I Spy with my Little Eye…

A persons eyes,
Blue, black and brown 
Draw me in…
Are the key to reading deep into their soul,
and reveal secrets never told.
A persons eyes,
twinkle with joy,
when they dream fearlessly 
about a world of infinite possibility…

A persons eyes, 
roll in circular motions at an awful joke, 
when they are not impressed. 
In the same way that they avoid eye contact, 
when they are lying or depressed. 
A persons eyes, 
Blue, black and brown 
Draw me in, 
then slowly drift apart…
Until next time.
When I search for the right set of eyes,  
to feel whole again.
Sketch #1: the ‘realistic’ eye   

As my life begins to get busy again with increased work commitments, I find myself facing an internal battle against time to put together the artistic creations that make up this blog. Thus, instead of my usual style of A3 and A2 canvass prints, I thought that I would revert to a sketch book project. I have never had a sketchpad for my art and the thought of having a diary full of illustrations, where I can track my progress by turning pages, has me excited! 

About the art:  
I am quite an unconventional artist, in the sense that I tend not to draw lines and sketches. Instead, I simply get stuck in with a pencil and rub out where necessary; a bit like a trial and error process. Nevertheless, I always do my research beforehand. Google images, Instagram and Pinterest are great sources of inspiration for art. Facebook has some good art pages as well, with YouTube videos to demonstrate the process of drawing.  

My top tips for drawing a realistic eye:  

  1. Ensure that you have an image of an eye in front of you, as this will assist in providing an idea as to how to structure the shape of the eye, determine the length of the lashes and gain perception on how the light touches it.  
  2. Use all (or as many as you can) of the different shading pencils. For this artwork I used 2B, 3B, 4B, 6B and 8B. This is essential for creating depth, contrast and shadows, through the use of light and dark tones. I used 8B, which is the darkest pencil in my collection, for the eye ball and lashes. 3-4B will do for the shading of the eyelid. 2B can be used for the initial sketch and outline of the eye. If in doubt, test the pencils on a separate piece of paper. For added depth of colour, I went over the darkest parts of this drawing using a black fine liner pen, which makes the eye stand out on the page. 
  3. Be sure to use a rubber/eraser! A rubber is the perfect tool for erasing the spots where you want the light to show – for me, those light spots were the centre of the eyeball, to show that the person is looking into a source of light, as well as the inner under eye (lacrimal papilla/waterline), which makes the eye look bigger, due to providing a contrast to the shading on the eyelids. Erasing parts of the eye provides such a wonderful and exquisite contrast to the deeper tones, and is a must-do to achieve the perfect eye look. A white gel pen or tipex pen would work well too. Alternatively, you can use white paint, but ensure that the paint brush that you use is incredibly fine for precision. 
  4. Use your fingers (or a small, dry sponge) to smudge around the eyelid and create a realistic shading effect for the outer skin around the eye. I also used this technique underneath the top lashes, to provide the illusion of a shadow created by the eye lashes. 

The artistic process has also been demonstrated for you, by the photos below (my video wouldn’t upload). As you may have noticed, my sketch wasn’t perfect to begin with and I made alterations to the eye shape/added extra details throughout. This is an example of how you shouldn’t be afraid to have an attempt at art, as you can learn so much throughout the process. 

I hope that this post has inspired you and uplifted your spirits. Please feel free to mention my blog in any eye-related artwork, if you choose to draw one of these yourself, and let me know if you found the tips helpful 🙂  

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  1. Absolutely love this thank you for sharing this 💝 !!!
    Just wondering would you consider submitting some poetry works for me to showcase on site http://www.myfanwy80.com myfanwy&friends? it’s free to have them showcased and all the authors rights are reserved to them.
    Trying to illustrate that each writers style is as unique as we each are there is no theme
    If keen please email myfanwy80@yahoo.com

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  2. Quite good but did you no insecurity could come in a form of underlying illness..

    Eye contact is a conscious fixture of our conscious self so eye contact is a connection but when our subconscious self struggles..

    Our conscious follows subconscious self our conscious self is only as proud as our subconscious self my friend..

    So eye contact deminishes yes but why eye contact deminishes is only part of a never ending story we court up in..

    We all learn from functional..

    But not so many dysfunctional ever get to tell a side to their story which more functional portray as a disorder..

    Dysfunctional are simply on the other side and much more sensitive to what the functional believe is the correct way to live my friend.. 😇🙏🤗

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  3. Wow Hannah,
    This post has certainly given me the push I need to get going with some artwork. Your eye derawing reminds me of a drawing that I did a few years ago at an art class ‘painting and drawing for the terrified’. I thoroughly enjoyed the class taught by a young, encouraging and inspirational young lad.
    The drawing I did is contained in my art pad which is now full of old stuff. Today I am going to buy a new pad and maybe more materials.
    Thank you for the inspiration and for liking one of my comments on a recent post.
    Enjoy your day 🙂💁🏻‍♀️

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    1. How wonderful, I’m flattered and genuinely happy to see that my art has inspired you to pursue art of your own. It’s so therapeutic and you’ll be surprised as to what you can create when you put your mind to it. Having an art pad is great as it helps to see your own artistic journey 💖💖💖

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  4. You’re welcome Hannah, a privelege and pleasure. I bought a new art pad and new oil paints this morning whilst I had the opportunity which led me to do a blog post.
    Could I please have your permission to reblog this post and mention how you have motivated me?

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    1. Thank you so much! A lot of my posts are quite different from what you’d expect to see on here…I allow myself to get carried away 😊 That’s amazing news, you must be proud of your books. To be published is a great accomplishment 💖


  5. Reblogged this on Impossible becomes possible and commented:
    REBLOGGED with permission from Hannah on illustratedbyhannah.wordpress.com This post reminded me of a drawing done on an enjoyable introductory art course ‘painting and drawing for the terrified’ which was taught by an enthusiastic, inspirational, fun young tutor.
    I have been planning to reorganise and refresh my art materials and Hannah’s post stimulated me to do so, hence my post of yesterday.
    Thank you for visiting and thank you Hannah. 🙂💫👩‍🎨

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  6. Justice: is it ethical or dirty?
    Do you want white vanilla custard from Kopp’s (restaurant) or mud pies?
    Unfortunately, brown unsatisfactory is par for the course, when dealing with me.
    Despite the provoking, disrespect, and anger; i only look at it a little bit and then try to heal or process it, and then loojk to the truth, light, and hope. I dont need to prove myself or answer what i have already declared through living life and choices made, actuons taken or refrained. I am who i am, it is what it is; live and let live. Yet they destroy me daily, i still look to God.
    Thanks for giving attention to eyes.

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    1. Thank you for sharing your thoughts. You write beautifully and I agree with those powerful lines, as a person of colour. Life isn’t easy at all and I hope that people soon start to use their eyes to see past colour and see everyone are human beings, all equal to one another 🌺✨


    1. Thank you so much for taking the time to see the artwork! Yes, I usually do my research and end up with 6 or so images and I take something special from each one. But they’re on my phone, so I like that I challenge myself to scale up the images onto A2 sheets. I never trace or copy them directly, but I use them as an inspiration to work from 😊✨

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      1. Don’t be humbled and awe-inpsired. Be motivated and inspired to continue with your beautiful art.

        Just out of curiosity, any relation to Mohandas? He’s one of my heroes.

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    1. Thank you so much! Yes, getting the symmetry of the eyes to match is always a challenge…perhaps drawing lines with a ruler could help. In reality, I believe that the eyes are not equally placed and symmetrical but that is the way that we perceive it 😊💫


      1. If I were such things as I conjure sometimes,
        drift-floating out
        on these oceans I cry…

        If I was a star-woven carousel thing,
        unspeakably deep
        between poems
        and smiles…

        If I was that creature,
        I’d look like your eye –

        woven like banding from old standing stones,
        and deep like the darkness
        who lives in this rock pool,
        hiding in shadows in shells…

        finding its colours by sunset,
        rising to shine with the sky –

        a deep sea volcano,
        learning to see…

        rising through all of those tentacles…

        rising through all of those terrors
        and teeth…

        looking for something that’s tender and free.

        and poems
        and adventures
        await the eyes you draw…

        and the eyes that saw deep enough to create them.

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      2. You have a way with words; this is so beautiful, that it sent a shiver down my spine and bought a smile to my face. I love how you connected the art to a poem about the eyes 💖

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  7. Hi Hannah! Thanks for sharing your words and insight in drawing a realistic eye. I’m not an artist but working in an eye clinic I had to illustrate countless eye injuries and always wished I had better art skills. I’m inspired my you history and art skills. Thanks for sharing. Tom

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    1. You’re most welcome, thank you for stopping by and having a look 😊✨ Oh, that’s interesting and certainly doesn’t sound like an easy thing to do. Your comment has genuinely made me smile, I’m so glad to have inspired you. I hope that you have a lovely weekend ahead, Tom 💫✨


    1. Thank you so much for the kind words on my blog 🤗 I wish it was a line drawing, but it was very much a free hand style…I seem to draw best without structure 😅😂 Thank you, I look forward to seeing your posts as well 😊✨

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  8. Good job, my dear friend Hannah

    The play with shadow and light, with smooth and harder lines, is able to bring out fantastic drawings
    whereas our eyes are carefully observing details we see in reality. How to express it – is up to our own feelings and intuitions – this creativity and you are very creative, my dear friend Hannah 🙂

    Thanks a lot 🙂
    Hugs and love

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    1. Thank you so much for checking out my art, that truly means a lot 💗

      Indeed, the role of light and shadow are so incremental to creating a good piece of art. Each artist has their own way of expressing themselves and I’m glad that you like my creation 😊💫✨

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