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Eye See, Therefore Eye Am

Journal Entry: Thu Sep 8, 2011, 7:07 PM

"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."


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?

Eye See, Therefore Eye Am

By techgnotic

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.

Experiment by Grant-Booysen
Matter of Time by dapper-owl
Steampunk Eye I by InfiniteCreations
Soul by XxLonerEyesxX

The elaboration of the eyes through artistic eye make-ups runs the gamut from simple daily mascaras and eyeliners to the most astonishing painting, beading and artificial lensing.  The eyes become an artwork in themselves – and then are photographed or drawn by an artist, becoming artworks that are the subject of other artworks.  It is as if the instruments by which we take in the world to interpret it to ourselves are as much a fascination to us as the actual data they enable us to gather.  So much of our art is a tribute to the eyes -- the eyes that are the very reason we can appreciate art in the first place.

Beyond the Importance of the Eyes

In our concept of primal beauty is the core notion of the eyes in our concept of mystery, of our need to decipher hidden information.  And so the eyes are so ubiquitous in our symbology.  From the back of a dollar bill to the sacred insignia of just about every religion or cult imaginable, you’re always sure to find an all-seeing eye.   Even a “third eye” is invoked as the key to all knowledge.  Sinister all-seeing “Big Brother” eyes have been a symbolic  hallmark in movies from “Citizen Kane” to “Brazil” -- and let’s not forget to mention the “Eye Of Sauron.”  In “Bladerunner”, characters’ eyes are examined as the only way to distinguish true humans from android “replicants,” and eyes serve as a central motif throughout, emphasizing the fragile veil separating our perceptions of “reality” and non-reality.  

On the other hand, much of our art reflects the eyes as a positive symbol of our eternally seeking truth, beauty and enlightenment.

Earthy Eyes by MotleyLovel
Stars in your eyes by ftourini
eye of a predator by ftourini
Talking eyes by 19SaRaH92

The Real and the Mythical

That is the conundrum of the eyes, of those “second star to the right” portal gates separating the two worlds – the “real” and the “mythical”, the world of the Inner Being and the world of the Outer Data Storm.  Art is compelled to explore both.  There is the artists’ impulse to capture the eyes of others, to record their beauty and magnetism, from the perspective of every human being’s condition of being forever “outside” all others, looking in.  And in so doing achieve the impossibly rare but hopeful capture of a momentary remedy to the feeling of being alone in this world. And then there is the impulse to illuminate, often employing symbolism, sometimes as if painting with one’s own “third eye,” what it is to be forever locked in one’s own inner being, alone and looking out, trying to decipher the universal mysteries.  In either case, Art will always seek to tell the story of our eyes, probably because, as Mark Twain so rightfully said, “You can’t depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus.”

"You can’t depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus."
—Mark Twain


Questions for the Reader:

  1. Are the eyes always the most powerful and compelling element of any photograph or other artistic representation of a human figure?  Or can nudity, striking costuming or background effects overpower and diminish the primacy of the subjects’ eyes?
  2. Do you think elaborate eye make-ups can accentuate or spotlight the actual “essence” of an individual’s eyes – or are such creations only distractions or separate “messages” masking the true message in the subject’s eyes?
  3. 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?
  4. Is the artist’s “exaggeration” of a subject’s eyes (making them larger or intensifying their color, etc) a legitimate form of poetic license?

  1. 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.

Questions for Louis Schwartzberg:


Are you ever truly satisfied that a visual moment captured by your camera technology is equal to the vision of that moment as experienced through your own eyes?  Or is the continuing desire to capture what cannot ever be captured - a moment seen through your eyes - the important thing?  Is the essence of vision its inducement to want to infinitely see what's next?


For me it is like trying to catch a wave. You first have to be in the right place and time and anticipate the light and all the variable elements to capture the magic moment. And with the experience of knowing the tools of cinematography I try to enhance, compress, refocus, and intensify the emotional feeling I had at the moment I squeezed the trigger. The end result can be better than what the eye sees, because with additional post processing I continue to enhance the image and focus the emotional feeling into a purer and more intensive expression of the original visual moment.

The Golden Gate to Heaven by louieschwartzberg
On the Path by louieschwartzberg

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M-G-Studio Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
HA! Reptilian eye slightly hidden, nice touch :P
GisaPizzatto Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
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meihua Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2011
Great article, with a wonderful variety of eye art to go with it :D
tbn8r Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
An incredibly thought-provoking article. This has certainly placed the way I look at anything in a truly different light, and has inspired me to look at every object in a new way and to represent things in different ways than they appear. Thank you for the post
techgnotic Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2011
Thank you for that very kind compliment. Our perception of the world around us should always be in motion.

Hydra is my favorite of your works so far. Keep up the great work.
tbn8r Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Hey, no problem. Glad you like the hydra! I'll always keep at it, don't you worry.
TanteiKIDFan13 Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2011
Wow, this made me think. Excellent article. As to the questions, a lot of things can distract from the central piece of any artwork. Certain things simply detract from a piece but others can make everything seem vibrant and allow people's eyes to gain a look that they couldn't without that stuff.

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.
Axel230 Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Incredible article, I can't believe that at times we get so deep into our artistic expressions that we forget the importance of the eyes themselves.
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.
Shadowblackwolf5 Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
MechaTurles Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2011  Student General Artist
As usual I had to brace myself for this with some intense psychological preparation, and my what a colourful vocabulary!

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.:thumbsup:

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...:fear:

...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...:faint: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 should write a book!

Nevertheless, fantastic once again! Keep 'em comin'! :thumbsup:
TeaPartyAtTheMalfoys Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2011  Student General Artist
The eyes show so much of our emotion, they bring depth to what we asume others are feeling. If you were to take a shot of an actor portraying a progression of raw emotion and then cropped the screen so you could only see the eyes, most of that emotion would still be intact and perhaps even intensified.

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.
Zero-Mechana Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Eyes are the windows to the soul. That's why I love face to face chats, I get to see what the person talking is really thinking.
Krazy-Katt Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
1. No, i just realized this, but i always look at the eyes first when seeing a picture. The eyes are the most compelling part of the art.
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.
4. Yes?
5. I have to say B, but i love them all!
inmc Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
eye leyeke this article :eye:
Secret-Agent-Rabbit Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2011  Student General Artist
"If only you could see what I've seen with your eyes". - same person, same place.
331060 Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Eyes are pretty, but honestly, every time I think of them it creeps me out. That's probably because of a video I had to watch one year while studying engineering. *shudders*
I loved these descriptions, though. They make it sound so mystic.
Xadrea Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
I LOVE LOVE LOVE that you included 'Pele' in the artwork! Michael Shapcott's paintings are particularly expressive in the eyes of the figures ^ ^ I think one reason that eyes, above all else in the figure, are such striking focal points because they truly cannot lie. A person can be smiling yet have pain in their eyes (and vice versa, frowning, yet having smiling eyes) I can say that I've yet to come across a photograph of a figure (that was not otherwise masked) in which the eyes didn't draw me in somewhat, that could be because I'm biased toward figurative works in the first place, but perhaps because human spirit is really hard to cover up, regardless of how much makeup is applied. I think the coloring and shape of the iris of animal eyes adds a bit of exotic flair to artwork including them :D And lastly, I think every peice of artwork is a form of "poetic license" for we all see the world a little more vividly than the average person. As long as the exaggeration serves a specific purpose, I say run with it!
xVANILLANINJAx Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
1. I think the overall mood is always set by the eyes.
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.
Lovely article.<3
ZeroInformalities Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2011  Student General Artist
I'm just beginning my true MUST for doing eyes on my drawings. I hate when you have exactly how the face (eyes in this case) is supposed to look in your mind but (for me at least) it never comes out right. My friend asked me to draw her self-portrait so - since I hate having people pose - I caught her with her hand on her cheek, watching out spanish teacher lecture us on the word ser. While doing that, I started drawing and actually liked it (no seriously...I did...) and then I got to the eyes. I looked at her's and saw the way it looked then transfered it.
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.
Moonlight-The-Wolf Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Eyes are windows to the soul.
Looking at someones eyes can tell you their thoughts feelings and even secrets if you know how to look.
liebedero Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
When i draw, if the eyes aren't right, it throws the whole picture. The eyes are the window to the soul, and must be as perfect and realistic as I can get them. Often times, my drawings are only created for the eyes. one of my drawings is ONLY of eyes. if I haven't got them right, the drawing could end up looking like a completely different person. The eyes tell us so much. They convey emotion, show feelings and give art life.
yoshibrooklyn82 Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2011
NIce i liKE it!
Topicality Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2011
Question 1 and 2 to me are obliviously opinionated to the Yes/No answer as some times it is the case and other times not. It's purely dependent on how the artist crafts the piece, of which they can succeed at or not.

"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 :)
SakuraNakamura Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
1. I do not believe that theyes are necessarily always the most powerful part of a piece of art, but I do believe that they are a lot of the time. However, sometimes they are not what makes a piece of art powerful. Sometimes it is the colours used, or the posture of the subject. If the subject's back is to you, you can still tell from their posture that they feel free, or that they feel pain.

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.
TheArtributor Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Eyes have the capacity to betray one's soul. Also, eyes, in conjunction with what the body is saying, tell alot more.
Midnitez-REMIX Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Eyes ftw! :party:
techgnotic Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2011
ShiningEnjeru Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2011
nice artwork :dummy:
Sauti-Alamisi Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I believe the eyes are the most important part of a drawing. :meow:
CorNocte Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Sauti-Alamisi Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wingsofdragons Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
I always say the eyes are the mirror to the soul ....
As a photographer.....I always look for unique eyes and
always using my own eyes to look for unique and different
things to photograph............I"m abstract my nature........
love sharp and curvy lines......
Puppy-eater Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2011  Student General Artist
1.You don't need such powerful themes as nudity and striking costumes to overpower an artistic representation of a human figure. When an artist depicts a whole figure, the most compelling thing about it is body language, shape of the mouth, the emotion in the face. Also, half the time eyes aren't even shown, but the art is just as compelling without them. Eyes do become much more important when it comes to portraits, however. Really captivating eyes are a common element in great portraiture.
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. :shrug:
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 :iconkirkh:'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.
techgnotic Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2011
Always glad to have your opinion. Glad you brought up =kirkh work in your response.

Do you really believe there is no such thing as truth? Can you elaborate?
Puppy-eater Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2011  Student General Artist
Hmm, maybe "No such thing as universal truth," would have been better. I believe that life is entirely subjective, and is basically what the individual makes of it. We can have 'personal truths' but even those change over time, so how 'true' are they, really?
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. :)
BJPentecost Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
When I was a kid, every single one of my drawings started with the eyes. I still do that sometimes.
Bory-Dory Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2011  Student Photographer
Mirror of the soul is the eye....
Carsis Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2011  Professional Interface Designer
Absolutely beautiful pieces you got up here :)
Angie-The-Buny Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Chief-Slaya Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I think that subconsciously, the eyes are always the focus of a portrait, even when they are absent. Sometimes that absence is actually itself impacting, whether they aren't in the shot - making the focus more generic and oddly enough easier to relate to - or whether they are closed - showing that something more personal for the subject is going on, letting our minds wander.
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.
techgnotic Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2011
Excellent point around the observation of the impact of eyes being closed in a piece art or photograph and what that might imply depending on the surrounding elements of the piece.

Thank you for taking the time to answer the questions.
Chief-Slaya Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
anytime, thankyou for the compliment and the journal!
Marikabakatachisan Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2011
I read the entire thing because I love "Tears in rain."

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.
techgnotic Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2011
I am glad "Tears in the Rain" inspired you!

Thank you for taking the time to answer all of the questions.

Have you seen the film or just that clip on youtube?
Marikabakatachisan Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2011
Of course. ^^

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.
ftourini Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Dear Ron, thank you so much for featuring my eyes in your article!! :iconpounceglomp: :la: :flirty:
techgnotic Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2011
You are very welcome!
monochromatic-stains Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2011
I only read the Roy Batty quote.
techgnotic Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2011
One of my favorites.
priteeboy Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's amazing what a difference eyes can make even in just "drawn" art. On the odd occasion I draw a character they don't look "complete" until their eyes are filled in instead of just a hollow outline where the pupil is meant to be, even just filling that in black for the time being adds so much to the personality already, and when characters are meant to be demonic or some other strange being that is disguised as a human form, their eyes usually remain the one main thing that stays an odd colour or has a feature like glowing or something. And lets not forget how Satan-esque people look when their eyes come out red in Photo's :lol: On to the Questions....

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 :spin:

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 :flirty:

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 :bug:

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 :painter:

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 :eye:
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