When drawing cartoons the eyes must be handled with special consideration.The eyes contain and express the spirit of the character.
The eyes are where the characters live they communicate thoughts, feelings and expressions better than any other part of the body.
Whether you are drawing realistic or cartoony eyes remember to use references for believability purposes.
When drawing pupils you can be simplistic using small neat balls with a shine and get a clear expression.
Understand that the shape of the eye & pupil change depending on the expression.
The eyebrows push down on the eyes for expressions like anger & suspicion. They squish and become shorter & wider.
The eyebrows rise up for expressions like surprise & shock. Stretch the eyeball to make it taller & thinner.
Add emphasis to a look by pressing up the pupil against the side of the eye.
Strengthen the expression of a character looking to the side by tilting the eye frame in the opposite direction.
Always tilt the pupils towards what the character is looking at.
The eyes is one area where subtle details really pay off.
Making your characters’ eyes as expressive as possible will bring a lot of life into them.
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