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F A C I A L F E A T U R E S 2
The full eye shape is a
ball situated in the
orbital cavities of the skull. It is held in place
by muscles and ligaments. the coloured ball in the
centre of the eyeball is called the
iris. In the centre of
the iris is the
pupil which is an
aperture that lets light through to the back of the
eye. it changes size according the the light
Because it is moist, the eyeball reflects light and
appears as a sparkle light
situated on or around the
formation of the eyelid obscures two-thirds of the
actual eyeball. The
thickness of the eyelids obscures the top and bottom
of the iris. The whole
iris is seen when there is a surprised
expression and alternatively the
iris is more obscured with a smiling
thickness of the top eyelid casts a
shadow on the the top of the eyeball and
The small pocket in the corner of the eye called the
tear duct is pink in
colour and is at a slightly lower angle than the
outside corner of the eye.
three-quarter profile eyes are the most
difficult to draw because they are seen from a
foreshortened angle. The eye closest to you will
appear slightly larger and the iris will appear
nearer to the tear duct.
When drawing the eye furthest away from you, the
tear duct will be obscured by the bridge of the
students make the mistake of drawing the
three-quarter profile eyes too close together.
There is always one eye space between the eyes.
The full side
profile eye is V shaped. The
iris appears much slimmer and is always
tucked under the eyelid. If the
iris protrudes too far
then the model will appear to have an overactive
thyroid! In this profile, the tear duct may just be
The 'whites' of
the eyes are never white but a blue/grey colour. the
lightest eye white is seen in children.
The sparkle light in the eye is very small. It will
look unreal if too large.
lines around the eyes (or any other facial feature)
light and broken especially the line of the lower
sure the eyebrows are not too high above the eye.
Finally, leave out the eyelashes unless they are
apparent. If they are then make them uneven and kept
to the minimum.
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