How to Draw Anime Eyes: Easy Step by Step Tutorial

One of the things I loved drawing most when I was young was anime people, especially eyes.

To me, drawing anime eyes is so fun, unique, and simple. It’s a great way to create without the burden of having to make something look “real” enough.

That is why I decided to create this blog post: A step-by-step tutorial on how to draw anime eyes.

For the ease of creating this tutorial, I decided to digitally draw the steps but the technique I use to draw them digitally or traditionally does not differ.

As you draw these eyes, I recommend using light, short strokes to achieve the overall line and shape you want. This is also a good way to naturally give depth and dimension to any drawing you create.

All in all, drawing is a great way to quiet the mind and get into the flow of creating something – So I hope this inspires you to draw much more often! Enjoy trying out these anime eye drawings and have lots of fun in the process!

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Step 1: Draw the Upper Lid

Draw the upper lid of your anime eye by drawing a curve like a hill.

anime eyes step 1

Step 2: Draw the Lower Lid

Draw an upside-down curve for the lower lid of your anime eyes.

step 2 draw anime eyes

Step 3: Draw the Iris Shape

Draw a oval shape for the iris of your anime eye drawing.

step 3 anime eye drawing

Step 4: Draw the Light Source Reflections

Draw little spots in the corner of your anime eye drawing. This is where the light hits the eyes so we won’t color this part in.

anime eye drawing

Step 5: Draw the Pupil

Draw a dark spot in the center of your anime eye. This is the pupil of your anime eye drawing.

anime eye drawing step by step

Step 6: Shade in the Iris

Color in the iris of your anime eye drawing with your pencil or pen. I like to keep the bottom portion of the eye less shaded.

You can play around with the stylization of your eyes and explore different art styles.

how to draw anime eyes

Step 7: Draw Eyelashes

Thicken the top lid and draw eyelashes if you are drawing, especially if you are drawing an anime girl.

Further down this blog post, I will be showing different anime eye style to draw, including male anime eyes.

how to draw anime eyes

Step 8: Draw Eyelid Crease and Eyebrows

Draw an other additional features to your anime eyes, including an eyelid crease or eyebrows.

With this, you are all done with your anime eye drawing!

how to draw anime eyes

More Easy Anime Eye Drawings to Try

Here are some more anime eye drawings to try out of different genders and styles.

You can interchange the male and female eye drawings as you please by making slight adjustments.

It all just depends on the character you’re drawing.


How to Draw Female Anime Eyes

how to draw male anime eye

Female anime eye drawing

male anime eye drawing

how to draw female anime eye

how to draw anime eyes

Here is a collective image of the final anime eye drawings, along with other ones to try out.

anime eye drawing ideas

All of these images were drawn on my 2-in-1 laptop, but you can create digital drawings on even $30 drawing tablets these days.

I first started digital drawing on a Wacom tablet (Similar to this one). If you are an avid drawer, I highly recommend trying out digital drawing: It’s a great skill to start mastering if you are interested in pursuing art in the future, or just as a fun hobby or side-hustle!

As for programs, I have used Paint Tool Sai in the past and it’s free, so it’s great for beginners. Now, I use Photoshop to create these digital drawings.

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Thank you for stopping by my blog post!

I hope you enjoyed these drawings and now know some tips to start drawing your own anime eye drawings.

Much of the character comes from the details in their eyes, so have fun and get as creative as you want with the eyes!

I hope you have a wonderful day or night wherever you may be! Until next time!

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