The Supply Store
Back to YouCanDraw .Com
Hopefully you're coming here directly from part one. If so this picture will make sense. In part one you saw a quick view of the skull, the eyeball, and a few of it's muscles. In the illustration directly below, you'll see the bony orbit is outlined and grayed out ("rim of bone"). It would be window into the skull if the eye wasn't there. You can also see the spherical outline of the eyeball itself in white. And, what's new here is the roughly triangular overlay of the eyelids - more accurately, the opening between them - placed over the round eyeball. (The heavy pencil line.)
The bony orbit, the eyeball, and lids.
The Eyelids and Lashes
Around the eyes you have an upper and lower lid. Inside both lids is a tiny cartilage called the "tarsal plate". It's just beneath the skin in each lid, it's narrow and goes left to right under the entire lid width-wise. It acts like a curtain rod of sorts: it adds stability to your lids and allows them to open like a garage door i.e., they enable your lids to open or close all in one piece.
I only mention them because they allow your lids to open under the overhang of the brow in a "sleeve-like" fashion.. "Sleeve-like?" you say? Well think of it like this: each section of a telescope slides into the one behind it, right? Into the larger section? That's "sleeve-like". That's just what the eyelid does when it opens or closes - it rolls and unrolls up under the brow. (It's more profound on the upper lid.)
Detail of the eye lids
Try to name these parts on the Rodney Dangerfield eye:
Rodney Dangerfield Eye
Other things the eyelids do...
The lids also "tent" slightly depending on which way you're looking: the bulge of the cornea deforms the oval shape of the lids to a more triangular shape, like this...
Bulging of the lids caused by the cornea
Or like this...
More bulges, this time looking left
Here's some front views of the eyelids as they adjust to the movement of the eyeball and corneas beneath it. The high point of the lids is over the pupil/cornea. Learning this will help you spot these subtle features in other peoples eyes.
Front views of the eye showing
Well that's enough anatomy for now. If you look over these two pages (Eyes: part I and II) and get a pretty good feel for the visible parts of the eye and the not so visible parts, doing the actual drawing of them will be more understandable. And guess what?...
...It's time to draw
Go to Part III: Pupils, Iris, and Eyeball