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How to Draw Female Human Eyes

Updated on January 19, 2016

You Can Learn to Draw Female Eyes

Hey, MKayo here with another drawing tutorial about drawing female human eyes. How do you like my drawing over there to the right? Pretty good, right? Well, I used to struggle with drawing human eyes when I first started drawing.

Human eyes may seem very complex but they are easy to draw IF you you break the seemingly complex parts down onto their various simple shapes and lines.

I have been teaching people to draw and paint for almost 40 years - and I've been drawing for more than 50 years myself. I know a bit about teaching people to draw.

Did you know that most people just look at something like the human eye and don't ever try to draw it - even though the stuff (some call it talent) needed to draw well is inside of every human being - yes, even you.

If you practiced a few times, you could draw female human eyes - or anything you like. It's just a matter of knowing some basic shapes and making the time to practice.

This tutorial will walk you through a step-by-step process of drawing a female human eye.

If you're ready with your pencil and some paper, let's begin...



Step 1; Draw the Basic Shapes

As with most of my tutorials, this one starts out by drawing a few basic shapes.

Draw the bottom two lines first - Note that the lines are exact opposites of each other.

The bottom line starts straight moving from left to right, the line above it starts out curving and then straightens out as it moves from left to right.

The top line is a simple curved line.

Study the lines closely and then draw as shown.

Step 2: Draw a Basic Circle

Again, think simple shapes.

The Iris, which is th colored part of the eye, is just a simple circle as shown.

Note that the circle shape is drawn overlapping the two upper curved lines.

Draw the circle as indicated, we'll erase some lines in a later step.

Drawing it this way gives you a better idea of spatial relationships and the basic anatomy of the human eye.

Step 3: Erase Unseen Lines

For this step, you can use the eraser on the end of your pencil. If your drawing is very small, you may find it difficult to erase lines in a precise manner.

I use a specialized eraser and other tools. See my basic drawing supply list here.

For this step, you will erase the lines of the iris that are unseen behind the eyelid.

Step 4: Draw the Upper Eyelashes

Now that you have erased the part of the iris that is not seen, we're going to add the eyelashes.

These are easily made by drawing small, curved lines.

Note the direction of these lines as they are drawn starting at the eyelid and then outward and away from the eyelid.

Repeat until you have several eyelashes.

Step 5: Draw the Lower Eyelashes

Draw the same type of lines on the lower eyelid.

Note that these are not nearly as long as the upper eyelashes.

Step 6: Draw the Iris

The pupil is the small opening in the center of the colored iris.

This tiny opening is where the eye lets in light and through which we see everything.

Draw this iris as a smaller dark circle within the larger circle of the iris.

Draw another smaller white open circle on the edge of the iris and pupil as shown.

Step 7: Shade the Iris and Pupil

For this step, add a bit of shading in the larger circle (iris).

Note that the shading on the outer edges of this larger circle is darker. Also note the lines inside this larger circle. Take a close look at your own eye to see this detail.

Next, press down hard and color in the pupil, as black as it can be. NOTE: be careful not to color in the smallest circle - this will serve as our light reflection and give a real sense of depth to the drawing.

You may also want to add an eyebrow as shown.

Final Step: Add Details

For this final step, you may want to add some additional shading around the outer parts of the eye.

You can study my drawing or look at your own eye to see how the shading should appear.

Also, fill in the eyebrow.

Additional details include a small curved line underneath the lower eyelid.

SO - how does your drawing look? I have to tell you, if you've made it this far and your drawing resembles an eye, you have done very well.

Remember, the key to drawing better is making the time to practice. I have drawn every day for the last 40 years and so I have attained a very high level of drawing ability. You can do the same if you start today.

Be sure to take a look at some of my other drawing tutorials.


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    • MKayo profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from Texas

      Dbro - Well, I guess I have a topic for one of my next Hubs. Keep an eye out for this one. Thanks for stopping by! M

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      5 years ago from Texas, USA

      Very clear, concise instructions as always, MKayo! I love your instructional hubs - they break these complex drawing tasks down into such manageable pieces, I don't see how anyone would be intimidated by drawing eyes after they read your instructions. As a next step, I'd like for you to explain how to draw two eyes on the face. Many of my students are intimidated by the task of getting both eyes placed on the face properly and how to get them to appear as though they are looking in the same direction. Thanks for sharing your expertise with your fellow artists. As you say, practice is the key!

    • MKayo profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from Texas

      ytsenoh - Thank you for the nice compliments - so glad the step-by-step made it easier for you.

      Ceres Schwarz - Glad you found this to be helpful.

      Best to you both! M

    • Ceres Schwarz profile image

      Ceres Schwarz 

      5 years ago

      This is very useful for those that are having trouble in drawing female human eyes. You have good images. And it's really great how each of your steps has an accompanying image so the readers can easily follow along as they're trying to draw.

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      5 years ago from Louisiana, Idaho, Kauai, Nebraska, South Dakota, Missouri

      Very, very nice. I like to draw also, and your tutorial is so easy to grasp. You did a great job with your step by step procedures that made it look easier than can be imagined by some. Thanks.


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