How to draw eyes is made easy with this section. Go step by step and you will be able to draw and sketch eyes with ease.

Step 1 >> Draw the Proportion

Proportion is very important to the realistic eyes and overall human face. Divide the line in 3 equals. At center nose will fit.



Step 2 >> Draw Outlines for eyes

Start with outlining the shape of eyes. Use hard pencils like 2H for outlining. At this stage, draw only basic shape of the eye like shown below. The square shape in the pupil is a glare from a window or similar shaped light source. You can use other shapes such as circles or ovals as well. Notice the iris will be semi-circle which is almost half covered by the top eyelid.


Step 3 >> Darken the Pupil

Darken the pupil using a soft 4B or 6B pencil. I use 4B pencil most of the time for darker tones. Don’t press the pencil too hard for darkening otherwise it will be difficult to erase later for any corrections. Instead you can You can go over the area again to achieve a darker shade. Make sure the highlights stay clean!


Step 4 >> Cover the Iris with light shade

Cover the iris with light shade using 2H pencil. You can cover again for better shade. Use the blender to rub the area until the graphite has transferred to the tip of the blender. You can also smudge it by your finger or cotton stick. Remember, don’t make it dark.eyes3

Step 5 >> Draw the Spokes in Iris

Use 4B pencil to draw spokes going outward from the pupil. Make some overlap of the spokes to create thicker lines for better texture and more realistic eyes. Leave some areas untouched as they will be filled in later.


Step 6 >> Use Blending for Iris

At this point, to make the eye more realistic, fill the white space in the iris using the blending stump. Be careful to work around the highlight. Don’t press too hard otherwise the spokes may vanish. Make sure that you are still able to see the lines coming out of the pupil. If not which means most of the lines have disappeared, you have either used the blender with too much force. In this situation erase the area of iris carefully and repeat the process of step 5 then continue. At this stage, you would be able to get a hold of realistic eyes.


Step 7 >> Darken the Eyelid

Now create a shadow under the eye lid by using 6B pencil that will give the eye more depth and roundness. You can darken some portion of outlines of the eyelid.


Step 8 >> Shading the eyes

Now its time to shade the eye whites and the skin around the eyes. Since eyeballs are ROUND not flat. You need to represent that in your drawing by shading the corners with dark tones. Don’t leave it white or else it will appear unrealistic and lack depth!

Darken the creases using a 4B pencil. Use the kneaded eraser to make the highlights reveal, as well as dab areas of the eye that need to be lightened. For example the eye whites, lower lash area, brow bone and the inner corner of the eye near the tear duct.


Step 9 >> Fill the eyebrows

Now we are almost done. Fill in the eyebrows and the eyelashes. Notice eyelashes are drawn using curved lines, NOT straight lines. To create the eyebrows, use a thin HB pencil. For the eyelashes, go with something darker, like a 4B. Go over the drawing and darken areas such as the pupil, creases, shadows and clean the highlights to make your drawing POP!


Step 10 >> Final – Evaluate the eyes – Make it little darker

Now evaluate your drawing. Its best to add some eyelash reflections, some subtle blood vessels as well as darkened the overall drawing. Try to use as many shades as possible when drawing eyes. Most people are afraid to go dark. Look at the picture in step 8 and compare it to the last step. Going dark makes a huge difference! I used to stop at step 8 too, because I was afraid I wouldn’t be able to erase if my hard work turned into a complete disaster. This fear left me unsatisfied with all my drawings because they lacked depth. So take it a step further and make use of your softer pencils!


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I hope this session is useful for drawing a realistic eyes. Go over the steps again and again, you will find drawing the eyes are so simple.

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Happy Drawing 🙂