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It’s all in the Eyes

On a current lengthy flight (13 hours), I used to be bored out of my thoughts. I took the time to evaluation all of my coloring pictures on my cellphone from the starting of time (2 years of labor), Have you tried trying critically at your personal work after a cooling interval? It’s truly very fascinating. I realized quite a bit from doing that. It was additionally wonderful to take a look at a few of your previous items and see how your model or approach adjustments over time. I discover that I appear to gravitate in direction of injecting realism each time I can in my current work, like a practical trying cat in an in any other case imaginary scene.  What I discovered in my evaluation is that “it’s all in the eyes”. If the eyes are convincing then they inject life into the image. Otherwise, the determine (animal or human) seems to be flat and lifeless.

I don’t proclaim to be remotely in the identical league as portrait artists, I’m simply studying and moreover I satisfied myself that that is coloring and never . My aim is simply to be convincing sufficient. I prefer to maintain issues easy. Here are a few of my recommendations on how I shade eyes.

A collage of all the eyes coloring by Betty Hung - colorart.ca

What I exploit

All my eyes are accomplished with coloured pencils. Pencils give me the most management on tremendous particulars. I additionally use a white gel or acrylic pen to provide some reflection or glitter to the eye. Sometimes I exploit a really tremendous black pen e.g. Sakura micron 005 to assist in areas the place I need an actual black like the centre of the eye.

Anatomy of the eye

For the objective of coloring, there are three elements:

Pupil – the black circle in the centre of the eye
Iris – the coloured a part of the eye
Sclera – the white a part of the eye


Since that is the black circle in the centre of the eye, this must be very very black. Most of the time the illustrator coloured this half black for you already. However, I nonetheless prefer to run my black pencil or pen on it and in addition blur the edge a bit by drawing tiny traces radiating outwards.


This is the half you as the colorist can use no matter shade you fancy. I normally use 2 to three colours. The trick right here is so as to add tiny strokes outward from the pupil like you’re drawing the solar’s rays. If you look carefully at your personal eyes, you possibly can see that they aren’t strong colours. You can see the traces brought on by reflections of lights. You have to make them refined, a pointy pencil helps. I run black on the outer fringe of the Iris and once more draw some tiny traces in direction of the centre. This creates dimension, it makes the eye seems to be like a sphere somewhat than a flat circle.

Here’s an in depth up of a multi-coloured Iris:


Although that is the white a part of the eye, I really feel that it’s extra pure if it’s not simply white. I exploit a light-weight gray and ever so calmly add some shading. When I take a look at my very own eyes, I can see some gray spots right here and there too.  I may additionally add a little bit of purple in the nook of the eye or perhaps a bit tiny veins.

Animals don’t have a lot of the white half however I nonetheless attempt to add a bit round their massive spherical eye if potential e.g. go away a hoop round the eye earlier than you begin drawing fur.

The reflection

This is the little white dot or a small bend of white that reveals the eye is glassy and displays gentle. Some artists go so far as drawing some objects in the reflection to point out what the eye is taking a look at. This is important for giant closeup of the eyes however for many coloring pages, the eye space is just not massive/shut sufficient for such particulars. Hence slightly white dot if the eye is de facto small or a curve that span over the pupil and the Iris is enough like in this cat coloring:

Night Voyage by Daria Song, colored by Betty Hung - colorart.ca

Night Voyage by Daria Song, colored by Betty Hung - colorart.ca

Examples of accomplished works

Daisy by Laura Rafferty, coloured by Betty Hung – colorart.ca
“Purple Girl” from Magical Dawn by Hanna Karlzon, coloured by Betty Hung – colorart.ca“King Spaniel” From Smyckeskrinet by Hanna Karlzon coloured by Betty Hung – colorart.caSeasons by Hanna Karlzon colored by Betty Hung - colorart.caSeasons by Hanna Karlzon colored by Betty Hung - colorart.caSeasons by Hanna Karlzon coloured by Betty Hung – colorart.ca

Happy Coloring

If coloring eyes intimidated you earlier than, I hope this evokes you to provide it a strive. I attempted to interrupt it down into easy steps and with apply I’m positive you are able to do it too.

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