How to Draw General Anime Faces


Female Eyes
Step 1:
Lets begin with the most basic and common of anime eyes, the large female type.
Start off by drawing a line that curves upwards, and is slightly thicker at the highest
point. This eye will be on the right side of the face, so make the left end of the curved
line higher than the right. The top of this particular eye (Lina Inverse’s eye, (from
Slayers) actually ^.^) isn’t a perfect curve; it is slightly angular. Some styles of eyes
are nearly perfectly curved on the top.
Step 2:
Next, you want to draw in the lower part of the eye. To help you place the lower half,
lightly draw diagonal lines pointing down, starting at the edges of the top part of the
eye. The steepness of the slope of these lines will determine how large and wide the
eye will be. If you look at the other tutorials on this page, you will see that the
steepness of these lines varies. Using these lines as a guide, draw the lower part of
the eye. It should slope down to the right a little, and should be thicker at the right
Step 3:
Erase the guidelines and draw a long oval within the eye. Some characters have large
circles for irises, but this particular one has thin ovals. You can adjust the shape so
it’s wider, if you like. Make part of the oval obscured by the upper part of her eye.
With all styles, the complete iris is rarely visible; part of it almost always is
concealed by the border of the eye.
Step 4:
Next, draw the outline of the light glares. Anime characters’ eyes should always have
at least some sort of shading. Anime females in particular tend to have really heavy
shading and lots of shiny areas. Make sure you choose a light source, and stick with it
throughout your picture. For example, since the light is coming from the left in this
picture, I have to make sure all the highlights on the rest of the picture originate from
the left, or the lighting will be inconsistent (unless I’m using multiple light sources,
but I won’t get into that). Draw two long ovals: a large one on the left side of the iris
(which overlaps the outline of the iris, as you can see), and a very small one on the
other side of the eye.
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Step 5:
Next, draw the pupil underneath the light glares. The highlights are always on top;
never draw the pupil on top of the light glares. Draw the eyelashes, too; with this
particular eye, the eyelashes are a series of spikes coming off of the top-right part of
the eye. Make the spikes follow the curve of the eye, so it looks like they are coming
off of the eye; don’t just draw zig-zag lines sticking out of her eye. ^~ Also, draw the eyelid on the left part of the eye. Its just a thin, curved line originating from the top of her eye. Step 6: Now, shade the rest of the iris. It is very dark at the top, but is lighter near the bottom. You should still be able to differentiate between the lighter iris and the pupil after you shade. Draw her eyebrow, as well. Like in the first step, this line should be slightly curved, and thicker near the top. The edges should be very thin. Smooth out the lines and darken them, and you are done! 🙂 Step 1: Okay, now we are going to draw another style, one that isn’t as common. This eye is much more slender, elegant, and realistic looking, and is used in more serious anime and manga. This particular eye belongs to Deedlit from Record of Lodoss War, which is a considerably more serious show than Slayers (which is where the previous eye came from). Begin by drawing a long, slightly curved line. The left side should be lower than the right, and the line should curve in sharply at the left edge. Step 2: To help you define the sides and bottom of the eye, lightly draw two diagonal guidelines that originate from the edges of the eye. Unlike the previous tutorial, these lines are not very steep; the more horizontal the lines are, the smaller the eye will be. Don’t make them too flat, though, because you don’t want this eye to be too squinty. Using the guidelines, draw the bottom line of the eye. Step 3: Erase the guidelines and draw the outline of the iris. If there were no eyelids, the iris would be a perfect circle. However, since the iris is bordered by the eyelids, the top and bottom of the iris will be hidden from view. The iris should not be so small that you can see the entire thing (unless you wanted to convey certain emotions like anger or surprise, but that is covered in another section). Eyes (2 of 6) [3/7/2000 13:29:11] Step 4: Next, draw the light glares on the iris. The placement is the same as in the previous tutorial, but like the iris itself, the glares are much smaller and more circular. Draw the eyelid above the top line of the eye, as well. Step 5: Draw the eyebrow and shading in the rest of the iris. Remember to draw the pupil beneath the light glares, and to make it stand out from the rest of the eye a little no matter how darkly you shade the rest of the iris. Here is a variety of other styles of female eyes you can make using the same methods. Try to see the differences between each style, as well as the similarities. Though the shape and proportions change, the top border of the eyes is always thicker, there are always multiple layers of shading on the irises, etc. Some of these were sketched fairly quickly and are a little messy, but I hope they are still helpful. Male Eyes Step 1: Next we will draw some male eyes. Male characters are sometimes neglected by fan artists, because many fan artists have trouble drawing guys. They really aren’t that hard, though, just different. Most male eyes are more thin and narrow than female eyes, though there are several exceptions. This particular eye (which I think belongs to Hotohori from Fushigi Yuugi) is narrower than other female eyes, without being so thin that it looks like it belongs to a more shady, suspicious character. ^^ Begin by drawing a thick,
very slightly curved line. Its almost horizontal, but still has a slight curve to
it. The edges should curve inwards a little, more so on the left.
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Step 2:
Lightly draw two diagonal lines, starting from the edges of the top line, to
help define the lower part of the eye. The lines are almost perpendicular to
each other. Don’t make them too steep or too flat, or the size of the eye will
be off. Draw the lower line of the eye, using the guidelines to help you
position it.
Step 3:
Erase the guidelines and draw the iris. The iris is a perfect circle, but is
paritally covered up by the eyelids. Do not draw the iris so small that you
can see the entire thing (unless trying to convey a strong emotion like
surprise or anger, which is covered in the expressions section).
Step 4:
Male characters have light glares in their eyes, too, though they often are not
as large or obvious. Draw one oval light glare on the left side of the eye, and
a pointed one on the right side.
Step 5:
Draw the pupil benath the light glares and shade heavily, especailly if the
character has darker colored eyes. Draw the eyelid and eyelash. Male
characters tend to have darker, thicker eyebrows, so make sure they aren’t
too thin. There, that wasn’t too hard, was it? ^_^ Don’t worry if the eyes look
too ‘girly’; often times its hard to tell if some eyes belong male or female
characters. Some styles of eyes are interchangable and can be used for either
Step 1:
The slender, narrow eyes are often (but not always) associated with
darker, brooding characters. Villains often have narrower eyes, but not all
characters with such eyes are antagonistic. To draw this style of eye, start
with a long, curved line. Notice that the curve is steeper on the left hand
side than the right.
Step 2:
Next, draw two diagonal guidelines from the edges of the top of the eye.
The angle of these lines are different from the ones in the three previous
tutorials; the left one is much flatter than the the right. Draw in the lower
part of the eye using the guidelines; it should be curved, rather than a
straight line, so that the entire eye is like an elongated, pointy oval.
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Step 3:
Erase the guidelines and draw the iris. The iris is covered up by the upper
eyelid; if the eyelids weren’t there, the iris would be a perfect circle.
Thicken the lines on the right side of the eye.
Step 4:
Draw the light glares, and the upper eyelid on top of the eye

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