Since the eyelid wraps around a curved object (the eyeball), you’ll need to draw a range of eyelashes at different angles. This is the thing that will make your drawing most realistic. Practice drawing a range of eyelashes. Below are the 3 main ones.
Vary the pressure of your pencil to draw super light and thin eyelashes in random areas, but especially in areas closest to the tear duct. Don’t be afraid to draw thick lashes either.
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Figure out what angle the eye is facing you so you can apply the right amount of curvature to each eyelash stroke.
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Use your H pencil to draw light lashes so you can use them as general guidelines. What we want to do here is we want to draw lashes that gradually transition from side facing or 3/4 facing lashes to front facing lashes. It doesn’t have to be a perfect transition – randomness will make it look more realistic.
Continue to draw more lashes. Make some of them overlap each other and play around with the length. Drawing lashes that are all the same length will look artificial.
Curve the lashes outward. These lashes have a slight curve to them. They grow downward a short distance, then outward. This curve is not as obvious as the upper eyelashes’, so be subtle. These lashes originate from the base of the lower lid.
No part of these lashes should cover the white of the eye.
Having fun?! I am! This part looks complicated, but all I did was add additional hairs beside existing lashes. Some are extra curvy, others might be super thin and barely noticeable (drawn with a sharp HB pencil to maintain their lightness).
For now, focus on the overall shape you’re giving the eye by adjusting the length/reach of every lash. My lashes follow the general shape of the upper eyelid fold. I like the shape that they have now. So I’ll leave it at that and move on to the next step.
I’ve seen this done many times before. So I made sure to include it in the tutorial 🙂 If you draw your eyelashes like the image on the right, the diagram on the left shows you how the roots would grow in reality. The diagram shows lashes growing away from the opening of the eye – a highly unnatural occurrence.
Add eyelashes to the middle of the lid. Next, draw the eyelashes along the middle ⅓ of the eyelid. These are nearly as long and as numerous as the outer eyelashes. Rotate the direction of the eyelashes as you move toward the middle.
By the time you reach the middle of the eye, the lashes are almost vertical.
Add some subtle eyelash reflections in the eye and we’re all done!
Draw the lashes sparsely. The lower lashes grow much less densely than the upper ones. Scatter the lashes thinly and unevenly along the lower edge. Exact eyelash counts vary widely. Typically, the lower lid has about 50% the number of the upper lid.
Let’s take all the information above and apply it to a drawing. Before we begin, draw an eye and finish all your shading and blending before you add the lashes on.
Long lashes: Generally the same length. Use few of them, but make each one count. Medium lashes: The bulk of it all Short lashes: These are generally the thinnest and lightest. Can be used as fillers.
Of course. If you spend some time drawing eyes in different positions (open, squinted etc.), then you will naturally critique yourself on how well you drew the lashes and what you can do better.
When you apply a lot of pressure, do your strokes look crooked? The method below may work better for you, because you might find it easier to draw smooth curves when using less pressure.
Using a sharp H pencil, lightly draw the front, side and/or the 3/4 facing lashes first. Then use your mechanical 4B pencil to go over those strokes with a much darker value.
Plan the orientation of the lashes. Eyelashes tend to point outward from the curve of the eyelid, as though they were sun rays or wheel spokes. An individual eyelash, however, often overlaps its fellows or points in a slightly uneven direction.
Lightly sketch the eyelashes so they fan outward, but have plenty of variation among them. You don’t need to commit to the exact shapes, which are described in more detail below. Just focus on positioning for now.
This is a good time to study photographs of eyes, or look in a mirror. Many eyelashes hook together at the tip. Draw a few pairs of lashes that meet at the same point.
Spread those eyelashes out. It looks sparse right now, but don’t worry about it. We’re going to fill in the gaps later!
Draw the thickness of the eyelid. These instructions assume you’re drawing an eye viewed head-on. Outline the eye, then draw a second line just underneath the top edge. This is the thickness of the upper eyelid.
The upper eyelashes emerge from the top line. When viewed head-on, this thickness is barely visible. Keep the two lines close together.
Drawing random, quick strokes won’t result natural looking lashes. It’s very important to plan each stroke carefully. We’re just going to focus on natural lashes (no extensions and no mascara).
Eyelashes are thickest at the base and come to a point at the end. So you want to make sure to lift your pencil up swiftly at the end of each stroke. It’s hard to lift your pencil as you curve it. So practice lifting after the curve.
It will if you’re going for a specific look with make up, but if it’s natural you should use the lighter one.
Add variation. As before, the lashes shouldn’t be perfectly arrayed in a circle. Add a few eyelashes that merge with a nearby lash at the tip. If the lashes look too thinly scattered, draw a few shorter lines near the base of the long lashes.
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Redraw some lashes with a softer pencil. Draw over the lashes using a softer pencil, pressing firmly to make them bolder and thicker. Do this for roughly ⅔ of the lashes, to create variation. As before, draw from the base upward.
Reduce pressure as you reach the tip, to keep them thin and pointed.
If you look at the diagram on the left, the eyelashes grow in towards the opening of the eye to protect the eyeball from dust and debris. In the image on the right, the eyelashes clearly grow out in a similar direction.
Try to introduce some randomness into your drawing to make it look even more realistic. Here are a few ideas you can use:
Finish with the inner lashes. These are much shorter, and thinly scattered. Avoid even spacing, which looks unnatural.
Two or more pencils of different hardness (such as a 2B and a 2H)
If you’re happy with the amount of eyelashes you’ve drawn, it’s time for some shading. Why? Because eyelashes have shadows of course!
Practice the curve of the eyelash. Upper eyelashes swoop downward a short distance, then rapidly up and away from the eye. Practice this motion many times on a practice sketch: Press a hard pencil firmly against the upper edge of the eyelid.
Move downward for an instant, then rapidly “swoop” upward. The faster you do this, the more natural the result. Reduce pressure as you move the pencil. The line should be thinner and lighter near the tip of the lash.
I also shaded around the base of each eyelash on the bottom lid to give the surface a more bumpy and realistic texture.
Hey guys! Today, I’m going to show you how to draw eyelashes and also how not to draw them. The format of this tutorial will be: examples with explanations and then application in step by step format. Enjoy!
Will it look better if I do darker shades in 8bs and 6bs and the lighter in 2h?
I’ve shaded areas of the skin behind the top lashes, the area of skin below the bottom lashes, the right side of the eyeball and the right ledge of the bottom eyelid.
If you’re doing this method, you may find it easier to flip the drawing around after the first step. I’m right handed and it feels a lot more natural for me to draw this upside down.
Eyes are one of the most finicky and detailed areas of the face. Drawing eyelashes can be especially tough, using hundreds of lines with slight variations. As always, your best weapons for this mission are close observation and plenty of practice.
Instead of drawing all your lashes the same length, come up with 3 different lengths and use them throughout.
Keep in mind that lower lashes are much thinner and therefore lighter than the upper ones.
An eyelash does not need to be drawn in one stroke. If you have trouble drawing eyelashes with single strokes, use a sharp H pencil to lightly plan out the shape of the lash and then follow that guideline using a mechanical pencil with darker lead.
Note: Use a clean sheet of paper to place under your hand so you don’t smear your drawing. We need these lashes to look nice and sharp!
If the end of your stroke looks too blunt, that’s okay! Draw a pointy tip on the end of the hair using the sharpest side of your mechanical pencil. If there are any inconsistencies in value, pinch your kneaded eraser to a fine tip and dab some graphite away.
Tools: Mechanical Pencil with 4B lead H and HB Pencils Canson Bristol Paper Kneaded Rubber Eraser
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Overlap lashes that look boring on their own, or just to make things look a little more interesting.
Eyelashes don’t just grow in a single, boring row. On the upper eyelid, I’m adding an additional row of lashes beneath the ones I just drew. Layering will make the drawing look more detailed and realistic.
Let’s talk about the roots. No matter what angle you’re drawing an eyelash, make sure each lash looks like it’s growing out properly. What do I mean?
If the upper eyelashes look too sparse, draw a thick crowd of shorter lashes along the middle and outer eyelid. This creates the illusion of many long eyelashes tangling together. Look at photos of eyes to get a good idea of the shape and position of eyelashes.
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Draw eyelashes near the outer corner. Once you’ve got this motion down, start again with a fresh sketch. First, draw the eyelashes near the outer corner, near the ear. These lashes grow close together.
The eyelashes near the outer corner are the longest. They also curve farther downward and outward than other lashes.
For the next few steps, we’re going to fill in all the other eyelashes. This is going to be a lot of fun!!
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It’s up to you where you want to start. I’m going from left to right.
Group some lashes together by their ends. This works very well with long lashes that look a little odd on their own.
Draw the eyelid thickness. Eyelids have three dimensions. When viewed head on, the lower eyelid edge is quite visible. Draw a second line alongside the eye’s lower outline to show this. Make this edge thicker than the upper eyelid’s, assuming the eye is wide open.
You can use white charcoal or chalk to make this edge more obvious.