration to us all.....
Cheers

ben_o
04-06-2005, 01:25 AM
An absolutely perfect tutorial, perfect for those people beginning. My guess is that even a skilled cg artist would gain from following your guide.

As someone said before, the best tutorials are written like 'we did xxxx because ...' instead of 'do xxx then xxx then xxx'.

(This tutorial definitely falls into the 'best tutorial' section!)

Thank you so much!

Ben

Tut
04-06-2005, 01:43 AM
thanx for sharing Enayla, very cool.
dont ya just luv learning something new!

TheUnkind
04-06-2005, 01:51 AM
Wow! :applause: this is awesome.



more ?.. :)

Reality3D
04-06-2005, 01:59 AM
Always a pleasure to read a piece of the mental process of an artist

CrossFire
04-06-2005, 02:40 AM
Hello. Thanks for the awsome tutorial, I apologize if this has already been asked.
1.) do you have a website?
2.) what prog did u use?
3.) Was this done with the mouse or with a tablet?


-once again, thanks for the awsome tutorial!!

SpeccySteve
04-06-2005, 02:49 AM
1.) do you have a website?

http://www.furiae.com/

Gord-MacDonald
04-06-2005, 03:20 AM
Thank you for sharing!

Gord

AinodiEpuitora
04-06-2005, 03:26 AM
Thanks for the tutorial, mate. I'm really gonna try and practice it!! :D

skuby
04-06-2005, 04:20 AM
Great tutorial, thank you very much for sharing your technique.

Iysun
04-06-2005, 04:31 AM
this is so great thanks for sharing, Its so helpul to see it step by step like this.

:thumbsup: :thumbsup:

PapayaInk
04-06-2005, 04:58 AM
You are le bomb. Thanks for a great tutorial!!

Sequent
04-06-2005, 05:30 AM
Thank you, everyone. I'm glad the tutorial is appreciated.

Chances are that it will be a while before I can do a new tutorial, but when I get around to it, I'm thinking either hair, or face composition, or possibly hands.



Just wanted to add my own "hoozah" to the others' to thank you for this wonderful tutorial. Hands might be a very good one to do sometime... or I guess any of the topics you mentioned.

I hope this doesn't sound silly... but ears might be another good one. I always have trouble with ears.

Libellula
04-06-2005, 05:34 AM
Thank you so, so much. This gonna help me to improve my tech *hugs* tnx again! And personally I have lots, but LOTS of troubles painting fabrics, lace and foliage o.O, I hope you can do a tutorial about one of this themes some day =)

fooxoo
04-06-2005, 05:48 AM
Thank you, it is a very good tut :D

SpaceTik
04-06-2005, 05:53 AM
hehe, look at all these critters eager to soak up more knowledge.. :lightbulb

Great tutorial Linda! I learned something cool today about using the right colours and will definitely implement it in my next illo. :)

eoin
04-06-2005, 05:59 AM
Greta stuff, I love the addition of "common mistakes" that helps out a lot, great job.

-Eoin

tienj
04-06-2005, 06:47 AM
wow.. thanx.. this is really helpful

JensDenker
04-06-2005, 07:37 AM
thx for this tutorial. nice done mate.

ANARKY
04-06-2005, 09:00 AM
Hi Linda

I have a Question...

When you say "Use a small brush with pressure set to opacity and shape", how do you do this?

I use Photoshop 7 and cant find these controls anywhere! Can you (or anyone) help me out here?

Great Tutorial Linda. I'd love to hear more about the tools you use and the settings you have things at as well.

Cheers

hinoon
04-06-2005, 09:06 AM
Thanks for taking the time to do the tut Linda. So that's how it's done. Great stuff

Enayla
04-06-2005, 09:08 AM
Whee! Thanks, everyone, again. :love:

ANARKY -- http://www.furiae.com/images/paintingeyes/opacity.jpg Hope that helps :]

For some other questions - I use a Wacom Intuos size A5, I'm working in Adobe Photoshop CS at the moment, or 7, depending on whether I'm at my home job, or my, er, 'job' job.

ANARKY
04-06-2005, 10:18 AM
Aaaaah, thankyou Linda. Thats great. I was looking at those controls yesterday when I was reading your Tutorial and trying to figure out which controls you where talking about. But I couldnt work it out.

Which of these Brush controls do you find you use the most/find most useful?

And call me Andy!

Enayla
04-06-2005, 10:33 AM
Okay, Andy, then :] I know the feeling, I always prefer to be called Linda, over my old nick Enayla.

As for the question -- Most useful?

Well, that depends wildly on what I'm painting. I like the spacing setting (under 'brush tip shape') because it helps to bring texture to a brush, I love the shape settings for when I paint strands of hair, eyelashes, sharp highlights, or fur. The setting I use the most is pressure set to opacity, I think, in combination with all manners of brushes, but that doesn't mean any of the others are any less useful.

These are just some examples of the awesome possibilities of the brush settings. You have absolute control of them and one good brush can become twenty excellent brushes if one just puts a little work into it and learns to understand the functions.

http://www.furiae.com/images/paintingeyes/brushvariation.jpg

nobodee
04-06-2005, 11:19 AM
:love: Woah O_o I should play around with the brush opacity and settings more.. NOW I see how much it can change a brush.

And, eheheh, I tried your tutorial, and erm, here's the result:

http://www.supersonicsquirrel.net/anastacia/cgd/d-na_eye.jpg

I know it's not quite worked out (..I am late for schoooool...), and I've never tried this 'realistic' painting thing.. I prefer to stick to comic book style (as in, I'm desperate without lines.. just plain lines).. that's why the lines are there *nod*

I just have a slight problem - color picking. I don't like just picking color off a random picture (unless I spot a color I REALLY like), but I still suck at picking (and combining) colors alone.
Any general color picking tips, Linda? *puppy dog eyes* Since you're a master of colors :applause:

Uh-oh.. school.. >_>;;

:bounce:

ANARKY
04-06-2005, 12:31 PM
Thats cool, Linda then. (One of my housemates is called Linda! But she's a Geneticist, not an Artist ;-) )

So, by pressue set to opacity, you mean the "Opacity Jitter" set to "Pen Pressure". And then move the slider about.
(I noticed that that makes big strokes have a slight delay to them, but thats partly my machine I guess)

Im slowly learning the more intricate nuances of the Photoshop program now, things like custom Brushes etc.
Do you make a lot of your own brushes? Something that I really should be trying out.
Would you be willing to share some of your favorite Brushes with us?

The range of different strokes you can get with that one brush is quite amazing. The variations are astounding. Im going to be experimenting with this on my current Image im doing for work.

Thanks again Linda!


EDIT; LINDA, I LOVE YOU!!! Ive been messing with these custom brushes and the Pressure/opacity thingy and its GREAT, I have instant texture!
A'hem, right, i'll stop embarassing myself and get back to my Art, byeee!

GekiSan
04-06-2005, 12:52 PM
Great tutorial, thank you so much. :)

gh99x
04-06-2005, 02:10 PM
wooooooow
good tutorial

thank you:thumbsup:

ploink34
04-06-2005, 03:07 PM
Thanx for taking the time creating such great instruction material, Enayla (Linda). A million thank you(s). Your karma is going to tip the scale on this one....

Shad0W6600
04-06-2005, 03:49 PM
Decided to give the tutorial a shot at work (are you really supposed to be working?) and since you said you'd like to see what we came up with...I figured I could humor you.

Now to do it 50 more times...

http://www.geocities.com/shadow0_2000/eyeball_color.jpg

llin
04-06-2005, 05:47 PM
thank you^^:thumbsup:

dies-irae
04-06-2005, 06:26 PM
THANKS!
i'm a complete newbie to painting, never found the courage to get down and try it, but i imagined trying a detail like an eye might be "easy" enough to give it a try, and i have to admit, painting is FUN. It's way too easy to lose yourself into it changing hues and shadows and lights for hours.
that while listening to a good fantasy audiobook, and it's made my day!

Thanks again Linda, give a hug to Azrael for me and keep it up!
(let's see, next should be... the mouth...)


this is the result
http://cui.unige.ch/%7Enoris03/eneyela.jpg

Maidith
04-06-2005, 07:24 PM
A very interesting and helpful tutorial, Linda! You explained the steps all very well and the result looks great. :bounce:

@dies-irae
You seem to like the Dies Irae song? (saw your signature) I like it very much!

dies-irae
04-06-2005, 08:15 PM
@dies-irae
You seem to like the Dies Irae song? (saw your signature) I like it very much!
eheheh yes indeed, one of my favorite songs since ever!
(btw, saw your site, the painting of your avatar is fantastic, my complients! :thumbsup: )

sdassdfsdfs
04-06-2005, 08:33 PM
ooooooooo,thanx,very great tutor. :buttrock:

nobodee
04-06-2005, 08:55 PM
So many beautiful eyes here, oh! I should work more on mine.. it REALLY looks plain.. too plain, hehe =3

exigent
04-06-2005, 09:02 PM
As always... beautiful work. Great tutorial. This will be of great use to many, I am sure.

ogar555
04-06-2005, 09:14 PM
Woooaaah! this was a really great tut! http://cgtalk.com/images/smilies/clap.gif
in some of my recent sketches i've been wondering why the eyes look like s*** (sry), but with this i think i might figure it out! thanks alot Linda, and keep it up! oh, btw, make a hands tut next! i really hate painting making hands... (prolly because i haven't painted as many as i should have...) http://cgtalk.com/images/smilies/shrug.gif

Det är såna som du som gör att man kan vara stolt svensk ibland... typ: jag kommer från samma LAND som henne! haha ägda!... eller inte... http://cgtalk.com/images/smilies/grin.gif

bloggs
04-06-2005, 09:19 PM
man its great to see an awsum artist giving back to the communitty i hope you keep sharing your tequniques with us! and of corse your work comes without saying.

cheers:thumbsup:


john

Nehym
04-06-2005, 10:36 PM
Really good tutorial Linda. :) Very helpful, Thank you for taking the time to write it! :thumbsup:

Samsonomaly
04-06-2005, 10:43 PM
Linda,

You make it look so easy, thanks for sharing

yonna
04-06-2005, 11:16 PM
alright then, here is my humble attempt;
http://img88.exs.cx/img88/1717/after9ip.jpg

for those that care, this (http://img34.exs.cx/img34/3083/before3pm.jpg)is the one i did when enayla's eye tutorial was only an gif-animation. I hope you can see i am improving now. =)

lotaH
04-07-2005, 12:29 AM
Great!! Thanks.... :thumbsup:

[]'s

depleteD
04-07-2005, 02:15 AM
Great Tutorial,

Thanks for taking the time to help the community out.

Ill Props.

-ANdrew

Sequent
04-07-2005, 02:40 AM
Basilio, I think you did a great job. (I saw the image first before I read that you're a complete newbie). You should paint more often! What am I saying... I need to paint more often too. Everyone needs to paint, alright. :-)))


THANKS!
i'm a complete newbie to painting, never found the courage to get down and try it, but i imagined trying a detail like an eye might be "easy" enough to give it a try, and i have to admit, painting is FUN. It's way too easy to lose yourself into it changing hues and shadows and lights for hours.
that while listening to a good fantasy audiobook, and it's made my day!

Thanks again Linda, give a hug to Azrael for me and keep it up!
(let's see, next should be... the mouth...)


this is the result
http://cui.unige.ch/%7Enoris03/eneyela.jpg

GoldCoin
04-07-2005, 04:37 AM
Thank you...so clearly explained and filled with super tips. Sure hope you might consider one showing how to create a "Nose."

jake rupert
04-07-2005, 06:01 AM
Very usefull tutorial for me.
Thanks a lot.

;>) Jake

dies-irae
04-07-2005, 09:47 AM
You should paint more often! What am I saying... I need to paint more often too. Everyone needs to paint, alright. :-)))

eheh yes! i guess it's a matter of finding the courage to do it, i've never had it, but the moment you see the shapes coming out of the painting is too gratifying not to try again. I fear the results will be far worse without a guiding hand like this tutorial, but it sure gave me the will to try!

MrPositive
04-07-2005, 10:12 AM
Whether your creating 2D or 3D art you need to be able to create the center to our souls....the eyes of course! Extremely well explained tutorial though I got a little lost when you said pen pressure for opacity and size, where you get fading lines......which I think is quite important in photoshop for drawing. All in all one of the better tutorials on photoshop and human features ever. Soo much thanks......I'd love to see a tutorial on lips which I believe are even more difficult than eyes or the face composition one. Bravo.

Enayla
04-07-2005, 10:22 AM
For those who ask for nose and mouth tutorials - I already have those available on my site (www.furiae.com) - granted, they're much smaller and simpler than this one, but should still be a little useful :]

Enayla
04-07-2005, 10:25 AM
Oh -- beautiful eyes, people. I love to see the results :]

rebel_trooper
04-07-2005, 02:38 PM
its wonderful ill tried and posting later...

thanks master:applause:

azvin
04-07-2005, 02:42 PM
I´ll be always a fan. Thanx for the tutorial!!

Great work, as usual.
:buttrock:

rebel_trooper
04-07-2005, 02:45 PM
im trying to do this amazing tutorial, ill post later my work, thanks enayla.

Tris3d
04-07-2005, 04:32 PM
Thanks for the tutorial! I find one of my biggest problems is blending different colours together and theres a few tips in there that help! Thanks again!

cgtriguy
04-07-2005, 04:50 PM
Sweet! Time to go fire painter and take it for a spin. Thanks.

AtmaWeapon
04-07-2005, 07:41 PM
Linda... I think I'm in love with you! :love:Seriously this is awesome stuff. I just got your book too and it is amazing! Thanks again.

<GarfieLd>
04-07-2005, 07:48 PM
thanks.it helpfull tutorial :D

Lightsaber
04-07-2005, 08:48 PM
I had searched for tutorials like this for a long time. A very great tutorial, thanks!

offbeatworlds
04-07-2005, 10:13 PM
Alright, I decided to give a shot at making an eye following this tutorial. I went for a bit of a different shape, larger eyelid, etc. I also didn't put much texture in there, because it just wasn't turning out right this time around. Maybe next time it'll be right. :)

I hope you like it Linda!

http://thecoloreddragon.home.comcast.net/images/artpics/eye.jpg

lundek
04-08-2005, 05:49 PM
Awsome tutorial Linda, I love it. So helpful and inspiering.

Tack så mycket :)

SiNo
04-08-2005, 08:21 PM
Hi,

Thanks for this, you continue to inspire me.
Again, thanks~!

SiNo.

Libellula
04-09-2005, 02:13 AM
And here's mine:

http://acid-star.net/libellula/eye.jpg

lotaH
04-09-2005, 05:32 AM
Hello,

That is my version. :)

http://geocities.yahoo.com.br/lotah_br/lotaH-olho-20050409-0013-2.jpg

In this second option, I made a test. I inserted an image and I moved in the properties of the layers to create an image in reflex. :twisted:

http://geocities.yahoo.com.br/lotah_br/lotaH-olho-20050409-0013.jpg

I would be happy in knowing your opinion

ps.: I still have a lot to learn :D

lotaH
04-09-2005, 06:09 AM
http://www.furiae.com/images/paintingeyes/opacity.jpg


Why mine is different? :shrug:

http://geocities.yahoo.com.br/lotah_br/pqomeuediferente.jpg

mohh
04-09-2005, 07:11 AM
Most likely because you don't have a tablet and can't use pressure sensitivity.

lotaH
04-09-2005, 07:14 AM
Most likely because you don't have a tablet and can't use pressure sensitivity.

Ok...I understood!! :banghead:

Thank you!

Aloriael
04-09-2005, 11:02 AM
http://img71.exs.cx/img71/9995/aloriaeleye7rv.jpg

This is a pretty good exercise, I tried to study your colours and tips.... and I think I learned something but I'm still lost with how to use colours to make things look good.

Adjusting the cymk sliders for colour and experimenting with different blends of colours was scary but also fun.

LadyMedusa
04-09-2005, 11:46 AM
Mine:
http://www.home.no/medusa/eye.jpg
not that good, but I'll keep practsing.

offbeatworlds
04-09-2005, 12:59 PM
http://img71.exs.cx/img71/9995/aloriaeleye7rv.jpg


Wow, Aloriael, that looks fantastic! Beautiful shape and shading. Very lovely job!

GekiSan
04-09-2005, 02:55 PM
Yeah, that really is pretty good.

keyboardnist
04-09-2005, 06:05 PM
Thanks a lot for sharing . very good .
thanks a million .

llin
04-09-2005, 06:34 PM
http://img19.exs.cx/img19/448/019aq.jpg
Thanks again!
I also practice to draw one with painter....but it's not easy.... :buttrock: :buttrock: ←so cute>.<
And the colour of the skin is really difficult to draw ...:sad:


( sorry...my English is not well...)

Sung-jae Kim
04-09-2005, 11:39 PM
thanks a lot for this tutorial Linda :thumbsup:
Really useful, like all of your tutorials.

edit #1 - PS - does anyone else find it harder to paint the right eye compared to the left?
edit #2 - I just drew a right eye and it actually turned out fine o.o
wooohoo~ well, thanks a lot again Linda :)

[TOY]Snoop
04-10-2005, 05:24 PM
Here is mine drawing -->

http://users.skynet.be/bk318710/eye.jpg

Also a big thanks from me for making this nice tread.

Cheers,

- Peter -

Jenela
04-12-2005, 09:40 AM
Linda

Thank you for this very detailed tutorial. It is sooo useful for me, it takes me to the next level of painting a face!
You must have an amazing amount of energy to do all the things you do, when do you sleep exactly, eh do you know what sleep is?:)
But thanks again, you've helped me a lot, and lots of other people.

Anebay
04-12-2005, 02:30 PM
Thank you very much,I learn from it a lot :D

SylvanMist
04-13-2005, 04:38 AM
Thankyou very much Linda! Artists like you really motivate me to draw & paint again :)

umbrellasky
04-13-2005, 07:51 PM
Really interesting tutorial thanks for posting Linda :D I have learnt so much in such a short space of time can't wait to see more of yuor tutorials!

hotup
04-13-2005, 10:47 PM
thanks a lot.
i learned so much.

DivineRAiN
04-14-2005, 11:34 PM
Thanks for the tutorial.. pretty good stuff, thought I'd give it a try.

http://www.terranuts.com/photopost/data/514/aneye.jpg

Lindsey_C
04-15-2005, 04:54 AM
Wow, thanks for the tutorial! I'm a big fan of your work. I'm new to this forum, but I've been reading it for a long time. I'm fairly new to digital art too, I haven't even finished any paintings digitally yet, I'm still practicing, hehe. Here is what I did from the tutorial:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v398/artbylindsey/lceyepractice.jpg

Enayla
04-15-2005, 02:32 PM
Gorgeous looking eyes, everyone :] I feel all tingly when I see that my tutorial has helped so many out :D I'll make sure to post the next one at CGtalk as well.

Good luck with the eye-painting :]

adia
04-16-2005, 06:50 PM
I'm really thankful to your devote
really great tutorial resource

Dragwah
04-16-2005, 09:47 PM
Awsome tutorial. I love your style and everything is so realistic. Can you put your eye tutorial on your site with the others? It would be easier to find.

You are a WONDERFUl artist and a great inspiration. Thank you.

goktugg
04-17-2005, 02:18 AM
nice tutorial!:thumbsup: linda! thanks:)

Nazirull
04-18-2005, 09:50 AM
Linda.....i salute thee...thanks for this invaluable tut.....i just bought a wacom yesterday and this tut is priceless for me to start on.....


Thanks again....

Dreamzsguy
04-18-2005, 11:34 AM
Brilliant stuff..

TheDweller
04-18-2005, 10:57 PM
Fantastic tutorial! Well laid out, clear, and easy to follow approach. I liked it so much I hope no one minds that I turned it into a pdf file for my own personal archives.

Tace
04-19-2005, 05:43 AM
Excellent tutorial. I immediately bookmarked it. You'll make great artists of us all yet. :)

vivien82
04-22-2005, 07:15 PM
hello linda!

thank you for the excellent tutorial, i have already had a go at it once (at school with a gimped mouse....didn't turn out exactly like yours...!) now i'm home and i want to try it out again with my tablet. i wanted to say that you're an incredible artist and that i read all 45 or however many they were pages on your master and servant entry, reading the various comments and above all drooling over your work, which is exceptionally beautiful. having the presence of such talented (and modest) people like you in this community, who are willing to help out and share is really a precious gift, that I greatly appreciate, and I'm sure I'm not just speaking for myself but for hundreds of other people.

Thanks again, you're an inspiration! :applause:

kuks
04-27-2005, 09:48 AM
Your painting skills make me mad! Very thanks for the tutorial!!

Qing16203
04-28-2005, 01:09 PM
thank you for the feature !

Cyro
04-29-2005, 04:53 PM
I’ve learned a lot by doing this exercise, thank you.

Here is the result. I am happy with it since I don’t really paint.

http://www.rainingstar.com/onlinedrawings/eye.jpg

The only thing is that it took me way to long to draw this, I hope I will improve by doing more.
Next I will do the nose and mouth exercise from your website.

BTW, I really like your master and servant painting. Any chance of you teaching at cgworkshops?

-NG-
04-29-2005, 07:20 PM
Most likely because you don't have a tablet and can't use pressure sensitivity.

Well i have a tablet but i get the same settings, even after some tweaking, must probarly be forgetting something. :shrug:

Linda thanks for sharing! It all looks so easy......trying it for the third time now. :)

Man this is hard, i'm kinda used to shades of grey(I like shades of gray). Linda could you explain a bit more on the opacity levels and flow levels you used?or are those beeing controlled by the wacom pen? If so i need to adjust the thing.

Thanks!

GOTgraphic
05-02-2005, 12:29 AM
http://www.furiae.com/images/paintingeyes/opacity.jpg Hope that helps :]
Thanks for all the info here Linda! I'm not painting an eye but finding the this very usefull for lots of other things :cool: :cool: :cool:

morena
05-02-2005, 12:23 PM
My dear boyfriend just bought me a wacom and I'm so excited to learn to use it. So Lindas tutorial is my first try.

brevvi
05-15-2005, 09:59 AM
very nice tutorial
and great artwork
thank you

Ego
05-16-2005, 06:35 AM
This is an awesome tutorial and couldn't have come at a better time for me. Thanks Linda. If the eyes I paint stop looking like Egyptian eyes, I'll have you to thank for that :D

Ego
05-16-2005, 07:45 PM
Ok I did the exercise and though it does not look as good as what you guys have done, I am definitely happy because I have never painted eyes that look even remotely like real eyes. I know with practice I can get better. Once again, thanks Linda.

seccad
05-19-2005, 01:21 PM
great tutorial enayla. i love it. thank you so much

BILLY YAO
05-20-2005, 06:19 PM
thank you so much, it inspired me a lot, and answered a few questions I've been wondering about!

cbrengard
05-21-2005, 04:37 AM
Great tutorial, here's what I came up with:

http://courtneybrengard.com/eye01.jpg

Cyro
05-26-2005, 02:15 AM
Oh... I didnt' follow the instruction this time and look what I got...

Must I paint daily...

http://www.rainingstar.com/onlinedrawings/eye02.jpg

Kalorlo
05-26-2005, 11:46 PM
http://www.kellyhouse.force9.co.uk/art/eyetest.jpg

Well, this has taken me more hours today than I'd care to imagine, but I'm really rather pleased at the result :)

Thanks for a wonderful tutorial, Linda! Normally I wouldn't have the patience to do anything this detailed, but looking what I ended up with... It's vaguely tempting me to try a whole picture at this level. I suspect that way lies madness, but it might be fun to try...

hantaianniu
05-27-2005, 12:09 AM
You are a great one and Thank you for such a detail progress
And I got a question USE WHICH COLOR TO describe the color of face in Painter 9
you can e-mail me hantianniu@126.com

darkfenrirsoul
05-29-2005, 01:48 AM
Hey, best eyes tutorial ever. Liked it a lot, going to use it ^^

thx for this tutorial

emiliew
06-04-2005, 10:47 PM
just thought i'd post my results too.. i wanted to do this tutorial for a while, but i had to wait till my wacom arrived. the hardest part was matching the hues and saturations, there is such variation of the warms and cools.. it's just lovely..

http://home.earthlink.net/~emmmie/eye.jpg

(done with corel painter essentials 2 and wacom cintiq 21ux, took about 4-5 hours)

MrPositive
06-07-2005, 03:51 AM
Wow Emilie that is as good as Linda's!!

Nazirull
06-07-2005, 01:58 PM
emilliew....u got the stuff mate....do it!

coco_vega
06-09-2005, 12:29 AM
great tutorial and very useful too

MissFX
06-09-2005, 07:48 AM
im sorry but could someone please
explain the texture part :( im dead lost about that part

Junpei
06-11-2005, 01:46 PM
you mean custom brushes? in photoshop 7 there are tabs in the upper right hand corner. one is labeled brushes. with your brush selected click on the tab and you get all the options.

remcv8
06-11-2005, 02:08 PM
This is by far the coolest Eye painting tut that I've ever seen. Even cooler then Burne Hogarth!!!



Thanks!!!

Junpei
06-11-2005, 03:10 PM
linda! your style is so inspiring and beautiful, here are some eyes i paint just for you
http://www.getasianmusic.com/smalleyes.jpg
photoshop and kept crashing lately :scream:

fabianv
06-11-2005, 10:34 PM
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v16/fabianv/Fabian/Forum%20Images/eyedifference.jpg

This I find rather entertaining because I compared a drawing of an eye I did 2 years ago to a drawing I did today for fun.. noticed this is an eye thread so I thought maybe itd give some of you guys a bit of motivation that feel like its hopeless to try.

Not that I think this pic I did today is any good.. its absolute crap because I just cant texture skin:eek:



Its also worth noting the new eye took no more than 20 minutes..

JamesBPM
06-13-2005, 02:28 AM
Very cool tut indeed. Thank you so muchly for this :)

Sticky thread material this one is... just plain wunderrrrful. :)

csgirl
06-13-2005, 11:02 PM
Very cool tutorial! Thanks for posting it! I'm sure it will be a lot of help.


~Stringfellow Art (http://stringfellowart.net/)~

anzki
06-16-2005, 06:42 AM
oh gosh ms. bregkvist this is just what i need.. thanks so much for this tutoriaL!! so that's how to create LifeLike eyes.. :) your work never ceases to amaze and inspire. is there any chance for a hair tutoriaL? :D

fabianv
06-16-2005, 12:13 PM
If you've messed up, the eyeball will look like a golf ball pushed into an ill fitting hole.



http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v16/fabianv/2005-6-15-2.jpg


I think I went wrong somewhere :twisted:

deelo
06-29-2005, 09:19 PM
Great read, Thanks a lot for your time, Ms.Bergkvist!:love:
Beautiful pieces, everyone..
@fabianv: haha, funny stuff:applause:

fabianv
06-30-2005, 12:06 PM
Great read, Thanks a lot for your time, Ms.Bergkvist!:love:
Beautiful pieces, everyone..
@fabianv: haha, funny stuff:applause:

Hehe, thanks man! I am glad I entertained someone. :D

character
06-30-2005, 06:32 PM
here's my crack at it. tho i did mine with pencils. i'm really bad at colouring >.<

http://polylover.com/temp/lindaseyetutesmall.jpg (http://%5Bimg%5Dhttp://polylover.com/temp/lindaseyetutesmall.jpg%5B/img%5D%5Burl%5Dhttp://polylover.com/temp/lindaseyetutelarge)

and here's 100% scan. both had levels adjusted (obviously)

http://polylover.com/temp/lindaseyetutelarge


some really good goes at it in here btw. wtg people =)

drmaya
07-03-2005, 03:43 AM
very nice thanks

kevline
07-03-2005, 10:49 AM
beautiful but for me it's too perfect :)

Samanthie
07-07-2005, 02:13 AM
Wonderful tutorial Linda, thank you very much! I am still working on this but thought I'd post it since it is nearly finished. I still haven't added the little dit dots under the eyebrow and also think the brow needs to be moved up but for today this is it.

Kasuhaku
07-10-2005, 07:25 PM
Okay, I'm a bit baffeled and amused at the same time and the reason is this:

Tutorial painting a realistic eye as posted on good-tutorials.com (http://www.good-tutorials.com/track/9346)

Notice the "slight" similarties to Lindas tutorial? I wouldn't mind a reproduction of this nice tutorial for the sake of education, but it seems to me that the user of good-tutorials.com (who is also a co-mod) is just using Lindas tutorial to gain fame.

If I may quote:

"The following tutorial will guide you draw a realistic eye. I read a tutorial from good-tutorials.com and did not note the link, it was similar to the following tutorial. The following tutorial has some tips of the tutorial mentioned above and my additional tricks"

I find this hard to swallow... I don't have an account at good-tutorials.com and I don't plan to get one, maybe someone here as acces to the site to resolve the matter? Unless of course Linda is ok with the tutorial on that site.

Meagan
07-11-2005, 07:56 AM
This is the best eye tutorial I've ever seen. Thank you so much for creating & sharing it!

ja-fett
07-12-2005, 03:25 AM
great work, just the thing i needed! its sooo educational, thnaks. :thumbsup:

snowkiwi
07-12-2005, 07:38 AM
Thanks Linda for the eye tutorial.

nachogrande
07-12-2005, 07:40 AM
Awesome tutorial Linda. Thank you very much.

penartist26
07-12-2005, 09:15 AM
simply amazing wow enayla! :thumbsup:

drmaya
07-12-2005, 09:42 AM
thank you
thank you


thank you

thank you

thank you

thank you

thank you

equalizerpro
07-12-2005, 09:59 AM
yeah, that's a very helpful tutorial. thank you for the constructive inspiration.
i will be looking for a nose and mouth-expressions-tutorial right now - then i am ready to draw better portraits ;)

with kind regards
- Matze(GER) -

eight272
07-12-2005, 10:10 AM
Many thanks for sharing these tips, they have helped me out alot...

jbo
07-12-2005, 10:17 AM
this is indeed a great tutorial, but wasn't it on the front page already a long time ago? perhaps i am imagining things.

omarhib
07-12-2005, 10:45 AM
heyyy.. thanx this is very handy... i'll try it now

Deathcricket
07-12-2005, 11:47 AM
this is indeed a great tutorial, but wasn't it on the front page already a long time ago? perhaps i am imagining things.

Yeah it was, I think about 2 weeks ago, lol. But hey it rocks so I dont mind checking it out 2x :)

-DC-

Trower
07-12-2005, 12:00 PM
I'm cheeky at the best of times... not in some dodgy Eastern-block, female duet way... but in the traditional sense.

Ms. Bergkvist is a master... of this we are all aware and in some cases give thanks.

She manages to paint with her Wacom what few people can even paint with their imaginations... An achievement by any stretch.

Right... enough with the blarney... back to the point... How does Linda paint those wonderful materials and clothes she adorns her figures with?

Are her visual solutions by way of some ancient pact with the Devil... Would I even be surprised??? kind of intrigued actually...

Does Ms. B have his contact details?
:)

bugo
07-12-2005, 01:02 PM
The best eye painting tutorial I have ever seen... made my test 1h ago.
Thx for sharing your talent with us.:applause:

Chavarin
07-12-2005, 06:07 PM
I follow your tutorial in Computers Arts Magazine from Aug 2005
You and Robert Chang are my teachers

TraceR
07-12-2005, 06:30 PM
Thanks for the nice tutorial. I am learning PS and this will help. It's amazing watching you painters. You guys do have a lot of skill.

Thanks again,


TraceR

xLonewolfx
07-12-2005, 06:42 PM
this is awesome

can u make another with a man'a eye?

alesmav
07-12-2005, 07:59 PM
Hoy Mrs. Kvist!

Drawing and painting like that at the age of 27.... Wuf! Some people are really born with a talent... Anyway... I am an absolute beginner in digital painting and it took me a few hours to go through the tut. The tutorial was very thorough and I could follow with no problems... Damn is this fun... in my opinion the tricky bit is the choice of colors. The tone of highlight and shade tones is sooo delicate and it's really interesting how a combination of warm and cold colors can bring an image to life. You just have to be very subtle. So how about doing a tutorial about your technique of choosing that awesome colors you are painting with...

Here's my contribution to the thread. Keep up the good job Linda...

ALES

Finotti
07-12-2005, 09:18 PM
Cheers Enalya,

Good job and techniques.

This techniques is good to open our eyes for new ways to solve old problems.


Thanks ! ! ! !

cgtalkmember
07-12-2005, 10:05 PM
Ha ha beautifull i love it :thumbsup:

Monkies
07-12-2005, 10:44 PM
I joined this forum because of this. Cheers for my first post here! =) All of your tutorials go wonderfully in depth and I finally had the courage to try do digital painting again. I'll say... it's so much harder than pixel art. >.>

But anyhow, here's my second attempt at digital painting (which looks so absolutely horrid compared to all the other lovely eyes)

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v629/monkies/art/eye.png

My tools of trade: Adobe Photoshop 6.0 and Aiptek Hyperpen 8000U...

I would be eternally grateful to anyone willing to help out a newbie here. :) Thanks to Linda for the tutorial again.

Chavarin
07-12-2005, 11:25 PM
http://puentedecamotlan.com/Ojo%20Verde.jpg
I fix something
http://puentedecamotlan.com/Ojo-Verde.jpg :)

PatternRecognition
07-13-2005, 12:12 AM
Monkies, that is a beautiful attempt! Keep it up :D I can say it's better than my attempt on this pic, but I just excused it as I am unable to follow tutorials strictly. ; )

Hana-chan
07-13-2005, 12:21 AM
wow! thanks a ton! that was very insightful^^! thanks! :bounce: :love: :applause:

Cind
07-13-2005, 06:01 AM
wow, great tutorial, going to have to try it out on my own now.

izisilver
07-13-2005, 04:13 PM
Thanks!

Maybe you will make collection of your techniques (nose, lips, ...) because i think the face is the hardest thing to paint (for me for sure ....) , and there is something else - if you know how to draw those difficult shapes, you will definitely draw easiest one ...

Maidith
07-13-2005, 04:22 PM
So many wonderful eyes here! :love:
Have I already mentioned that this is a really helpful tutorial? I painted the eye even twice =))

First approach, April 2005...
http://img312.imageshack.us/img312/5291/eye4ks.jpg

Second. July 2005
http://img312.imageshack.us/img312/2781/eye29yz.jpg

Vyse-soa
07-13-2005, 08:56 PM
http://homepage.hispeed.ch/welkesblatt/eye.jpg

gargl, paintig is so difficult... I hope, i won't loose the fun...

Kyrandia
07-13-2005, 10:05 PM
Hi Enayla!
I just wanted to thank you very much for this tutorial! It helps a lot! :)
I have have already seen youd art here at CGtalk and I must say that it's really the best! Congratulations! :applause:

Kyrandia
07-13-2005, 10:15 PM
Hi again! Can I call you Linda? hehe
Well, I forgot to show my eye... XD
Tks again! Adding details is fun! hehehe =^^=

snwbrdn7
07-13-2005, 10:38 PM
Cool Tutorial. :thumbsup: I plan on trying it tonite when I get home. Thanks for posting that.

devonpainter
07-14-2005, 11:14 AM
Enayla.

Thank you for the tutorial .

Can anyone please or Enyla tell me if this tutorial was solely painted with photoshop?
or whatever.

Kid-Mesh
07-14-2005, 10:08 PM
Wow....I cant wait to try this. Thank you sooo much :applause:

steviedisco
07-14-2005, 10:17 PM
My first post! And I've got something to show - wahey!

Just got my first wacom and this is the first thing I've painted - really pleased with the result.

Thanks for the tutorial!

http://img286.imageshack.us/img286/3175/eyesmall4rm.png

steviedisco
07-14-2005, 10:18 PM
oh, ok - maybe not my first post. must've made a few others. ne'er mind.

i got da glow
07-15-2005, 05:28 AM
Great tutorial you make it seem so easy. I was wondering if you could run your skin tone tutorial again? I'm working on a piece and would love some help. Thanks in advance. Peace! :bounce:

lovetracylai
07-15-2005, 07:24 AM
hi~this my first post here.
thanks Linda for the tutorial~
i use photoshop to follow the tutorial to draw the eye below~
http://hk.geocities.com/tracy_jay2001/eyeeye.jpg

phospt
07-16-2005, 01:16 AM
Thank you for sharing, I really appreciate it. Here is my attempt.
http://www.photoscreenprint.com/art/EYE_%20Tutorial.jpg

HoangQuan
07-16-2005, 05:51 PM
Oh oh...what can I say...It's really cool.This tutorial will help me a lot to improve my artworks.:) . Now I can finish my project ! Once again, Cám ơn....oh no, it't my mother language...I meant " Thank You"! Yeah!
(P.S: My English is not so good...hix...but I hope all of you here will understand me!:sad: )

Clienad
07-17-2005, 07:28 AM
Thanks for the tut linda I am glad to have tried it and found it very very usefull in helping me get out of the monochromic land i have been stuck in for so long!

but I am having trouble with making a black persons skintones As you say it all depends on the colour of the base skin tone. however I can't seem to find the right combination of colours to make it work. Using the colours I used here just wont work. I usually end up with a painting that is too yellow and once again monochromatic.

XistinaX
07-19-2005, 05:50 PM
Great post :) *runs off to make a feeble attempt herself*

danielkenobi
07-21-2005, 06:29 AM
tks linda for the tutorial, I really would like to know which sise is your canvas, mine I think is very small this is the actual size. I have allways hear the sentence work on a big canvas but I never know how big should it be depending on what I am painting , that is why I want to know.
http://kenobi.pixeldeck.com/cgtalk/Varios/eyetut.jpg

CalvinChoy
07-21-2005, 07:55 AM
I am new to digital painting, and this tutorial really helped me alot !!! thnx

Nubs
07-22-2005, 03:33 AM
Thanks for the great tutorial!

Here is what I ended up with:

http://www.naveedlalani.com/temp/eye.jpg

I couldn't figure out the texture or the hair part :( (first time im really painting with my wacom).

naveed

edit: Color variation...

http://www.naveedlalani.com/temp/eye2.jpg

Nubs
07-22-2005, 04:10 AM
here is another variation I made...

http://www.naveedlalani.com/temp/eye3.jpg

i should probably get back to work:
http://www.naveedlalani.com/temp/eye4.jpg

TheFightingGoddess
07-25-2005, 09:43 PM
I've done my best...and I also know that it lacks in something...
I'll be thankful if you would express some comment and/or critic...
The second one is a bit modified....

Maria

Nubs
07-27-2005, 02:43 AM
FightingCalliope: I think it looks great. Seems like you have the composition spot on...the only thing I would suggest would be doing a bit more texture work, and not being afraid to use sharper paint brushes...that have more of an edge. It seems like what you have right now is a little too soft, no hard edges. Any ways nice work, keep it up :)

nanogirl
08-22-2005, 04:30 AM
What an amazing teach, thank you for sharing this with us.

Gina`

Dogway
08-26-2005, 08:08 AM
Hello Linda. I just found out about this thread, and felt pushed to put the eye I made around 1 month ago. I just know from you since few months ago through this forum, and love your works. I wonder if when you draw (sketching), you arleady plan the look of the faces or, it just gets the shape itself during the process. They look so real!!...
by the way, the eye I made was very roughly, and without using layers, only cared about brushes work to check out the tutorial, Excelent!!! : ) hope you drop me a comment.

Thanks

<img src="http://img367.imageshack.us/img367/2244/ojoup8vx.jpg" alt="Image Hosted by ImageShack.us" />

baquitania
10-01-2005, 08:31 PM
Thank you Linda, I agree with everyone here about your generous tutorial and follow ups, this is exactly what my self-taught arse needed to find... I love this place, just joined today and found this... how lucky for me, I know! Here's my hour or so attempt, I think I need to get waaaay darker, but I'm really enjoying it.

http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b353/baquitania/eye-study.jpg

Bobby

Illyia
10-15-2005, 10:07 AM
What a fantastic tutorial! :)

Here was my try at the eye, it took me a while (5 hours, as I'm not that good with the tablet) but I enjoyed the process, and I don't think the outcome was that bad. Thanks for the lovely tutorial.

http://myweb.tiscali.co.uk/ilia2u/Pupil.jpg

TheFightingGoddess
10-16-2005, 08:13 AM
I've done my best...and I also know that it lacks in something...
I'll be thankful if you would express some comment and/or critic...
The second one is a bit modified....

Maria

I forgot to say that I made this eyes with a "traditional" mouse and a touchpad....not with a graphic pad! :D :p

Katikut
11-07-2005, 08:59 AM
What a wondeful tutorial! I knew it a long time ago but it still impressions me! Thank you Enayla!

.avalon
12-10-2005, 10:04 PM
I know it's been ages ago... lol, but i got my tablet and this is like the first thing i tried with it. :) I love the tutorial. anyway this is my outcome:

http://img231.imageshack.us/img231/4087/eye3hh.jpg

sirielle
02-27-2006, 12:04 AM
Linda, thank you so much for this wonderful tutorial! :) And for other tutorials you did. I admire your art for a long time, finally got here and found out this thread :)

I've started to draw non-human eyes (elven-to-be) before I've found your tutorial. They are still a WIP (since May'05). Before I tried to paint these eyes I wasn't aware of so many details about eyes, some important parts were missing ;) I'm still learning and need really work on anatomy and shading, your tutorial helped with eye's anatomy a lot! The portraits need to be redone anyway.
I tried to finish this elven eyes idea with your tutorial and almost did it - almost, because I focused on eyes so strong, that I messed with the rest of face. But I'm glad with the eyes, so here is a whole set to compare - the top 2 are the mentioned non-human eyes, the rest was done with your tutorial. I used my old tablet which 'helped' me to achieve the square iris :/ (Actually these are 2 base pairs of eyes repainted into 5.) I treat the 2 bottom pairs as finished. I missed some details and I've stolen your idea of non-rounded pupils from the skin tones tutorial example drawing. It really fits elven eyes in my head. Link:
http://tn1-2.deviantart.com/fs7/100/i/2005/263/5/e/Elven_eyes_in_progress_by_Sirielle.jpg (http://www.deviantart.com/view/23153167/)

hzoppetti
04-22-2006, 11:23 PM
Wow, I know this post is really old, but I just went through all the steps. Heres my eye! This is a fantastic tutorial from a fantastic artist!!!

http://nabidigital.com/images/eyepractice.jpg

MatthewRodgers
06-26-2006, 03:18 PM
Hehe yeah it is an old thread
Heres mine :
I kinda slacked off on the last couple steps as you can see...
but it was still very edu-mo-cational.
beofre and after colour adjustments to play around. I did a few different skintones with this eye. good practise.
Churs Enayla :) word up

http://photos1.blogger.com/blogger/7107/2814/1600/Eye1.jpg

http://photos1.blogger.com/blogger/7107/2814/1600/Eye1_colour_c.jpg

PartisanFox
07-06-2006, 01:04 PM
Yes I totally agree with everybody - this is great tutorial and very informative, but could u or some1 explain to me how this hair / skin-dots-texture brushes are made or constructed ?

....and here's my first digital painting ever (only standard PS brushes, and only opacity set to pen pressure - I'm a real newbie :applause: )

Eligh
08-04-2006, 01:29 AM
maybe a little bit late posting here but...

i just wanna thank you a lot Linda! Impressive and very useful tutorial. :) It was also helpful to read how a brush work with other shape dynamics and settings.

But back to Topic...

Now an tryout which i´ve done some months ago, created in ps 7.0 and with optical mouse, thats why i partly must use some other techniques to get this final result here:

http://img503.imageshack.us/img503/6896/eyespartbrushwk5.jpg

greetings

eligh

destron
08-05-2006, 12:48 AM
Awesome tutorial! Thanks a lot.

Cheers
destron.

edart
02-07-2007, 04:12 AM
Many Thanks Linda :thumbsup:

I used to have trouble painting eyes and other things but through trial and error (and wonderful tutorials like this one) I have achived a level of painting that I myself am amazed at.
SEE (pun intended)

http://edart.125mb.com/Face_detail.jpg

Thanks
ED

www.edart.125mb.com (http://www.edart.125mb.com/)

edart
02-07-2007, 04:13 AM
I forgot to say that adding texture to the skin is my next challenge LOL

Hittin
02-13-2007, 04:55 PM
Great tutorial, had fun making an eye. =)

GetYourSketch
02-20-2007, 03:50 PM
Thank you! Very helpful tutorial. I shall share it with my offspring as well!

I hope you it get back ten-fold. Very generous.


John

geniusdev_anshu
06-09-2007, 07:00 AM
thanx a lot
helpful indeed

BloodyMary
08-08-2007, 07:58 AM
Thank you for this great tutorial Linda!!!:love:


Here is my eye
http://www.christinaziem.de/images/gallery/2d/eye_001.jpg

suneelmenon
09-17-2007, 07:01 AM
Hi buddy..
The excecution of the tutorial was an eye opener..
my expectations have gone higher..
Suneel




http://www.furiae.com/images/paintingeyes/10.jpg

Instructions: The iris is completely round. For the most part, some of it will be hidden by the eyelid - if you hide only a little, the eye will look widened, shocked and staring (such as in the example I'm painting here), while hiding half or more will give the eye another expression altogether: perhaps indolent, seductive, sly.

Like the eyeball, never cease to imagine the iris as a round thing. To make absolutely sure, always paint the full round thing on a separate layer and then simply erase the bit that would be hidden by the eyelid. Like previously mentioned, we see the eyes, and we definitely see if something's messed up. A non-round iris will make it look alien and crooked - a neat thing if that's what you intended, but not so neat if you are aiming for a natural look.

So, pick a dark, random colour (nothing too extreme) and paint in the iris. Then on top of that, paint a lighter colour that will leave a slightly darker edge. Not all eyes have this darker edge at the outskirts of the iris, but we're settling for it this time around.


http://www.furiae.com/images/paintingeyes/11.jpg

Similarly, the pupil is COMPLETELY round, no doubt about it. Paint in a round, dark circle in the middle of the iris. Just for the feeling's sake, dab a blotch of white on top of the iris and pupil, just to see how it would feel. There's the eye, suddenly a little glossy.

Common Mistakes: As previously mentioned, there is a tendency to make the iris less than round.


http://www.furiae.com/images/paintingeyes/12.jpg

Instructions: There are no dark sketch-lines in a face, so it's time to get rid of them. There are two easy ways to do this - either you simply delete the layer, or you do as I did here: paint over them. I've found that painting over something rather than simply deleting it occasionally helps the liveliness of a picture. So for the sake of this exercise, paint over, don't delete.

What we have after we've done that is an eye that likely looks slightly messed up. We've used the lines as crutches, forgetting to shade the folds instead of letting simple lines do the talking. So the next mission is to do the highlighting and shading in the areas that are now looking stupid. For this, I use a brush that is either just a hard edged round one, or something similar to this:

http://www.furiae.com/images/featherbrush.jpg

(I've found that this brush is excellent to blend colours with, either as just painting, or as smudging)

Do not forget the fact that the bottom eyelid sticks out a little. It doesn't fit flat agains the eyeball - we need a little 'rim' to show that there's a shape to it and it's not just pasted in place. Paint this 'rim' (just above the lashes) with a vague pink colour slightly lighter than the skintone below.

Also, it might be a good thing to scribble the eyebrow in at this point, because once the lines are removed, chances are it looked like a dark blur. We'll fix it up more later.

Common mistakes: Leaving the lines in or mimicking them once they're removed.


http://www.furiae.com/images/paintingeyes/13.jpg

Instructions: At this point, pick up a mirror. Look at the eye in the mirror, and notice that the white of the eye becomes pinker as it reaches the corner of the eye, and that the pink isn't entirely flat in shape right before the corner. We need a little glossiness here, a little colour to make it believable. A tint of blue added to the eyeball colour, and then some very soft, smooth touches of a round soft brush to pick out little highlights here and there. Most important here - be careful, chances are you'll overdo this area and end up with an eyeball that looks textured. This isn't the point. Point is, adding little touches of realism.

Also, redefining the shape of the eye at this point, and adding more detail to the eyebrow and the corner of the eye is almost a must. I've found that the realism is sometimes helped by further enhancing the shape of the corner of the eye by highlighting around it (take a look to the immediate left of it, you'll find a little highlight there). Try to work in more colours. Try to find little oranges, blues, reds and purples to discreetly add here and there for a more skinlike 'feel' to the area surrounding the eye.

This is where we start thinking about the iris, as well. The iris is a textured, wonderfully intricate thing and usually what makes an eye 'fly'. The first step to defining it would be just adding a very sloppy dark shadow at the top of it (from the eyelid, remember that it sticks out a little.

Common Mistakes: Forgetting to define the corner of the eye, or even leaving out that area altogether.


http://www.furiae.com/images/paintingeyes/14.jpg

Instructions:
Do a new layer. Set new layer to 'soft light', and paint with a dark, ruddy colour to emphasise the skin tone. This will make more difference than you know. Paying special attention to the eyelids (the lower one in particular) and the area underneath the eyebrow. There is a vast difference now that the skintones are picked up. This sort of alteration goes for any kind of detail in a face, especially the bottom of a nose, around the nostrils and the eyes, but also the corners of the mouth and the side of the nostrils.

In this step and the one before, I've smudged the eyebrows a little with the brush I previously showed.

Common Mistakes: Forgetting about skin tone variation. A face and all its details looks dead and flat without such small devices.


http://www.furiae.com/images/paintingeyes/15.jpg

Instructions: Continuing on the skin tone variations around the eye, make yet another layer above the first one, and now add textures. Use a small brush with pressure set to opacity and shape and just scribble away. The eye in the example is slightly exaggerated, but the practice is the same. Skin is NOT just a smooth, polished-stone texture. It's not porcelain. Do not forget to at least hint at the texture and the pores, sometimes only with little skin tone variations. I'll happily say that I learned this from the 3D art forums - watching all these marvellous artists work on the skin textures, and then in the end asking myself: why didn't I think of that?

The good thing about keeping the texture layer separate is that you can use a soft eraser to make some patches more transparent and others more opaque, giving a lively, 'real' look to it. Add a few birth marks while you're at it.

Common Mistakes: Leaving the texture out altogether. Big no-no.


http://www.furiae.com/images/paintingeyes/16.jpg

Instructions: Paint the lashes in by using a hard edged little brush with pressure set to size. Keep them just a little bit scraggly, and don't paint them too long. Keep them on a separate layer. (A good thing to keep in mind is that the lashes rarely sweep out towards the outer corner of the eye, as they are often depicted to. Most of them will be curving downwards quite naturally).

After this has been done, use a combination of a tiny smudge brush and the eraser to soften the sharpness of the lashes. Rinse and repeat for the upper eyelid, but in this case remember not to point the lashes straight up, as this has a tendency to look unnatural.

Common Mistakes: Painting eyelashes as unnaturally long, and forgetting to taper them off at the end. Even worse, forgetting about the eyelashes altogether for a creepy-eyed look.


http://www.furiae.com/images/paintingeyes/17.jpg

Instructions: We're getting there! The iris is a plethora of textures. If you pick a mirror up and stare at your own eye really closely, you'll see that it's not even just the diamond shaped textures radiating from the pupil, but that they're layered. Layer upon layer of delicate little coloured shapes. Not an easy thing to mimic. We'll try, though, by painting little soft strokes of colour upon one another, not erasing if we make a mistake but just keeping to paint over, paint over, paint over for that right textured, deep look.

In the end, I decided to break the highlight up as well, just to make it look a little more realistic. It's a good thing to think about the light conditions of a picture before deciding where to place the highlight and what shape it should be, but in this case, I just smudged it a little and added the faintest possible touch of blue to it (I doubt you can even see there's blue there, but there is).

Common Mistakes: Making the iris look flat by painting only one layer of texture and using only one colour with different brightness.


http://www.furiae.com/images/paintingeyes/18.jpg

Instructions: There's not a lot to say. For the final step, look the picture over for some things you might want to change or do differently - in this case, adding some more shading and shadowing to the eyeball itself as well as adding a touch of gloss to the iris.

I hope the tutorial has been helpful. It's only been posted on CGtalk so far, but it should be going up on my page soon enough. Best of luck with your eye-painting.

Renish
09-29-2007, 04:57 PM
Very good tutorial! I followed it, and I could get closed to the enayla's result, thanks!
The problem is I only know doing eyes, but, something is somethings, lol. :)

kenzi
10-07-2007, 08:29 AM
Wow...Great tutorial. This is what I'm looking for :thumbsup:

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