Please help me to paint eyelids and the skin around eyes correctly
Javier Change, Spain
In order to paint eyelids properly, you first need to fully understand the shape of a human eye – but also the shape of the skull and likewise the shape of the flesh over the skull.
The eye area has several volumes and shapes. These are created by the bone of the skull, the eye itself, and by the surrounding flesh and muscles – knowing which is which can be very useful knowledge to the artist.
The eyelid itself is just a piece of flesh. If the eye is closed, it simply covers the ocular globe. If the eye is open however, the eyelid is folded inside the eye socket, over the ocular globe, and this creates a fold just above the eye and below the supraorbital. Once you know this key bit of physiological detail it shouldn’t be too hard to paint eyelids.
It’s important though to also bear in mind that not everyone’s eyes are exactly the same shape. Analyse a range of pictures that depict people of different ages, genders and races, look properly at their eyes and try to imagine how you’d approach painting them.