So I like describing eyes. Indubitably I describe them a little too much, but that's what editing is for, I suppose. There is a crazy range of colour for eyes, which are well worth studying even if you don't like studying. (I would also suggest a dip into biology so that you have a basic understanding of how eye colour shakes out and so that your choice of character eye colour makes sense.) Julius and Julianna - you've met them - are both albino, and so have the characteristic violet eyes of albinos - which are caused by the lack of pigmentation and the filtration of blood through the eye, which sounds far less romantic than "violet," I admit. The de la Mare line of Plenilune is famous for its pale, ice-blue eyes, which makes looking at them all the more unnerving... The royal family of Thrasymene waver between brown and yellow-brown, but the heavy speckling of people with yellow-brown eyes throughout the lineage has given them some fame as well: their yellow eyes turn out owlish and uncanny, and really very beautiful.
Skander and I have the same eye colour. Though his mother was from the de la Mare family he got his father's stark brown eyes. Just brown. You have to look really hard at our eyes to conjure any romanticism about them. They have some falcon-barring of gold and black, but mostly they are just that rich, dominant, chocolate brown which is warm and familiar and totally unremarkable. But then his, at least, fit him: he is a warm, familiar, chocolate brown kind of man and only occasionally, when severely provoked, will you see the falcon-barring flutter in agitation. So I like to think there is something to be said even for the dull, dominant brown that is almost never looked at twice in the faces of the whole world over.
In this high-tech, sleek, graphic world of film, we're used to seeing the richness and starkness of colour. You can over-describe anything, I know, but eyes are worth description! Eyes are actually very complex just in colour, let alone in their anatomy (which would get boring if you tried to include that, so you probably shouldn't go that route...). I like watching people's eyes: the way the light plays on their surfaces, the way different-coloured lashes or eyeshadow mute the irises or make the colour stand out more. Stare at your eyes in the mirror. If you do make-up, take a good look at what your eyes do when juxtaposed to different colours. Stare at other people's eyes. Stare creepily. And then run and hide and use a pen-name.
Inclining round to the soldier, [Rhodri] asked, “Was anyone killed?”The soldier hesitated. He looked as if he might have refused an answer, but Rhodri unexpectedly lifted a brow and fixed him like a basilisk, so the soldier said in a quiet voice, “I don’t know, sir. I don’t think so.”For a moment longer the two regarded each other, the one caught in the other’s gaze. Then Rhodri released him, turning his head away. “Very good, soldier. We will be out of your way in a moment. Thank you for the drinks.”“Sir.” The soldier half-drew to the salute, checked himself, and swung away to the jinkeh-jink of accoutrements.Adamantine