How to Draw Anime & Manga Eyes – Side View
This tutorial will show you how to draw anime and manga style eyes from the side, in various states and with various expressions. Although anime eyes are typically drawn much larger than real eyes in relation to the head and are frequently vertically stretched, they are based on real eyes, and understanding how real eyes function can be beneficial.
Understanding How the Eyes and Eyelids Move
When the eyes squint, the eyelids move closer together in their natural position, and when the eyes close completely in a relaxed state (not squinting), the top eyelid actually moves all the way to the bottom eyelid.
Placing Anime Eyes on the Head in Side View
To draw anime eyes on the head from the side (or front) view, divide the head vertically in half and draw the eyes below that line; if you’re drawing in a more realistic anime style, move the eyes further up towards the top of the head.
Drawing Anime Eyes Side View
In the side view, draw the top eyelid lightly covering the iris and the eyebrow in a natural position slightly above the eye. For normal open anime eyes, draw the top eyelid lightly covering the iris and the eyebrow lightly below the eye’s natural position.
Drawing Startled Anime Eyes Side View
Draw the iris slightly smaller than normal and the eyelids slightly raised for startled anime eyes from the side view. Because startled anime eyes are often vertically stretched, it’s difficult to get enough distance between the eyes and eyelids to give them that startled look.
Drawing Embarrassed Anime Eyes Side View
Draw the eyelids in an upside down (compared to natural state) curve, with the top eyelid slightly lower than normal but not touching the iris, and a large portion of the iris covered by the bottom eyelid for embarrassed anime eyes from the side view.
Drawing Determined Anime Eyes Side View
Draw the eyes slightly squinted and the eyebrows in a “wave” shape for determined anime eyes from the side view. Determined anime eyes side view: The eyebrows should lower towards the direction the eyes are looking, rather than pointing directly at the viewer.
Drawing Surprised Anime Eyes Side View
Surprised anime eyes side view draws the eyes inwards and away from the viewer’s face, rather than outwards and closer to the eye’s irises or eyelids, with the eyebrows raised.
Drawing Tired Anime Eyes Side View
Draw the top eyelid halfway down, covering a large part of the eye, with a lighter curve than a normal expression. For tired anime eyes from the side view, draw the eyes looking down and resting on the roof of your mouth.
Drawing Angry Anime Eyes Side View
Draw the eyes squinted and the eyebrows lowering down towards the direction in which the eyes are looking, with the lowest part of the eyebrows essentially lined up with the top of the eyes’ eyes from the side view.
Drawing Upset Anime Eyes Side View
Draw the brows in an upside down curve, raised towards the direction the eyes are facing, and the eyes squinted and looking down for upset anime eyes from the side view.
Drawing Scared Anime Eyes Side View
Draw the iris significantly smaller than normal for scared anime eyes from the side view, leaving a lot of space between the iris and the eyelids. It can be difficult to leave enough space between the eye and the eyelids when drawing anime eyes because irises are often vertically stretched.
Drawing Puzzled Anime Eyes Side View
From the side, draw puzzled anime eyes that are slightly upwards, with the top eyelids raised but still covering a significant portion of the iris.
Drawing Relaxed (Closed) Anime Eyes Side View
From the side, draw relaxed closed anime eyes as pretty much just the eyelashes; there may appear to be a lot of empty space between the eyebrows and the eyes in this example, but remember that the top eyelid lowers down, so that blank space represents the eye covered by the eyelid.
Drawing Content Anime Eyes Side View
Draw the eyes completely closed in the side view for content anime eyes, but slightly raised in the relaxed state. Draw the eyebrows raised as well so that they are level with the top eyelids in each picture. The lower eyelids will also cause the eyelashes to be angled upwards, so draw accordingly.
It’s not difficult to draw anime expressions from the side view if you understand how eyes behave in various states and expressions, and there are some tricks unique to anime (for example, drawing smaller irises/pupils for scared eyes).
How do you draw male anime eyes side view?
To draw anime eyes on the head from the side (or front) view, divide the head vertically in half and draw the eyes below that line (real eyes are located directly on the halfway line). If you want to draw in a more realistic anime style, move the eyes higher up.
How do you paint your eyes to look at you?
Paint a skin tone that isn’t too light or dark across the surface before dabbing color inside the eye. Next, mix a slightly darker shade and apply it to the crease above the eye. Finally, add highlights to the lid below the crease and blend it with the shadow.
Why do I draw eyes so much?
Doodling eyes can reveal a person’s inner personality: large eyes indicate an outgoing personality, staring eyes indicate a feeling of being watched, and closing eyes could indicate a refusal to look within.
How do you color anime eyes?
Fill in the inside of the eye with fill tools. Don’t worry about shades because this is just the base; instead, focus on making sure there are no gaps between the line art and the fill color. Use the eraser tool if the paint goes outside the line, and the pen tool if there are small gaps.
How do you draw Anime girl eyes?
Tutorial on How to Draw Female Anime Eyes
- Step 1: Draw the Eye’s Outer Shape.
- Step 2: Draw the Iris’ Shape.
- Step 3: Draw the Pupil.
- Step 4: Draw the Dark Area at the Top of the Iris.
- Step 5: Draw the Primary Reflection.
- Step 6: Draw the Secondary Reflection.
- Step 7: Shade The Different Areas of the Eye.