How to Draw a realistic eye with charcoal

How to Draw a Realistic Eye in Charcoal - Excerpts from Live Lesson

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The video featured on this page featured excerpts taken of an hour long live lesson that aired in the member section of this site on January 16, 2013.  To see the video in real time, complete with commentary, visit the Charcoal Drawing of an Eye Live Lesson section of this site.

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It's no secret that I love to draw eyes.  In fact, this website is littered with tutorials on drawing eyes.  Everybody has that favorite subject that they like to draw, and I guess mine just happens to be eyes. The tutorial featured on this page is on drawing eyes using charcoal.

In this demonstration, I am using vine charcoal, compressed charcoal (pencil form), and white compressed charcoal (also pencil form) on gray drawing paper. The tooth of the paper is relatively smooth and is about equivalent to 80 lb. drawing paper.  I am working from a photo reference.

Here's a quick look at the steps involved...

How to draw an eye with charcoal step 1 - define the shape
Step One -Define the contours
Draw a charcoal eye-step 2 fill in the pupil
Step Two - Fill in the pupil
Draw an eye with charcoal - step 3 -layer the pupil
Step Three - Begin layering value
outward from the pupil
Charcoal drawing -eye-step 4-continue layering charcoal
Step Four - Continue Layering
values.
Draw an eye wuith charcoal - step 5- fill in area around the pupil
Step Five - Fill in values around the
pupil.
Draw-eyes-with-charcoal-step-6-areas around the eye
Step Six - Add value to areas around the
eye.

Eyes with charcoal-step 7 - eyelashes
Step Seven - Add the eyelashes
Charcoal eyes- finished
Step Eight - The completed drawing.

 

The following video features excerpts from the full one hour tutorial...

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