How to Draw Anime Eyes and Eye Expressions

There are many ways of drawing anime eyes. This tutorial illustrates how to draw anime eyes with different expressions in one style from the front view.

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Example of how to draw anime eyes

Step 1 – Draw The Shape of The Eyes

One defining feature of anime eyes is that they are usually much bigger and wider than real eyes; so that is how we will draw them.

The eyes should be far enough apart that you can fit a third eye in between.

For a normal expression draw the iris slightly covered by the top eyelid while just touching the bottom eyelid.

Once again for a normal expression draw the eyebrows slightly above the eyes in a smooth curve.

When drawing different expressions the eyebrow shape and positions and the iris positions can be different.

Step 2 – Draw the Pupils and the Reflections

Draw the pupil in the middle of the iris.

The positions of the reflections will depend on the light source. so if the light is coming from top left your reflections should be at the top left as well. There can also be more than one reflection depending on how many light sources there are. In this case we have two. One for the main light source and one from a secondary light source.

For example if you are drawing a character that is standing outside on a sunny day the main reflection in the eyes could be caused by the sun while the secondary could come from the sun reflecting off of another object.

Step 3 – Fill in The Details

Keep in mind that in normal eyes the pupils are usually darker then the iris and the reflections are lighter.

Once you are finished with the fill that concludes the tutorial. But you can now apply a lot of what you learned in this tutorial to drawing anime eyes with different expressions as shown below.

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Examples of how to draw anime eyes with different expressions

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