16 Inspiring and Creative Ideas for How to Draw Eyes

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If you are learning how to draw eyes, I have some great references and tutorials to share.

If you know anything about drawing people, I’m sure you can attest to the fact that eyes are one of the hardest parts of the human body to draw.

Wait, let me rephrase that. Drawing REALISTIC eyes can be pretty darn difficult. Even though I’ve spent countless hours practicing drawing the human eye, my drawings are nowhere near where I want them to be.

realistic woman eye

Image credit: esras.arts

I’ve learned that there are 9 steps to involved in drawing eyes.

1. Outline the shape of the eye
2. Shade the pupil
3. Shade the iris
4. Draw the spokes
5. Blend the iris
6. Add a little depth
7. Shade the skin
8. Drawn the eyebrows and eyelashes
9. Complete any touch-ups

Simply by keeping these 9 steps in the forefront of your mind, you’ll begin to find it easier to draw eyes. I’ll be sharing 28+ inspiring ideas for drawing human and even a few animated style eyes.

1. Girl Anime Eyes

This simple tutorial shows us how to draw cute anime eyes in four steps. If you want to practice drawing eyes for your character, this photo makes a great reference.

anime style eyes

Image credit: Pinterest

2. Quick Eye Sketch

The best way to get better at drawing eyes is by practicing. Spend a little time each day sketching eyes and you’ll be better in no time.

eye sketch tutorial

Image credit: Pinterest

3. Realistic Eyes with Colored Pencil

This artist used colored pencils to draw an extremely realistic eye. This definitely isn’t a beginner’s reference, but if you want to draw detailed eyes, this is definitely helpful.

very realistic eye with color

Image credit: fuyuch7

4. Detailed Eye Drawing

The more experienced you get at drawing eyes, the more realistic your drawings will become. Use this tutorial to help you draw realistic eyes.

six step eye drawing tutorial

Image credit: buzz16

5. Graphite, Liner and Glitter

Here’s a drawing that shows a set of eyes using only graphite pencil, only liner, and charcoal and glitter.

three sets of eyes using different pencils

Image credit: knechart

6. Colors on Black Paper

You don’t often see artists using black paper for their drawings. I love how the paper allows the colors to stand out so well.

colored eyes on black paper

Image credit: art_karoline

7. Emotional Eye

Is it just me or does this eye have an emotional look and feel? I love the colors that were used for this drawing too.

the process of drawing an eye

Image credit: miss_1_wasabi

8. Watercolor Facial Features

If you enjoy to watercolor paint, you’ll be happy to discover this cool watercolor eye painting. Play around with different colors for your painting.

watercolor face with eyes nose and mouth

Image credit: x.iaoart

9. Fantasy Eyes

These eyes all feature something you might find in a fantasy movie. There are snake eyes, flower eyes, and even ghost eyes.

ghost snake and flower eyes

Image credit: a_portrait_

10. Shading and Smudging

This simple graphic gives you detail on shading and smudging. The artist used HB, 2B, and 3B pencils to achieve these effects.

eye study

Image credit: buzz16

11. Eyes in 80 Minutes

It may take you more than 80 minutes to draw these eyes, but don’t let that stop you. Take your time and enjoy your drawing experience.

realistic eyes

Image credit: knechart

12. Simple Eye Sketch

Daily sketching is a great way to improve your drawing skills. If you want to improve your eye drawing skills, take at least 10 minutes daily for a week to sketch eyes.

single eye drawing

Image credit: johnny_sk3tch

13. How to Draw Eyes

If you enjoy doing illustrated art, I think you’ll like this tutorial. To learn how to draw these eyes, check out the full tutorial from @revalvabe.

how to draw eyes illustrated

14. Eyes, Nose and Lips

If your goal is to draw a realistic face, this reference shows us how to draw realistic eyes, a nose, and a mouth in four steps.

eyes nose and lips tutorial

Image credit: tajijoseph

15. Add Eyeshadow

Once you get the hang of drawing eyes, you should consider adding makeup such as eyeshadow or eyeliner.

eyes with colored lids
Image credit: michaelaaart

16. Ghost Eyes

This reference is perfect for anyone who wants to draw spooky eyes such as ghost eyes, ghoul eyes, and more.

ghost ghoul dragon and elf eyes
Image credit: lihnida.san

I hope you’ve been inspired by these eye-drawing references. If you want to improve your skills, remember to take some time every day to sketch. Your sketches don’t have to be perfect. The more you sketch, you’ll find that over time, the better you’ll get.

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