Newberry, The Eye,
2010, ink on paper, 6 x 8 inches
Stage One - Wrap
There is a theory
that if you can master drawing an egg, you can draw anything.
Indeed, knowing how to draw a sphere is an excellent foundation
for drawing an eye.
When it comes to
the eye, an intuitive and a good place to start is with a ball.
am also using my self as the model, seen in a mirror.
In the beginning, I
like to set the angle from the corner of the eye to the tear
Here I start with
the inner lower eyelid, gently following the shape of the
Then do the same
with the inner upper eyelid, though in real life it is not as
clearly visible as the lower lid due to the eyelashes.
Next I begin the
outer edge of the inner eyelid. Accenting the inner lids helps
give a strong sense that the eyelids are thickly folded around
Here I completed
the upper half of the upper eyelid. Notice how it doesn't extend
to the top of the eye ball; this helps give the sense that the
eyeball continues inside the head underneath the flap of the
The last part of
this stage is sketching in the iris. With a normal view, the
upper lid overlaps the iris.
Stage Two - Form,
Shadow, and Light
Next I circled the highlight on the eye. This drawing is in ink,
therefore I have to be careful with my lights as erasing is not
Here I begin
knocking in my core shadows, which help define the upper and
lower lids and the eyeball/sclera. It is almost impossible to
see the core shadow in the white of the eyeball, unless you
really look for it!
I also marked a
kind of shadow running horizontally around the eye ball, about
1/4 of the way down from the upper lid. In sculpture, this is the
cast shadow of the eyelashes and upper lid, but in real life
this is the reflection of the eyelashes. It really helps
give the shimmering wet quality to an eye.
Note: The core
shadow is usually where the shadow meets the light.
After I block in
the core shadow, I begin drawing the mid-tones working my way
around the whole eye.
To get more
expression, it is important to include the areas around the eye--they help complete it.
Now I go over
everything a few times, checking my core shadows, refining some
lines, and giving nuance to mid-tones. It is a particularly fun
place for me, because I begin to observe so much more detail in
real life. If my foundation is solid in the drawing, I can
continue to add countless details.
Okay, so here is
the finished ink drawing.
hope you enjoyed seeing in a fresh way.
Santa Monica, March 2010
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