How to draw an eye in watercolor technique

Let`s begin with overall picture of watercolor technique for portraits.

It has a very simple structure, the beginning, preparatory phase and the finishing part. Overall, watercolor drawing, especially parts of human body, portrait are the most difficult part of fine art therefore we will be consistent in finding the way to achieve success in our endeavor.

How to begin drawing human eye with art classes?

To begin with, we will divide portrait watercolor drawing into parts. Today it’s time to draw an eye. In the video below you will see a fast tutorial how professional artist did it, but keep in mind that it is not a step by step video guide.

  1. One should start with preliminary drawing of an eye itself. Let’s define preliminary. It means that you should outline a contour with a pencil.
  2. Take a pencil between 2H and 3H hardness.
  3. Watercolor paper, no less than 280-320grm\2cm thickness. Why, because on our art classes in London Artacamia we teach beginners who can not handle soft material as they are hard to erase.
  4. The goal is to avoid paper wear during preliminary drawing.
  5. Piece of paper should be stretched or fixed with tape along all sides as the paper will curl under watering process.
Watercoolor paper for art classes

Roughness of watercolor paper

Try to outline all parts of an eye, eyeball, lashes, eyebrows, even near eye area called eye socket. After preliminary drawing is finished we should get rid of hard lines by erasing them lightly.

Time for coloring our eye drawing.

When the drawing is done, take a round brush number “2” (squirrel or any natural is good, but synthetic brushes tend to take their place in artistiс tool list to).

watercolor brush for art classes

Watercolor palette should be no less than 24 colours with Umbra, Ultramarin blue and yellows cold and warm.

types of watercolors

We fill 2 containers with water. Why two one will ask. Because, one will get dirty very fast and you will need clear water for “wet technique”.

Start with light shades on the outer side of an eye, form overall shape of an eye by placing different cold tones in the shadows. But don’t get to excited. Shadows tend to get too dark quickly so try to avoid strong, saturated tones, instead, cumulate the shade gradually layer by layer. With that method you will never get your work go in vain as the result of reach shadows.

Afterwards, when the rough shapes can be easily traced, we take watercolor brush #1 (the best brush for details as we use it on our art classes in Artacademia for beginners) and following the primary drawing firstly underline the shade of upper eyelid and the lashes. It is the most distinctive part of eyeball area where the outer side of iris is very light gray blue that represents whiteness of an eyeball.

Is it hard to draw an iris on art lessons?

Our art classes always stand for comprehensive educational manner, hence we tend to dig down deep into creative process.

Iris drawing in any media is alike. This part of an eye has transparent nature therefore being under natural light conditions upper 1\4 part of it covered with eyelid and shadow from it. The light and glare is the most lighted area but glow has no radial shape it forms one dot on the glossy surface of any iris. The cornea shaded from top o the bottom with gradient color.

Here is the example

watercoor-drawing-of-an-iris-artacademia

Iris and lighting

Do not tend to copy glare shape completely, it can have windows and other pieces of environment in it. Instead, just put a dot and a little glow around it. That will be enough.

In conclusion we have to add that art classes in London studio much more effective that online or youtube training, but if you can not attend them just ask us a question or request online lessons with our professional artists.

 

How to begin drawing human eye with art classes?

To begin with, we will divide portrait watercolor drawing into parts. Today it’s time to draw an eye. In the video below you will see a fast tutorial how professional artist did it, but keep in mind that it is not a step by step video guide.

  1. One should start with preliminary drawing of an eye itself. Let’s define preliminary. It means that you should outline a contour with a pencil.
  2. Take a pencil between 2H and 3H hardness.
  3. Watercolor paper, no less than 280-320grm\2cm thickness. Why, because on our art classes in London Artacamia we teach beginners who can not handle soft material as they are hard to erase.
  4. The goal is to avoid paper wear during preliminary drawing.
  5. Piece of paper should be stretched or fixed with tape along all sides as the paper will curl under watering process.

Roughness of watercolor paper

Try to outline all parts of an eye, eyeball, lashes, eyebrows, even near eye area called eye socket. After preliminary drawing is finished we should get rid of hard lines by erasing them lightly.

Time for coloring our eye drawing.

When the drawing is done, take a round brush number “2” (squirrel or any natural is good, but synthetic brushes tend to take their place in artistiс tool list to).

Watercolor palette should be no less than 24 colors with Umbra, Ultramarine blue and yellows cold and warm.

We fill 2 containers with water. Why two one will ask. Because, one will get dirty very fast and you will need clear water for “wet technique”.

Start with light shades on the outer side of an eye, form overall shape of an eye by placing different cold tones in the shadows. But don’t get to excited. Shadows tend to get too dark quickly so try to avoid strong, saturated tones, instead, cumulate the shade gradually layer by layer. With that method you will never get your work go in vain as the result of reach shadows.

Afterwards, when the rough shapes can be easily traced, we take watercolor brush #1 (the best brush for details as we use it on our art classes in Artacademia for beginners) and following the primary drawing firstly underline the shade of upper eyelid and the lashes. It is the most distinctive part of eyeball area where the outer side of iris is very light gray blue that represents whiteness of an eyeball.

Is it hard to draw an iris on art lessons?

Our art classes always stand for comprehensive educational manner, hence we tend to dig down deep into creative process.

Iris drawing in any media is alike. This part of an eye has transparent nature therefore being under natural light conditions upper 1\4 part of it covered with eyelid and shadow from it. The light and glare is the most lighted area but glow has no radial shape it forms one dot on the glossy surface of any iris. The cornea shaded from top o the bottom with gradient color.

Here is the example

watercoor-drawing-of-an-iris-artacademia

Iris and lighting

Iris and lighting

Do not tend to copy glare shape completely, it can have windows and other pieces of environment in it. Instead, just put a dot and a little glow around it. That will be enough.

In conclusion we have to add that art classes in London studio much more effective that online or youtube training, but if you can not attend them just ask us a question or request online lessons with our professional artists.