How to draw an eye in 9 easy to follow steps

In Art, Tutorials by Toni Justamante Jacobs

So, you wanna learn how to draw an eye. Don´t look any further. In this step by step tutorial I will teach you how to draw a human eye in 9 steps.

We will start by drawing a simple shape and we will keep adding detail until we have our drawing fully rendered. Our main objective will be to draw a realistic eye. For this reason, I will teach how to create volume and depth in your drawing using shading techniques.

Ok, is time to start with our tutorial, sharpen your pencil and get ready because we start drawing now :

STEP 1: TRACING THE MAIN VOLUME

The first step will be to draw the main volumes of the eye. You gotta draw two curved lines, one on top and one under.

STEP 2: DRAWING THE EYELIDS

The next step will be to draw the upper and lower eyelids. Try to replicate the same curves you drew in the first step, but this time you should leave part of the curve lines incomplete. This will help the viewer´s imagination to complete the parts left unfinished, but most importantly it will help to create depth around the eyes having lines with different thicknesses.

STEP 3: DRAWING IRIS

This part is quite easy, just draw the iris as you can see in the image above.

STEP 4: DRAWING THE PUPIL

The pupil will be the next step in our drawing. Just darken the center of the iris but leave a white spot on the right. This white spot represents the light reflection in the eye.

You can draw some lines in the iris to add some texture to that area.

STEP 5: DRAWING THE EYEBROW

The eyebrow is one of those parts that will really make your drawing stand out. For drawing the eyebrow, draw some curved lines across the upper part of the eye. The lines should be drawn parallel to each other. These lines will represent the eyebrows hair.

In order to give a more natural look to your eyebrows you should also draw some hairs from different angles.

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STEP 6: DRAWING THE UPPER EYELASHES

You should draw the eyelashes in succession across the upper eyelid. Also, you can shade the interior side of the upper eyelid a bit so we can give some depth to the eye.

STEP 7: DRAWING THE BOTTOM EYELASHES

The eyelashes on the lower eyelid will be drawn randomly in different lengths, leaving some empty spots. This will help to convey the idea that the lower eyelashes are less dense.

STEP 8: SHADING THE EYE

It´s time to add more depth to our drawing. You can add some shading below the eyebrow and also below the upper eyelid. If you wanna know more about how to use hatching and cross-hatching as effective pencil shading techniques, you should check my article on “How to shade with a pencil”.

STEP 9: ADDING THE FINAL TOUCHES

We are almost done with our drawing. At this stage you gotta focus on adding more depth to our drawing. You should darken some parts of the drawing like the upper left corner of the eye. Another fantastic trick is to cast a shadow under the upper eyelid. This will give more depth to you drawing.

Conclusion

Now is your turn to draw your own eye. Try to follow the steps as close as you can, at least the first time you try. If you already finished your eye´s drawing try to draw another one, practice makes perfect.

I hope this tutorial was useful for you. See you in the next tutorial.

Toni Justamante Jacobs.

Toni Justamante Jacobs

About the author: Hi, I’m Toni Justamante Jacobs. I´m a professional Concept Artist and Illustrator with more than 10 years of experience in the industry. Some of my clients are Gameloft, Fantasy Flight Games, Kunlun Games and Games Workshop. Currently, I´m working at Socialpoint as an in-house Senior Concept Artist.