Introduction: How to Draw the Female Eye

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Learn to become a professional pencil artist.
This tutorial will show you how to draw the female eye.
You can find more drawing tips at my website.

You can view a Mustang drawing video that I made at step 10! check it out :)

Step 1: Basic Shape

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As reference I will use Adriana Lima's eye, because it's a very nice one! Remember to use a detailed and good quality photo as reference.

We start first with drawing the basic shape of the eye. It's very important to get the right shape. You can use a normal pencil for this.

Step 2: Outlines

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Let's put in some of the basic lines. It's important to mark the light dot(s) in the pupil/iris. You can also outline some if the black parts that stands out in the reference. I usually use a mechanical pencil for this job.

Step 3: Center of the Eye

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Remember to fill in enough lines so you can get the shading right. Then you can start filling the center of the eye with graphite. I used 4b or 5b for the darkest, and HB and 2H for the light parts.

Step 4: Upper Eye

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Now we can draw the upper eyelid and outline the lower one (4B or 5b). Draw the corners a bit darker (HB), and we can also add some dark upper eyelashes. Smudge with a blending tool or a Q-tip.

Step 5: Blending

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The eye is beginning to look a bit realistic now, and we can use a
q-tip or a blending tool to achieve more light tones around the eye.
DO NOT smudge the light dot in the pupil!!!

Step 6: More Shadows & Details

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Draw rest of the eyelashes and blend more shadow in. Now we can decide how realistic we want the drawing to be. Add as many details as you want, do all of them if you have the patience. I have added some of them.

Step 7: Eyebrow

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Sketch up the eyebrow, and start filling it in.

Step 8: Almost Finish

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Draw the rest of the eyebrow, and add shadow around the eye. Make sure to get the tone/shadow almost right, and then blend it. You can also add some tiny skin details; this will make it look realistic.

Step 9: Finish

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And the finished result should look something like this, at least after some practice. Watch my drawing- videos to see different techniques applied in action.

Step 10: :)

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541205z made it! (author)2017-10-14

My first female eye! I don't know if this is the better but... IS MY FIRST! Great tutorial. Thx a lot guys...

1522500 (author)2016-11-01

this eye looks like ıts worth my whole day wıll try it some day

NandiniS8 (author)2016-07-01

thanks for teaching Easily to draw human eye.Here is an interesting Human Eye Anatomy II app i found.

The app makes it easy for students to understand the human eye anatomy through 3D animations and simulation of eye structure. here is the link

pingeee (author)2007-12-21

Well done. How about an instructable to draw human's nose? I have difficulty with that.

The Artist (author)pingeee2007-12-21

hi there! Maybe i do that one day. Did you try my eye tutorial?

pingeee (author)The Artist2007-12-22

not yet, will try that one day

The Artist (author)pingeee2007-12-22

okey cool :)

djo4 (author)The Artist2016-04-04

that's adelles eye (-:

i agree with pingeee. an nose drawing instructable wouldbe fantastic, considering the clarity and extreme usefulness of this one. i used the same pic you did and it turned out amazing.

VampChik17 (author)2016-03-20

I just wanted to say everyone has done extremely well.

There is a lot of talent on this post.

I am impressed!!!

Thank you also for the awesome step by step tutorial. You made it very easy to follow along

sd2kool4u (author)2012-06-17

Like a boss!

VampChik17 (author)sd2kool4u2016-03-20

Good work!!

tammylovegood (author)sd2kool4u2012-11-19

you werent using a tutorial, ey?

Crothany (author)sd2kool4u2012-09-29

Really? Because I think mine looks far better :)

sd2kool4u (author)Crothany2012-09-29

I wasn't following the tutorial - mines a left eye the tutorial is for a right eye I just thought it was entertaining that I had drawn this night night before and also when drawing my eye I didn't use a tutorial ;) cheers and good job by the way the shading great and your signature is nice-im a graffiti based artist u should look me up on deviant art

average joe 1999 (author)2013-03-10

My first attempt

Sorry Forgot to add picture.

wow, that is fantastic

spottylover made it! (author)2015-01-13

I was able to draw an eye! An actual eye that looks like an eye!!! Thanks so much for easy to follow instructions.

I don't think it's bad for a first try.

VampChik17 (author)spottylover2016-03-20


Kimicorn (author)2015-05-08

I tried haha. Unfortunately, I messed up on the eye brow and eyelashes as well, and my shading could've been better.

VampChik17 (author)Kimicorn2016-03-20

I like it. I think you've done a really good job.

Tachiza (author)Kimicorn2015-08-17

I think yours looks very good!

Emo4Gothic550 made it! (author)2016-01-01

Hahahahahaha I don't know how to draw it But I tried it

VampChik17 (author)Emo4Gothic5502016-03-20


That is actually really cool!!

Almost 3D like

Well done

paytonmoss made it! (author)2016-01-15

I tried.. It didn't turn out too bad. Lol.

VampChik17 (author)paytonmoss2016-03-20

Good job!!

VampChik17 made it! (author)2016-03-20

Not quite the same. Please tell me what you think. Thank you

And sorry, I'm new here and haven't worked out the uploading process quite yet.

I think I accidentally uploaded 3 times, not too sure .

Edit: I didn't realise we should have clicked the I Made It button

Haha I will work this out sooner than later!!

FallingInReverse made it! (author)2016-01-31

Lol it's better in person

I like it..You've done a very good job

VampChik17 (author)2016-03-20

Not quite the same. Please tell me what you think. Thank you

And sorry, I'm new here and haven't worked out the uploading process quite yet.

I think I accidentally uploaded 3 times, not too sure .

paytonmoss made it! (author)2016-01-15

I tried.. It didn't turn out too bad. Lol.

paytonmoss made it! (author)2016-01-15

I tried.. It didn't turn out too bad. Lol.

paytonmoss made it! (author)2016-01-15

I tried.. It didn't turn out too bad. Lol.

paytonmoss made it! (author)2016-01-15

I tried.. It didn't turn out too bad. Lol.

Oblivitus (author)2009-07-15

Sweet car, how many hours did it take to draw?

LiveCrafts (author)Oblivitus2015-09-08

It only takes like 10 minutes

J-Manoo7 (author)2011-07-14

Here's my first attempt using a regular ole numbah 2 and smudging it with my finger. And BTW for anyone reading this and thinking "I can barely draw stick people!!" just try it. You will surprise yourself because I certainly did.
Just tried to copy a picture I took of my friend. I didn't get the shape exactly right, nor the shading underneath the eye...
(Constructive criticism welcome)

cairparavel (author)J-Manoo72011-07-27

I think you did and amazing job. The shape is great and sure the shading is a little dark but I always think it is better to be dark than too light because contrast shows depth and definition

J-Manoo7 (author)cairparavel2011-07-28

Thanks!! I realised later that the darkness right above the eye and under the eyebrow on the left was eyelashes but the picture is zoomed and cropped and at a really extreme angle (I found this out by titling my friend's face around).
I'm gonna keep doing the same one until I get an even better result.

LiveCrafts (author)J-Manoo72015-09-08

Yeah, that's really good! I agree, the shading is a bit dark, but it looks like he just woke up and wants to kill the person who set his alarm! :) Great job!

Andrew Garfield (author)2014-04-10

got mistaken from the intro pic thought it was a real eye

jene-cyn (author)2013-12-10

Forgot the image

jene-cyn (author)2013-12-10

I tried.

Could you make one for the entire face including hair?

Malhecho (author)2013-07-03

heres one i did last year

sabu.dawdy (author)2013-04-27


vaskovassilev (author)2013-02-17

Adriana Lima's eye is very beautiful and you did good!

imoriginal (author)2012-11-12


Anna15 (author)2012-11-02

This is my first attempt, thankyou for the tutorial :)

bruno320 (author)2012-10-03

That is my first attempt to draw an eye. Nice tutorial!

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