How to draw hyper realistic eyes by pencil with this how-to video and step-by-step drawing instructions. Pencil drawing tutorial for beginners and everyone.
Please see the drawing tutorial in the video below
You can refer to the simple step-by-step drawing guide below
Step 1: Outline the shape of the eye and highlight
Let’s start with an HB pencil to sketch out the shape of the eye. This outline should not be too dark because you want to prevent it from showing at last. We only need the basic shapes to be sketched at this time. The square in the iris is a glare from a window or light source of the same shape. You can use other shapes like circles or ovals as well.
Step 2: Create shadows for students
Using a 6B pencil, fill in the pupils. Avoid emphasizing otherwise it will be difficult to delete if you need to edit it later. You can go through the area again to achieve a darker color. Make sure the highlights keep clean!
Step 3: Create a shadow for Iris
On a separate sheet of paper, apply some graphite to a small area. Use the blender to rub the area until the graphite is transferred to the end of the blender (learn how to use the stump here). You will now use it to fill the outer area of the iris. This step is not done perfectly. Sludge smudge will make it pop out better, as well as for deeper eyes.
Step 4: Draw Spokesperson
With a 4B pencil draw the spokes coming out of the iris. Overlap some spokes to create thicker lines. This will make the eyes look more interesting. Leave some areas unaffected as they will be filled in later.
Step 5: Mix Iris
Use a tree stump to fill the white space in the iris. Carefully work around highlights. Press Don too difficult. You can still see the line off the iris when completed. If most of the lines are gone, you have used the blender with too much force or not emphasizing enough when creating spokes.
Step 6: Add depth
Use a 6B pencil to create a shadow under the eye lid for deeper and rounder eyes.
Step 7: Polishing the skin
Shadows to the whites of the eyes as well as the skin around the eyes. Don Tiet leaves the white eyeball otherwise it will appear unrealistic and lack depth. For a more detailed guide on eye polishing and how to make the eyeball look round, click here.
Darken wrinkles with a 4B pencil. Use the erase tool to highlight, as well as the applied areas of the eyes that need to be lightened. Examples are the white of the eye, the area of the lower eyelash, the eyebrow bone and the inner corner of the eye near the tear duct.
Step 8: Draw eyebrows and eyelashes
Fill in the eyebrows as well as the eyelashes. Eyelashes should be drawn with curves, NOT straight lines. To create eyebrows, use a thin HB pencil. For eyelashes, go with something darker, like 6B. Go through drawings and darken areas like pupils, folds, shadows and clean the highlights to make your drawing POP!
Step 9: Touchups
I added some eyelash reflections, some subtle blood vessels as well as darkening the overall drawing. Try to use as many shades as possible when drawing eyes. Most people are afraid to go dark. Look at the picture in step 8 and compare it with the final step. Going dark makes a huge difference! I also stopped at step 8, because I was afraid I wouldn’t be able to erase it if my hard work turned into a complete disaster. This fear made me unhappy with all my drawings because they lacked depth. So go one step further and use your softer pencil!
I hope you enjoyed this simple step-by-step tutorial on how to draw realistic eyes with a pencil. If you have any questions or requests, let me know in the comments below!