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How To Draw An Eye From The Side

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Drawing An Content Male Side View Face

For a content expression draw eyebrow raised with the eye completely closed. Draw the mouth just a tiny bit wider with a bit more of a curve like a light smile.

One thing to note about drawing the eye in this type of an expression is that it will be somewhat squinted. This means that you position it slightly higher up than if it was closed in a more relaxed state.

For more on drawing closed and squinted eyes see:

How to Draw Closed, Closing & Squinted Anime Eyes

You can see how the facial features shift in a content expression when compared to the normal one in the example above.

Drawing A Upset Male Side View Face

For an upset expression draw the eyebrow in a slight upside down curve with the front end slightly raised.

Draw the eye squinted with the bottom eyebrow in reverse of its normal curve and draw the mouth with a light upside down curve as well.


You can see the positioning of the facial features for the upset expression in the example above.

How To Draw Anime Male Facial Expressions Side View

This tutorial shows how to draw anime male facial expressions and different mouth states from the side view. It provides examples of how the facial features shift based on each expression along with tips on drawing them.

This tutorial gives some quick recommendations on the proportions for drawing an anime male face. For a more detailed step by step breakdown of drawing one you may want to see:

Drawing Noses And Eyes Together

Once you learn the anatomy of the eye and how to draw it realistically, it is important to understand how to put two of them together along with other facial features like the nose. Here are some guidelines to remember:

  • The space between the eyes is one eye width.
  • Both eyes should be directly across from each other.
  • If you draw a vertical line down from the corner of the eye, it will line up with the edge of the nose.
  • Both eyes must be looking in the same direction. The pupil and iris must be the same in both.
  • Place the catch light in the same place on both eyes .

1. Create a Line Drawing

Use the grid method and a mechanical pencil to create a line drawing of a nose and eyes together. Notice how the vertical line drawn down from the corner of the eyes lines up with the edge of the nose. Place the eyes directly across from one another.

2. Apply Dark Tones, Fill in the Shadow Areas and Eyebrows

When you are sure of your accuracy, carefully remove the grid lines with a kneaded eraser. Apply the darkest tones with a pencil.

The pupils of the eyes are the darkest areas. Fill in the tones of the shadow areas and the eyebrows. The eyebrows should be shaded in as a shape first, before the hairs are applied.

3. Blend and Apply Highlights

Blend with a stump or tortillion. Very little of the paper should be left white, even in the whites of the eyes. Use a kneaded eraser for the small highlights seen in the brows and patterns within the pupils.

The Pupil Is Not On The Surface Of The Eye

Pin on Drawing Eyes

The iris is the colored circular area of the eye and takes up a large portion of the part of the eyeball visible between the eyelids. While it is commonly believed to, the pupil does not sit right on the surface of the eyeball, but is actually recessed into the iris, under the surface of the translucent cornea. This is important to remember when drawing eyes from the side. Placing the pupil underneath the outer line of the eyeball will increase the realism in your drawing.

Add Layers Below The Eye

Again, erase unnecessary gridlines.

Add a few dots on the lower rim line, so that you can still see where it should be, even after you blend the lower lid area. Dont worry about their visibility well grow eyelashes out of them later!

Fill the remaining skin with gentle strokes. Continue adding layers in the areas that need more shade. Play with some cross-hatching here o ensure better coverage change the direction of strokes in each layer by 90 degrees.


The Difference Between Good And Great

When you look at a realist drawing of an eye, the difference between jaw-dropping realism and a reasonable likeness is the attention to detail, This happens both in the observation as well as the drawing.

If you are trying to achieve a very high degree of realism, you need a very large, clear reference photograph. It will also require a great deal of patience and accuracy in drawing every tiny change in light and dark. There’s no magic trick, just very careful attention.

Step 4: Draw The Eye Shapes

Draw the inner and outer corners of each eye where the slanted line intersects with the circle. The inner corner of each eye should be deeper and darker than the outer corner or tail of the eye.

When you draw the tail crease, allow your lines to gradually become lighter instead of having a hard edge.

Finally, draw a set of curves to form the eyelids.


Putting It All Together

Now that youve learned how to draw facial features from the eyes to the mouth, its time to put everything together into a portrait. Do not do this project before you have done the proper practice work. Go back and practice all of the facial features first.

And, before moving on to this demo, be sure to practice drawing hair. I covered this topic in another post, which you can find here.

Here are some tips for drawing portraits:

  • When you want to draw facial features, start with the eyes. This helps create a connection with the viewer and starts to capture the personality of your subject.
  • When you finish the eyes, move down and finish the nose, then the mouth. This is called the triangle of features.
  • Allow the darkness of the hair to help create the lighter edge of the face. Placing tone behind the face reduces the chance of things looking outlined.
  • When drawing hair, apply your pencil strokes going in the same direction as the hair growth.
  • Always remember the five elements of shading with everything you draw.

1. Create a Line Drawing

Use the grid method and a mechanical pencil to create a line drawing of a female face. Go one box at a time and be very careful with the shapes.

2. Apply the Darks and Start Building up the Hair

When you are sure of your accuracy, carefully remove the grid lines with a kneaded eraser. Apply the darkest tones.

3. Blend and Lift

Introduce Skin Texture With Highlights

This is another step you can skip if youre creating a less realistic piece. If so, jump to step 30.

See all those tiny wrinkles in the eye corner? Its drawing with eraser time again!

I used my eraser pen for that its super thin and does a great job with lines.

First, draw some lines and spots in the eye corner, then move to the skin on the lower lid.

This texture may look complicated, but I created it by simply stroking the area in one direction first, and adding some random lines later . The goal is to create a pattern that kinda looks like skin cells a net of tiny lozenges and triangles.

While I had the eraser in my hand, I also added some highlights around the waterline and on the eyeball.


How To Draw Realistic Eyesstep 8: Refining And Finishing

Comparing the previous stage of my drawing to this one, thefirst thing that youll probably notice is how much I darkened my shadows. Onlyafter several passes of incrementally darkening my values did I feelconfident enough to create a pitch black value where the darkest dark valuesof my image are, and to sharpen certain edges.

Furthermore, I slightly defined the inner corner of the eye.Though the lacrimal caruncle and tearduct are in shadow and are not particularly clear, I created theslightest bit more definition to add some extra depth and create the illusionthat the eyeball protrudes further out than the corner of the eye.

Important Facts About The Side

  • An ellipse, drawn with the pencil, is the basis for the definition of the 3 thirds of the face and only serves for orientation â the shape has nothing to do with the final shape of the profile.
  • A circle at the height of the first third defines the approximate size of the back of the head. The position where the circle is meeting the ellipse is approximately the place for the ear and the place where her jaw ends.
  • The eyebrows are a great point of reference for starting the drawing
  • The lips are protruding – draw them in a curved way.
  • Jawline = helpful for defining the position of the ear: the jaw is oriented towards the ear until the half or the head.
  • The hair is not close-fitting to the scalp: create a bit of volume by drawing it with a slight distance to the scalp.

The Anatomy Of The Eye

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As you learn to draw eyes, it is useful to think about the anatomy of the eye.

Watch a friend’s eyes as they look from side to side. You can see that the eyeball is not a perfect sphere. The cornea bulges out in front of the iris . While the iris looks flat, reflections from the front of the eye show a curved surface. This detail is important because as the eye changes position in the socket, it makes the shape of the eyelid change slightly as well.

How you draw the eye also depends on the angle of your subject’s head.

If they are at an angle or three-quarter view and are not looking directly at you, the eyes will also be at an angle – so you are looking at them in . Because the pupil sits in the plane of the iris and is in perspective, it is an oval rather than a circle.

To put this into perspective, look at a coffee cup or even a round bangle or ring that’s handy. Hold it at an angle and notice how the circle changes into an oval as you turn it. The appearance of the eye changes in the same manner.

Correct The Contrast In The Eye

Last step before we proceed to draw the eyelids:

Look at your picture from a distance and see if it needs any fixes. Add more shadows/highlights where you think the drawing could use more contrast.

I made the shadows on the left side more prominent to increase depth on my drawing. I also added a shadow below the upper lid. If you hover over the image, you should see a photo from step 14 overlaying the current progress use that to see the changes I applied.


How To Draw Realistic Eyesstep 2: Completing The Block

Whichever way I begin my drawing, the goal is to get to thispoint.

In this image I have completed my block-in . This stage is all about proportions, and Im looking at the heightsand widths of absolutely everything!

My lines are less angular and more curved here: this happens naturally as I add more lines and specify the form, which is why it’s so important to start out with distinct angles.

A few important notes at this stage:

  • Look at the shape of the iris: Is it a perfect circle?Not at all! The iris is rarely a perfect circle. Notice the angle change at the top left, the flatter areaat the bottom, and that the visible portion of the iris iswider than it is tall. If you want realism and naturalism, these specifics are necessary.
  • Pay close attention to how much of theiris is covered by the top eyelid. Showing more or less of the iris can greatlychange the expression of the eye.

Blend Your Eye Drawing

If youve already blended your drawing throughout the tutorial or youre not interested in blending, please skip to the section on how to make the drawing pop.

Alright, before blending, we need to make sure our shading is as smooth as possible, so that means making sure there are no gaps between our strokes and that any blotchy areas are reduced to the best of our ability.


Blend one section of your eye at a time, using a clean blending stump, tissue paper, q-tip, or fine-haired paintbrush .

I like to blend from a light area into a dark area so I can avoid unwanted smear marks.

In large areas of my drawing, I wrapped a tissue around my finger and swiped gently from the lightest to the darkest area. Blend as much as you need to until the drawing becomes nice and smooth.


Be very careful when you blend around detail work like the eyelashes and eyebrows, making sure not to blur/smudge them. A pointy blending tool like a will work well for getting into tight spaces, blending precisely where you want it to. But you can also use a folded tissue paper:

As you blend, follow the direction of each eyelash, being careful not to smudge them.

If youre using a tissue and theres a tight spot you need to get into, fold your tissue paper using fewer layers, making it tighter, or you can blend the area with your sharpened pencil, basically filling in any white dots or valleys on the papers surface.


Now the corneas outline is no longer visible since it has blended into the background.

Drawing An Angry Male Side View Face

For an angry face draw the eyebrow significantly lower than normal . Draw the eye squinted with the bottom eyelid in reverse of its normal curve.

Draw the mouth similar to the open mouth example but without drawing the jaw lower down. Instead the lips should simply be pulled back revealing the teeth. You can also draw a slight hint of a sharp booth to emphasize the aggression.

You can see in the above example how the facial features tend to shift in an angry expression. Generally the more extreme the emotion the more movement of the facial features.

How To Draw Realistic Eyesstep 1: Starting The Eye Drawing

There are two ways in which I tend to begin eye drawings:

Method 1 for Starting an Eye Drawing: Working from the outside in

When working from the outside in, I start by creating anenvelope, or a general shape around the entire eye socket area. I thendivide up this general shape into smaller, more specific sections . For a more detailed tutorial on using the Envelope method tostart a drawing, check out Lesson 2 of myfree Mini-Course.

Method 2 for Starting an Eye Drawing: Working from theinside out

When working from the inside out, I begin with the innermostshape of the eye. This means that Im indicating the lines that define the part ofthe eyeball that I can see. Notice that the bottom line that I’m drawing is Line A in the image below as opposed to Line B. Line B may be more evident since it is emphasized by the eyelashes, but inconvenient to start with since I would have to leave the correct amount of room for both the eyeball and the top plane of the lower eyelid.

Looking at my initial pencil marks below, notice that Im not drawing a curved almond shape, which isthe shape normally considered to be an eye shape. Instead, Im looking forangle changes that I can indicate.

There are at least three angle changes inboth the top line and the bottom line. Indicating these, and keeping them inmind throughout my drawing, will help me represent this particular eye, and add asense of realism to my drawing. The more specific we can get, the morerealistic our drawing will seem.

Step 10: Shade The Rest Of The Eyeball

To make the reflection really pop, shade the rest of the eyeball so the only thing that remains white is the reflection.

Start by shading the inner corner of each eye using an HB pencil. This area is bumpy, soft, glossy and darker than the rest.

Once youre done, soften the edge around each iris using a blending stump or HB pencil.


Shade the rest of the white space using the contouring method. If you want a more detailed tutorial on shading eyeballs, visit this tutorial.

After shading the eyeball as light as I could, I decided to darken the face to give the drawing more contrast.

Hatching Putting Tone On A Line Drawing

We start in the darkest places. We shade the iris in the shape of its drawing, we draw the strokes in two directions: from the edge to the pupil, then from the pupil to the edge. Try to keep the glare clean. You can outline its shape in advance. light outline without pressure. If you cannot add a tone with a glare, do it without a glare, then clean with an eraser. If you overdo it somewhere, touch up with a thinly cut eraser. Note that the edges of the pupil are blurry. Do not draw them perfectly even, clear – it will look more natural. Apply the drop shadow on the iris in shape with horizontal strokes. Before applying the tone, wipe the lines with an eraser until you are barely noticeable. Check the details all the time. Add shadows over the eyelids with wide sweeping strokes in shape. Eyelashes– the most pleasant part of the drawing, they give the most expressiveness than everything else. Although drawing the eyelashes is easy, try to do it carefully. Each hair does not need to be copied, you can depict approximately, but in character.

Step 9: Draw Details In The Eye

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This is a really long step because I tried to include as much detail as possible haha. Stick with me guys!

Draw a small circle in the center of each iris. Draw a rectangle in or touching the iris. This is the reflection of light from a bright window. Curve the sides of the rectangle to make it look like the eyeball is spherical.


Use a sharp 6B pencil to shade the pupil. Try to keep your edges as clean as possible.


Around the pupil, draw a squiggly ribbon using an HB pencil.


Around concave areas, use a sharp 4B pencil to darken the ribbon to give the eye more depth.


From the center of the pupil to the ribbon, draw light spokes.


Darken spokes that fall within concave sections of the ribbon.


Very lightly, draw a second ribbon around the first one. Leave a thin space between them.


Use a dark pencil such as a 2B or 4B to darken the ring of the iris. Then use an HB pencil to shade the section between the ribbon and ring.


Grab your kneaded eraser, pinch it and dab it onto your drawing. This will create white spokes.


Use a sharp 2B pencil to make the spokes pop! You can do this by outlining them.


Use a sharp 4B pencil to add more details in between those spokes.


Grab a blending stump and carefully blend everything but the rectangle reflection. If you dont want to use a blending stump, use an H pencil to shade instead of blending.


Drawing Content Anime Eyes Side View

For content anime eyes from the side view draw them completely closed. Unlike the closed eyes in their relaxed state though you will have the bottom eyelids slightly raised. The slightly raised bottom eyelids will also cause the eyelashes to be angled slightly upwards so draw accordingly. Draw the eyebrows raised as well.

Step 5: Draw The Shape For Each Eyebrow

Use my shadow-lining technique to draw a set of eyebrows. I like to draw the eyebrows just above the circles and slightly wider than each eye. In the video, I show you a technique to make the eyebrows match as well as where to draw the arc.

Well detail the eyebrows later. Lets move on to the next step!


Make The Eye Look Wet

To make the eye look wet, we can add water along the bottom of our eyeball.

Grab your pointy solid eraser or kneaded eraser, flatten it, and erase a thin space along the eyeball, where it meets with the bottom eyelid.

If the line of water doesnt show up well, shade around it slightly. The contrast will bring it out. Or you can use a white gel pen or correction fluid to introduce a bright white value.


How To Draw A Realistic Eye From The Side

  • Start by drawing a circle with a small bump, which will serve as the cornea of the eye.
  • Draw a triangle starting from the middle of the circle going outwards to the bump, which needs to stay inside the triangle.
  • Connect the top and bottom parts of the bump to form the iris and then a small oval shape inside it for the pupil.
  • Erase the circle outside the triangle and draw the eyelids.
  • Draw an outline of a glare in front of the iris, which is going to make the eye look more realistic.
  • Fill in the pupil with black.
  • Shade the iris using a blending stump and then add the spokes, starting from the pupil outwards to the iris. You can even curve the spokes a little bit so your eye has more depth.
  • Start shading from the eye whites, to the eyelids. You can also add a few blood vessels for a more realistic look. Shade the skin around the eye as well, blending it with a tissue.
  • Fill in the eyebrows with a light flicking motion.
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    Blend For The Last Time

    Blend the skin on the forehead first. As you can see, I was a little too sloppy with my cross-hatching, and now the strokes are pretty visible. Feel free to do a better job than I did I managed to fix it later with a brush but why go to so much trouble.

    Next, blend the eyebrow so that its smooth but still has some texture. Thats a trick I use to create enough thickness without having to draw every single hair.

    If youre drawing a thinner or brighter eyebrow, your blending should be more gentle than the one I did on my eye drawing.


    Identifying And Drawing The Contours Of The Eye

    We’ll start this drawing in the same way that we began the last. We’ll first evaluate the contour lines or outlines of the eye. We’ll look closely and study the angles and curvature of each of the lines that should be included.

    We’ll also look for spacial relationships between the “whites” of the eyes, the pupil, and the eyelids. By making comparisons, we can be more accurate with our initial marks.

    Step 3 Shading The Eyelids

    Before starting this step, make sure you draw in the right direction when shading the eyelids. If you were using a blending stump, this would not matter so much, but because were not using one here, the direction of your stroke will affect the texture of the drawing.

    Now, for the first layer, I went in with the 2B pencil right away. On the top eyelid, the darkest parts are under the fold and on the sides. The center is generally the part that is highlighted. On the bottom eyelid, the sides have the darkest shadows, especially under the tear duct, but they still wont be as dark as the shadows on the top eyelid.

    Remember to leave the part around the tear duct almost white. Shade the thick edge of the eyelids a bit, but dont make them too dark. Once youve done this, you can add the first layer to the rest of the eyelids, under the eyebrow and under the eye.

    With the 4B pencil, darken all the shadows on the top eyelid. Under the eyebrow and closer to the nose are the areas with the darkest shadows, although this can vary depending on the light source, so pay attention when drawing other eyes. The part of the top eyelid farthest from the nose and under the eyebrow is the lightest part.

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