Introduction: How to Draw an Eye (updated)

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I love to draw, and one of the hardest things for me to draw is facial features, like an eye.
This is a tutorial on how to draw the eye below. It is fairly simple but may take a few tries to get right, so keep trying!

 You will need:
2 Different kinds of pencils. A dark 6B or 8B, and a lighter HB
An eraser
flat surface, like a table or clipboard to draw on.

Also, dont forget to rate!

Step 1: Outline

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Okay, to start, draw the basic almond-shaped outline of the eye. Try to make the inner corner (next to the nose) lower than the outer corner. P.S, I'm very sorry the pictures hard to see, my scanner made it very light.

Step 2: Inner Circle

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Now draw the inner circle of the eye.

Step 3: Pupil and Highlight

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Draw the highlight first, then the pupil under it. Make sure the pupil is in the center of the circle.

Step 4: Fill in the Pupil

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Use your dark 6B or 8B to fill it in. You want it as close to black as possible.

Step 5: Upper and Lower Eyelid

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Draw the crease of the upper eyelid, and the bottom one too. I'm not sure if its called the lower eyelid, but its the line under the eye.

Step 6: Begin Drawing the Eyelashes

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Draw a few eyelashes to show  where you will later draw in larger clumps of lashes. Kinda like a basic outline. Sort of.

Step 7: Darken a Few Things Up

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Darken the inner circle in the eye, the outline of the eye, and draw a line in the inner corner (as showed in the picture)

Step 8: Lines and Lashes

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Start filling in some more lashes, and add some lines inside the inner circle of the eye.

Step 9: Lines Lines Lines

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Fill in some more lines lightly inside the circle



Add even more lines! But this time use the darker pencil to make darker lines.

Step 11: Adding Some Depth

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Okay, shade in the inside outer edge of the inner circle of the eye ( yes, that is a lot of words ). Use the darker pencil. This will add a lot of depth and roundness to the eye.

Step 12: More Depth!!!!

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Alright, do what you did in the last step to the pupil. Also, add some more lines (depending on the lightness of the color of the eye) to make it a little darker in some areas.

Step 13: LASHES!!!!!

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Now, really fill in the lashes with your darker pencil. If drawing a male eye, make the lashes a little lighter than if drawing a female eye.  In this instance, I am drawing a female eye.

Step 14: Shading

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Shade inside the eye, and it helps to smudge it with your finger tip or a tortilion. ( Hehe, I just realized how dark I shaded this eye, you can shade it a tad lighter than this.)

Step 15: Finishing Touches

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Shade the corners of the eye, and the eyelids. YAY!!!!! your all done!!!!!!


ElijahH18 (author)2017-11-10


ElijahH18 (author)2017-11-10


AWESOMEROSEE made it! (author)2017-10-30

First attempt, happy with my results.. great tutorial! Thanks a bunch

eapodlas made it! (author)2017-10-27

Fun and easy to follow. Great tutorial!

katieboone1622 made it! (author)2017-06-20

!!!!Love the results!!!!


CyberChristian7 made it! (author)2016-09-13

I think it turned out okay. I did my best to make it look like the one in the tutorial.

Thanks for the help.

That is art. Really great. Good job!!

TimC216 (author)CyberChristian72017-02-15


agirlwhowanderw (author)2017-03-28

I'm happy for a first attempt :)

That's so prettyy!!

That looks awesome!

GoldW (author)agirlwhowanderw2017-04-22

That looks great :)

mahreen nawarj made it! (author)2017-10-19

This thing was so helpful. Usually I am bad at drawing but this helped me to draw beautifully. Tysm!!!

marcellousc (author)2017-09-29

Thanks a ton!

aaaisaaa (author)2017-08-30

I am horrible at drawing facial feature, so i think my result is looks like a giant fish with no tail.

amanflora1 (author)2017-08-15

First two attempts. This tutorial was very helpful!

RichaD5 made it! (author)2017-07-17

Thanks a lot loved your tutorial?

Shypresident made it! (author)2017-06-02

first try

Happy about it

FoxGirl_04 made it! (author)2017-04-24

I tried XD

ProArtB made it! (author)2017-03-12

I made it .. and also started a tutorial on my blog

GoldW (author)ProArtB2017-04-22


acuthbertson (author)2017-03-24

wow i came out great i loved it i am just going to keep drawing thats form the help!!

alyssalorelai made it! (author)2017-03-01

I'm not the best drawer, but I liked this easy to follow tutorial! I don't know how to feel about my drawing XD

EvaM74 made it! (author)2017-02-25

I love it this is proably the best thing I've drawn. I'm not very good at drawing.

Lisa16 (author)2017-02-21

I learned to draw following an excellent guide I found HERE.

TimC216 (author)2017-02-15

Very good

MichelleM387 made it! (author)2017-01-18

My 9 year old made this!

TimC216 (author)MichelleM3872017-02-15

Cry good better then I could I have always troubles with drawing eyes

TimC216 (author)TimC2162017-02-15

That's should read great job.....

TimC216 (author)2017-02-15

Good keep drawing at least once a day you'll get there

TardisGirl2 made it! (author)2016-11-03

Thankyou! The tutorial was very god and easy to follow!

My drawing isn't that good, but I had a go anyway.

TimC216 (author)TardisGirl22017-02-15

Very nice

LexyLeigh made it! (author)2016-11-22

This is my first try.... I guess not too bad ? Great and easy to follow, thx

TimC216 (author)LexyLeigh2017-02-15

Good now get confinement and draw a little darker

TimC216 (author)2017-02-15


Duckedfaced made it! (author)2017-01-02

it is okay

TimC216 (author)Duckedfaced2017-02-15

Great I think it was the camera it's looks a little elongated

TuanL37 made it! (author)2017-02-10


TimC216 (author)TuanL372017-02-15

Good where you using inks

BonnieM82 made it! (author)2017-02-13

I added color

SonyaM27 made it! (author)2017-02-11

First try. Could be better!

KaeleeM (author)2017-02-11

First's SOOO bad!

pinkys12 made it! (author)2017-01-18

Here is my first attempt but i think its good enough for 1st time.

"Practice as if u r the worst, performed as if u r the best"


EllieO4 made it! (author)2017-01-16

This was easy to follow. My first try looks a lot better irl

Dray Co made it! (author)2017-01-01

I have been drawing for most of my life, but sometimes I found drawing the eyes a little bit hard. I mean, knew the concept. Thank-you for this wonder full I nstuction thingy!?

Karli Beavers (author)2016-12-13

First try I can't do eyelashes I tried like 5 times and this is the best one so far but thank you it was very easy to follow and go along with.

howtodrawaneye_org (author)2016-12-08

Nice, check out -

SophCarpenter made it! (author)2016-11-13

This was so easy to follow! :D

xxomqrose made it! (author)2016-11-11

this tutorial was so easy to follow thx :D

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