How to Draw Realistic Eyes

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To draw realistic eyes, use a pencil to draw in the top lid line, sketch the iris and pupil, leaving a white reflective highlight, and add eyelashes and creases as details. Study people's eyes to draw them more realistically with a demonstration from a professional cartoonist and illustrator with this free video on drawing.

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All right, folks. In this clip, I'm going to teach you how to draw a realistic looking eye. Not too difficult, if you're just focusing on the eye itself. We're going to start right in here, and we're going to draw the upper portion of the eye, just like that. That's going to be where the top of the eye will go. So really, just kind of get in there, and you can use a pencil if you don't feel comfortable doing this in pen, but I'm just going to show you how to do it with a pen, first and foremost. Now, the second line we're going to do is the bottom portion, just so we have our parameters. That will be the bottom portion. And if you can see that, I draw the upper part somewhat figure, and obviously, I'll go in and add more detail later. But...and I'm drawing the little corner of the eye right there. But that is basically the borders of our eye. Now, what we're going to do is we're going to draw the pupil. We're going to come right in here, we're going to draw...and try to make it as round as possible. And the top part of the circle will be covered up by the top portion of the eye. So there's that. And then we're going to come in here. We're going to actually...that's the iris, and then we're going... I'm sorry. That's the pupil, and we're going to draw the iris right in the dead center of that. And to make it more realistic, give it a little bit of a shine so that it looks like the person kind of has a sparkle in their eye -- sort of like that. Now, to add more detail to it, obviously, you're going to want to kind of come up here and draw the lid, which is not a very big line, obviously. It'd be sort of just a simple little thing, just like that. And then lashes, which, you know, most human eyelashes aren't really that long. If you're drawing a woman's, obviously, it's a sort of different story, but don't go too crazy with the lashes, but really kind of get in there and make them solid -- not so thin and sparse. It makes them more believable. And then finally, just to make the eye seem a little bit more realistic, you can add an eyebrow right up in here, just like that. And that is essentially it. I mean, you can always come in and add lines to it. Maybe draw, like, bags underneath it or add some wrinkles to it on top. But at the end of the day, that is essentially how you draw a realistic human eye.

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