How To Draw Eyes In Pencil Step by Step

How To Draw Eyes In Pencil with this how-to video and step-by-step drawing instructions. Pencil drawing tutorials for beginners and all.

How To Draw Eyes In Pencil

Please see the drawing tutorial in the video below

  Nina Blangstrup

You can refer to the simple step-by-step drawing guide below

Step 1

Start with this line lightly sketched with the #2 pencil. Use flip-flop paper and draw a third of the line from the bottom of the paper.

Step 2

Don’t panic. You don’t draw a graph. In fact, the oblique horizontal line positions the eye from the outer edge to the tear duct. And that slanted red bisector creates the position for the pupil and the perspective of the eye. Seriously, I drew these first while preparing to draw the eyes from the reference photo I downloaded from Google.

Step 3

Now you can see why lines matter. Outline the upper and lower parts of the eye, including the tear ducts. Two horizontal lines help determine the size of the eye and its position on the page.

Step 4

Now, gently draw in the upper eyelid, the inner shadow of the eye and the iris.

Step 5

Look and see if your eyes are close to what’s here. That’s important because you want to start a business with a good foundation. If not, delete and continue sketching. On the left side of this picture you will see part of the girl’s face. Now add the red diagonal position for the shadow, also the pupil with the reflection starting and the skin folded in the tear duct.

Step 6

EYES STORE! Here’s a little trick to help you draw pretty lashes. That’s right, those tiny spider-legs lashes are drawn a certain way and they taper (you can add thickness to the roots when you’re done swiping them in). The image in this step shows the direction to swipe. And you can freely rotate your paper to any angle making your drawing easier.

Step 7

Be patient because without it, you will be robbed of painting a beautiful and satisfactory picture. Taking the time to do this will reward you. Not fear! Look at how the lashes grow and compare with the guide pictures. Now the rays and lines in the iris are very important. Gently draw them. These little lines tend to go around in a circle. That pointed shape near the pupil is light reflected from the transparent, tear-like surface of the eye.

Step 8

You’ve done a great job! Your eyes might look something like this. The great thing is that you learned quite a bit while doing this drawing. If you want, you can shade in the eyes. The next steps will involve more precious tips and steps to beautify your painted eyes.

Step 9

Anatomy of the EYE – This image shows the named parts of the eye that we see. Hey, I learned a few things. The white of the eye is called “Sclera,” which I never knew. Serious!

Step 10

As an artist, knowledge of the eye is important, to draw it realistically. You need to know its shape, how the shadow falls, and where the light hits it. A) Shows that the eye is in a hole… so it is recessed in the head. B) Show three main points of vision of the eye. The diagonal lines provide more precision when you draw the eyes. C) Remember the skull drive. That’s what the circle represents. Always consider the round shape of the eyeball when you shade. That means the shadow of the eyeball becomes darker as it curves away from the light source.

Step 11

TONE – SHADING – TEXTURE – Click on this image to show how tones, shadows, and textures affect your photo. Also above are the shapes in general properties. Of course the eyes will look like a ball.

Step 12

This exercise is a good way to familiarize yourself with timbre values. Keep your pencil roughly parallel to the paper. Shade over the face of the pencil, starting with heavy pressure, then lightening as you continue. The average shading is blended with a stump. See how the tune carries further.

Step 13

The image here is a great exercise for value shading. I have a secret little trick for you to make things easier. You can download it to your desktop. First click on the image to get access to the full size. By right-clicking the mouse, you can select “Save Image As.” It will save to your desktop.

Step 14

After printing out some of the samples above, practice shading in the values ​​like this one. You familiarize yourself with this shading technique giving you more control and confidence. Uhm, I’ve been drawing for decades. So trust me, my dear artists, this will help a lot.

Step 15

1) Small, clean white highlights, also known as highlights, in the same spot in each eye add sparkle. 2) The upper part of the eye (sclera, iris, pupil) is covered by eyelashes and eyelids. 3) The lower eyelid is drawn by drawing a fine white line between the eyeball and the lower eyelid. Then leave a small space between the line and the lashes. Practice different eye positions and emotions. You can copy these, google other things, and even use real models, like families! Practice practice practice!

Step 16

Your sketch will appear light, just like the first picture. The second image I have darkened so you can see more details. Since we’ve paused the tips before, I’ll go through the outline information. Draw the eye contour and lashes with the 2HB No.1 pointy pencil for sharp lines. Make sure the lashes curl up as you apply them. You can highlight the base of your lashes to create a slimming effect. The difference when shooting this normal and wide-eyed portrait is that the reflections and highlights are much more graphic here because you have a magnified point of view.

Step 17

Use the 9B pencil point to darken your pupils or not. 2, but darken as much as possible. Also on the side of the pencil, shade the outer edge of the iris to make it easier to apply.

Step 18

In the iris there are more lines that come from the pupil like the rays of the sun. Just below the eyelids add the shadow of the lashes, like small vines hanging. For quick shade coverage, get the trusty 9B pencil and the shade on the side. You can gently swipe in a circular motion when applying. The next step will be fun. Bring your tissues (please don’t cry) and blending tools because it’s time to smooth this eye!

Step 19

Darken the bottom lashes so they don’t disappear when you apply it. The great thing about mixing with paper towels is that they lift the graphite up, making the shadows appear more subtle. Also, the difference in using a blend stump is that the shaded area will become darker as you spread the graphite. You can actually paint/shade in more areas with the stump. I fixed the tear duct by making it a little smaller. I haven’t started highlighting yet.

Step 20

You are human and sometimes you won’t see those very small patterns and areas. So let’s highlight the light reflections in the pupil and iris…the fine lines emanating from the pupil. Also add white squiggly lines in a circle around the iris. Use white acrylic paint or a kneaded eraser. These steps show where you can apply white. You can then shade and add more details. Notice the dark underside of the pupil? It looks like a nose. When you draw these reflections, draw exactly what you see, and the reflection also follows the shape of the object (eyes). Play with skin too. You can add some kind of wrinkled skin texture.

Step 21

Darken, enhance and create a smile. You have created a masterpiece! I really hope you enjoyed this tutorial. If you finish with an outline, that’s great! I would love to see it. If you venture into the shade, please show me. I want to know what you are doing. Thanks for taking the time to read this guide. Please like, comment and vote. Peace out!

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