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Uploaded: March 29, 2011
Artist: PuzzlePieces
Difficulty: Novice  Novice Skill Level
Steps: 19
Updated: March 29, 2011
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Hello everyone. Sorry it's been so long. Things got a bit busy around here but I'm back and I'm going to try to shell out some more tutorials for you. Got a good one today on 'How to Draw Eyes'. It's a good subject to cover and every now and then someone will run into some issues while drawing eyes and not know how to handle it. I've loaded this one up with info and tips for you so you'll know just what to do when you hit that wall. Good Luck and I hope you like it!

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How to Draw Eyes

how to draw eyes step 1

STEP 1.

First off we'll go over the parts of the eye. On the top and the bottom we have the eye lids. Above the top lid is the fold your skin makes while your eye is open. On the corner of your eye that is closest to the nose, is the tear duct. Next we'll move onto the white of the eye and then to the iris, the colored part. And finally we have the pupil.
 
how to draw eyes step 2

STEP 2.

You eyes are roughly places so that the inner corners are parallel to the very edges of the sides of your nose and so that the center lines up with the corner of your lips. They are also roughly a little higher than halfway up your face.
 
how to draw eyes step 3

STEP 3.

Eyes come in different shapes and types. There are eyes that have the outer corner that is turned down, and eyes that turn up. There are also eyes that are hooded, meaning that there is little space between the lid and the muscle of the eye right above it.
 
how to draw eyes step 4

STEP 4.

Different ethnicities also have different eye shapes. This is because different ethnicities have different shaped eye sockets as well as other features of the skull 1.)Asian eyes are longer and more almond shaped. It is also common for asian eyes not to have the fold above the eye where the lid goes up. 2.) Caucasian eyes are round towards the bottom and have the fold above. 3.)African eyes are rounder on the top.
 
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STEP 5.

There are also different settings for eyes. There is 1.) close set eyes, where the eyes are set closer to the bridge of the nose, and 2.) wide set eyes, where the eyes are set closer to the sides of the face.
 
how to draw eyes step 6

STEP 6.

Here is a picture to show you how eyes look depending on what view you're looking at them. When you look at an eye from 3/4th's profile or full on from the side, the eye seems to round out more in the center. This is because your eyes aren't a flat surface or perfectly round and they actually protrude more where your iris and pupil are.
 
how to draw eyes step 7

STEP 7.

Now we'll go through a little drawing section so that you can try out all these tips. First off we'll draw an egg shape for the head and draw a cross line so that we can map out the face.
 
how to draw eyes step 8

STEP 8.

Next we'll define the shape of the cheeks and chin.
 
how to draw eyes step 9

STEP 9.

Then onto the nose and the ears. The eyes will help us make sure that we don't draw our eyes too nigh up on the face.
 
how to draw eyes step 10

STEP 10.

And next is the mouth.
 
how to draw eyes step 11

STEP 11.

Now that we have the reference points for our eyes we can properly map them out on our face. We'll start off drawing two ovals for the eyes for us to use as a base shape.
 
how to draw eyes step 12

STEP 12.

Next we'll draw out the upper lid and the fold in the lid.
 
how to draw eyes step 13

STEP 13.

And then onto the bottom lid.
 
how to draw eyes step 14

STEP 14.

And we'll draw out the eyebrows as well so that we know where the face meets the forehead.
 
how to draw eyes step 15

STEP 15.

Now we'll draw two demi cirles in the eyes. This will be the base for our irises.
 
how to draw eyes step 16

STEP 16.

And we'll do the same thing for the pupils too, this time filling them in.
 
how to draw eyes step 17

STEP 17.

And now we'll go in and add the details tot he irises. Working radially from the pupil, we'll draw lines going from the pupil to the edge of the irises.
 
how to draw eyes step 18

STEP 18.

And there you have how to draw eyes.
 
how to draw eyes step 19

STEP 19.

BONUS TIP! When coloring your eyes, don't leave the whites...well white. use and off while color or light grey and do the highlights in white. This will give your eyes a better effect to them.