How to Draw Male Anime & Manga Eyes
This tutorial walks you through the steps of drawing male anime or manga eyes, as well as some of the more common elements of the style.
Specifics Common to Male Anime Eyes
Older male characters’ eyes are drawn narrower than younger characters’ eyes, so this tutorial will focus on drawing the eyes of a young adult male character (around the age of 20-30). For drawing female anime eyes, see How to Draw Female Anime Eyes.
Placing Anime Male Eyes on the Head
Draw a horizontal line through the middle of the head and draw the eyes below that line; if you’re drawing squinted eyes, draw them a little further down from the halfway line because the tops of the eyes will be hidden by the eyelids.
Drawing Anime Male Eyes
Draw the eyes, brows, and inner details of an anime male face, spacing them far enough apart so that another eye can fit in between them. More realistic anime styles tend to show eyelids, while more simplified anime styles do not. Draw the brows slightly wider than the eyes.
Drawing a Male Anime Eye Step by Step
How to draw an anime male eye in detail: Draw each step for each eye before moving on to the next; if drawing both eyes at the same time, draw them side by side rather than head-to-toe.
Step 1 – Shape of The Eye
Male characters’ eyes in anime and other media are typically narrower than female characters’ eyes. Draw the overall shape of an anime male character’s eye – the outline will be the eyelashes, or outer layer of the eyeball, as it’s called an eyelid.
Step 2 – Iris
The pupils in anime are frequently drawn as ovals, though they can also be drawn round like real eyes; in this case, much of the pupil is obscured by the eyelids, so the iris on the male’s eye is not visible.
Step 3 – Pupil
Draw the pupil in the shape of the iris, but smaller and narrower, to resemble the pupil of an anime male eye.
Step 4 – Shadow
If you don’t want it to be too light or too dark, mark it with an eraser and shade it later.
Step 5 – Combined Pupil & Shadow Shape
Because they can be shaded in with the same color to make it easier to see, you can treat the pupil and the top shadow/reflection as one shape.
Step 6 – Main Reflection
The shape of the reflection will vary depending on the light source (the sun or indoor lighting), but you can generally draw a round or oval shape. The main reflection of the main light source may also vary depending on the lighting conditions.
Step 7 – Secondary Reflection
The light emitted by the main light source (for example, the sun reflecting off a shiny surface) is usually the source of secondary reflection in the eye.
Step 8 – Pupil Shape
The pupil will be indicated by a darker line; the rest will be guidelines that will fade away when shaded.
Step 9 – Shading & Color
Use the same color for the pupil and shadow as in the image below, and keep the reflections white unless the light source is a specific color (for example, a red sunrise). The eye can also be made up of two colors, such as green and blue.
If you want to draw different styles of male anime eyes, simply tweak the shape or leave out certain steps/parts of the eye for more simplified styles. For examples of different styles, see: Different Style Male Anime.
How do you draw good anime eyes?
Step-by-Step Instructions for Making an Anime Eye
- Outline the outside of the eyes, the eyelid, and the iris in perspective.
- Fill in the iris with the purple shade A020, darkening the upper part slightly.
- Reinforce the pupil and create a gradient on the iris with Dark Purple A088.
How do you draw a boy?
- Draw a large U shape on top.
- Add a cap of hair on top.
- Draw the face and hair details.
- Continue with the neck and shirt.
- Add shorts below.
- Draw legs and feet under the shorts.
- Add simple arms.
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.
Why is anime called anime?
The argument usually starts here: the word “anime” (shortened from “animshon”) is the Japanese pronunciation of the word “animation,” and it is frequently used in Japan as a blanket term for all animated content, regardless of origin.
How do you make anime art?
A Beginner’s Guide to Anime Drawing
- Make light line drawings first.
- Use construction lines as a guide.
- Plan out your drawing.