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Paint Tool SAI Eye Tutorial 2 by Minuet-Melody Paint Tool SAI Eye Tutorial 2 by Minuet-Melody
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Some of you were interested in an updated tutorial.

Here it is! Hopefully it's simple and easy to follow. If you need any help, or have questions for me - feel free to ask! I will be happy to answer :aww:

I've even added a bonus to the tutorial - just in case anyone was curious how I make parts of the eye transparent.

I made this using Paint Tool SAI, but it may work with other art programs that use layers, a blur tool and clipping layers.

Let me know if it works for you in another program besides Paint Tool SAI!


Step 1

Begin by selecting your "Upper" layer.
Use the ink pen to make a curved line.
Create a gradient effect with dark colors.

Step 2

Select your "Lower" layer.
Repeat the same process, but with lighter colors.

Step 3

Use the blur tool on each layer to blend the colors together.

Step 4-9

Same process, but showing how it was done with the other eye. Start with the "Upper" layer first then the "Lower" layer!
Blend your colors together.

Step 10

Select your "Pupil" layer.
Make a curved line however you desire it to be.
The girl is looking to the right. I drew my curved line based on that. Any other time I would make a full half circle shaped line. (EX: [link])

The left eye shows the before process and the right eye shows the after result. I like to make my curved line appear more "full" in certain areas.

I add shiny dots to the eyes at this point. Add as desired!

Step 11

Merge your layers together.
Make a copy of the layer.
Hide the copy.
Lower the opacity on the visible layer.

Step 12

Erase parts of the eye that touch the skin.
Hide this layer then continue to the next step.

Step 13

Make your copy layer of the eyes visible.
Lower the opacity of it.
Erase parts that touch the hair now.
Make the opacity 100% again.

Make your other layer visible and adjust the opacity as desired.

All finished! This is how I do my eyes, there are many ways to color eyes. I do not claim to have the "right" technique. Feel free to use this style for yourself :aww:

If you do try out this tutorial, you can show me your results if you'd like :D just leave a link in the comments~

Thanks for reading and I hope this helps someone! :heart:

Artwork featured in this tutorial is a WIP (C) *horohoroXemi
Tutorial and background image (C) *horohoroXemi

No stealing!
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oOosilvyaoOo Featured By Owner May 2, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Oh thank you a lot!!! The last part helped me so much anyway!!! And your arts is beautiful too!! keep doing it ^^
11jiehantmnkeita Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
thanks for the tutorial,it really helped me since i'm a beginner XD:D (Big Grin) :D (Big Grin) Pikachu Loves It Plz 
OmgItsPockii Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you~ :iconheartrollplz: It really helped me improve!
kirazel Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012
THANK YOUU the last part really helped meee
kagayakinohikari Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for the tutorial, it's really helped me with the gradation thing :D
AngelReika54 Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
She looks like Misaki .
Minuet-Melody Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
mm, they do have similar hair and she is also wearing a slightly modified version of the dress Misaki wears. She's based off a character from the game "Dream of Mirror online" I was commissioned to draw her that way~
AngelReika54 Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Ohh :D
momochiii Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2011
thaaank yoou, helped actually a lot ! ;////;
Minuet-Melody Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Your eye style is adorable already >w< but thank you! :heart: glad I could help~
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