How to Draw Eyes
If there’s one feature that can make or break a portrait, it’s the eyes. Although they may seem simple, drawing realistic and expressive eyes can be quite a challenge. However, with practice and some useful tips, anyone can learn how to draw the windows to the soul. In this guide, we’ll give you step-by-step instructions on how to draw eyes.
Materials You Will Need
3. Paper or sketchbook
4. Optional: colored pencils, markers, or any other medium for shading
1. Begin by drawing two almond-shaped lines on your paper – these will act as basic guidelines for your eye shapes. Make sure to space them evenly apart, around one eye width in between.
2. Next, sketch out the upper eyelids and lower eyelids by adding curved lines connecting the edges of your almond shapes.
3. Inside each eye shape, draw a circle near the center for the iris and another smaller circle within it for the pupil – avoid placing them exactly in the center but slightly towards each other for a more natural look.
4. Add details to your irises by drawing a ring around each pupil and adding tiny strokes that extend outwards from it – this will create that beautiful texture found in real eyes.
5. Now it’s time to add some depth and dimension with shading! Use your pencil to add shading to areas like the socket of the eye (above the upper eyelid), under the lower eyelid, and along the creases in between – this will give your eyes more shape.
6. To create reflections in your drawn eyes, use an eraser or white colored pencil to create small irregular spots on the iris and pupil – these highlights will make your eyes come alive!
7. Don’t forget about eyebrows! Sketch out two curved lines above each eye – the arch and thickness of the eyebrows will depend on individual preference and maybe influenced by gender, age, or emotion.
8. Finally, it’s time to add eyelashes. Start by drawing thicker lines along the top and bottom of each eyelid, then add individual lashes fanning out from there – remember, they could be thicker and longer on the top eyelids compared to the bottom ones.
Learning how to draw eyes can be a tricky process, but with practice and careful attention to detail, you’ll soon be able to create expressive and life-like eyes in your artwork. And remember, human eyes come in various shapes and sizes – practice drawing different types of eyes to enhance your artistic skills!