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This eye will be part of a series I am beginning called "Body Language". Drawing something as delicate as the iris took a lot of time, I had to put down light layers and blend over and over again to give it that soft, moist realistic look.
While drawing I began seeing an optical illusion, the pupil looked to be dilating, which in this case was very fitting. :D

15 x 20 inches (actual drawing is 13x7.5) - Nielsen Bainbridge Illustration board - 3b Mechanical Pencil - 3b, b, h graphite - plain tissue and blending stumps - 10 days

Stock image by Netizka: [link]
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ericthedread Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2014
Wow Linda you have mad skills.very very cool
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solnuar Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2014
Beatiful!!!
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Nyra-HKf Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2014
IT CAN'T BE A DRAWINNGG OMMGGG :O :O
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Ligeia-13 Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, I guess this is what happens when you trying to be realistic haha
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imaginee Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2013
I tried to get a realistic look :) was a fun one to work on.
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Habitx Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012
amazing work of art, but for some reason the eye lashes, they just don't look right, other than that Epic Work, keep them coming :D
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SarahMNomani Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
beautiful
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skpalm22 Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Like the detail. Well done.
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Willie51 Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Excellent work. Bravo!
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JosefUnucka Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2012
Brilliant work
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Alice-land Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2012
Wonderful! Genuine art!
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:iconpandaarya:
pandaarya Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
HOLY. CRAP. i love this... you are truly amazing :D
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Soojitso Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012
A masterpiece from a master has no need for complements from me!! I'm utterly amazed and don't find a word to say...
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SamRosen Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012  Professional General Artist
brilliant
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:iconpupoljak:
pupoljak Featured By Owner May 31, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Such perfection! The details are fantastic.
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:iconpretty-mimi:
pretty-mimi Featured By Owner May 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is hypnotizing, I swear! :faint:
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Pumba-123 Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2012
beautiful and it looks so perfectly realistic o.o
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effaroon Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012  Professional Filmographer
awesome!!! i can't find any words!!
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Aabco Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Woah! Okay you weren't kidding about the optical illusion, that's... it's... GAH I need a word! Umm..... got one, unbelievable (couldn't think of a better one :? )
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motherfore Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2011
As I looked Through your gallery of drawings . Im reminded of what DALI said. Drawing is the essense of all art. I applaud you,and Im looking forward to your "Body Language series.
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fractalhead Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2011
excellent
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Zenoir Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2011
its so detailed! incredible work
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Aty-S-Behsam Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2011  Professional General Artist
OMG! PERFECTION ON PAPER!
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xXLovePurple Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2011
I'm good at Drewing eyes but i'm not that good!
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:iconwkdfury:
wKDfury Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
PERFECT :D
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realizumm Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2011
speechless...
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OnlyCanadianArtist Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
This is absolutely INCREDIBLE!!! I thought it was a photo at first! You truly have a gift
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blacknimproud Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
nice
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:iconissa-art:
issa-art Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Amazing work!!
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aftertherainn Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2011
just incredible..:) amazing
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deepvision Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2011
This is the 'highest impact' eye drawing I've ever seen. I think it draws its power from the intense blacks used, and the silky-smooth value gradients. Mesmerizing.
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Lisannia Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2011
I think it doesn´t look like a photo.....
It is even more realistic .......it is such a wonderful detailed amazing art work.....keep it up, it is magical!!!
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clairabelle5 Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2011
i thought this was a picture when i first looked at it; the detail is amazing
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:iconeuschi:
euschi Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
AWESOME!!!!
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alexdesenho Featured By Owner May 25, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
Amazing... no more to say!
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missyunforgettable Featured By Owner May 6, 2011
Incredible! How did you only take 10 days to complete it though. It looks like it would've taken many many months! :)

You never cease to amaze me.
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bhudz06 Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2011   Traditional Artist
you're amazing!
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artbyangelaa Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2011
i thought this was a photo. this is beautiful ! keep up the amaazing work. (:
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anotherjourney Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2011
oh my goosh I can't believe how it is possible to draw like thaaat! I am totally fascinated!
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nanonanonancy Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2011
You are my biggest inspiration.
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Sascha777 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2011
Very nice!!! WoW
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Pillharrier Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Beautiful and powerful piece. I'm currently working on a similar close up of an eye and I'm finding the Iris very tricky. My ref photo hasn't quite got the vivid detail of the iris that yours has, but is has more reflection and highlights. Your description of the technique used is very helpful.
I love your work!
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caligoira Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
beautiful
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BlankestCanvas Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
...just WOW!!!
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niespecjalna Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2010   Digital Artist
OMG!
Eye looks very realistic, like photography!
You are awesome ...
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FGPortraits Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2010
wow!!!
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ciny541 Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2010
hi, that is amazing...so beautiful ! how do you do the pattern of the iris....it's like lacework....how did you do that if you don't mind me asking? it's gorgeous !
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CasieScorey Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2010
Amazing!
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sigma1984 Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2010
I am able to understand, why it took so long; its even more realistic then real eye... Love it..!!!
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december91 Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2010
I love it, you're a great artist!!!
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