Tutorial: How to Draw Eyes

Monday, May 23, 2016

In this simple tutorial, I will show you my go to method of how to draw eyes
I have been obsessed with drawing eyes lately, as you may have noticed if you follow me on Instagram, so I thought I'd show this quick little how-to tutorial on my method for drawing eyes. 


  1. Draw a long arch (I always add a wing at the end because I like the whole eyeliner look). Start thinner at the corner, making the line thicker as you get towards the wing. 
  2. To draw the bottom arch of the eye, start by arcing up from the inner corner and then pivoting back into a downward arch until it connects to the wing, as shown in the image above. Again, start thin at the inner corner, then fill the line more as you move up towards the wing.
  3. Draw a circle in the middle of your eye.
  4. Add the pupil and a small shape for the reflection on the eye. This can be another circle but in this case I drew a bean shape. It doesn't really matter!
  5. Add eyelashes. For the top lashes, start from the inner corner and progressively lengthen each lash. Then add smaller lashes to fill in between. For the lower lash line, add a few small, relatively equal sized lashes. Fill with shorter lashes in between as well.
  6. For the iris, start by adding little dashed lines along the outline of your circle.
  7. Next, add varying lengths of lines extending from the pupil.
  8. Do the same starting from the circle towards the pupil. The goal is to have varying lengths and diversity in your lines in order to add dimension.   
  9. Lastly, add the little inner corner of the eye as shown above in step 9 (I have no idea what this is called!)
That's it! I'll include photos of my recent eye illustrations below. As you can see from the photos, I played with different variations of my basic process, as well as trying out other ways of drawing eyes.
A photo posted by Krista (@theillustrai) on

A photo posted by Krista (@theillustrai) on

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