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How To Draw A Realistic Eye

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By request: how to draw a realistic eye with pencil, not paint! This tutorial is perfect for absolute beginners. In fact, when I was an art teacher, the first part is what I showed my beginning students (8th grade or older) on the first day of school. I like to think that this lesson convinced them that maybe they could actually draw an eye, and maybe art was sort of fun. The second part—where I guided them step-by-step through a realistic eye—came a day or two later, and by that time they were hooked.
And I hope you'll be hooked as well!

I haven't drawn like this in years, and it's made me want to do more. You've got to learn how to draw before you can paint (at least that's been my experience), so hopefully this will give you some confidence. Please let me know if you'd like to see more drawing tutorials along with the watercolors.

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Painting details:
"Cassidy's Eye 2" is an 8"x10" pencil drawing on Academie sketch diary paper.

Pencils: Sanford Design Drawing 3800 series (HB, 2B); Kimberly (4H, 4B, 8B); Pedigree (2H); Sanford Design Ebony pencil, No.4 blending stump, brand unknown.
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