Open Drawing Session | Take a look: Drawing Eyes #1... Encore!

Friday, May 21 | 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM EDT
(7-8.30PM BST)

30 US$

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Take a look: Drawing the Eye

Another chance for those of you that missed last week’s Open Drawing Session on the eye, you can sign up for ODS Encore, the Eye. This is not a recording of the previous session but a live class. The time is also convenient for the overseas students.

It is not clear who first said that the eye is the window to the soul. Some say Shakespeare, some Leonardo, some quote the Bible.
Maybe we cannot have complete access to someone’s soul through such tiny windows but a flickering of the eyes, slightly widening or narrowing eyelids or an almost imperceptibly raised eyebrow can suddenly reveal the mood, intentions or emotions of our interlocutor.
Before we can focus of the expressions of the eyes, we need to practice drawing its structure and anatomy first.

During this 1 ½ hour Open Drawing Session, the first one of a series dedicated to the Eye, we will just do this: learning to draw the eye in its various components, its structural characteristics and anatomy from the front and ¾ view starting from the eyeball out and including the position of the eyeball in the orbit, and properly positioning of the eye in the face.


  • A pad or sketchbook of drawing paper of decent quality like Strathmore or Canson, at least 8 ½” by 11” or bigger, it is better not to use newsprint paper because it is low quality. You can also use loose sheets of white or toned paper
  • Graphite pencils in HB-2B
  • A couple of colored pencils may be useful, I like to use a blue pencil and a red earth pencil (Venetian red, Indian red, burnt Sienna and so on)
  • Erasers and sharpening tools, sand paper is also very useful to touch up the tip of your pencil
  • Feel free to use any other drawing tool you like or you are used to, such as marker, pen and ink, ballpoint pen, silverpoint, charcoal, flamethrower…