how to draw anime eyes

How to Draw Anime Eyes

Step 1.

First, begin by drawing the top eyelid and the eye circle.

Step 2.

Now, draw the bottom half of the eyelid.

Step 3.

Then, draw the eyelashes shown here.

Step 4.

Next up is the drawing of the eyelid line.

Step 5.

Now is the eyebrows. Notice that the eyebrows on females should be thin. Mine shown here are a little thick but not as bushy as male eyebrows are. They should also get thick to thin as they expand farther away from the eye. Also, the curved lines inside the eyes are known as the pupil. This will just show us where the spilt ends will be between light and dark in further steps in coloring.

Step 6.

Congrats on finishing your drawing of a pair of female anime eyes!! You've finished that part but here comes the hardest part. Coloring. As you can see through out this entire tut, I've been using a digital program to color/draw. This program is Gimp. Anyways, you can use regular material like color pencils for the last few steps but if you have a program like Gimp, Photoshop, Corel,etc., then I suggest you use those. In this step, you will start by picking your favorite color. I choose purple for this tut. Afterwards, apply the basic shade you normally see this color as. Just a plain fill of purple or whatever your color is in the eye. We will add detail later.

Step 7.

Begin by taking a slightly darker shade of the color you've chosen and apply it over the curve we drew a few steps ago and towards the very top. The shade should somewhat contrast with the first color. So, basically, the shade shouldn't blend with the other shade. It should somewhat stand out.

Step 8.

Now, if you're using a program, use the blending tool to blend the two shades together. It should form a smooth transition to each other as shown in the picture. For non-programers, you can skip this step, unless, you have a color blender (some color pencils like Prismacolor have this certain tool). But non-programers, look at last paragraph for next part. After blending, apply an even darker version of the color chosen and apply at the very top of the eye. Then, blend those together.

Step 9.

Begin with the lighter shades now. Take some white and apply to the bottom portion that should be the lighest of the eye so far. If you can blend, do so and go to step 10 after.

Step 10.

Then, make the pupil darker. If you can use a program, use the "Burn" tool and adjust the size to make it fit the pupil. Apply about a few clicks and that should be fine. Anyone doing color pencils or any other artist material, apply harder pressure to your color pencil in the pupil area. If need, apply some black to make the shade darker.

Step 11.

Now, just add in your eyeshines and lighten the bottom half a little bit more. After this is done, you are finished. =) I hope you all enjoyed and learned how to draw and color anime eyes. My next will be anime boy eyes and coloring (maybe). Below in step 12 is the face of a "in the works" tut. This tut will be posted maybe around next week or so. It'll be called "How to draw an anime dark angel."

Step 12.

This is my "in the works" tutorial half of my dark angel. She'll be posted around next to mid week. Might have to fix her hair/skin and yes, these are the eyes you did in the tut. Just reusing stuff for tuts lol XD

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Uploaded: June 18, 2012
Artist: Alley1
Difficulty: Intermediate  Intermediate Skill Level
Steps: 12
Updated: June 18, 2012
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Artist comments

I've been off for a week and came back to share another tut with you guys! This one is 'how to draw anime FEMALE eyes.' I'll upload a how to draw male anime eyes later. But in the mean time, this is female eyes. In this, it also teaches you how to color anime eyes as well. I was lazy to put it in the title part but oh well!! Anyways, I hope you all like my 'anime eyes' tut and my other previous tuts as well. PS: I'm getting a lot better with using Gimp. It's starting to become easier with practice. =)