How to Shade an Eyeball Step by Step || Realistic Eye Drawing

How to Shade an Eyeball easy by pencil with this how-to video and step-by-step drawing instructions. Realistic Eye Drawing for beginners and all.

How to Shade an Eyeball

Please see the drawing tutorial in the video below

Video produced by channel: ย RapidFireArt

You can refer to the simple step-by-step drawing guide below

Step 1

Light Shading Take a blunt HB pencil and use the side of your lead to make large, blunt strokes on a piece of scratch paper. Use the exact same edge to paint an even layer of graphite all over the eyeball without drawing on the iris. Contouring would be a suitable shading technique to use.

Step 2

Mix carefully Wrap a small piece of tissue paper around your finger and mix the eyeballs into 2 separate parts. Do not touch any shadow areas, or you will smear more graphite on the eyeball. Use very little pressure and use a fresh piece of tissue after each swipe.

Step 3

Shading Around the Iris Once your shading is smooth, use your HB pencil to shade around the iris. The goal is to remove the harsh fringe around the iris. Mix the graphite out if you need to.

Step 4

Eyeliner Shadow Soften your graphite color where the skin comes into contact with the eyeball. This step is very subtle but helps pull the skin and eyeball closer together. Compared to the previous image, this one looks like the top and bottom lashes are actually touching the eyeballs – tight fit.

Step 5

Add subtle shadows Depending on where your light source is coming from (mine came from above), add shading with a blunt HB pencil. To make the eyeballs look round, shade the distal ends of the eyeballs. Make sure your value transition is very gradual. Scroll up and compare the images from steps 4 and 5. Notice how even the most subtle shadows can give the eyeballs such a rounded shape. Just something to keep in mind when you’re shaded. Also, there is an area of โ€‹โ€‹the eyeball near the tear duct that is slightly bumpy. So be sure to pay extra attention to that. However, you don’t want to focus too much on it, so try to keep it subtle.

I hope this guide was helpful! Which step has helped you the most? I would love to know ๐Ÿ™‚

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