"I've seen things you people wouldn't believe. Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion. I watched C-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhauser gate. All those moments will be lost in time... like tears in rain... Time to die."
—Roy Batty, BLADERUNNER
Every time we open our eyes in the morning as each new day breaks, two worlds flow forth, each penetrating into the other, as the celestial portal gate separating them is once again raised. One’s inner world, of mind and being, pierces the outer world of light and raw data, seeking to hunt and gather mental sustenance. The outer world floods into our minds like a data tsunami, seeking to reconfigure the secret landscape of last night’s perfectly crafted dream state. Both worlds do battle to rearrange and make sense of the other. It is the yin and yang, by which we create and recreate the world – and the world invades and recreates each one of us. And the gatekeeper, in fact the very gate separating the two worlds we each inhabit, is the eyes. Is it any wonder that the eyes themselves are the subject of so much art?
Even before humans figured out that the brain, rather than the heart, was the organ with which we do our thinking, there was the notion of the eyes being the key to knowing another’s true soul. If only you were allowed to look deeply enough through those unshuttered windows, one could see into another’s true being. I also recognize that to be truly “seen” by another can be an equally profound and penetrating experience. And so there has always been the centrality of the intensity, the beauty, the soulfulness of one’s eyes being a prime identifier of not only that person’s physical but spiritual being. Artists have forever known that the perfect capture of a subject’s eyes is the most important aspect of any portraiture. It is in the representation of the eyes that the “story” of the person being portrayed is told either authentically or falsely. The rest is back-story.
What are your nominations for most amazing representations of eyes:
- Single eye or pairs of eyes in close-up.
- Eyes in a portrait of a face.
- Animal eyes.
- Symbolic eyes.
- Cartoon eyes.
- Untitled by 5blo0oh
- Experiment by Grant-Booysen
- Matter of Time by dapper-owl
- Steampunk Eye I by InfiniteCreations
- Soul by XxLonerEyesxX
- Pele by MichaelShapcott
- Earthy Eyes by MotleyLovel
- Stars in your eyes by ftourini
- eye of a predator by ftourini
- Talking eyes by 19SaRaH92
- eyes by Nomii
- Wishful Dreaming by Kizuna-chan
- The Golden Gate to Heaven by louieschwartzberg
- On the Path by louieschwartzberg
Hydra is my favorite of your works so far. Keep up the great work.
That's why some eye make-up looks incredible and takes your breath away but some just looks overdone. People obsess over eyes. That's why so many people are scared of going blind or anything happening to their eyes. The fact that an animal's eye seems so exotic draws people to it and they want to capture it.
An artist can do as they please and make things look wonderful. Sometimes though, they fall flat. Anyways, personally, I like eyes when there isn't much else around them or when they are symbolic/animal eyes. Those are the type of eyes I enjoy looking at.
Some people are really good at reading things through other's eyes and some are simply not. Eyes can say so many different things though from sad, tearful eyes to wide, surprised eyes to narrowed angry eyes. It's rather amazing.
Amazing! The quality of the prose used in this article, as well as the strength and beauty of it, gives me the chills. I was taken back for a moment.
It's true that the eyes are one of the ways in which you can decipher a person's inner thoughts, and that's exactly the reason for the unsettling feeling around someone whose eyes you can't see. Think about it, the traditional 'government agent' look- dark suit, dark demeanour, but importantly: dark glasses. There is no way of telling what they (or who they...!) are looking at, let alone what they are feeling.
In order to save myself (and my wrists) from quoting the journal entry above, I shall give Techgnotic a hearty thumbs up, and agree with everything.
But it seems this entry only covers the 'lighter' side of eyes. What about the eeriness and discomfort from a subject whose eyes cannot be seen? The mind must stray from the default and study body language and other features instead to decipher the subject's emotions. An unsettling experience if you aren't prepared for it...
...and the sun comes out from behind the clouds! Phew. Sorry about that. Now what I'm about to to is incredibly controversial but this is a link to one of my pieces...which may explain some of my ramblings from moments ago: [link]
Well, at least you've explained the depth of your avatar/icon Techgnotic! These are incredibly philosophical entries, and with these literacy skills...you should write a book!
Nevertheless, fantastic once again! Keep 'em comin'!
when humans try to show emotion and any sort of passion, it shows on their faces; but have you ever caught a secret glimps of a stranger when they think no one is watching? I have, and I can tell you, so much of their feelings are happening internaly that it all centers towards the eyes.
perhaps the reason behind this is when we are sitting and reflecting and letting our emotions overwhelm our busy, preocupied minds, the only sense that we are aware of is vision.
Sitting on a bench, zoning out as you think about what has recently happened, sound doesn't connect into words, you don't focus of feeling the wood where you are resting, nothing is in your mouth to taste and you don't focus on smell.
this leaves your over stimulated eyes as the only one on shift, and while you are busy sorting your thoughts, your eyes have time to betray your inner monolouges. It is at this moment when we are the least selfish we have even been.
At these moments we are not hoping for someone to take notice of our silence, to talk to us, comfort us, share our hopes, we simply exist and become aware of ourselfs and our needs without the selfish undertones that haunt our daily interactions.
2. Both, actually. But probably most of the time it is a mask, or trying to show a certain emotion.
3. Animal eyes are a beautiful thing, and i think we think it helps us understand the animal we can not communicate with better.
5. I have to say B, but i love them all!
I loved these descriptions, though. They make it sound so mystic.
2.Both, but mostly make-up creates seperate messages to help the artist get their concept/idea across.
3.Yes, most people can see themselves in animal eyes. i.e. furries etc.
4.Yes. If it is used to better convey the overall emotion in the picture.
5. Eyes in a portrait of a face. Symbolic eyes.
I nearly threw it out the window.
I made her look bored instead of slightly attentive and just paying attention. I really tore myself up over it... -_- But yea...the eyes are the doors into the souls. Take it and discover another's world.
Looking at someones eyes can tell you their thoughts feelings and even secrets if you know how to look.
"What is about animals’ eyes that inspires so much artwork? Is it because of the connection that can be felt through the eyes that makes verbal communication unnecessary?"
This can be very true for many animals in certain instances, where a person can depend solely on the animal's eye's as to their mood or what they want. For example we have a large teacup male chihuahua, we only have to look in his eyes to see that he is nervous. That is because his eyes are nearly to completely dilated. On the other hand my personal long haired chihuahua uses her body, actions, and voice to tell us how she is. She will sigh when she's depressed, sit up when she wants something, and lay down if she wants to be rubbed. Going back to the male teacup chihuahua, the reason we can tell how he is feeling through his eyes is because we associate them to human eyes. Considering animals cannot speak our tongue, you have to rely on other means of communication including but not limited to the eye and the relationship it has to when we see people socially interact; finding that pattern in dogs that we can also see in humans when we're talking.
Is the artist’s “exaggeration” of a subject’s eyes (making them larger or intensifying their color, etc) a legitimate form of poetic license?
It's a symbolic and creative thing to do, in a lot of television shows you tend to see things over exaggerated for intensity, humor, action etc. It's most applicable in comics ranging from Western to Asian generally stylized forms. Many characters and objects have symbolic variations of body parts to create that exaggerated effect for portraying the emotions in a direct way. Or that's what I think
2. I believe that makeup only takes away from the eyes themselves and is unecessary. You can always see a person's eyes better when they are not wearing makeup. Eye makeup makes the eye look less open.
3. I do believe that an animals eyes speak louder than words, and show so much that cannot be explained with the limitations of a language.
4. Yes, it is legitimate poetic license. It is the choice of whether or not the eyes are going to be more exaggerated in an artistic way to convey a feeling or message, or whether the artist is aiming to do the same thing in a more natural way.
5. c, Animal eyes.
2.What 'true message in the subject's eyes'? Are you kidding me? The subject has little say about what message the artist shows. The artist chooses the message.
Oh, and there's no such thing as truth.
3.Erm, I actually agree with you here. I make assumptions on how my cat is feeling based off how he looks at me. I've never seen a lot of animal eye artwork, but hey, if you say it's there, I'll believe you.
4.Sure, although when people create large eyes in photomanipulation, it usually creeps me out. Large Manga eyes, slanted elven eyes, or unnaturally coloured eyes can all add to an artwork. I personally love glowing or magical eyes.
5. Everything but A. I think eye closeups are a bit overdone, unless you do something interesting like 's lovely featured piece and some of the others up there. Oh, and I don't really care about C.
This is just my opinion, but hey- you asked for it.
I like to believe in a universe of infinite possibilities, and in order for that to exist, truth cannot.
It's alright though, things don't have to be true. Being alive in this beautiful world is enough for me.
The more elaborate the make-up or the less directly the eye is represented (e.g. "Matter of Time" or "Steampunk Eye I"), the less human and natural the image seems, which gives a different, but ultimately flatter experience.
For animal's eyes, its probably the same reason anthro art is popular; our desire to see our beloved companions as humans, and having a way to link with them. Locking eyes can tell a million different things, and as such, doing this with animals gives us the sense that our dreams are real.
As with make-up, exaggeration of the eyes is helpful to a limited degree, but too much and the subject becomes emotionless and cold.
Most amazing eye representations? Most definitely b), because as deep as an eye can be, a frame of reference is needed to give the full emotion, and seeing the subject's face makes the image more personal, and in the end more human.
Thank you for taking the time to answer the questions.
Therefore, I shall answer the questions. lol.
1. The eyes, or lackthereof, are always a moving and powerful force within art. Whether it's just one eye or if it's both, they convey an emotion that speaks to the viewer. (That said, what emotion would you gain from my icon? lol. I do not know.)
2. Makeup to an eye only adds to the character of a person. It creates a story and accents the eyes.
3. Yes, I believe that's true.
4. Always. It shows the emotions of the artist and their view of the world around them.
5. Hmm... I've liked close-ups a lot... but what has moved me has varied from one eye to the next. I think I'd be moved more by symbolic eyes than by a regular close-up of the eye... Although, there are some very impressive close-ups, animal eyes, and cartoon eyes out there... I like Clamp's eyes a lot... I'd have to say I'm probably indecisive on this. lol Likely, it's less about what kind of eye it is, but how unique the artist can represent it.
Thank you for taking the time to answer all of the questions.
Have you seen the film or just that clip on youtube?
I watched the film. It was so amazing. It really does make one think what defines a human as "human". The "Tears in Rain" part of it, from the chase across the rooftops to the dove's flight... That was a truly remarkable and captivating scene. It really moved me.
1) I wouldn't say the eyes can bring more attention than an elaborate costume or other striking feature on a person, but then again I'm thinking full-body here where there's more for the eyes to compete with. The closer you zoom in on the head, the more significant they come. They may not always be the first feature noticed, but it's not hard for them to be that feature, especially in face-only pictures instead of full-body
2) I'm all for makeup because I'm all for making people look beautiful. But I have to say it generally gives a false impression, it has become so accepted though that its no big deal it does. But ones eyes can look very different without makeup. Then again - the type (and amount) of makeup chosen can say a lot about their personality
3) I agree with the statement that it's because we can connect with animals visually since as different as they look and sound - they have eyes too and body language is stronger than verbal language. So we know we have alarmed or interested an animal when they stare us down. Animal eyes are also inspiring since they can look very different than ours, some really cool colours and pupil-shapes not found in humans. We are generally disgusted or at least not too concerned about animals with no, or too many eyes
4) I think a artist exaggerating eyes is most of the time just doing what many artists do with many subjects - putting emphasis on what's the most important. Like how paintings of sunsets may have brighter, redder colours than the real thing, or paintings of shiny objects may have an even "glossier" look than the real thing. Some might be making a point, but I think many artists just like exaggerating interesting parts of a subject
5) I'd vote for A (I'm assuming we just choose one?) A close up of an eye might be cliche but it reveals so much detail