By Aaron Rutten

Learn how to draw a realistic eye step-by-step using digital painting software and a drawing tablet.

In this art tutorial, Painter Master Aaron Rutten starts with a sketch to get the correct proportions. Next, the sketch is outlined and then shaded in grayscale. Layers of color tinting are added, much like glazes are applied in oil and acrylic painting. Fine details like skin texture and reflections are added to create a realistic eye.

This illustration was created with Corel Painter 2015 and a Wacom Cintiq, but you can use any software you like. The majority of the illustration techniques in this lesson can be applied to Photoshop, ArtRage and many other digital art applications. It can also be applied to drawing and painting with traditional media.

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