drawing and coloring anime eyes in sai

Drawing and Coloring Anime Eyes in Sai

Step 1.

For this Eye type, I start with a slightly curved line going upwards and once I'm satisfied with the length, I curve the line just a bit down. The eyelashes are the lines going outside the main line.

Step 2.

Next, I draw a thin line for the lower lash line going down and then again at the end going up. I usually add also the little end at the upper lash line which is going down as if it is invisibly connected to the lower lash line.

Step 3.

And now I just add the outlines of the iris. You can do it in the other shape which you prefer.

Step 4.

When coloring eyes in SAI or photoshop, before I start coloring the eyes I choose grey or some other colour and on the new layer fill the whole area I'll be working at. After that I make another layer and put it an top the layer where I filled the area with grey and put the clipping mask. That way all the coloring will stay inside of the ,,grey area'' I colored previously. Anime eyes are usually white with a slight shadow of grey because of the lashes. In real life, eyes aren't completely white so when I draw semi realistic I tend to use a light shade of gray. Let's move on though, once I put the grey shade I usually blend it with a watercolour or oil/ol water tool. This time I'll leave it cell shaded. I also colored the iris with a base colour.

Step 5.

Now, I make another layer and again put above the base coloring and ,,grey area,, layer and put a clipping mask. When we get to lights, I just repeat the layer process. So, now, I take a darker shade and I saturate it a bit. Draw the pupil with the same color. You can leave the shadows the way they are or blend the shade's ends like I did.

Step 6.

On to the lights we go. This is the most fun part in my opinion. I went for a bit yellow for my lights. I used the luminosity effect for my lights layer but you can skip that. Play around with the lights and find the light placement you like the best. I blended some of my lights with a oil tool. After that, I make a new layer which I put on top of all layers including lineart and draw the white dot. You can make it any shape you come up with - circles,squares, stars, lines... And now for the final touches, I like to add some bright colours like light blue or pink, yellow...you can go for the orange also. I add a few dots of those and voila.

Step 7.

Drawing anime eyes isn't hard and you can go pretty crazy with the designs. So don't be afraid to experiment. I drew some variations of the eyes, some are semi realistic. Some other tips when coloring anime eyes. On my lineart layer I put the preserve opacity on and then take a color I like and color the lineart. That way you can get rid of the harsh black lines. For the eyes I mostly take a darker color of the eye's iris. And I sometimes add with an airbrush tool a bright reddish colour to the corners of the eyes to warm them up a bit. So, this is it and I hope this helps someone in any way. :)

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Uploaded: August 28, 2014
Artist: Paprenjak
Difficulty: Novice  Novice Skill Level
Steps: 7
Updated: August 29, 2014
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Artist comments

So...I'll be showing some variations of anime eyes and explain some other things also like coloring the eyes etc...Oh, yeah. The eyes are done in SAI but you can use similar techniques on paper if you don't have a tablet. :) Oh and this is my first tutorial so it isn't the best. All eyes were from my imagination so if anyone viewing this who drew similar eyes and published it online, please, don't be offended. They just came out similar.