how to draw anime eyes for beginners

How to Draw Anime Eyes for Beginners

Step 1.

Seductive Eyes| As explained above, this is a simple demonstration on how the seductive and 'tired' an eye can get for female characters. 1) The normal and awakened eye, would be great for any type of character (or a mix to be unique); this eye is equal in lash, eyelids, and pupil/iris spacing. 2) The eye has more lid spacing, overlapping half of the iris and pupil. These would be perfect for a tired, seductive, or bored expression. 3) The exceeded amount of lid in this eye would be perfect (and no further!). If you decide to make the eyes have lots more lid space, prepare for a stoned looking character, almost comedic-like. This would be fitting for a very tired character, and doesn't really convey much of sexiness; since it looks way too tired and unfocused.

Step 2.

Shadow Breakdown| Here's my basic breakdown on how I shade and highlight anime eyes. I start off with the simplest upper lid which dictates my next move wisely. I go ahead and add the inner iris and lower lid to add depth. Then, coloring around a previously framed highlight, I blur the solid white to get a faded effect. Erase out parts of white (or if drawing with pencil, use 'Whiteout' or white paint to add white highlights). This also dictates where my light source is coming from. You don't want to add too much whites! Finishing my eye, I go ahead and add longer lashes to create a more feminine look. It's that easy!

Step 3.

Referencing and Diversity| It's best to reference various anime eyes and artist styles in order to evolve your own. Every budding artist (from music to film making) gets inspired by a style before morphing their own. It's inspiration that drives an artist's eye. Experimenting is also very important to your diet as well as practicing. Try sketching a certain way or using various tones of highlighting and line weights to create your own unique style!

Step 4.

Let us begin with the top lid lines and for this set of eyes the lids are very thick, jagged and bold.

Step 5.

Here you will draw in the actual shapes of the eyeballs like you see here. They are oblong and are straight lined. When that is complete you can draw the bottom lid lines along with the small lashes.

Step 6.

Okay, are you ready to finish off this lesson? Good, do so by drawing the thin lined eyebrows and then sketch in the creases for the eyelids. Add the pupils too and then if you made mistakes you can erase them now.

Step 7.

When all is said and done your anime eyes should end up looking like the ones you see here or the ones that you chose to draw.

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Uploaded: March 21, 2015
Artist: Dawn
Difficulty: Novice  Novice Skill Level
Steps: 7
Updated: March 21, 2015
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Artist comments

Everyday more and more novice artists join Dragoart in hopes to improve on their drawing skills and in more times than one, people are seeking to draw anime or just eyes in a better way that they can do now. So, in light of that here is a lesson that I know will help any artist who wants to improve on drawing eyes. I present to you, how to draw eyes for beginners, step by step. I haven't done a lesson like this one in such a long time but now that I have, I am very happy with it. I do except that this lesson on drawing anime eyes for beginners will reach the top 50 in no time at all and when it does, it will be easier to find that perfect lesson you are searching for. Anyways, have fun and remember to let me know if this tutorial helped you out.