How to Draw an Eye – Step by Step

How to Draw an Eye – Step by Step

Hey guys, this is Stan Prokopenko, welcome
to another episode of Proko! In this episode I will show you step by step,
how I draw an eye. I recommend you watch my previous video in
which I cover the structure of each individual part of the eye. So, every drawing starts with a layin. This phase is usually linear and is focused
on proportions and shape design. You want to make sure the the major shapes
are the right size and in the right place BEFORE you start adding details. Most of the time, my layin process involves
starting with the biggest shapes and then breaking it up into smaller and smaller shapes. Start with the angles of the eye brow, side
of the nose to bottom of the lid and back around to the side of the socket. I like to group the lids, sclera and iris
into one shape at first. I feel that it’s easier to get this shape
accurately placed inside the socket, instead of drawing all the pieces individually. I make sure to observe all the angles of the
plane changes. Then, I can break down this group into it’s
smaller pieces. When you’re drawing the lids, make sure you
include the bottom plane of the top lid and top plane of the bottom lid. This will show the thickness of the lids. This eye is looking directly at us, so it
will be a perfect circle. Usually the top lid will cover more of the
iris than the bottom lid. Don’t forget about the thickness of the eyebrow
and make sure the distance from the brow to the top lid is correct. Step 2 The 2 value stage is very important. Most people want to jump ahead and start rendering
details. If you’re advanced, you can do whatever you
want, otherwise, I suggest simplifying the process. The 2 value stage involves separating the
areas that are directly lit from areas that are in shadow. To clarify, halftones are considered part
of the lights, and reflected light is considered part of the shadow. If this terminology isn’t familiar to you,
I’ll try to get a video on that later. For now, you can take a look at my blog post. I’ve added a link to it in the description
box below. So, I’m observing the light pattern and trying
to design those shapes. This stage should look clean and graphic. You should only have 1 value for the lights
and 1 value for the shadows. My shadow value is usually around a 4 on the
value scale. Number 3 Now I’ll put in the darkest areas of the drawing. I do this to establish my value range. Meaning, I have the darkest and lightest values
in my drawing. You’ll typically find the dark accents in
core shadows, deep creases, like on the top lid, and areas that have a darker local value,
like the hair of the eyebrow. After putting in the dark accents, you should start
to see the reflected light in your drawing. Notice that I didn’t erase the reflected lights
to make them lighter, I just darkened around them. Step 4 At this point, I switch to the lit areas of
the drawing and I focus on the gradations and plane changes to make the forms read a
little bit more 3-dimensionally. If you find the highlights, then you’ll know
that everything around them just needs to be a little bit darker as the planes turn
away from the light source. And Step 5 Finally, I’ll go through the whole drawing
one more time and clean up anything that I think can make the forms read better. I’ll sharpen some edges, clean up shapes,
and maybe add some more details. So, for example I want to sharpen this cast
shadow from the top lid and make sure that it’s shape wraps around the eyeball. I’ll add some fuzzy eyelashes.. and I’m almost
done here. Ok, I’ll call this one finished! And I’m going to be giving away this drawing
and the drawing I did in the previous video If you want a chance to win, just find my
facebook page and reshare the post to this video or the first eye video, or both! I’ll pick the winner on September 28th. hey by the way if you want me to use your photo in
one of these videos and you haven’t sent one in yet, you still have time! I still have to do tutorials on the nose,
lips, ears and hair. So, keep those photos coming! The main things I request is a good balance
of light and shadows, so please don’t use a flash. And since I’m publishing these videos in HD,
of course the higher the resolution the better. Thanks a lot guys! I really appreciate everyone who has already

Dereck Turner

100 thoughts on “How to Draw an Eye – Step by Step

  1. Murdoc Saints says:

    I hope I can submit before the deadline.

  2. Habibozorus says:

    Why does I thinks the eye doesn't look at me? you've said it would look at me. I shall not be ignored!

  3. TheMoonPrincess2 says:

    How do you make your shadows and gradations look so smooth and pleasing to the eye? Mine end up looking either too rugged or too undefined

  4. Verena Youssef says:

    Your vedios are really helpful ๐Ÿ‘Œ

  5. Kedar Khadilkar says:

    What a great talent!!!!!!!

  6. Kedar Khadilkar says:

    How to draw memory drawing proportions

  7. diane dreyfus says:

    Simply wonderful series..thanks๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡น

  8. Jakob Gjert says:

    Really good viedo!

  9. Ege Yฤฑlmaz says:

    what pencil do you use

  10. C G says:

    GRACIAS ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ’Ÿ๐Ÿ‘

  11. Tristan Crawford says:

    Please tell me i wasn't the only one really confused with what was going on. Actually got really angry I couldn't follow along

  12. Kemal Prasadhya 0.2 says:

    I heard " how i draw an i " ๐Ÿ˜‚

  13. Roman Lenjo says:

    Informative and amazing.

  14. bashar ahmed says:

    Thank you so much good save you

  15. Mรผge Attar says:

    king Stan

  16. luis rendon says:

    Why your titles are in spanish ? ๐Ÿค”

  17. Anna Volkova says:

    Best drawing lessons ever!! So clean and easy!

  18. David Pascual says:

    Thankyou Mr Proko ๐Ÿ™‚ it helped me alot!

  19. Mike Grizzle says:

    I can't seem to figure out how to make 2 eyes look correct on the face when the head is turned (as in 3/4 view). Any tips?

  20. Roxana Munteanu says:

    You are looks so easy, how you explain, hope u are still doing it. Can wait to start practising i am going home right now and buy some pencils.Yeeeyy

  21. Koushik Dey says:

    what type of pencil did u used?..

  22. Amazing Arts says:

    brilliant teacher!

  23. call it a day says:

    Can you demonstrate how to draw female and male body?

  24. MrVangassen says:

    This eye is not looking directly at us. Just saying.

  25. Sia Msv says:

    Thank u so much โค๏ธ

  26. Ysis says:

    thanks proko! you're the best ๐Ÿ™‚

  27. Taylor Schad says:

    Me: ugh I used up my whole eraser
    Proko: What is an eraser

  28. Darlene Canterbury says:

    Ur so talented! Do u do portraits? I'd love to find someone to do my dad we lost to prostate cancer I cant think of a better gift for my mom and family.

  29. Noneyalls Biddness says:

    Your videos are amazing. Thank you for posting them. Why did that look like there were two top eye lids?

  30. Nguyen Duc says:

    i hate your video
    you draw too fast that i can learn nothing from it
    i just want your video better

  31. anzatzi says:

    Awesome movement in your shadows seems to come from your hand position on the pencil.
    I try to draw like that but have no control. Great video

  32. ๋ฌธ์ฑ„์ด says:

    ์‹ ๊ธฐํ•ด์š”! ์„ ์ƒ๋‹˜ ์˜์ƒ ๋ณผ ๋•Œ ๋งˆ๋‹ค ๋„‰ ๋†“๊ณ  ๋ณด๋Š”๊ฑฐ ๊ฐ™์•„์š”. ์„ค๋ช…๋„ ๊ฐ„๋‹จํ•˜๊ณ  ์žฌ๋ฐŒ๋‹ฌ๊นŒ…

  33. Claire Gunn says:

    I have just learnt so much from your tutorials. I watched my drawing go from mmm…something's wrong but I don't know what it is, to oh my gosh I cant believe a I just drew a perfectly real eye!

  34. Degh says:

    awesome video man i finally learned how to draw an eye thx

  35. Fynn Ferdinands says:

    This helped me so much!!!

  36. different vedant says:


  37. Halima 's says:

    ูˆุฑุจูŠ ุงู†ูŠ ุถุจุทู‡ุง ุจุดูƒูƒู„ ุฑู‡ูŠูŠุจ ..ู…ุจุณูˆุทุฉ ู…ู† ู†ูุณูŠ ูƒุซูŠูŠุฑโค

  38. anngelyne low says:

    actually workeddd !!

  39. reema alshathri says:

    Whatโ€™s your pencil?

  40. Mint HOPE0918 says:

    This helped me a lot! Thank you~

  41. ChipsGaming57 says:

    Alguien que hable espaรฑol por acรก?

  42. Jacob Blaze says:

    Can you do a video about how to draw hands and fingers?

  43. Edith GGRS says:

    What a great talent as an artist and a teacher! thank you for sharing..

  44. Matthew Altomare says:


  45. mateusz janecki says:

    what pencils are those?

  46. Bobby says:

    1:01 – 1:48

  47. A Singh says:

    God like – I need to buy the Udemy course…

  48. Shimuel Jones says:

    Check out my work..

  49. ุนุจุงุณ ุนู„ูŠ says:

    ุฃูŠู† ุงู„ุชุฑุฌู…ุฉ ุงู„ุนุฑุจูŠุฉ ๐Ÿ˜ข๐Ÿ’š

  50. Sharon TT says:

    My teacher at school makes us watch all your videos

  51. IamALeaf says:

    I've come back to this series week by week and just noticed that I've been doing one of the steps wrong,
    finally snapped into me.
    Thanks for the free content though, I love it.

  52. Russian Bot Ulf says:

    youยดve come a long way with your channel .. 2019 anyone XD ???

  53. movies tech says:

    Thanks proko

  54. Hasnat Shohag says:

    which pencil have you used here?

  55. Moh pahre says:

    Hey sir please tell me what kind and quality of pencils I should use

  56. Eduardo Manrique says:

    How did you design your signature? Itโ€™s so cool.

  57. deltoad says:

    You're good..

  58. DreamerGamers says:

    Before watching this video I was drawing just to get a feeling with lines and stuff (first time trying to draw 2d seriously, I'm learning 3d modeling atm) and my drawing has always been bad, but for some reason I noticed I'm quite comfortable working on 3D. After watching this video I know why. It is not that I can't draw lines for saving my life, I just lack anatomy knowledge and the ability to translate irl 3d objects to 2d on paper.

    I listened carefully to Proko and put an effort to make the eye as shown and… ! I can't believe I have just draw a decent eye! I'm impressed with myself. I know I can definitely improve and draw better lines and learn proportion a bit more but I'm so glad I found your channel, thank you sir.

  59. MadiTheTeenyOne says:

    I know this is an old video but hopefully you will reply, Proko.

    Is there a way that I can show you my end result

  60. Ian Dog says:

    He has a great eye for detail

  61. Maisha Patodia says:

    Andrew scott aye

  62. Bhadra Pradhan says:


  63. chandra sekkhar says:


  64. Jamille Caรฑano says:

    I can only imagine how much you have improved since 2012 omg. Wish I have started earlier too

  65. Being Yourself says:

    I have seen so many tutorials with long individual eyelashes, but most eyelashes are not curled! You barely see them from front.

  66. Mark G says:

    cool, now draw the other eye

  67. Autumn. arttttt says:

    Omg thanks so much. This helped me and is helping me sooo much!!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  68. Mezzaluna Kaasa says:

    how eye draw an I

  69. Amninder singh Pannu says:

    Like it

  70. anti says:

    Your channel is the best out there!

  71. Rephraseit says:

    My tips? When you learn. Don't focus on details. Each eye is different in details. Find commons. Like. REAL common. You'll be surprised at how simple things you ONLY need too learn.

  72. Nightingale celest says:

    oh em ji THIZ IZ BOMB thiz helped a lOt!!!!

  73. Gabriela Pacheco says:

    thank you so much!! youre a legend

  74. Sam Ross says:

    Way too fast

  75. IncrediKAD76 says:

    i did not like this at all. doesn't work for me , as a beginner

  76. Sena K says:

    God, I wish you were my teacher. Learning stuff from here is incredible too! I want to draw more eyes, does anyone use Prokoโ€™s package deals? I need to learn eyes from angles and different mimics of the eyes. Does Proko have more eyes tutorials in his packages?

  77. Ashraf Itaily says:

    ู‡ูˆ ุงู„ุนู†ูˆุงู† ุจุงู„ุนุฑุจูŠ ูˆุจูŠุชูƒู„ู… ุจุงู„ุงู†ุฌู„ูŠุฒูŠ ูˆู„ุง ุงู†ุง ุจูŠุชู‡ูŠุฃู„ูŠ.!ุŸ

  78. VatoLoco says:

    I been out of practice a while, but following this took me back to where I left off! I would say mine is about 90-95% close to yours!

  79. Jaison Jay says:

    Thank You..

  80. sourabh dancer says:

    Nice sir

  81. AltoAtic says:

    Omg this helped me big time

  82. Mae Pacis says:

    Everytime I watch your vids my mind always say:
    There's a possibility I can be a genius artist ๐Ÿ˜‚

  83. Go Q says:

    In Polish "oko" means eye ("oczy" – eyes). So this movie in polish is Proko oko ๐Ÿ˜‰

  84. alanckaye says:

    Wow thank you. Great tutorial.

  85. Bashir Ahmad says:

    It looks good when you do it but as a learner youโ€™re too fast for me on the pencil. Slow down a bit

  86. Ben Jones says:

    I need premium, Proko are you on Skillshare?

  87. ็ง‹ๆœจไผ‘NeGeX says:

    This is a better 'how to shade' tutorial

  88. beena beena says:

    Wow nice

  89. Lucky Clover says:

    We just started to learn how to draw eyes in my art school and my teacher said to watch your videos to practice more.

  90. Dominique Germoni says:

    not helpful

  91. Dominique Germoni says:

    not helpful

  92. Dominique Germoni says:

    so blurry

  93. Mai Moradel says:

    the Best ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘Œ

  94. ะะฐั‚ะฐะปัŒั ะšะฐะปัƒะณะธะฝะฐ says:


  95. CALL ME DADDIE says:

    What type of pencils are you using.
    I know you could use any pencil but I'm curious what's it called

  96. my soul says:

    ะกะฟะฐัะธะฑะพ ะทะฐ ััƒะฑั‚ะธั‚ั€ั‹! ะก ัƒะฒะฐะถะตะฝะธะตะผ, ะ ะพััะธั)

  97. WORVERIN says:

    i love your intro :))

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  99. Loki Odinson says:

    I know that this is an old video and I don't expect you to respond to me, but this video is the best! No joke, the absolute best eye step-by-step I've ever encountered. Before, my eyes were basically a circle with two smaller circles and a bad eyelid. Now it's improved 100%! thank you so much for making this! 10/10!

  100. SxturnxSistersx says:

    Is this really From 7 years ago? This is some good quality

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