Join Bert Monroy for an in-depth discussion in this video Creating eyes, part of Bert Monroy: The Making of Times Square, The People.
There many people throughout Times Square and one thing all people have is eyes. And creating realistic eyes requires quite a few little techniques. Now I am going to cover a lot of things that I've covered in other movies but here they kind of come together to form a realistic looking eye. I am going to get a tone just as my basic skin tone, so I am picking that color right here, which I am going to just fill background with that color. Now right here I am going to start the form the eye. Using the Pen tool I am going to create an eye. So I am going to go in here and create this one path, which is basically going to be the white of the eye.
So that's going to create this little shape like this and then close it off right here, like so. So there's the white of the eye. Using my Elliptical tool here set to Paths, I am going to create a big oval right here, which will become the iris of the eye. And then a smaller one inside which becomes the pupil of the eye. Now let's take that one and just put it in position so it's centered right there, like that. So there's the three paths that are going to make up the basic eye. So I go over here and save them and make sure I have them. There's the path.
So now I am going to select the one path that's going to be for the white of the eye and I am going to create a layer on top of this, which I'll call white. And I am going to pick a color that's going to be good for the white of the eye, which is not exactly a pure white, but slightly off white, like the gray. click OK and then I'll fill that path in that layer with that color. Now I am going to pick the circle right here, which is going to be the iris of the eye, and I'll create a layer for that-- the iris.
And I'll pick a color for the iris to be. So we're going to say we're going to say a blue eye. So I'll pick a nice deep blue like this. Click OK and fill that path in that layer. And I'll pick the central path, which is for the pupil. Go into my Layers. Create a new layer. Call it pupil. Return my colors to black-and-white and fill that path with the black. So there is the three basic shapes which are going to be the eye. So what I need to do right off the bat is to go in here and clip these two so they become parts of a clipping group with the white.
Click here and click there. I hold down my Option key, Alt on a PC, so that I was able to do that. And there are still individual layers so as you could see I can then move them around so that the eye can be looking around, doing whatever it wants and ooh! Whatever. So there it is. There's my eye. So now I am going to start to make this look dimensional and make it look real. And I'll rake the pupil. I am going to go in there and give it a little Outer Glow, which I am going to change the color to say something in the blues, nice kind of a light blue like that and increase the Size just a little and bring down the Opacity, just a little hint of a glow there, just like that.
And I am going to blur it a little bit. So I get a little Gaussian Blur which I'll just blur it just a little and let's say then it looks good. Click OK. The iris, I am going to go in there and give it a couple of things. I am going to give it an Outer Glow but this Outer Glow is to be a little darker. So I am going to a go in there and go with a kind of a gray. Not like that, a little darker than the other one is, and put this to Multiply so that that gray will show up. Maybe I'll put it in Normal so that it'll show up even more and put it out there so it's just this little hint.
And spread it out so we have this little hint of a gray along the edge. Then I am going to give it an Inner Glow. And the Inner Glow is going to be a deeper blue. So I'll go with a nice deep blue like this, maybe even darker, and set that to Multiply so I can see that dark tone and increase that size a bit like that, and then we'll click OK. I am going to go ahead and blur this. The same blur that I gave to the pupil, and there we see that. Now we need that muscle structure in here, all those little textures that we see inside the iris.
So I am going to create a layer in between the iris and the pupil, right there, which will automatically be clipped with the others in the clipping group. And in that layer I am going to create a nice big square just like that, kind of center it inside the iris there. I am going to fill that with-- doesn't matter what color because I am going to totally change it afterwards, but it needs a color. So I am going to a black in there and I am going to give it noise. Add Noise. And there's going to be a lot of noise, just like that. Then I am going to apply a filter to that noise layer, a Radial Blur, which has that Spin mode.
I am going to say Zoom mode at 100%. And by the way, you can set where that center of the spin and so on is going to be. but I am going to want that Center. Click OK, and I get that kind of a spread which I am now going to go in there and increase the contrast by playing with Levels and bringing all the tones into the visible area. So we could see there we're getting these nice little streaks like that. Click OK. I am going to set that layer to Multiply mode, so it simply applies those dark tones over the blue. Bring down their Opacity just a tag.
Now I could deselect it, and I only want to see it inside the iris. So what I am going to do is I am going to turn the iris layer into selection by Command+Clicking or Ctrl+Clicking on it. And now that it's selected, I am in that layer of the texture effect. Let's call it texture. And I say give it a mask. Since the area is selected, it's going to confine the mask to that area and we see that we now have the texture inside the iris. So now we're going to go in there and starting adding more dimension by going into the white and taking my Burn tool.
I am going to set this to Highlights and I am going to go in here and just very lightly start to go in there and just kind of paint in some dark tones along these edges in here. I'm going to go to the iris and kind of darken the top part of the iris, maybe darken a couple little areas here and there. I am going to set this over to Shadows so I am going to get deeper blues as well. So I get some nice deep blues in there like that. And maybe I'll highlight a few areas. So with the Dodge tool I am just going to lighten a few right in there, just lighting up that that little area. Just add a couple little highlights to the iris, just like that.
So now on top of this whole thing I am going to add one more layer ,which I am going to clip with the bunch and we're going to call it a little sheen, or reflection, or whatever you want to call it. We'll switch to white and right in here I am going to just draw in a couple of tones and we just go and create a couple little dots and little patterns and little shapes and stuff like that. That'll become the little reflections. Now I'll go in there and blur that, so we just blur those. So let's just soften them up a little bit, give them a little softening right there like that. And we'll set that to Screen mode and bring down the Opacity just a little.
It just becomes a little hint of some lights in there. Now we need one more thing. So on top of the white we're going to create another layer, which automatically gets clipped, and we'll call this one pink. This will be the pink areas of the eye. So I am going to pick a nice pink color. Let's say we pick a pink like that and I am going to get a soft edged brush. I am going to go in here and make the brush larger and I am just going to paint in some little pink areas right in here, like this. Now that pink's a little strong so we might want to adjust it later but I'll just paint a little pink along this edge here, just like that.
And to if it is a little too strong, we can easily fix that. We'll go into Hue/Saturation and bring down that Saturation little bit, so it's not so strong, and maybe darken just a tad. There. So now to that I am going to take my Burn tool and make the tip much smaller, and I am just going to add a little darkening right along this edge here. And let me set this to Highlight so instead of intense kind of color I am going to get some blacks going on in there, and I am going to just kind of darken certain areas just like this to just start to give that a little dimension.
Now if you're not sure how this looks, look at your eye in the mirror or ask somebody to come over and pose for you and you just go in there and just add a couple little tones to darken that little edge, and maybe even give it a little highlight. So I am going to just make this brush very small. I am going to Dodge tool and just add a little highlight right in there so we get this little sense of moisture. And once again to the white, I am going to just add a little more darkness. A nice big brush right in to this area here, just to darken that and make it a little more rounded towards the edges, like so.
And there you see that we have the basic shape of an eye, which we could take further in one of the other tutorials where we're going to start to add a little more dimension to the actual surroundings of the eye and add eyelashes and eyebrows and the whole rest of the face.
In this installment, The People, Bert illustrates how he created the hyperrealistic portrayals of the dozens of people inhabiting his painting, many of which he drew from real-life friends and family. The course shows how to construct eyes, lips, ears, and other facial features, paint natural looking skin, add hair, apply makeup, and create fabric folds, stitching, and texture to emulate clothing. Bert shows how digital artists can recreate these effects at home, using the tools in Photoshop and Illustrator and a little imagination.
- Creating life-like facial features, such as noses, teeth, lips
- Understanding the structure of the mouth
- Creating facial contours
- Adding details such as fingernails
- Using a Cintiq to create realistic hair
- Creating beard stubble
- Creating the look of stitched denim
- Adding ribbing to a t-shirt