How to Draw Eyes

Skill Level : 2 Intermediate

Medium : Pencil Drawing

Subject : Portraits

Tutor : Nolan Clark

Class Length : 2 hours 9 minutes

Avg Rating :

Silver Level or Higher Class

Class Description

In this class we will learn:

1) How to draw eyes
2) How to draw eyebrows
3) How to draw natural looking eyelashes
4) How to make the eyes look alive
5) and much more..

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An absolute first class tutorial on drawing the eye!

Loretta Hulley

very good!

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Class Tutorial


Begin by lightly drawing from or tracing the basic template for the eye. You can make your layout as large as you like to make it easier to work on, but take time to get the layout correct. Note differing shapes of upper and lower lids.

Iris and Pupil

In a full face portrait the iris and pupils are perfectly round, though the top of the iris is usually cut by the upper lid. Lightly shade the iris then lay in the pupil, which will be the darkest point on the portrait. This will enable you to judge the depth of shading for the iris.


Use the kneadable eraser to lift the highlights and then make adjustments by carefully shading the highlight edges from light to dark. Don’t forget the direction from which the light is coming.


The ball of an eye is not white, so very light shading is needed here. Pay attention to the shadows made by the overhanging brow.

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Eyelashes are not always single, but some are in clumps. They are shorter on the bottom eyelid and much longer for the top, but watch the direction and foreshortening for both. Adjust shading under the top eyelashes.


Now put light shading around the eye as well as the highlights to the top and bottom eyelids and brow.


Like eyelashes, eyebrow hairs lie in several directions and can be light or dark so flick them in carefully. Shade lightly around them, not forgetting the highlights.

Final Step

Make adjustments to shading to pull it all together.


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