I don't mean to be rude, but like many people have said before--this is not a tutorial.
It's just a progress shot. It hardly teaches me anything, and however pretty this picture is and how nice you are for attempting to show us how you do it--it's just not a tutorial. We don't know what you used, what brush you used, what settings you used, etc.
I personally don't think you need to know the exact settings or brushes used here. When the other eye step-by-step came out, I decided to follow the steps and just try to recreate whatever was there.
Here's the first eye I made after I saw it: First Eye
I realize that I called the step-by-step a tutorial in the description, but that's what it was to me. I did learn new techniques (techniques shouldn't simply involve what you use, but rather how you do it and the order that you do it in; artists generally use very different materials, so the steps involved can be very important). It was a bit difficult at first to draw an eye based off of it, but as soon as I finished I went ahead and made two more eyes in an attempt to solidify my understanding of how an eye looked.
Please note that I am an unbaked amateur, and to make these all I used were a pencil tool, an airbrush tool, and (barely) a blur tool. The pencil was for iris highlights and eyelashes and the sketch. The airbrush was used for the color and shading. The blur was to blend in some shadows and highlights around the eye. I didn't need to know what brushes were used in the step-by-step; I just made do with what I knew how to use. I also decided to do everything on one layer so that the colors would flow more easily. For the second and third ones, I put the iris highlights and eyeball shadows on a second layer, but everything stayed together.
Aand I have no way to conclude this.
Oh wait one more thing: I know that people learn things differently. It might be that in my case, I can learn a bit from seeing it while one may not. I didn't think I could do it either until I tried.
I never said they HAD to. I said that this doesn't really qualify as much as a "tutorial." I learned nothing from this. It's pretty to look at but it's more like a "look what I can do" and vague steps on how they did it. It's okay that it doesn't qualify as a real tutorial. I'd have to play around a bit to even figure out the first couple of frames.
This I agree with. If I had to give it a name, it would be something like.. vague progress tutorial. Or something. I would love to know the different brushes etc, but this in itself is also a great way to learn how to.. develop your own way of creating eyes, or hair, or whatever else. But then again, I've picked up way more "technique" ideas from this tutorial than I have from a lot of the... less talented but more informative text heavy tutorials on dA lol
Ah. Well, yeah, I guess it doesn't really count as a tutorial in generic terms (i.e. tutorials generally have steps with words to accompany and explain them) but it did act as a tutorial for me, and I'm sure it did for others as well. So I guess it's not a "real" tutorial, but it may still act as an incomplete one where the artist has to use their own knowledge and experience to bridge the gaps. I had to play around a bit too when I tried following it; that's why the first eye I drew took so much longer than my next two. After that, I went ahead and drew a whole head with the same eye style
I draw amazing traditional eyes. I have to admit though, I am not crazy about this particular style. I'm more into semi-realism. But hey, I love to try new things out, you know? Digital art just isn't my thing. Lol
This may come in handy. Using tiny spots of white, I have been able to engender my characters eyes with something that makes them look 'alive'. But nothing quite as skilled as what you have done here. To be frank, I don't think I will ever have your talent, but it is my hope that with a little improvement over time, I can reach a level I'm happier with, and this is a great help with that.
The eyes are the windows to the soul, are they not? And I think that this is as true of art as it is with men, with but the simplest tent of an eyebrow we can convey either contempt or compassion, the slightest shimmer or light can make a man either look excited or monstrous.
Such little things and yet so immensely important when drawing a character.