How to Draw Eyes - ROUND



The eyes are the windows to the soul? Why, yes! That's right! The eyes are one of the most important features of a character - they show different personalities and expressions. However, we should begin with the most simple type; so, today we will look at how to draw simple large round eyes!

There is no right or wrong way to draw manga eyes - some artists draw with less details and some with more. Large and round eyes are normally associated with young, cute or gentle type characters.

STEP 1: Outline - Shape and Size

First we start with the top line - this line determines the shape of the eye. Draw the lines curved downward as it reach the outer side.To create those large and child-like eyes, be sure to make the outer corner round. Once you have gotten the shape that you want, draw the line at the bottom - this line determine the size of the eyes. However, you should make sure that the tips of the top lines matches up with the tip of the bottom lines (refer to BLUE arrows in the diagram below). The lower lines are usually shorter and thinner than the upper line.

The BLUE arrows show the shape as determined by the top line - you can see that there is a clear roundness to the overall shape of the eyes. I also make sure that the top line is thicker than the bottom. There are artists who do not mind this particular detail too much and draw the upper and lower lines with the same thickness.

NOTE: Personally, I like to draw with more sharp flaring lines at the inner and outer corner as indicated by the GREEN arrows. You can also draw then without the flare - many Shonen Jump draw the eyes without the flares at the outer corner of the eyes, but instead, use smooth lines to complete the rounded corner.

STEP 2: Iris - Direction and Size

Next, draw the iris - we will draw normal human iris here. The iris is usually circular or oval-shaped. The eyes drawn here are looking off to the side, which is why you can see more gap on the left side of each eyes. When you are drawing eyes that are looking straight forward. the gap should be the same. Additionally, you will want to make sure that the gap under the iris are identical, otherwise the eyes will look uneven.

NOTE: There are artist who draw the iris slightly angularly; however, they will still have an overall roundness to them.

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STEP 3: Iris - Color and Style

Now, we add the detail inside the iris. You can see that there are a few different ways to detail the inside of the eyes. This depends on the colors and design inside the eyes. If the eye color is light, it is best to use ones with less black ink or screentones. For the next step, I will go with a normal human pupil (top left).

My main media is ink, whiteout and screentone most of the time.

You can use the link below to download and print a blank eye template, for practicing the iris details!

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STEP 4: Crease and Brows

 Does the character have double eyelids (crease above the usual eyelids)? If yes, add a thin line above each eyes - personally I tend to use "Y-shape" lines because I think that they give the eyes more depth, but there are also times where I use single stroke lines. Be careful with the height this crease line as the higher it goes, the more sleepy or unamused they will look as seen in the diagram above! So be careful! The types of folds here can be change as you pleased; for example, the crease line can be steep or relatively flat.

NOTE: The crease should change with the shape of the upper eyelids - if the eyelids are straight and flat, the crease lines tends to become flatter too.

Next, we can add the eyebrows here too. Here, we will use normal and unexpressive eyebrow. You will have to choose the thickness of the eyebrows. Thin eyebrows are usually associated with youthfulness or femininity, while thicker eyebrows are more masculine, active or head strong. 

STEP 5: Lashes - Male or Female?

Now there are two ways that this can go, with or without lashes. Having lashes does NOT always mean that the character is female - some feminine male characters have lashes, too, and sometimes female characters are drawn without any lashes at all! On The left side has no lashes; however, because of the round and downward-sloping shape of the eyes, this pair of lashes-less eyes works as female eyes too.

On the right, we have a pair of eyes that are clearly very feminine. But as mentioned before, eyelashes can be for boys, too! That's right, the pretty boys! As you can see, I the PURPLE and ORANGE lines indicated the directions of the lashes - the PURPLE lashes curve upward, while the ORANGE lashes curve down. 

Since there are many ways to draw the lashes, I have drawn two additional style of (lower) lashes for you. 

LASHES A - Start from the same point and flare outward. 

LASHES B - Start from different points and come together (I am using this one in the sample drawing). 

Feel free to experiment with lashes because it can make your character's eyes dynamic.

STEP 6: Depth - Shading

This step is pretty much optional. Some artists do not like to use so much screentone because they want to keep their art simple, clear and clean with lots of black and white spaces (and of course, screen tones are expensive!!) But using screentone around the eyes can create various effects! In the example, I have added screentone and other shading to indicate areas which will require shading when strong light is flashed against the character's face. But if you have seen MU Days, I don't do this to every close ups (it'll simply take too long! haha! shh... don't tell anyone). 


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