The eyes are the window to the soul they say. They can also feel like a challenge to draw. We want to make it easier for you. Today’s post will teach you how to draw cartoon eyes. We’ve pulled out a step-by-step demonstration of how to draw cartoon eyes from Drawing Cartoon Faces by Harry Hamernik and 8fish.
Once you’ve got the basic instruction down for how to draw your cartoon eyes, you can move on to adding some variety. Change the shape of the eye, add lashes, exaggerate the features and add color. There are tons of possibilities for creating a unique look for your character.
Begin with the eyebrows, minding the distance between them.
Draw the eye shape. Look at the shape first if you’re using a reference photo. Find the anchor and pivot points. Draw one eye then the other. Try to keep them symmetrical.
Continue with the eyelids for both, curving the eyelid line around the shape you drew for the eye. Notice how you aren’t bouncing back and forth? Draw one thing at a time.
Add the highlights, pupil and iris. You can make the pupil a medium size for a regular resting expression.
Finish off with eyelashes and lower eyelids if necessary.
Vary the Shape and Add Lashes
This variation shows manly, square eyes. Adding lashes can help shift the eyes from manly to feminine.
The Iris and Expression
How much of the iris you show has a lot to do with the expression of the eyes. A larger iris will also make your subject look younger. Curved lines for the eyes look more feminine. Angular lines look more masculine.
Eye Color Characteristics
Each eye color should be drawn with different highlights, pupils and irises. Study the chart and look closely at the differences among the highlights and pupil sizes. Blue eyes are drawn differently than brown eyes. Practice by drawing them ten times each. This is very important when your sketches will not be in color. You should still see the details and signature differences even if it’s in black and white.
Make sure to grab your copy of Drawing Cartoon Faces to learn more about how to draw cartoon eyes, faces, expressions and more! Over 200 pages of cartoon content can be found in this book.
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