If you are looking for a simple tutorial on how to draw female anime eyes from the front view, this post is perfect for you.
In this post, I share the techniques for using simple shapes to draw beautiful anime eyes from the front.
Table of Contents
Prepare the Canvas
Prepare the paper, ruler, pencil, and eraser, or create a canvas in your chosen art software. In my case, I use Clip Studio Paint Pro, my trusted anime art software. Something I always lean on.
I prefer to use Clip Studio Paint because the tools and features it offers, such as brushes, symmetry tools, and the overall drawing feel, allow me to work much faster and more efficiently.
Before we start to draw the eyes themselves, I recommend you establish the framework within which you will draw. To do this, draw an elongated rectangle right in the center of the sheet and divide it into three equal sections.
You should have three identical rectangles next to each other, we will use the outer two to draw the eyes, and the central one would be the space between them.
Draw the Overall Shape of the Eye
In the case of using Clip Studio Paint Pro art software, you can activate the symmetry tool (Ruler(U) -> Symmetrical ruler – Number of lines 2) to draw on the right and left at the same time, mirrored.
In the case of drawing by hand, you will have to do one first and then the other manually: try to make them as symmetrical as possible.
When drawing a character from the side, the same tool won’t work. So each eye has to be drawn one by one.
We will first draw the outline of the eye in the shape of an almond.
We will make an oval placed diagonally, draw the inner side (eyelid/eyebrow) lower than the outer, where the inner area of the eye (the one closest to the nose) will end at a point, while the outer one (closer to the ears) will end in a rounded shape.
Draw the Eyelashes and Iris
Once we have the almond shape drawn, we will draw another line that will follow the upper contour of the eye. It will start at the same inner tip of the eye and end a few millimeters above the outer corner of the eye.
From the outside, make some thick and elegant eyelashes. They will be the ones that will attract the most attention in your design, so be sure to make them clear, precise, and beautiful. Anime eyes are a lot about the eyelashes and the shape of the eye, so make them both count.
In the upper internal area, we can draw an eyelash. We can add some more short and separated ones on the lower edge of the eye.
Finally, draw the iris in the center of the eye with large, well-centered circles on the horizontal line. As for the vertical, place the iris somewhat covered by the upper eyelid and somewhat away from the lower one.
In the center of the iris, add a small circle that will be the pupil. Some other millimeters above the upper arch of the eye, above the eyelashes, you can add a small curved line that will simulate the contour of the upper eyelid.
Draw the Line Art or Ink It
In this step, you will have to ink your illustration. If you have used a pencil to make the sketch, ink over it, and when it is dry, you can erase the pencil underneath. When using art software, you can make a new layer to draw on top of the sketch.
When inking the outline, you can draw the reflections in the eye’s iris.
Also, draw the contour of the eyebrows that will give personality and character to the eyes. If you don’t feel confident doing it directly in ink, you can do it in pencil and then ink it in the same way.
Add Shadows to the Eyes
Now give your drawing some shadows. You can do it with watercolor, pencils, or markers in soft colors. In the case of doing the digital way, you can make a new layer where you will add the color, and then you can change the tone and transparency at the end.
Just make sure you place the shadow layer beneath the ink (line art) layer and preferably use multiply layer mode.
With the colored brush, paint the entire part that would be shaded if the ray of light came from above (the eyelashes shade the eye, the eyebrows have a shadow underneath, and under the lower eyelid, there should be another one).
Remember that in this style of drawing, a type of fine and clear delineation is recommended. Usually, it is drawn in black and white, and the shadows will give depth to your drawing.
In my drawing, I used cel shading as a technique to draw/paint the shadows for the eyes.
I hope this guide helps you a lot and that you enjoyed following this step-by-step guide!