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Uploaded: March 5, 2010
Artist: Konaru
Difficulty: Intermediate  Intermediate Skill Level
Steps: 11
Updated: March 6, 2010
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As you can see I put several styles of manga eyes in a row. I tried to draw them with standard figures and lines and such, but please don't judge me too hard yet since this is my very first tutorial and I never really draw with lines and figures myself :)

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how to draw different manga eyes

How to Draw Different Manga Eyes

how to draw different manga eyes step 1

STEP 1.

First I will be showing you the eyes numbered. I will use these numbers to explain what to do and to give details about the relating eyes.
 
how to draw different manga eyes step 2

STEP 2.

First, just draw some horizontal lines to either determine how to place the eyes and how big you want them to be. I drew the number of lines I thought was clear enough for the relating eyes.
 
how to draw different manga eyes step 3

STEP 3.

The next step is to start drawing lines that generally determine the shape of the eyes you want to draw. I tried to use as basic shapes as possible, but it is okay to skip this and some of the following parts and draw more advanced shapes if you're more experienced. The shape I used the most is the cirkle, since the eye is rather round than angular.
 
how to draw different manga eyes step 4

STEP 4.

Now try to put a little more detail in the shapes and maybe add the basic lines for the iris of some of the eyes already. Almost everything could be done with basic shapes. note: if you're using cirkles, make them big to create more slightly curved lines as in nr. 1, 4 and 8 You might be able to see how your eye is going to look for a bit already. Since nr. 2 has a basic shape of itself already, I started adding details like a pupil and the line for the eyelashes. You can just draw a rough oval for nr. 6 and the iris of nr.3 since you can bring more shape to them during the process.
 
how to draw different manga eyes step 5

STEP 5.

As for the most of the eyes it's still about adding more details to either the form or the pupils. I started using read lines here so that it was still clear anough to see what step to take. I'd like to mention that you can now see nr 4 and 8 weren't drawn in a false position. It was mere to use basic forms for the shapes of the eyes in an easier way. You can now see how your eyes's shape will be and you can see the basic lines of some details you're going to add.
 
how to draw different manga eyes step 6

STEP 6.

Now it's time to start adding kind of details into the eyes like lashes (1,2 and 7), lines you're going to draw the lashes on (4, 8) and/ or determine where the highlights are going to be (3,7). Make sure you don't draw these 'details' too accurate yet as you're supposed to draw over it and erase it just as the rest of the basic lines. If you're working in a programm on your pc, adding colour might be easier. Although, I wouldn't recommend this for the traditional artists since colours are harder to erase.
 
how to draw different manga eyes step 7

STEP 7.

Next is finishing these details before drawing them over or inking them. As you can see I repeated some of the steps for the other eyes now too.
 
how to draw different manga eyes step 8

STEP 8.

The following step is simply drawing the eyes over/ inking them. Watch closely what lines I inked. With the inking I drew some curves for the eyelids and I added extra lines (hatched it) on the left side of nr 1, 4 and 8 to create the shape and effect you want them to be.
 
how to draw different manga eyes step 9

STEP 9.

This is how the eyes will look after you erased the basic lines. I'm going a bit further in this tutorial with adding fitting eyebrows now, but you can also decide to try and add your own ideas to the eyes you've drawn.
 
how to draw different manga eyes step 10

STEP 10.

These won't take much steps at all and as you can see it's actually pretty easy since the only thing you have to do is drawing a line in the shape that fits with the emotion the eye is showing and give it more shape by adding slightly more or less curved lines alongside the curves of the basic ones. You can also add lines to the curves one by one (like you're colouring it) to make them thicker at some points. This will make it easier to determine the right shape of the eyebrow, but it will be harder to erase when you try to undo a flaw.
 
how to draw different manga eyes step 11

STEP 11.

The last thing is inking the eyebrows/ drawing them over and erase possible basic lines and you're done! It may seem hard in the beginning, but try to improvise on the shapes so you cen personalize them and they will be easier for you to draw. Next to that, try to watch the several shapes carefully. I wish you all good luck with drawing these eyes and eventually finding your own perfect style!