DOs & DON’Ts: How to Draw Realistic Eyes Easy Step by Step | Art Drawing Tutorial

DOs & DON’Ts: How to Draw Realistic Eyes Easy Step by Step | Art Drawing Tutorial

Is this how you draw eyes but you want to improve your drawings? Girl or boy, I got you. Hello guys, welcome back to my channel! I don’t know about you guys, but drawing eyes was one of my favourite things to do I don’t really know why but it was just so interesting and fascinating Eyes are just so pretty and fun to draw Today, I decided I will show you some dos and don’ts “dos and don’ts” sounds really weird when it comes to drawing eyes, so you can improve your drawings There are tons of ways how you can draw eyes, this is just one of the ways Let’s start with the way you would usually draw an eye You would create an oval shape, kinda like this draw the iris and the pupil and maybe add some details to the iris as well It’s a good start but in reality, our eyes don’t look like that if you look closely so, what you can do is draw a line and then start drawing another line that gets higher kinda like a hill and then slowly move the line downwards when you move the line downwards, it shouldn’t be too steep the line should end more gradually Next, you want to draw the front part of the eye below the guideline we just created by continuing the line and by making a curve backwards Now continue drawing the line slightly downwards to create a similar line as on top, just mirrored this time, the lower part of the eye should be slightly wider than the top area Add the guideline for the inner corner of the eye and then we can move on to creating the actual eye shape Since here, the eye will look to the front, create a cross at the highest point of the eye shape Now you can draw the pupil around the centre we just created Don’t forget that there is also a waterline that we need to draw Make the space between the lines not too wide What a lot of people tend to forget when they draw eyes as well is that our iris is actually not completely visible the eyelid actually covers a part of it Now we can also draw the eye crease that goes above the eyeball like that Make the space slightly smaller in the front, but remember that eyes are not perfect so the crease doesn’t have to have a perfect shape Remove the guidelines and we can move on to shading and adding more details to the eye Take a softer pencil and line out the iris and then draw lines all the way around the pupil like that move the pencil very softly over the paper, so the lines are very thin don’t worry about making perfect straight lines, by the way this is just the base layer Depending on where the light will fall onto the eye, add a small light reflection Here, I decided to add it to the right side and make it into this shape that kind of looks like a piece of a donut sometimes, people draw just a small circle like that but it’s not always correct either you always need to consider the curve of the eyeball and where the lights come from and how much of the reflection you can see There are so many different ways how you can do it, and drawing reflections is actually very fun Next, colour in the pupil by using a soft pencil you want to make the circle as dark as possible now we can move on to adding more details to the iris Draw more lines inside by using a softer pencil and by pressing it down even more but this time, make them randomly add them starting from the pupil and from the outer edge of the iris to add a variety of longer and shorter lines all around the iris Next, you want to add more dark areas and shadows below the eyelid and along the edge of the iris Make sure the shadow blends softly into the rest of the iris you only want to darken the top area Draw along the edge to make a line darker, but at the same time you want to add more lines that are facing towards the pupil it sounds really complicated when I try to explain it, so I hope the video will help you to understand what I mean Now, with a softer pencil we can make the areas even darker by pressing down the pencil even more Make the shadow below the eyelid darker and the lines in the iris by creating more lines that same way as you did before If you discover that something looks off while you draw, you can always fix it. I found that something looked weird with the eye even though I followed every rule I know so I tried to fix it by erasing some of the upper part of the eye You can also use an eraser to add reflections to the iris I find this way, the eye looks even more realistic Now you can add even more details and more shadows to the eye What a lot of people do is, they draw the eyelashes not only the same size but also just straight and from weird places But before we can add any eyelashes, let’s add some more shadows to make the eye more three-dimensional as later, it will be more difficult First I’m going to draw over the pencil lines again using a softer pencil and also a little bit over the eye white in the inner and outer corner there are so many ways how you can add shadows to the drawing, so let me know if you want to see an extra video about that to learn more about it And now we can use a q-tip to blend everything together it’s great if you don’t have any special tools for blending and don’t want to use your fingers either if you overblend things, you can always erase the area and fix the lines Even though I wasn’t completely done with adding shadows, I moved on to the eyelashes Now, remember that eyelashes grow in a curve, have different lengths and also are thicker at the bottom start at the outer corner and add one eyelash after another as you can see, the right part looks to the right when I’m at the centre, the eyelashes go up and when I go to the left, the eyelashes look to the left they also get shorter and shorter you can also prolong the lines from the upper waterline so you see the curve over the eyeball to make the eyelashes look more realistic and now we can draw the bottom eyelashes the same way, starting from the outer edge of the waterline but this time, they should be shorter also remember that eyelashes grow in different directions so you can make a few eyelashes cross each other Now let’s focus on the eyebrows since there are so many different shapes, you can look them up on the internet and see what you prefer for your drawing so for this drawing, I used the eye shape as a guideline So I would start above the eye, somewhere around the inner corner move up where the iris ends and then move down again I kinda followed the rules of how you would pluck your eyebrows so your drawing might look a bit different In the end, I wasn’t happy with the shape and changed it up multiple times, but that’s okay that’s why we have an eraser, right? For the eyebrows, I started drawing the lines from the lower part upwards and moved along the lower line. You then go over it again and add more lines slightly above so you create more dimension So instead of just colouring the lines of the eyebrows, drawing the hair one by one makes a huge difference. Another detail you can add is the reflection of the eyelashes Simply draw a few lines into the light reflection of the eye while mirroring the eyelashes above And now you can play around with the drawing. You can add more shadows, you can add more outlines and add more highlights by erasing a few areas to make the paper white again A drawing, or even a painting, comes really to life when you create a contrast between dark and light This is how it looks now, but still, I wasn’t very happy with the result, but that was okay. Even if you follow certain tutorials and guidelines, it still can look totally different but you should remember that it’s totally okay. I wasn’t happy with the way the eyebrow looked and I thought something is wrong with the eye, so I just kept playing around with it I added more shadows to the upper lid to create kinda like a smoky eye look and I also added more shadows to the outer and inner corners of the eyes while keeping the waterline bright You can also make the circle of the iris even thicker and add more eyelashes Sometimes you don’t like the way your drawing looks but can still add things, erase things, and try again. Sometimes you just need to play around with it a little bit more and figure out what might be off And once you see an improvement, you see more clearly what else you can fix What helps me a lot is taking a picture of the drawing or the painting and then look at it on my pc or on my phone It gives you another perspective and it helps you find things you might have not noticed I also decided to add more shadows underneath the eye by using the q-tip that was already full of pencil so it looks a bit more like the person is smiling There are tons of ways how you can draw an eye sometimes you don’t even need all these details I talked about It always depends on your style, how large your drawing is, and so on i just wanted to show you a few guidelines that might help you in the future but also remind you to have fun drawing Don’t give up only because it doesn’t look awesome yet Just keep working on it, practice, so next time you already know what you can do better to improve your drawing I really hope you enjoyed this video and found it helpful Let me know in the comments down below if you would like to see a similar video but about another body part or another thing you might struggle with so I can help you out Also, don’t forget to give the video a big thumbs up if you liked it and found it helpful to support this channel. And if you’re new to this channel, don’t forget to subscribe for more arts and crafts related videos in the future Thank you so much for watching guys, have a wonderful day and I will see you next week. Bye!

Dereck Turner

100 thoughts on “DOs & DON’Ts: How to Draw Realistic Eyes Easy Step by Step | Art Drawing Tutorial

  1. makoccino says:

    👀 For everyone who asked about how to draw the other eye, I finally uploaded a video about that! Go check it out! 🙂

  2. miss kawaii says:

    Everyone: i cAnT dRaW iT
    Me: This actually worked

  3. rzep rzep says:

    no suprise with unliked number. left side sketh is a lot of better than final. pls ask yourself what is an art, what is a something wrong… ? do you really have to show other this… nooooooo!

  4. Anjali Mehra says:

    Thanku so much finally I did it

  5. Tariq Abro says:

    Your sooooo amazing it helped me a lot much thank you sooooooo much please make more such these type of videos it helped me so much❤️😊😊😊

  6. Mohammad Nassef Pangadapun says:

    Woah!it looks so real

  7. San Deep says:

    please make video about how to do shading

  8. Irene Lui says:


  9. Meemeelove6 says:


  10. Raju Singh says:

    I loved thus drawing and its realy works

  11. Zoe Battersby says:

    this was so helpful i learned alot about drawing eyes
    thankyou 🙂

  12. Khushi Acharya says:

    U r awesome!

  13. naresh rajput says:

    I am struggling with lips can you please make a video on it

  14. lulusvideos says:

    you should do an animal tutorial like a donkey or horse or something

  15. Amthest Leaf says:

    The lashes are the hardest part XD i ripped 5 pages trying to draw it

  16. Mina says:

    This helped a lot. As I practiced/doodled. I created my own way of drawing eyes. I would always draw realistic eyes now. My friends even say I have a fetish. I can't use practice as an excuse either, because, in their opinion, I'm already good at it. My eyes look very different from yours, because of my style. Thank you so much for this video, and I hope you see this! Please like it if you do! And again, THANKYOU

  17. You got hair on your screen says:

    Wow mine turned out really good that’s maybe because I could draw I been drawing for a long time

  18. Daniel Molokwu says:

    It looks so easy but is so hatd

  19. Leo Niiranen says:

    Huva vidi

  20. Kaisla Raiskio says:


  21. Aava Mikkonen says:


  22. Anil A J says:

    Tq,please tell me the materials u have used

  23. kenn menez says:

    sana all

  24. El.A says:

    Me: draws the eye like the do
    Also me: draws the eyelashes like the dont

  25. Babies World says:

    Second one was looking like a sad fish. She should work more on brow although nice tutorial

  26. Paiwand 999 says:


  27. artistry drawing academy says:

    if you like this art

    👇 make it blue

    👈 I'm an artist too, any help would be appreciated


    Je comprend

  29. KøøkiePlayz says:

    Wow this turtorial however u spell XD this “turtorial” realky helped me thanks so much! ❤️❤️❤️

  30. GAMAL YOUNIS says:

    Thank you so much 💗💗💗 now I know how to draw an eye

  31. Learn- Further says:

    you really do have preety voice ….!

  32. preeti aggarwal says:

    The best tutorial ever!!!….Thanks a ton for sharing. I tried it , looks awesome!!!!👍

  33. Ms. Nha says:

    Super talented

  34. Christopher David Amparado says:

    can you draw lips too?

  35. SALLY Tube says:

    Thanks for subtitles

  36. Rakul Preet says:


  37. Michelle says:

    woww you're an amazing drawer.. and this video helped me a lot♥😍😊

  38. Utkalini Mohanty says:

    I am practicing

  39. Khanyisile Kubheka says:

    Yes i do what to a video about ther

  40. Nipun Bandara says:

    Thanks! !!!!!!!!

  41. Sam says:

    I think Western eyes are very different from Oriental eyes. I like your teaching. Adorable.

  42. Denise Bermudez says:

    Your an artist!

  43. Rosalindo Vasquez says:

    are u using 1 pencil only??

  44. Jazmin Andujar says:

    I’m sorry I can’t get it I starting crying and getting frustrated

  45. sundip bagale says:

    Thank you Mam….It's really work plz make such types of many video….Lot's of love from Nepal….💖💖❤💙💙💙

  46. Indo says:

    Eye have no idea how you do this

  47. Jason Solomon says:

    I can't make eye lashes

  48. Janette Rondan says:

    Can you give us the pencil names or the type of pencil like 4h or something

  49. Suchismita Dash says:


  50. Susana Zeddy says:

    There’s another artist on YT whose “don’t” looks like the “do” in this video

  51. LukeZ _ says:

    OMG this helped me a lot for my drawing hobby

  52. Betty Jo Rodgers says:

    Great, fun video. More, please!

  53. mary adedire says:

    Thank you so much I will now do great on my self portrait in art class

  54. Royalty fam love them says:

    I am sad because the tumbnail i drawed my eye kind of like it

  55. Tehuu Mansuri says:

    Super…. 😘😘😘😘

  56. THULASI K.A says:

    Heyy tq SM…. I followed ur instructions there and had a successful eye shade tq so much again❤

  57. csóka Natàlia says:

    Én ezt lemàsol tam és pot ugy néz ki mita videóban

  58. Courtney Curlett says:

    Learned a lot very nice job too..👍💕 Thank you..😊

  59. michael leah says:

    twinkle twinkle little star,why is this so freaking hard?up above the
    world so high,I can't draw the other eye!twinkle twinkle little
    fudge,dammit,what the,I GIVE UP!!!!!!!!!!

  60. Amit Kumar says:

    I thought it was so hard

  61. Idk Idk says:

    I came here cause i’m tired of drawing the eyes closed .-.

  62. مہغہروٌرهہ zzz says:

    Ilove you 😍😍😍😍😍😍

  63. theunicornfam vlog says:

    I have a tip don't try to hard cause then it doesn't come out like you want just relax

  64. Vijayant Rathour paul says:

    It is very difficult to make both the eyes equal for me😕😕😟😩

  65. melena kumar says:

    I'm Germn but I live your Videos

  66. Cat on weed says:

    Mako : that's why we have an eraser .
    Me who has 10 erasers : (0_(0 0)_0)

  67. Kimberly Lobdell says:

    What offer to truck will fit to the sheet do sorry for sure I'm not goin gj her if so hgdygfddgv
    Do dggdghfd

  68. Anya UwU is me says:

    This helped me so much! The result and your words have inspired me to keep going! You earned a new subscriber! (Also the Q-tip trick really helped)

  69. Robin Maxwell says:

    It’s a good thing that the tutorial wasn’t for an eyebrow because, GIRL! I’m 10 and have almost 0 experience drawing it can draw a better eyebrow than THAT! I really don’t mean any hate but just wanted to point that out please acknowledge that I mean no offense. I love your drawings.

  70. Amelia G says:

    Why are you making a tutorial some people can I make the don't I wake I can drop better than this don't I but I can't make your eye because you're an adult and I am a kid and some kids are even can you everyday carry 100 stick figure so why you're making it so hard

  71. AnakinSkypeWalker says:

    well, I've to say that for the first time in my life I drew a decent eye, decent. Considerin that I was using just a pen and I took really few time, I'm pretty satisfied, I'll work on it for sure. Thanks really

  72. Vidhya Ghatole says:

    Very nice

  73. Ambika Subramani says:

    Left side eye you not send

  74. MrRishi200700 says:

    Thank u makoccino! This is the best drawing tutorial ever! 🙂

  75. Enter All says:

    I miss you too

  76. ely ely says:

    thank you so much it actuallu helped a lot

  77. Dance Girl says:

    If your born with good art skills, even when you try to draw something not pretty, at some point it will look pretty. A person who don’t have good art skills, (like me) I can’t even draw a good eye shape, also my hand is heavy so if I draw the wrong way, I end up leaving marks of what I erase, it’s a little annoying, but it’s all part of improving

  78. mr.nonameツ. says:

    Me :okay im gonna do this
    Me : starts drawing
    Also Me : f*ck i cant even draw a line!

  79. Adrielly e amanda Cover says:


  80. Crilixo says:

    Did this also NOT work on anyone else! I was doing fabulous until well my pencil hit the page! xD LIke if Did not work and Comment if did !

  81. Nicoleta Carmen Antoneac says:

    art hmr

  82. Diksha Narain says:


  83. EKOLOJİK ersagbitkiselonline says:

    The eyelashes were the hard bit sorry…

  84. UnicornUnicorn says:

    I usually do amine style and i want to learn realism so im the best when we draw self portraits in art class

  85. Srilakshmi Srinivasareddy says:

    Thanks for the suggetion

  86. Abdulla Kkp says:


  87. Habiba Talat says:

    Thank you

  88. Kris-ann Nelson says:

    Awesome 👍👍👍

  89. iris chen says:

    it looks so easy but once you try it its soooooooooooo hard

  90. Naomi G says:

    i love yor eye video its amazing

  91. Red shadow Escabosa says:


  92. Red shadow Escabosa says:

    Realistic drawing, love it"

  93. Hazrat Ali says:

    Can u do a video where theres steps of eyes ears and mouth hair details

  94. Gabriela Sperl says:

    Wowww very good!!

  95. Art Zinnia says:

    Hey there maiko 😊 👋
    Like your videos. keep it up👍😊
    Can you support my channel?

  96. Abishaya Thayaparan says:

    Wow it works out very well.Thanks a lot. I have improved myself in drawing eyes

  97. sharmela banu says:

    Kind request: tell us what to do .. don't tell us what not to do.

  98. BTS Army says:

    Her:has art supplies
    Me:grabs chewed up Dora pencil form 2d grade

  99. Tequined Football says:

    Me have problem drawing second eye
    Sees thumbnail ,,,,,thinks solution is this

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