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Why Learn How to Draw Symmetrical Eyes
In this article, you’ll learn:
- To draw both eyes at the same time
- Measuring to get the eyes just right
- Creating symmetrical eyes
A common problem that a lot of people have is that they can get one eye looking good, but then when they need to create the other eye, they can’t seem to get it quite right.
The solution to this is to draw both eyes at the same time without getting too detailed before working on the other eye. Switching back and forth between them allows you to see the shapes more clearly, to get a more accurate symmetry.
Learning how to draw matching eyes if a whole lot easier if you just do a little measuring first. So, in this lesson, we’ll be looking at how to draw symmetrical eyes.
To start off with how to draw symmetrical eyes, we will need to lay down a few lines to establish the shape of the first eye. As we learned in our lesson how to draw the Proportions of the Face, we can use the eye as a measuring tool when dividing other parts of the face.
We saw how we can measure one eye length for the space between the eyes, and then use the same length to then discern the location as to where the second eye will be placed. This will create three equally spaced sections with perfect proportions.
If you feel the need to use a ruler because you are just starting out with drawing the face, that is ok, but as your skills continue to develop, try to work on judging these distances without a ruler. This will end up saving you a lot of time in the future.
Using horizontal measuring lines, you will choose important landmarks like the inside and outside corners of the eye and draw lines that run through them. Pinpoint those locations on the other side and use them to draw in the eyes. You basically just have to ‘connect-the-dots.”
If you are drawing digitally you may feel the urge to just copy one eye and flip it over. This is a quick and easy way to get an exact copy of the eye, but you will probably want to adjust the second eye slightly to get some small differences in it.
Better than copying, however, is that you work on your weakness and just keep practicing matching the different eyes because this will build up your skills not only in drawing the eyes, but matching any kind of symmetrical object or parts of the face.
Add in the details, such as the eyelashes, the iris and pupils, and anything else, like the eyebrows. Once you are finished, you can erase the construction lines that you created to match the measurements.
It is actually good to have little deviations that make each eye unique. You will find people appreciate authenticity over perfect symmetry.
This technique can be used every time you want to double check your symmetry; if it’s the face, a vase, or a car, doesn’t matter. But as said earlier on, this should be more of a tool to learn and the more you develop your artistic eye, the better you’ll be at eyeballing symmetrical subjects.
The only way to practice this technique in how to draw symmetrical eyes is to use it. Find any type of eye sets, sometimes it’s fun to mix it up and use funny or entertaining sets of eyes to practice. Either way, use this technique to create twenty sets of eyes – getting them as symmetrical as you can by hand.