How to Draw the Female Eye




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 :)

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Step 1: Basic Shape

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sketch up the eyebrow, and start filling it in.

Step 8: Almost Finish

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

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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87 Discussions


3 years ago

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


3 years ago

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

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.


3 years ago

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


Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

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


4 years ago

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

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Reply 3 years ago

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