How to Sketch Anime Eyes
STEP 1. It is amazing how anime eyes mimic realistic human eyes so well. You can learn with a few adjustments how to draw anime eyes even looking at a realistic one. Click on this picture to see the named parts of the eye. I would say the differences are anime eyes are much larger maybe two or three times than a regular eye. Also there are no tear ducts or skin wrapping around the white of the eyes (sclera). Eyebrows can range from a skinny simple stroke to a thick line (curved or straight).
STEP 2. Seems like the anime artists are genius at rendering their character's eyes, always getting the perfect expression. TIP: When you sketch your anime character from reference or out of your head, draw guidelines. That will allow your eyes to line up... and to add some emotional spice, try out these different types of guidelines for eye placement. Look closely and the bottom eye lid lines, which changes.
STEP 3. Pencil is different from brush strokes or calligraphy type pens. When you stroke with a brush, the pressure is stronger at the beginning then lightens. This means there is more ink or paint at the beginning stroke, then the line become thinner as your pressure lightens. Pencil does not offer that "special effect." TIP: Fatten the root of the lash by filling it in then allow the lash to come to a point. The arrow represents the direction of a brush stroke. When doing the upper eyelid, stroke multiple times until you get your shape. Don't draw a straight line, then second one to make the shape and fill in afterwards (unless you're more comfortable or your drawing is more accurate that way). Light sketchy lines can always be erased. THE NEXT STEPS: Just for you and me, I have drawn some animes I fell in love with (yeah, plenty of romance ones too!). Choose your favorite anime to draw the eyes from. Let me know if they helped or not. This is new angle that I haven't seen yet so I tried it. Let me know if this works for you.
STEP 4. This anime (Peach Girl) is one of the most romantic and challenging "triangle love" story I have seen EVER SEEN (realistic or cartoon). I give it a high tribute and two thumbs up! If you would like to draw their eyes, start at the red guidelines, then the rough sketch. It follows from left to right. The sketches are part of the same drawing scanned at the different stages. The picture above the drawing steps is the finished product. I hope you like it and hope it's helpful too.
STEP 5. Combining Sci-Fi with romance & a slice of life was a thorough treat for me in this heart gripping and sweet anime (Please Teacher!). This type of anime is called Shonen, styled with bright and bold colors. Also it is a sci-fi. The young man's eyes are huge and round, representing innocence and naivety. I loved this guy, how he suffered through black outs (in a comma for 3 years). So this is why it made it in my top animes.
STEP 6. Xam'd is one of the most impressive anime I have seen. Being a sci-fi and dealing with mechanical type beings, this is classified as a Mecha. Akiyuki, the boy in the picture, was xam'd by a native. He turns into a weapon, but if not controlled he could turn to stone. Dealing with war, threatening to lose his memories and turn to stone, also separated from his love, Haru (girl in picture), family and friends appealed to me along with complex and "in-your-face" personalities. This style is a little more realistic. The boy and girl's eyes are more normal and not many lashes are featured.
STEP 7. Ahhh, one of my top favorites is InuYasha! Love that half dog and human with a full mane of white hair and cute ears. I fell in love with InuYasha's bickering, stubborn ways, and boyish charm. Him and his friend (Kagome in the picture) fell in love. This long-running series I watch over and over again. The art style is Shonen, with the large eyes, spiky hair, and bold colors, generally battles/action, humor, and growing friendships. No lashes on InuYasha, but his hair and eyebrows make up for it. The female has few lashes as you can see on Kagome.
STEP 8. Smart, edgy art, and pushing the evelope--that is what makes this more adult anime (Eden of the East) thrilling to watch. This type of anime is called Josei geared toward the late teenager to adult female audience. The protagonist female, Saki, is a college girl. Both Akiri (the young man in the picture) and Saki's eyes are more realistic. Not as large. Akiri doesn't have those extending eyelashes while Saki does have prominent ones.
STEP 9. I'm going to be honest. I have NEVER seen a man this beautiful in my LIFE (cartoon or otherwise). That HAIR blowing and you can see through to his eyes. This should be illegal! I am speaking of Zero Kiryu, the king of EMO! Honey, when his heart pounded (sound effects!), I nearly felt mines pop out of my chest! That was one forbidden love triangle between Yuki Cross (girl with lighthouse eyes) and Zero. Check this out...he does have those slit eyes, that are mysterious or for villains. Deal is, Yuki's emotions were totally on his sleeve and he was no villain. Zero and his rival Kanema (Yuki's love interest) are gorgeous men so I'd call this Bishounen, though it's from a Shojo manga. *faint* TIP: When doing their eyes, make about two to three circles within to get that search light or lighthouse effect. I need to watch that anime again, just to see Zero reach out to Yuki. *faint*
STEP 10. Blood+ is turning out to be amazing and make sure you carry your box of tissues. What is it with these animes that make me cry all the time? Well, this is the handsome Haji and beautiful Saya. I love this intriguing vampire story, which doesn't seem like one. It is bloody, but I look forward to Haji saving Saya, and his stoic stares. Now his slit eyes do represent him as being mysterious. But what a hero he is and that string of hair falling in his face... Okay, I'll stop. This is a Shonen type of style being that there are many battles and growing relationships. Haji doesn't need any lashes to stand out. And Saya eyes does flaunt a few lashes. STEP 11 is beginning the main tutorial steps from the preview picture. I'm hoping you enjoyed these featured animes. Let me know if you liked this or not. And I want to mention, I drew freehand from a reference. No rulers, scales, or grids were used. I hope you had fun because it was a blast for me! *heart*
STEP 11. We are taking a shortcut in the guidelines. Draw the circle with the intersecting lines for the eyes. The top eye belongs to Hikari, the girl from "Special A Class." The bottom one belongs to the guy, Kei Takishima from the same anime. Sketch with a No. 2 pencil. Remember to do it lightly for easy erasure.
STEP 12. You might need to click on the picture to see where to draw the two lines for the hair spikes and lashes.
STEP 13. Now sketch in the rest of the hair spikes on both pictures.
STEP 14. These steps are broken down so you can concentrate on one type of thing at a time. Sketch lightly in the Iris and catch lights. The eye at the bottom has highlights in the white of the eye. Sketch those in too.
STEP 15. Sketch in Kai's reflection within Hikari's eye. Don't worry about getting the face perfect.
STEP 16. Now draw in Hikari. The guidelines should help you center it with the iris and pupil.
STEP 17. Your drawing may look like this or you might have your own version. At this point, you can color in your picture with a medium of your choice or go on to the next steps for pencil shading.
STEP 18. I didn't want to skip this. The first picture shows how to hold your pencil for Overhand (great for writing & details) and Underhand (great for shading large areas in wide strokes). You can practice tone shading and take it a step further with the Tone Exercise.
STEP 19. Here is how the tools look. I used the 0.7mm 2B mechanical pencil, 9B pencil, tissue, and the blending stump.
STEP 20. Here is the outline done with a 0.7mm mechanical pencil. Look closely and see if your lines look something like this. You can erase if certain areas like the hair spikes or reflections don't line up. Take you kneaded eraser and dab off the shadow outlines or dark lines with your kneaded eraser for a more realistic look as you shade. Shading transition from dark to light (or visa versa) should be smooth... no harsh lines. Be patient with this, it's not as complicated as you may think. As you do more pictures, this will come easier to you.
STEP 21. The left picture, I used straight lines to shade the skin and hair with the 0.7mm mechanical pencil very lightly. You can use your No.2 pencil (or HB) also. The right picture, I blended the skin area with a tissue (which lightened up the eyebrows and eyelashes. With my 9B graphite pencil, I darkened the dark hair spikes areas.
STEP 22. The left picture, I sketched in the shading of the reflections. I treated this like it was a whole picture, looking carefully at the reference for tones and likeness. Another thing, I don't draw small. I draw on an A4 (or 8-1/2 by 11) paper size (like typing or copy paper). I use almost all the paper to draw in the details so the shading areas are large enough. The right picture, I blended the reflection and added more darkness and blended again. You can tell the difference around the the iris... how dark it is. Use the kneaded eraser to clean your catch lights and added some lines/streaks to the lighter area at the bottom of the iris.
STEP 23. Here I added white highlights to the catch lights digitally. I also did this for the white of the eyes (screla). Now you can do this with white pastel, white titanium acrylic or watercolor paint. I hope you enjoyed this tutorial on How to Sketch Anime Eyes. I hope you liked this different angle of drawing some of the animes I really loved. Let me know what you think. All of you have been wonderful and it has been a great pleasure to do this tutorial with you. Please fav, comment, and show your love here. And I will definitely reply back soon or eventually. Love, peace, happiness, success, and more beautiful days to ya! *hug* *blowkiss*