4 Easy Steps in Drawing the Eye

Step 1. The Outline of the Eye

When it comes to drawing an eye, close observation is necessary to start. One feature of the eye is the varying shape between the upper and lower eyelids and you need to pay enough attention. In order to get a more accurate likeness, you have to be more detailed in your observation considering that every human eye is unique.


Step 2. Drawing the Iris

It’s an important thing to consider that the iris is covered by the upper eyelid. Many beginners ignore this and as a result drawing the iris too small to fit it inside the white part of the eye. Then, don’t forget the lower eyelid of the eye. Usually the bottom of the iris either sits on or a little bit below the lower eyelid.


Step 3. The Surface of the Eye

A glassy surface creates much impact in drawing the eye. Consider two primary elements to achieve the glassy surface.

  1. The technique to draw a bright glint of reflected light is to keep an unshaded paper from the start of the drawing. This will have the original white color of the paper that would represent the brightest part of the eye. Then drawing the pupil, the darkest part of the eye would create a great contrast giving more emphasis to the reflection.


2.The iris is made up of different tones, lines and shades which illuminates to the center of the pupil. From the edge it’s darker and lightens as it comes close to the pupil.


Step 4. The Eye Socket

For the final step, our goal is to establish the unity of the eye socket and the surrounding area using gradual shading. To draw the upper eyelid, shade a dark curve across the upper part of the eyeball and gradually softens into the shaded areas of the eye’s corners. Use graduated shading to cover the details of the outline as well as to establish the tone of the eyelids and areas around the eye. For drawing eyebrows and eyelashes, make it light and pay attention to the direction of their growth.



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