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Realistic eye tutorial by Blattaphile Realistic eye tutorial by Blattaphile
First, sorry for any misspellings. Second, I have MOVED my non-anthro art to a new account: :iconpenanggalan:. Still using this one for my anthro art.

Not many people enjoy doing real-looking non-animeish eyes these days, I think that's sad... figured I would make this, especially since most eye tutorials are animeish anyways. This is my attempt at a realistic eye. There are many different colors and shapes of course, and ways to give an eye expression. This is just the basics though. First tutorial I ever made, I hesitated to make it cos I really don't have much knowledge about Photoshop. You'll find this to be very simple, of course you don't have to use my technique, actually you can probably do much better! I only use the set PS brushes and I never use layers, but you can change it and do it however you like. Hopefully this will inspire you anyways!! :)

Wow, I can't believe how popular this is :o By far the most viewed/faved thing in my whole gallery! XD I'm glad people are getting such use out of it, and please, don't forget to link me to your art done using this technique! You don't have to but I'd LOVE to see it! :)
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Phoenix-FireMage Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2014  Hobbyist Writer…
Thank you so much for making this tutorial! It really really helped!
The-Art-Stew Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2013  Professional General Artist
absolutely incredible. I dont know when, but i will definitely be giving this a go. I agree that there are many many animeish eye tutorials out there. Not that there is anything wrong with that, but it refreshing to see something different and something that has such a level of detail to it. This was very informative. Thank you.
Aa-Nakhtu Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2013
This is definitely helpful, and I will definitely be giving this a-go. :3
Gargartha Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I've shared your tutorial (and credited you) on my website and within my publication. Here are the links:……

Thanks for the wonderful work you share!
enellopee Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
I'll try this !
sanjouin-dacapo Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I love this eye tutorial! You're very talented and skilled!
Mojo-Smileyface Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Thank you so much for this, it looks really helpful! I will surely use it and link you to my artwork!!! Realistic eyes for me is very hard, and so it is great to see a really great tutorial for us artists who may be baffled about how to create realistic features!! :D
DeirdreMariePowell Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Brilliant . Thanks.
Celestial-winds Featured By Owner May 12, 2012
thank you so much for this awesome tutorial :3
Archangel-Urza Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2012
thanks, very nice work
ciasio Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
What program you use?
NepinRith Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
beautiful tutorial
Pazazico Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Going to try at this :)
SquidPuke Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
ArcherMoonlight Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2011
swankie Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2011  Student Digital Artist
This was so helpful (although i think i did my eye's wrong HAHA gotta practice) thank you for posting this im learning to do realism by myself so i can do a self art piece for college (just got enrolled actually they need a self art peice XD)

again thank you!
XcoolnspicyX428 Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2011
thanks that was very helpful! i am just a beginner so i need to practice more ><
Meleni Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2011
Thank you so much for this tutorial! I searched 'eye tutorial' here on d.A and was hit by a million of those big bug anime eyes tutorials, I was going to give up till I found yours, thank you so much! <3
MariColl Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much for this tutorial!
Drachenschwinge Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2010  Hobbyist
Awesome, thank you!:heart:
hino-kahoko101 Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2010
i like it :)
Ravenwolfslayer Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
OOO awesome tut, thanks so much.
TemptingFates Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
This is amazing! I'll have to try it sometime.
XxMidyBluexX Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2010  Student General Artist
I like doing realistic art :D it's fun but i don't do it as often as anime art. I think more anime artists should try to delve into realistic art too it's better to be well rounded expecially if you go into art as a career.
Dementedsnake Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's way too saturated to be realistic, but it's stunning nonetheless. :clap:
kenmoniana Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2010
Thank you very much. It really helped me sum everything down. Made it easier to create eyes <3
DaSpartan Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2010
Oh, I love you. I've been looking forever for a good iris tutorial.
xLiquid-DnB Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2010  Student Digital Artist
Love the detail in the art and in the wording. I don't have a tablet yet but will get one soon.

nice job
khymy13 Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2010
im having trouble with drawing all my lashes. please help me :O
Euxiom Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2010
Woo, thank you for this. I don't really use Photoshop for my art, but it'll probably help me out!
AyamePasse Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
"Not many people enjoy doing real-looking non-animeish eyes these days, I think that's sad... figured I would make this, especially since most eye tutorials are animeish anyways."

THANK YOU!!! I shall treasure this... well, this treasure, for as long as I attempt digital painting! :glomp:
3TwiliMoon-EcliDawn Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2009
This is absolutely beautifully done!
It helps so much!
You should do a tutorial on how to do a realistic eye in a side profile.
That'd be awesome xD.
Eiensama Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2009
Though your drawing style and drawings just in general don't exactly suit my style, I'd have to say that this is one great tutorial. That eye looks so beautiful... Among all those eye tutorials that I have seen so far this one stands out the most in my memories. I could keep faving it all over and over again... It's such a lovely eye...
LucifersDaydream Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2009  Professional Writer
them eyes are gorgeous.

would this work if a sketch was scanned into photoshop and follow the other techniques in the tutorial? ( i absolutly hate doing outlines on photoshop :( )

and yeah. im getting sick of anime/manga on here. its not even a great art form if you look deeper into it. :( *anime disliker here lol*
zymurgea Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Stunning tutorial... some stuff to definitely keep in mind.

Thank you for sharing this!

TheCrownOfJules Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2009  Hobbyist Artist
A truly well-thought out and created piece of instructional art. I thank you for taking the time to do this so well!
divatotal Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2009
Thanks for the tutorial!!!

I just took it as a reference for my new proyect!! :)
iROCKthouSUCK Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Wooow! Thanks for making this!!!!!!
Just-plain-weird Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2009
It sucks when you can do realistic eyes... but nothing else... it looks weird D=

cool tut though! XD
Mymorbidfairytale Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2009  Student Traditional Artist
this is very helpful
also, i agree with your comment
people should make more realistic eyes they are much more impressive
vanipy05 Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2009  Student Filmographer
wow thanks!
Cameron226 Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2009
Very nice tutorial thank you.
hyenacub Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
I love doing realistic eyes...the ability to do so, however, is another thing entirely! LOL This is a very helpful tutorial...awesome stuff!
Nyoko-Shizu Featured By Owner May 3, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for the Tutorial!
08rives Featured By Owner May 2, 2009
Id also like to thank you for making this tutorial! :] I plan on putting this into action asap!!:#1:
Werepuppy26 Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
:wow::faint::crazy: that is sooooooooooo real!
moonx123 Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2009
thanks! this may come in handy when i start digital!
Thagirion Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
I'm stuck at step 4.2
You didn't explain technique. What kind of brush do I use? Fuzzy or hard? And will it matter after it's blured? I might not have the skill for that step yet. My 4.1 looks very nice but once I try to put in radial lines they aren't straight and looks like a kid drew on it. What can I do about this?
A-L-i-E-Nxx Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2009
im into realistice eyes!
its all im good att.
not as good as that though!
& im not even drawing in on photoshop. i just do it free hand!
i alwats ahev trouble with the eyelashes, especially the ones at the front
they do this curve, which makes them look smaller, and then i have then rlly thick & none in otehr directions..
and the light spots!
it looks amazing there!
Sukanar Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow! great job! I haven't done realistic in years... I stopped having people to draw, so I went to anime... since for me it is hard to do realistic without looking at something =T.T= anyways amazing and it will really help out! *4 thumbs up and a fav*
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