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In anime, characters often have colorful eyes depending on the art style. If you want to draw in a specific art style (eg: Black Butler), then pay attention to how dark or light the eyes are and how many highlights you should add.
If you are drawing in your own style, feel free to choose any colors and combinations you want.
Draw two brushed curves which are thinner at the left. The upper curve is also thicker than the one below it.
Add some lashes, as well as a crease above the eye. This adds realism. At the outer edge, the lashes are the most thick and as the lashes start to shape in the center, the face the center. With the lashes occurring on the left side, the become shorter and flow more to the left.
The lower lash line will have less lashes, but still follow the same idea for both the top and bottom lashes.
Draw eyelashes. If your eye is on the left, make the lashes point toward the right side, if it’s on the right side, make it point toward the left. Eyelashes in anime are bolder and less feathery than realistic drawings.
You can also add smaller lashes on the bottom curve if you like. Also, draw a thin line slightly above the thick curved line you did in the beginning. This indicates the eye socket and gives the eyes more depth.
Add a small line from the outer edge of that, pointing inside and going diagonally downward.
Without making an EXACT circle, slowly sketch a banana-like shape on either side of the eye. This is your eye’s iris.
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Draw the pupil part with a pencil. Draw an oval/circle along the line between the pupil and the iris, and add more inside the pupil. Colour everything, leaving out the circles. The circles reflect the light off the white background, giving the viewer the impression of shining eyes.
To draw anime eyes, start by drawing a long downward curve and a shorter upward curve below it. Then, draw a large oval extending up from the bottom curve. Inside of the oval, draw a circle at the top and a circle at the bottom. Next, add some eyelashes extending off the top curve. Finally, shade in your eye so the center of the oval is black and the 2 circles in the oval are white.
Draw the outer edge of the eye. Because this is a female eye, we want to make the eyes really pop by outlining the eyelids. We can assume this is some sort of eyeliner, or not, as you wish. Let it thicken as it reaches the outer edge.
Make sure that when doing 3/4 views, the eyes are proportionate. Some guys’ eyes have extreme eyelashes, but they can easily look like a girl’s.
Next, draw the outline of the light glares. Anime and manga characters’ eyes should always have at least some sort of shading. Anime and manga females in particular tend to have really heavy shading and lots of shiny areas. Make sure you choose a light source, and stick with it throughout your picture. For example, since the light is coming from the left in this picture, we have to make sure all the highlights on the rest of the picture originate from the left, or the lighting will be inconsistent (unless we’re using multiple light sources). Draw two long ovals: a large one on the left side of the iris (which overlaps the outline of the iris, as you can see), and a very small one on the other side of the eye.
Take your permanent marker, and outline the eyelids, lashes, iris, two highlights, lines, and eyebrow. I lefts a small squiggle on the eyebrow white, as to highlight it. Try this too!
Fill in the lashes. Using the guidelines you just drew, thicken both of the lashes. The bottom lashes are much shorter and sparse than their counterparts, so keep that in mind.
In the center, draw a small circle as your pupil, and colour it black with your pencil. The circle need not be perfect.
Remember, there is no single correct way to draw anime eyes. Add your own styles, shapes sizes, etc. When drawing the eyes, make sure they aren’t too big. If they end up to big, they may cause all of the attention to go to the eyes.
Plus it wouldn’t look right if the eyes took up too much space on the face. Eyes hold a lot of character, so spend some more time on them. Pick the right colors. Eyes are normally one basic color with many accompanying shades, and another relative colour.
(Ex. Brown eyes with a bit of yellow, or blue eyes with some turquoise.) If you are struggling with developing your style, try combining different styles from different references and change to your liking.
Ask other people to look at your drawing. Different perspectives from different people help spot mistakes. Don’t make too many shiny spots; the average is 2, but don’t be afraid to add a bit more. No shiny spots also help if you are trying to make your character sleepy, feeling faint, possessed/hypnotized, etc.
To get that drowsy, just out of bed look, draw the eyes a little bit closed and ( if you want) draw dark circles under the bottom eye area. Bigger eyes tend to be drawn on female characters. Eyes for male characters can be thinner and with no eyelashes.
Make sure the eyes show what emotion or how he/she feels. For example, if the character is feeling mad make sure you draw the eyebrows at angles. If you have your colors for eye but don’t know to apply them, go darker by the pupil and get lighter as you go outward.
Try to make sure that the eyes are of the same size. Draw squares or rectangles of the same size if you need an outline. When drawing a manga where there are mostly male characters, in styles like shoujo, it’s okay to play up the eyelashes a bit and make them thicker and more intricate than they usually would be.
As long as you can clearly tell whether a character is a boy or girl based on other things, like proportions, how subtle and smooth the lines are, and the thickness of the neck, there doesn’t have to be a dramatic difference in lashes.
No, there are many ways to draw anime eyes. If your follow the basic shape and reflection circles, you should be good.
Starting at the top of the iris, apply pressure to your pencil for maximum depth and tone. We want the top of the eye to be much darker than the lower section. Travel downwards with your pencil, slowly applying less and less pressure.
You should barely be using your pencil at the end. Doesn’t that look different?
Once you’ve completed one eye, trace it on a piece of tracing paper and either trace or copy it over. If you don’t have tracing paper, just keep drawing and rubbing out. If one eye is a bit bigger than the other, it’ll look better once you shade it in.
Make a large white circle pointing in the direction your character is facing. Add another small circle on the bottom corner. Typically, the top shine is larger than the bottom one. You can add more white spots if you like.
Is it okay that one of the eyes I made doesn’t truly look like an eye?
It depends on the size of your drawing. Just adjust the size of the eyes until you think they look good for your character.
For a wide face, position the eyes slightly farther away from each other. For a narrow, slender face, place the eyes somewhat closer together. Adjust as needed and remember to leave some space between the eyes for the nose.
Map out the lashes. Draw a stroke every once in a while to show how they curve. There will be less of these on the bottom than on the top since the first is thinner.
What should be the size and shape of the face with respect to the eyes?
Draw the top upper eyelash. Draw a slight curve, about as much as you would draw for a resting eyebrow.
Give the eye some highlights. Draw one, two, or three different circles in various sizes. They should overlap somewhere you want the pupil to be, but should take up a good bit of the iris too.
Have fun, and add your own twist! If you want to change up the brows for a different expression, or add colour, please do! Art is all about being creative, expressing yourself, and being YOU! In the beginning, sketch lightly, and try not to rest your led covered hands on the paper.
Use your eraser! Not only for mistakes, but for whitening and highlighting!
Now draw the pupil underneath the light glares. The highlights are always on top; never draw the pupil on top of the light glares. Draw the eyelashes, too; with this particular eye, the eyelashes are a series of spikes coming off of the top-right part of the eye. Make the spikes follow the curve of the eye, so it looks like they are coming off of the eye; don’t just draw zig-zag lines sticking out of the eye. ^_~ Also, draw the eyelid on the left part of the eye. It should be a thin, curved line originating from the top of the eye.
Shade in. Top to bottom. Dark to light. In the middle of the eye, shade a darker circle, for the pupil.
Next, draw in the lower part of the eye. To help you place the lower half, lightly draw diagonal lines pointing down, starting at the edges of the top part of the eye. The steepness of the slope of these lines will determine how large and wide the eye will be. If you look at the other tutorials in this application, you will see that the steepness of these lines varies. Using these lines as a guide, draw the lower part of the eye. It should slope down to the right a little, and should be thicker at the right corner.
Add a second highlight towards the outer-right hand edge, and also add some lines protruding from the iris. Don’t let them touch the pupil, or the circle, but draw them remaining within the iris. The top area of the eye will be darker, with a gradient effect going on as we descend.
Yes, because it won’t look right. Erase it and try again. There is no harm in trying again and again until you have mastered the drawing; it’s the only way to gain the ability.
The eyes are among the most important features of anime and manga characters; they are — along with the mouth — the most expressive parts of the face, and are part of what makes each character different and recognizable. Thus, it is very important to be able to draw them correctly. In this section of the How to Draw Faces tutorial, we teach you how to draw a variety of anime- and manga-style eyes. Often, tutorials by other artists only show you how to draw large female eyes, without going over the large variety of other styles. Here, we’ll cover both female and male eyes, plus give you examples of numerous other styles to help you develop your own characters, or to refine your style when drawing fan art.
If you’re an inspiring artist, then grab a pencil and a piece of paper, and draw a beautiful, realistic, manga eye. Read on, and you’ll learn the easy steps to success in drawing this simple, yet elegant eye.
Color with a base color. Leave the highlights white. The pupil can either be black or a really dark version of the iris color.
Draw a brushed curve that evenly varies in thickness – thickest at the middle and thinnest at the left end. This will be for the brow.
Draw partial oblongs in the middle of the oblong in Step 2. This is for the eye’s pupil.
Draw two small horizontal ovals – bigger at the left than at the right. Draw another brushed curve for the eyelashes but smaller than the first and add another small curve that extends from the small eyelashes.
Graphite is always the number one choice. Graphite can help you make nice shading, lines, and textures.
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Anime is a drawing style that originates from Japan. Anime eyes are very different from natural eyes, but still tend to communicate personality. When an anime eye is drawn, the externally visible part of the eye, the orbit, the eyelid, and the eyelashes are depicted. Let’s begin!
Erase the guidelines and draw a long oval within the eye. Some characters have large circles for irises, but this particular one has thin ovals. You can adjust the shape so it’s wider, if you like. Make part of the oval obscured by the upper part of the eye. With all styles, the complete iris is rarely visible; part of it is almost always concealed by the upper part.
Sketch a long curve, see photo. Then draw another shorter curve opposite the first. Add slightly curved lines down from each end. This is the basic eye. The top curve is typically thicker than the bottom.
Notice the mini-line at the end of the top eyelid. This is a characteristic of the anime style.
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Draw an almond shape, while staying in between the two lines you had previously sketched. After you draw the shape, erase the rounder area, and a small sized portion of the corner of the eye. It will look like the image.
Draw the bottom lash with a small dash, curved a bit upward to show your character’s cheek.
Show the iris with a circle. Don’t draw the whole thing, only a large fraction of it. The rest of the iris is tucked under the eyelid.
Draw the pupil. You can either draw a full ellipse, or only part of it, depending on how much of the eye is obscured by the lash line. This ellipse should be on the tall and skinny side and centered as well as possible.
The parts that go through the highlights should be erased.
Use a small brush to outline and color so the eyes will look real.
It depends on the type of character you have in mind. For example, if you were aiming for a moody or aggressive character, you would draw smaller, thinner eyes. If you wanted a loud, bubbly character, you would probably draw much larger, defined eyes.
Use your pen to touch up anything, as well as using your eraser on the highlights to whiten them. (Erase any lines we did in previous steps.) By layering the textures onto the outer edge of the eyelid, I attempted to create a smokey eye effect.
Really darken the upper half of the eye, for a more dramatic look.
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Take your ruler, and draw two lines. These lines will be the overall size of your eye. It really depends on how big you want to make your eye, but the one we’ll be drawing takes up a good portion of the paper.
(We’ll erase these lines later, so sketch them lightly!)
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It is for the left eye, due to the brow being thicker on the right and thinning at the left half.
Add a second line with the ruler slightly above the crease with the ruler, The eyebrow is quite straight, except for a sharp and short curve upward towards the inner eye. This gives the expression in the face a questioning look.
The eye, believe it or not, is fine the way it is, if you prefer it to be more lighter. But if you want to take it all the way, keep on reading.
Draw a half circle with a small circle in the middle. Draw near the left end.
Next, colour in the area you just sketched on the both upper and lower eyelids, as well as adding a small highlight on the top left corner of the pupil.
Draw a partial oblong (not closed) that touches or overlaps the eyelashes.
Draw another brushed curve for the eyebrow, thicker at the right.
Let’s begin with the most basic and common of anime and manga eyes, the large female type. Start off by drawing a line that curves upward, and is slightly thicker at the highest point. This eye will be on the right side of the face, so make the left end of the curved line higher than the right. The top of this particular eye isn’t a perfect curve; it is slightly angular. Some eyes, of course, are nearly perfectly curved on the top.
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