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Drawing Cat Eyes in Coloured Pencil

A quick step by step on how I usually go about drawing cat's eyes when using coloured pencil. I always draw the eyes first when doing a head and shoulders style portrait, and they're the most important part of a drawing to me. If the eyes aren't right, then I'm not happy with the drawing.

For the first step I find and draw the highlights of the eye using a white pencil. When drawing eyes, the reflection on the surface of the eye is what shows the shape, so this is the most important part for making them look rounded. At this point I add the first layer of the darks around the eyes and in the centre. In this instance I used Inktense Dark Chocolate:

The next step is to take a close look at the eye you're drawing and determine what colour the undertone is. That will be your first layer. In most cases, as with cats with green, orange or brown eyes, the undertone will be yellow. Otherwise, it's usually a cool blue. Here, I used Coloursoft Yellow Ochre, being careful not to go over the white highlights:

After lying down the first layer of colour, I add in the other colours of the eye, first adding the subtle hints, and building up layers to get the darkest colours. Here I've used Prussian Blue (Coloursoft), Spectrum Orange (Inktense) and Brown Earth (Coloursoft). I've also added some more detail and layers to the area around the eye, using Grey Lavender (Coloursoft) and Dark Chocolate (Inktense):

I keep adding layers in this manner until I get the required depth, with the final step being to go back over the highlights with my white pencil. I don't usually use a blender, as I find building up the layers blends the colours together enough for my taste:

That's the eye pretty much done with. I sometimes find, as I work on the rest of the drawing, that I need to make a few adjustments to the eyes to make sure they fit the drawing, but otherwise they're as they'll be in the finished piece.

If you have any questions/comments regarding this tutorial, feel free to e-mail me,