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    Getting both eyes the same

    Hey all, I was just wondering if anybody has any tips on drawing both eyes exactly the same? every time I try I end up with two totaly different eyes. Thanks!

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    there are very few situations in which both eyes will look exactly the same

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    Pretty much yeah, rarely will both eyes be the same.

    That said, I have trouble with that too. And it really comes down to observation and patience. Sometimes I just can't seem to get the eyes to look 'right', as in even if it's not a frontal portrait the eyes still just don't look like they relate correctly. So I sit down, flip the image around (digitally with 'flip horizontal', or traditionally with light shining through paper) to see the mistakes more clearly, and struggle through it until they're correct.

    People are very sensitive to facial features, so there's a lot less room for error than usual. So sometimes you just have to fight with it.

    If you need practice, I'd suggest drawing portraits from life or photograph (with measuring techniques) and/or full frontal portraits (from reference or imagination) using a ruler to exactly measure the symmetry. Bargue drawings, in particular, are good practice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cro-magnon View Post
    there are very few situations in which both eyes will look exactly the same
    This. My right eye is much smaller than my left. Care to draw me?

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    This can only be solved by thinking in terms of volume and form, instead of paper and line.

    As one old artist put it, when you are drawing the right eye, you must think about the left eye. When you are drawing an ear, you must be thinking about the unseen ear on the other side of the head.

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    The eye is a ball that sits in the eye sockets of the skull. To further emphasise what arenhaus said, when you draw the eyes, or any features, you need to take every aspect of the whole skull into account. You need to "know" the skull.

    If I were you I would study the skull in every concievable manner possible, using every conceptualized ideas you can come across (there are many, and few contradicts eachother). If you want to use Anid Marino's advise and draw from photographs, take it a step further; lay a tracing paper on top, and draw the skull that's beneath the skin.

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    painter has a mirror option where you can draw both eyes when you draw 1 in the same time.

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    Imagine a toothpick going through the iris to the back of the eyeball. Now pick a point somewhere and make sure both toothpicks point to it. Now draw 2 circles around that toothpick over the form of the ball that is the eye and voila.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BAN_KAI View Post
    painter has a mirror option where you can draw both eyes when you draw 1 in the same time.
    So does sketchbook pro. While helpful, I think the user should use the methods mentioned before to get them as close as possible.

    Having 2 eyes looking exactly the same doesn't make it always interesting. Make them look as even as possible but because of plane/angle of the head changes you also can't use this mode very often. Which is why I didn't recommend this method earlier even though I know it can be useful. It's not that I don't mind shortcuts but the user needs to have better observational and coordination skills. Not to mention the other methods about flipping an image around is helpful for just checking a picture overall.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dannybear View Post
    Hey all, I was just wondering if anybody has any tips on drawing both eyes exactly the same? every time I try I end up with two totaly different eyes. Thanks!
    Combine your knowledge of proportion and anatomy with your knowledge of perspective. If you're having trouble, you need more of all of the above.


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    A little tip that's helped me - the eyeballs are a reflective wet sphere and no matter what position the head is in - 3/4 or full on - the highlight is on the same place on both spheres.

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    Eyes? I can't draw eyes, so I just draw shapes. Focus on the shape and then the lighting.


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