Drawing the Eyes


Title: Drawing the Eyes
Software: Corel PSP x2
Author: Sheryl
Home: SherylsPage
Tutorial Home: PSP
Skill Level: Intermediate and previous experience in working with pixels is required.
Supplies: See below for eye example and color swatch.
Description:You will learn how to draw eyes for your doll and add a nose and mouth.

Terms of use: You are welcome to use your finished product how ever you like but please don't copy anything from this site and call it your own.

This tutorial was done using Corel PSP X2 but it should work with earlier or later versions.

This tutorial was written completely by me but a lot of what I'm saying was learned from doing tutorials at various sites.
Unfortunately most of those sites are no longer working so I can't link to them for you.

To get the shape of my eye, I used a close up picture of someone with pretty blue eyes.
The eyes were too big for my doll so I resized them by 45%

eye example

Save both the eye example and color swatch to your computer and open in PSP.

eye swatches


Let's get started.

Step 1
Your eye example should be open.
Duplicate the background layer and call it original layer.
Layer > Duplicate
Resize just the duplicate layer by 45%.
Turn on your grid and zoom in 800%.

Step 2
Add a new layer and call it right eye1.
We are going to have to make both a right and left eye because duplicating and mirroring the eye will make it look cross eyed.
At least this is what a tutorial writer once wrote.
I can't say I can really see that but since I'm sure this person knows more then I do, I'm taking her word for it.
We will be able to duplicate parts of the right eye but not in its entirety.
Using black, draw the outline of the eye including the eyelashes. I like using black for this but you can pick a different color.
Right click on the layer to duplicate it.
Go to Image > Mirror
This will place the duplicate eye on the left side.
Rename this layer left eye1.


Stand on your right eye layer and add a new layer.
Rename it right pupil.
Using black add a couple dots for the pupil.
Duplicate this layer and place it in the exact same position on your left eye.


Step 4
Add a new layer and call it right eye white.
Add the outside whites of the eye.
Duplicate this layer and mirror it like you did in step 2.
Call it left eye whites.


As you can see, I blocked out the original eye so you'll be able to see what I'm doing.
The eye example is just to get an idea of the shape of the eye. Then it's just a matter of trial and error to see what colors look good and where they should be put.
At least for me it's trial and error.

Step 5
We still need one more white dot by the pupil.
Stand on your right eye white and place a white dot by the pupil.
Stand on your left eye white and add the same white dot.


Now might be a good time to save.

Step 6
Add a new layer and call it right eye blues.
No one's eye is one solid color so you want to add a few shades of the color you pick for your eye.
In my case it was shades of blue.


Step 7
Add a new layer and call it left eye blues.
Add shades of blue to the left eye, similar to what you did with the right eye.



Step 8
Close off all layers except for the layers on the right side.
Right click one of the active layers and merge visible.
Call this right eye.

Step 9
Close off all layers except for the layers on the left side and merge visible.
Call this left eye.

Step 10
Open your doll base and copy and paste both the right and left eye in place on the base.

Step 11
Add a new layer and draw some eyebrows, a nose, and mouth.
I used black for the eyebrows, #c99b7a for the nose, #a52f2f for the mouth outline, and #dd8585 for the mouth fill.

eyes nose mouth

Step 12
Turn off all layers except for the eye layer and the nose, mouth, and eyebrow layer and merge visible.
Call this eyes nose mouth.

Step 13
If you want to use your eyes, nose, and mouth on more dolls,
copy the layer and paste as a new image.
Go to File Export Picture tube and give it a name.

Step 14
Go back to your base image and turn the base on,
Merge visible.
Tube this the same way you tubed the eyes, nose, and mouth.


Click here to see another eye tutorial or go onto my hair tutorial by clicking next.