Thursday, May 14, 2009

Has anybody noticed....

....that eyes are really freakin' hard?!

really! I just spent an hour drawing and redrawing the same set of eyes on three different characters in a book I just started. Geez louise I'd like to know how to EASILY draw the eyes of a kid turned at a three quarter angle and looking up or down. They always end up looking cross-eyed or like one of 'em should have a lazy eye patch! Anybody else out there have this problem?? what's your secret? Anyone else have a different thing that's really hard to draw? I sure hope I'm not the only illustrator who's being hung up on one annoying detail that drives my detail oriented compulsive perfectionist mindset to distraction. I've been both complimented on my eyes and advised to make them more expressive without making them bugged out. After I solve this problem I think I'll move on to something easy like settling the peace in the Middle East.

Here are the offending eyes as they were just scanned in for the art director:


Shelli said...

I love the eyes :)

Lily Cate said...

for me, it's shoes.
Shoes are my nemisis. I don't know why, but I have a bear of a time drawing a shoe that isn't clunky or boxy.
I end up doing more research about shoes than I care to mention!