For those of you out there who are interested in drawing fictional portraits or faces but have trouble drawing realistic female eyes, here's a quick guide.
Step 1. Draw a slightly curved line
This will be the upper eye line.
Step 2. Draw one more line underneath with a more concave curve
This will be the lower eye line and the line should connect at an angle to the first line. That is the outer corner of the eye. The lines on the inside of the corners should be slightly apart.
Step 3. Add another curved line as the upper part of the eyelid
Step 4. Draw an eye circle consisting of the iris (outer circle) and pupil (dark part in the middle)
Pay attention to the details: the iris is not fully visible because it is partially covered by the eyelid, this will create depth.
Step 5. Draw the eyelashes
Remember, you have to draw it on the outer edge on both eyelids with more eyelashes on the lower lid than the upper lid. Leave the same distance between each lash and make it form a more or less equal arch. The upper lashes should be longer than the lower ones.
Step 6. Draw a base line for the eyebrows
The line starts at the point before the inner corner of the eye and ends at the end of the outer corner. Make the curve according to taste. More curved corners will make the eyes appear more open, but also give an unoriginal cosmetic look. So try to create a balanced eyebrow (unless you're drawing a fairy which requires sharp drawing angles).
Step 7. Add two circles, one on the iris and one on the pupil-to get the reflected light effect
The position of the circles can be close or far apart, it's up to you.
Step 8. Add a short curved line at the bottom left corner of the eye
This will be the nose line.
Step 9. Now fill in the eyebrows with short, slightly curved lines to make them look like real hair
The closer to the outer edge, the thinner the line should be. (Unfortunately, on this image it looks ugly, x.x). Color the pupil and iris and leave the two circles that are the reflection of the light white. The upper part of the iris will appear darker because it is covered by shadows from the upper eyelid.
Step 10. If you want to make the eyes look like they've been put on makeup, just color the lids (eyeshadow effect) and darken the corners under the eyelashes (eyeliner effect)
- Pay attention to the proportions: on the face, the distance between the eyes is equal to the length of the eyes. The vertical length of the face is equal to three times the length of the nose. The ears should be in line with the nose. The length of one eye is equal to the length of the lips.
- These are just the basic steps. Unleash your creativity in the image according to taste.
- If you want the eyes to appear mascara, the closer they are to the outer corners, the thicker the lashes should be.