Tall Order: Drawing the Windows to the Soul

Click on any of the above images to see David Kassan's Drawing the Eyes.

That is no small task, no doubt about it. Yet hundreds of thousands of us search every year online about how to draw eyes. Mostly, I think, because we take drawing eyes for granted. All you need is an oval, a circle, and a dot, right? That's all it takes.

But once you leave the fourth grade, that kind of depiction just doesn't cut it anymore—I know, I've tried. But my problem was that I didn't even know where to start with drawing eyes because I couldn't get past what I thought I should be doing. But my faulty perception was based on a flattening of the object in question and a lack of anatomical knowledge.  

Artist and instructor David Kassan has no such hindrances. He is practically an ace at drawing figures and capturing a likeness. His newest video on drawing eyes takes us through the foundational steps of "building" the eye with light and shadow, and along the way he narrates the drawing's development, discussing moments in the process that are tricky or particularly illuminating.

After watching Kassan…several times…I do feel like I can go beyond my elementary attempts at drawing the eye. And that is a boon because breaking down this one feature of the face opens up so many more possibilities for when we are drawing faces. Kassan's expertise is well worth. Enjoy Drawing the Eyes with David Kassan!


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  Courtney is the editor of Artist Daily. For her, art is one of life’s essentials and a career mainstay. She’s pursued academic studies of the Old Masters of Spain and Italy as well as museum curatorial experience, writing and reporting on arts and culture as a magazine staffer, and acquiring and editing architecture and cultural history books. She hopes to recommit herself to more studio time, too, working in mixed media.   

One thought on “Tall Order: Drawing the Windows to the Soul

  1. As far as I am concerned, this video is great. Loved watching it and could probably watch it a multitude of times and catch something new and intriguing in his technique every time I watched.