How To Draw Eyes?
Are eyes easy to draw?
How To Draw An EYE Article from An artist knows that when it comes to emulating an object, there is nothing more difficult than trying to draw an eye. This is because the eyes are not just a means to view something but they are the conduit to which the heart of your emotions are connected.
Why do I always draw eyes?
10. Eyes – Doodling eyes represents the inner personality of the person drawing them. If you draw large eyes, you have an outgoing personality. Staring eyes demonstrate the feeling of being watched. Closing eyes might indicate the refusal to look within.
Why is drawing eyes hard?
Most budding artists find learning how to draw eyes hard. But the BioWars lead illustrator shares some easy-to-follow tips to help you learn how to draw eyes the easy way! How many times have you angrily tossed your drawing papers into the bin because you couldn’t get your character’s eyes right? We feel you. Most artists struggle to get their eye drawings right. The eyes are the second most complex organ in your body (after the brain), and, not only are they physiologically complex, they are said to “reflect” our emotions and personality. No wonder learning how to draw eyes is challenging! But, we can help! BioWar’s lead illustrator Gonçalo Lopes created a video tutorial to walk you through the process of drawing eyes step by step, This guide is beginner-friendly, so don’t worry if you have no formal training in drawing or art in general. How To DRAW EYES For Beginners We’re also going to break the video into several steps, so you can read about the process of drawing eyes in addition to watching the video. And if you prefer digital drawing to sketching with a pencil, check out this video tutorial: How To DRAW EYES Step-By-Step Uncover the battle raging within. Read the Biowars comic book for free!
Is drawing a rare skill?
Is drawing a rare skill? – Yes, and no. Drawing, as we’ve already established, is doable by most people in this world. Yet, drawing skilfully is a rare skill indeed. It takes hours of dedicated practice, patience and passion to be able to achieve remarkable results. “Young Man Carrying an Old Man on His Back”, Raphael, 1514 “Anatomical Studies: a left forearm in two positions and a right forearm” Peter Paul Rubens, ca.1600- ca.1605 To complete drawings such as the ones above requires an insane amount of hours of learning and practicing art. What’s more, you must also observe and learn about human anatomy, light and shadow, texture, composition, negative space, and all sorts of other art elements.
Are eyes easy to pop?
Can your eye really pop out of your head? You see that in cartoons but can it happen to real people? A group of our optometrist friends were chatting yesterday about this. One said that one of her patients told her about this history, and that she heard about this three times now from different sources.
- She did not see it herself but she was curious about it.
- I remember such an incident of one of my patients.
- It was an African American lady in her 30s in good health.
- I was holding her upper eyelid up in order to examine the lower part of her retina, when she suddenly screamed and screamed, ‘Oh my god, my eye pops out!’ she screamed repeatedly.
I almost panicked by her screaming. But I looked at her and saw that her eyelid was retracted and got stuck behind the eyeball and the eyeball was fine. So I gently massaged her upper lid and asked her to blink. A few seconds later her eyelid came down and all was normal.
- At this time, my technician who was working in the next room came knocking on the door and asked if everything was OK.
- I told her that all was good.
- My patient was a little embarrassed about her reaction and calmed down.
- The rest of the exam was uneventful and the patient left with an essentially normal eye exam.
Having that experience made me cautious about manipulating patients’ eyelids thereafter. Some people’s eyelids are loose and you can easily flip them. If they also happen to have protruding eyeballs, then the lids can get stuck behind the eyeball, which further limits the eyeball from moving.
- I thought that eyeball popping out was a misnomer, it’s rather the eyelid going behind.
- If you think about it, the eyeball is secured by 6 external eye muscles to the eye socket, and the optic nerve which is like a cable also connects the eyeball to the brain.
- How can you easily get the eyeball out of the socket? If you could, I imagine there would be a lot of damage, potentially to the optic nerve and can cause vision loss.
Sure with strong force such as in trauma, eyeballs can fly out of the socket, even the brain can burst out of the skull. But for a person to have spontaneous eyeball popping out, that would require a very high pressure behind the eye, and it just does not happen that easily.
However, it turns out that I did not know this subject well enough. It truely can happen in a condition called globe subluxation. Yes the eyelid could be stuck behind, but the eyeball is really out of (maybe partially) the eye socket. This can be caused by trauma, but it can also happen from triggers such as eyelid rubbing or straining badly.
Here is a photo from a real patient who suffered from globe subluxation. This is from a recent publication of a case report and all copyright belongs to the original authors and journal, Figure 1. Spontaneous globe subluxation in a middle-aged woman, Copyright in reference Quite a scene right? No doubt this is very unnerving to the patient as well as to the doctor! According to this article, the most common risk factor associated with spontaneous globe luxation (SGL) is proptosis (that just means the eyeball is bulging) from having shallow orbits (eye sockets) or things growing in the back of the eyeball.
- The most common stuff growing behind the eyeball is actually from a condition called thyroid eye disease, in which excess fat and fibroblasts accumulate in the eye socket.
- Interestingly people with African descent tend to have shallow eye sockets and their eyes generally appear a little more bulging due to this reason.
Other factors include loose tissues and muscles supporting the eye, loose eyelid, or having too much fat in the eye socket due to obesity. So what harm does globe subluxation do? Seems obvious that an eyeball hanging out is an eyeball not working well for its function, which is seeing.
Indeed, if this is severe or goes on for a long time, the optic nerve may be damaged, resulting in vision loss, sometimes permanent. On the other hand, when the eyeball is out, it’s not covered by the lids, and the surface drys out quickly, which can cause pain, light sensitivity and blurry vision immediately.
If you think about it, our eyelids really do a good job protecting the eyeball, you can simply close your eyes. With eye protruding out like in the photo above, the eyeball is left there to dry up and exposed to the outside world should something hit or scratch on it.
- So how do you pop the eyeball back in? First, relax.
- Then ask the patient to lay down with face up (or recline on your exam chair).
- Ask the patient to look down while you gently apply pressure on the globe downward and inward.
- You can use a cotton swab to roll the eyelids back while applying pressure to the globe,
Lastly, after the eye goes back to normal, we should probably do some investigation as to why it’s out in the first place. As mentioned above, thyroid eye disease, floppy eyelid syndrome, or maybe even a tumor behind the eye can make a patient prone to developing globe subluxation.
So these need to be ruled out. When I think back about my patient, I wonder if that’s actually not the first time this happened to her. She could not see her eyes, how would she know her eye popped out if she had no prior experience? To me, that was not a true globe subluxation, but rather an eyelid retraction.
But her eyelid being so loose and retracting easily should also raise some suspicion on my part to work up further for thyroid eye disease and floppy eyelid syndrome. According to literature, this is a very rare condition. However it can happen when maneuvering eyelids including when rubbing or inserting/removing contact lenses.
I feel lucky that so far I have not encountered this with numerous patients that I have worked with for contact lens I/R training. But the moral of the story is that don’t touch your eyes, cause they can pop out (just exaggerating). References Yadete, T., Isby, I., Patel, K. et al. Spontaneous globe subluxation: a case report and review of the literature.
Int J Emerg Med 14, 74 (2021). https://doi.org/10.1186/s12245-021-00398-x https://intjem.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s12245-021-00398-x https://www.reviewofoptometry.com/article/how-to-handle-globe-subluxation
Should you draw the eyes first?
“I would like to ask if you have any tips for drawing the human face? I tend to have a hard time with proportions (I often draw the eyes way too large) and placement of different features in relation to each other.” The human face is hands down the most intimidating subject matter for most artists.
- There is so much psychological baggage that comes with a human face that just is not there with other types of subject matter.
- We see and interact with human faces every day, and for many of us, it’s our primary form of visual communication when we talk in person.
- All of us are capable of knowing when something is “off” in a portrait drawing, although many of us wouldn’t necessarily be able to articulate exactly what it is that needs to be changed in the drawing.
For this reason, we generally hold portraits to a much higher level of scrutiny, and are far more critical when it comes to getting results. This Self-Portrait course with Casey Roonan, seen below, shows the entire process of creating a self-portrait drawing in charcoal from direct observation.
- The Art Supplies section of Artprof.org provides detailed explanations of the numerous tools needed to make charcoal drawings.
- The major mistake that I see when approaching the human face is simply calling it a “face.” In actuality, you are drawing a human head,
- Artists spend so much time isolating their attention to the face only, that they miss out on establishing the bulk of the head, which is the supporting mass for the face.
The face is actually a very small percentage of the head. Tell yourself that you are drawing a head, and that mentality will set the stage to have a more comprehensive understanding of what you’re doing. Etching by Lucien Freud The key to drawing the human face is to think about the underlying structure first, not what’s on the surface. This means really understanding the essential structure of the skull. I recommend starting out by drawing skulls before even beginning to draw the human face.
Buy a plastic skull (you can get a decent one for about $40) and draw it from every point of view that you can come up with: three quarters view, straight on, profile, back, from below, etc. This process of careful observation of the skull will greatly improve your understanding of the human head. The next step is to develop an understanding of where the subcutaneous areas are.
Subcutaneous means “directly under the skin”, so you’re searching for areas of the head where the bone is directly under the surface of the skin. This would include the brow, the forehead, the cheek bones, the jawbone, and the chin. These subcutaneous areas are the sections of the head that you want to focus on and highlight in your drawing, as they will provide the structure for everything else to lie within. Portrait drawing by Pontormo Start out by blocking in the bulk of the entire head first, and then the basic masses of the subcutaneous areas. (the brow, the forehead, the cheek bones, the jawbone, and the chin) Once these sections are established, very briefly block in loose shapes for the eyes, nose, and mouth.
Then quickly move onto developing the supporting structures and muscle forms around the eyes, nose, and mouth. When these structures are well established, drawing in the eyes, nose, and mouth, should as easy as dropping sprinkles on a cupcake. Proportions of the human head are another issue that many artists struggle with.
The best advice I can give is to never spend too much time fussing over a single area. Instead, keep your arm moving from section to section, making adjustments along the way and constantly evaluating how one section relates to another. Allow all of the various parts of the draw to grow and develop at the same rate.
- Look at the nose in relation to the eyes, the eyes in relation to the ear, and so forth.
- If you work with a loose, gestural manner, and initially draw with very light, fluid lines, you’ll have a greater chance of knocking in the proportions properly.
- ART PROF is a free, online educational platform for visual arts for people of all ages and means.
artprof.org features video courses, art critiques, an encyclopedia of art supplies, and more. Related articles “How would I go about studying the human figure?” “How can I learn to draw noses?” “What is the best way to simplify the human figure?” “How can you learn to draw hair?”
What should I start drawing as a beginner?
Where to Start – The first step is to find the right starting point for you. If you’re a complete beginner, I recommend starting with basic shapes like circles, triangles, and rectangles. Once you feel comfortable with those shapes, you can move on to more complicated drawings.
If you’re looking for a more structured approach, try following along with a youtube online tutorial. The easy to find, step-by-step guides, will take you through the entire drawing process from start to finish, making it easy for you to learn and improve your skills. You can also watch other artists draw and pick up techniques that way.
Just be sure to practice what you learn as often as possible so that you can start seeing progress.