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Well I have had a few requests to make a tutorial on how to draw a realistic iris, and it just so happens that I am in the middle of making my sister into a Naívi, so I have turned the making of her iris into a little tutorial. This is my first tutorial, so please give me feedback on how I can improve it and make it more comprehensive! Hope it helps! :la:

(I would be really interested to see anything that this tutorial inspires you to draw! Please do note me and I would love to have a look. Thanks!)

>Just for your interest, here [link] is a close-up of the finished eyes and here [link] is the finished overall picture

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1. Well, first you start off with your plain eye - I have tweaked the height and width of it a bit, but I forgot to save that as I went along, so I have no layers to show you, sorry!

2. Use the eyedropper tool to pick colours from the photo you are copying. Then set your brush tool to hardness 100% and set the diameter so that it is the size that you want the overall iris to be. Now just click once to create a big circular block of the base colour. Continue picking colours and varying the diameter of the brush so that the concentric circles get smaller and smaller.

3. Take the blur tool and just blur all the circles in together, so there arenít any sharp lines. They all need to be on the same layer for this to work.

4. Set the smudge tool to a very small diameter, and basically draw lots of little straight lines radiating out from the centre of the circle.

5. Create a new layer and use the brush tool to add a big completely black pupil. The reason this is on a separate layer is because you will need to do lots of blending and burning and dodging later on, and you donít want to mess up the pupil.

6. Take the burn tool and darken the iris a bit. Notice how I have burnt a dark line almost horizontally across the iris - this is because the top eyelid casts a shadow onto the iris. Also use the dodge tool to lighten some parts of the iris, alternating between the different ranges: shadows, midtones and highlights.

7. All I have done in this step is to blur the outline of the pupil a little bit, because the very crisp line looks too computerized. Donít blur it too much, because it still needs to look defined from the iris.

8. Use the eraser tool to delete the bits of iris which are poking over the eyelids. I do this by reducing the opacity of the layer to about 50% so that I can see the outline of the eyelids through the layer of the iris. This makes it easy to know which bits to delete.

9. Set the brush tool to a diameter of about 1px and draw on the detail of the iris, with little lines radiating out from the pupil. These arenít always completely straight, so donít worry if they are a bit wobbly. Set the burn and dodge tools to about 1px and draw more lines - add any little highlights and shadows that are created by the texture of the iris. Also use the burn tool to darken the edges of the iris to make it look realistic.

10. On a new layer, use the eyedropper tool to pick out the colours of the reflections and then set the brush tool to quite a low diameter and block in the basic colours.

11. Set the eraser to a diameter of about 2px and start neatening up the reflections. Remember that there will be shadows from the eyelashes, so just draw flicky lines with the eraser and it will look like eyelash shadow.

12. This step is very subtle, and basically you just use the brush to draw a little bit of whiteish colour along the rim of bottom eyelid, because this is moist and light reflects off it a little.
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:iconwwwpaithancom:
wwwPaiThancom Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2016   Artist
Thanks!
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arkrilik2000 Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You made something that looks so complex seem so straight forward to do, thanks a lot!
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ironaid Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
omg this is so realistic, good job!
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Temawei Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2014  Hobbyist
Only just seen your lovely comment, thanks!
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Toby68 Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Really like this. Well done
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:icontemawei:
Temawei Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2012  Hobbyist
Thanks very much!
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Toby68 Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You are welcome
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marinaawin Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Hi, I used your tutorial here with a few twiks (for the iris mostly). Thank you. [link]
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:icontemawei:
Temawei Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2012  Hobbyist
Fantastic! Thanks so much for sharing the result with me, so glad I could help :meow:
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marinaawin Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for the help also.
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:iconthegoodtwin1:
TheGoodTwin1 Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
May I ask what program you used for this?
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:icontemawei:
Temawei Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2012  Hobbyist
I used adobe photoshop but I'm afraid I can't remember if it was cs4 or cs5... sorry! Basically any program which has a paint brush, eraser, burn tool, dodge tool and smudge tool will do :meow:
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TheGoodTwin1 Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Dodge, smudge, and burn. Figures.
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TheGoodTwin1 Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wait, nevermind...
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SuehaleyMarie Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2012
Omq.. so Hard for me cz Of the circles position.. nd makinq thouse lines around the iris.. Omq i did it nd it turned out "Ewww" v.v i can't paint or do that.. Need to search for a video tut.. Btw Nice tut.. ;)
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:icontemawei:
Temawei Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2012  Hobbyist
Well this method isn't for everyone i guess! Yeah, have a look for other tutorials and just keep on practicing. Thanks for the comment :meow:
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SuehaleyMarie Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2012
UR WElcome !! yeah.. :)
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:iconpiercerhys:
piercerhys Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2011  Student Artist
G'job! Um, also, so you know how to reply to people who comment?
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Temawei Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2011  Hobbyist
Thanks! Erm I'm not entirely sure what you mean, but if you want to reply to comments you click the 'reply' button which is under the little icon of the person who left the comment. hope that helps? (:
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:iconpiercerhys:
piercerhys Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2011  Student Artist
Opps... wrong person, sorry, XD

Np, Meow, XD
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:icontemawei:
Temawei Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2011  Hobbyist
Haha :dummy: no problem!
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spirit-of-the-fire Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2011
Wow, I have to say, I've looked at a lot of tutorials for photorealistic eyes because my own way of painting them is very time consuming and not very consistent, and this one looks like it not only gets the best results, but is also one of the simplest. Can't wait to try this out for myself :)
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Temawei Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2011  Hobbyist
Thank you! I'm so glad you think it'll be useful. I'd love it if you linked me your work when you've tried out my method, it's so nice to actually see evidence that this tutorial is helping people :) And thanks for taking the time to leave a comment!
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avatarfreak199 Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2011   General Artist
wow that's soo cool ;)
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:icontemawei:
Temawei Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2011  Hobbyist
Haha thanks :meow: glad you like it!
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Maevikinz Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2011
Wow. I can think of about a million uses for this. Drawing, making eyes in the sims 2, 3-d texturing... okay, four things, but still! Yay!
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Temawei Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2011  Hobbyist
Haha yay indeed! i'm so glad you think this will be useful, and thanks for taking the time to comment :aww:
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ExtremelyDanny Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks for sharing, this will definitely come in handy some day! :aww:
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Temawei Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2011  Hobbyist
woo thanks, i'm glad you think so (:
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eloelay Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2011
very helpful (: thank you!
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Temawei Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2011  Hobbyist
Yay i'm so glad!
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SliderGirl Featured By Owner May 16, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
That`s awesome!
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Temawei Featured By Owner May 29, 2011  Hobbyist
Yay thanks!
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Nuei Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2011  Student Digital Artist
This is so good for drawing too!
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:icontemawei:
Temawei Featured By Owner May 10, 2011  Hobbyist
Yay! I'm glad :D
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spaghetti-legs96 Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2011
This is AMAZING - pictures and great infomation!
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Temawei Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2011  Hobbyist
Wow thanks very much! I'm glad you think so :D
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spaghetti-legs96 Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2011
No problem ^^
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nilecitypatrik Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2011
!!!!!!!! Yes!!!!!!!!! :D thx
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Temawei Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2011  Hobbyist
wooo thanks! :la: I love your enthusiasm!!
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TheSonicFan359 Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome I'll use this for my recolouring on my sis!
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Temawei Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2011  Hobbyist
Oh yay! I'm glad you're going to use this - do post me a link of your work when it's done, i'd love to see it! :eager:
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TheSonicFan359 Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Ok but it may take a while.
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:icontemawei:
Temawei Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2011  Hobbyist
Cool, i look forward to it :D
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:iconthesonicfan359:
TheSonicFan359 Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Actually,I'll have to do my eye but who cares.At least you helped!
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Mirnyj Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2010
Inspiring. Can't wait to try this myself [link]
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:icontemawei:
Temawei Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2010  Hobbyist
Yay! I'm glad I inspired you :la: Please do give me a link when you're done!
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ChatLunatique Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Now all I need is a digital program that lets me use layers..., and a new computer. Sigh.
Great tutorial though!
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Temawei Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2010  Hobbyist
Ahh I know the feeling! I didn't have photoshop for ages and I kept seeing all this amazing digital artwork on dA and wishing I could do the same... Oh well, there's always christmas presents..! :dummy: And thanks, I'm really glad you like it (:
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schatzi333221 Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Hey, I used your tutorial and created a picture with it. Check it out. :)
[link]
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