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Nose and Eyes by gothic-icecream Nose and Eyes by gothic-icecream
This is my basic process for drawing noses and eyes - i normally fiddle around with everything a lot more but exactly what i do is hard to explain - i spend hours tweaking with the colour, contrast, saturation and textures.

One thing i should mention is that i do almost every new highlight / shadow on new layer in case i don't like it and to make it easier to adjust. I gradually build them up until it's complete and then merge them all.
I don't like heavy shading - it's unrealistic unless there's harsh lighting.

Oh and everything here is just how i do it - i've had no training or anything so i'm probably wrong about lots of things. I learn basicaly by taking a reference of something (like eyes) in different lighting, angles and shapes and drawing it over and over again until i know the structure and shading of it. Then when ive done that i can be confident in doing my own from scratch.

Anyway, hope this helps :heart:

(I'm sorry for any spelling mistakes i'm in a rush right now.)
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OceanParadice Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2014
What a nice eye!
DariusM1993 Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Omg that eye is amazing. I am not that cool on shading :D with my eye…
MirimeF Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
how have you add the pattern from second to third step on creating the iris?
(I'm sorry for my bad english, hope you can understand what i asked for ^^)
gothic-icecream Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Sorry - I've only just seen your question. 
The pattern is just lots of small brush strokes around the pupil that I built up bit by bit. You can find iris pattern brushes here on deviant art to save time. Hope that helps, sorry I took so long!
MirimeF Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Well in italian would be "meglio tardi che mai", that means "it's better late than never" xD thank you for reply :)
korebetha Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2013  Student Digital Artist
From observation, it appears that the artist added a layer of slightly blurred color, perhaps white, on overlay or luminosity. I maybe be wrong, but that's just what it looks like. 
MirimeF Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
thank you :)
NeroThePikachu Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
soooooo AWESOME
Nekooky Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2013
Ohhhh I love that! *O*
It's great! *O*
Perhaps it will help me some time in future *v*
timberlake01 Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013  Student General Artist
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