Hi I was wondering Are there a certain list of eye shapes that are common to most people of any race?
In the past I have been too influenced by Anime and Marvel for too long so now I having been distanced from such comics for more than 5 years. I now wish to draw eyes that are close from reality. I am now gathering eyes photos but most of them have make up to cloud my senses.
Any professional advice?
Every eye is a ball set in a socket and covered with skin. If you keep thinking three d while drawing, you'll be fine.
look at real people (on the bus, in the mall, at the cafe) and draw their eyes. Makeup shouldn't be too much of a problem unless it's insanely heavy goth/emo/metal stage makeup. In which case, maybe drawing at concerts wouldn't be a good idea
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Being Asian, I know Asian eyes differ from Caucasian eyes due to the epicanthic fold. This can be seen in my family. My mom's eyes have the double fold in the upper eyelid, while I do not. Also, our eyes are slightly more "almond-shaped". Even then, there are subtle differences that make one Asian look different from another.
Taking images as reference it's not that hard to spot the differences between the various eyes. However, one thing you should keep in mind is that those eyes fit in sockets and those sockets are part of the skull.
And the skull of asian people also differs in shape from let's say european or african people.
ShroudStar is completely right about the epicanthic fold, my niece is half Indonesian and has different eyes compared to European people.
I would not look for photo's of various eyes, but photo's of various heads.
The real difference is in the combination of features that create the head, not only the eye.
Yes I am asian too which now made me quite furious whenever I look at drawing books out there. Not a single chapter on Asian Eye for God's Sake.
I will post up some eye drawings later.
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We've got an excellent resource right here on CA..."What does everybody look like?" I've been collecting everybody's faces for a while now for ref when i start painting again. Great selection of eye/nose/mouth shapes/types.
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I also love drawing and I have also done my portrait, but when it comes to draw human body, I also find it difficult to draw a human eyes. At first it was really difficult to draw a nice one, but later on, with a consistent practice and practice you will amaze and realize you've done what you are wanted from the start.