Ok, so I'll be honest here- I made his because I didn't see any really good or detailed step-by-step anime eyes that looked good. I know it's mean, but it's the legitimate truth. Anyway, this is my tutorial on anime eyes. It's digital (I couldn't bother using a camera) but I think the quality turned out pretty good. I hope it's detailed enough for anyone to understand, so yeah. Here we go.
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Step 1: What You Need
- Some kind of Photoshop software. You can't use Microsoft Paint or something like that, becuase we will be using smudge tools and things like that.
- A drawing tablet, preferably, for the pen pressure, but a mouse is fine.
Step 2: Shape! Basic Outlines
There are infinite possible shapes an anime eye has, but I used a reference for a shape
There are many many more, like the huge Sailor Moon ones and such.
First: Make a rough sketch of the outline.
Next: Zoom in close enough to SEE PIXELS-- my resolution is 120 dpcm. Clean up any stray lines, bumps, etc.
Last: Add lashes.
Step 3: Eyes - Outline
First, make a new layer.
Draw a rough outline of your eye.
Outline the 'good' part, super dark, and thick.
Plan out a rough circle, for the pupil.
Step 4: Eyes - Plan Out Highlights
Make a new layer, rough outline of highlights.
Step 5: Whoo! This Is the Funner Part ;)
Make a new layer. (Repetitive, right?)
Choose an eye color. I'm doing blue.
Use your find color tool and make it really dark- and make a curve. (see pictures)
Keep on going lighter and making thick curves until you reach about 2/3.
Change the hue lighter for the lighter part. It gives some more life and depth etc. to the drawing.
Continue getting light etc. until you reach the end.
Blur- the whole thing. Make it seem like a smooth transition from each color. (see pics)
Step 6: Highlights + Pupil
Go into every layer you have (should be 3 or 4) and make the area in the highlights white (you already planned them out, right?)
Then find your highlight-outline layer and delete it.
For the pupil- hide the super pretty colorful layer, and color the pupil with a really dark version of your eye color. then make it a tiny bit lighter and blot it in the center.
Re- open the super pretty colorful layer and tune the opacity down a bit. then with that, clean up the highlights.
Step 7: PAST THIS IS ADVANCED GLITTERY PRETTY STUFF. STOPPING BEFORE THIS IS FINE
The next section isn't going to be well explained. If you're following along, I expect you already know how to do digital art, but if not, just... try your best.
I feel like the pictures are an ok guide, but heres step-by-step
1. Add iris markings
2. Darken them, tone layer opacity down to about 70%
3. Add shading using whatever method you want
4. Clean up highlights etc.