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Painting the Eye by MelissaFindley Painting the Eye by MelissaFindley
I put this together this morning, intending, originally to post it on my blog, but I think it's better laid out this way. Which means I get to upload it here, so people can download it full size. :D

Please DO NOT repost this on other sites, redistribute it, etc. You may, however, link to it to your hearts content.

Provided, that is, you find it informative.

I painted this in Corel Painter, however, it should work just as well in Photoshop or whatever paint program you have, provided it works with layers and layer settings.

Please be aware: I paint eyes so often that it's like breathing for me. Sometimes I do things without even being aware that I've done it or how I did it... I tried to break everything down as simply as possible for this, but if you need clarification, don't hesitate to ask.

Eyeball model: me (image isn't stock) [link]
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amazingace Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2013  Student Interface Designer
Thanks for your help :)
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hefeigal Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This was a huge help, thanks a lot! :D Very simple and informative.
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ReddyArts Featured By Owner May 2, 2012   Digital Artist
Wow, that's fantastic! :D Do you use Corel Painter for all your pieces?
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:iconhyperskygirl:
hyperskygirl Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
thanx for sharing
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theresams Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2010
great tutorial
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:iconaxiouz:
axiouz Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2010  Student General Artist
Nice tutorial :]
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Jennifahr Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2009  Hobbyist
awesome tutorial! I really hope Ill be as good as you someday :)
Heres what I managed to do; [link]
many flaws...
I have a LOT to learn but it tought me so much!
Thank you :heart:
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dangel88 Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
It's amazing something so amazing could come from something so simple. A great tutorial!
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SaigoKarasu Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2008
Which tool did you use for the starburst pattern? Could you elaborate more on doing the irises?
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:iconmelissafindley:
MelissaFindley Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2008  Professional General Artist
It's just a round brush, semi transparent, and you just kind of blob in the colors in that sort of a pattern.
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SaigoKarasu Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2009
How do you select and/or create skin tones from a single base color and which tools and methods do you use for hair?
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:iconsirielle:
Sirielle Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2008   Digital Artist
And it is you indeed :D
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Sirielle Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2008   Digital Artist
This eye in reference looks familiar :D Great job! :thumbsup:
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CherishedMemories Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2008
Thank you so much for this tutorial, Hon. :hug:
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:iconsilentsteel:
silentsteel Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2008
*applauds* WOW! Very nice - and I have got to try this! :D
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Veronica-Art Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2008  Professional General Artist
Wow thanks for sharing this amazing tutorial!
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-vengeance- Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2008
Great tutorial, thank you!
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:iconwarui-shoujo:
warui-shoujo Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Very nice and detailed! I just learned a bit with textures :nod: thanks!
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:iconkaynessart:
KaynessArt Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
that's a very thorough and educational walkthrough Mel :D
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SparrowsFlame Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
That was so awesome to read! I don't do any digital painting or drawing, so it's amazing to me what you can do on the computer. I love watching your painting on youtube, but it goes so fast, it's hard to keep up. I enjoyed reading this to get an idea of what you do. Thanks for sharing! :)
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:iconeldris:
eldris Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Wonderfully written tutorial :nod: I've never thought to do contour lines over an image before, but I think that would really help me :D
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zwijamzabawki Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2008
wow, very impressive :)
you must have put a lot of work in it, and we appreciate it ;) :heart:
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:iconkeight:
keight Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2008
Thanks, Melissa.
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:iconlogovanni:
Logovanni Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2008  Professional Artist
So, you didn't lear how to do this somewhere, this is just kinda the best way you can describe how you do it?
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MelissaFindley Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2008  Professional General Artist
I learned by studying other people's tutorials, and experimenting and practicing on my own. Which is, I suppose, the same way everyone learns how to do anything.
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:iconlogovanni:
Logovanni Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2008  Professional Artist
Okay. Good job, then. You've done very well. I'm going to do a little bit of learning from you.
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hikari-kaichou Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2008
Many thanks for this great tutorial :)
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Antigone17 Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2008
Funny, I love the hair even more than the eye^^ I think the tut is really well-done and informative (even though I don't use PC-coloration and such).
The most interesting thing though, in my opinion, is that I'd never have guessed how the whole face looks just from the eye! It coudl have been a guy you used as a reference :bounce:
Anyways, it's cool to see a photo of such an amazing painter!
Thank you^^
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:iconajnas:
Ajnas Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2008
Great tutorial :D
Very detailed,and the texture part will come very handy.
Thank you for this :)
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Cataclysm-X Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Wow that's a great tut! Thank you :)
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:iconpenguiun:
Penguiun Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2008
beautiful tutorial!
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:iconniji707:
niji707 Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2008   Digital Artist
really well done!!! it's a great and useful tutorial!!! thank you! :hug:
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algenpfleger Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
very nice tutorial, good thing you explain the basics first, too many people don't know how the eye works and just start painting what they think it is. :#1:
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fantasydreamer59 Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2008
Nice! :heart:
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toeknuckles Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2008
awesome tutorial!
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LikaLaruku Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2008
I shalst try it ^o^
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lila-may-qt Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow - I'll deffinately be examining this closer later xD
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:iconaegils:
Aegils Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2008   Digital Artist
great tut... especially the skin part I always had trouble with texture part. thankies :heart:
How big is your usual canvas?
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MelissaFindley Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2008  Professional General Artist
Usually around 2400x3600 at 300 dpi

For the painting here I only used part of the canvas to paint the eye step by step, then cropped it and laid it out in Photoshop
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CheiroDePipoca Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2008
.+fav:ing it right now. It'll come in handy. No doubt about it! thanks for sharing your technique!!! :hug:
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:iconelandria:
Elandria Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2008  Professional General Artist
Bravo! Really great tutorial! :hug:
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:iconmelissafindley:
MelissaFindley Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2008  Professional General Artist
You feeling better?
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:iconelandria:
Elandria Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2008  Professional General Artist
A little, back to the hospital though tomorrow for more tests *sigh*
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Guuz-G Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2008
glad my clumsyness inspired you to make this great tutorial ;)
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MelissaFindley Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2008  Professional General Artist
not clumsiness... it's a common problem, and I'd always meant to do one of my own. You're possibly the third person in the last few days who has needed help with the same thing.
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3D-Fantasy-Art Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Superb! Wish I'd had this a few weeks ago :D
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OracleWhite Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2008
Awesome tutorial. I've been thinking about trying out Corel Painter so this helps.
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creates Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2008
nice tutorial. :3 i wish i could paint like that.
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:iconmelissafindley:
MelissaFindley Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2008  Professional General Artist
Just takes practice. See: [link]
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