Why Learning How To Draw Eyes Is Vital

How To Draw Eyes | How To Draw... Pencil Portraits- A Step By Step Drawing Tutorial They say the eyes are the windows to our soul. That’s pretty heavy stuff, so learning how to draw eyes accurately is the single most important part of your pencil portrait. Period.

There have been many times when I have completed a pencil portrait, and had that niggling ‘Something-isn’t-right’ feeling, but couldn’t work out what it was. Nine times out of ten it was something relevant in the eyes; a missed glint, or a small crease line in the corner can completely alter the whole portrait so much that the pencil portrait resembles nobody I have ever seen in my life; never mind the actual photo!

For this reason, I always start my pencil portraits with the eyes. Actually, just the one eye then the nose and then the second eye.

This drawing tutorial will guide you through drawing the first eye.

How To Draw Your Subject’s Eyes

For this you will need;

  • 2B Pencil
  • Putty Rubber
  • Blending Tool
  • Shading Guide

How To Draw Eyes | How To Draw... Pencil Portraits- A Step By Step Drawing Tutorial 1.) Start by working out the right eyes (as you look at it) position. You can do this by simply counting how many squares across, and then how many squares up the page on your printout from the bottom left hand corner.

Mark your starting point very lightly on your paper.

One square at a time, and making sure you frequently reference your printout, begin drawing a light outline of the right eye. It doesn’t have to be exact at this point, just the general shape is fine.

 

How To Draw Eyes | How To Draw... Pencil Portraits- A Step By Step Drawing Tutorial 2.) Still looking at your printout frequently, use your favored pencil drawing technique to add some of the darker parts.

I would suggest around a 4 or 5 on your Shading Guide for shadows, leaving 8 or 9 for the pupil.

Don’t do too much- less is more. We will be blending this out in step 3.

 

 

How To Draw Eyes | How To Draw... Pencil Portraits- A Step By Step Drawing Tutorial 3.) Using your blending tool, and I suggest a scumbling technique, begin blending the pencil lightly.

 

 

 

 

 

How To Draw Eyes | How To Draw... Pencil Portraits- A Step By Step Drawing Tutorial 4.) Once you get here, there’s every chance you might start wondering where you have gone wrong!

Don’t. It’s fine, and just to show you I have the same kind of messy result.

Things always have to get worse before they get better, right?

 

 

How To Draw Eyes | How To Draw... Pencil Portraits- A Step By Step Drawing Tutorial 5.) Using your pencil, lightly go over your outline.

Keep referencing your printout, and try altering the shape if needed now you can see the darker areas.

 

 

 

 

How To Draw Eyes | How To Draw... Pencil Portraits- A Step By Step Drawing Tutorial 6.) Now you can see your shape more clearly, and the different shades.

 

 

 

 

 

 

How To Draw Eyes | How To Draw... Pencil Portraits- A Step By Step Drawing Tutorial7.) Add the eyelashes. Look at the shape and the way they appear on the printout, and add them with your pencil as accurately as possible.

Take your time.

 

 

 

 

How To Draw Eyes | How To Draw... Pencil Portraits- A Step By Step Drawing Tutorial 8.) Grab your blending tool again and begin spreading the pencil outwards from the eye in a scumbling technique.

Keep the blending as tight as you can.

 

 

 

 

 

How To Draw Eyes | How To Draw... Pencil Portraits- A Step By Step Drawing Tutorial 9.) Roll a small piece of your putty rubber into a fine point and add any highlights you can see.

They are common in the iris and pupil…

 

 

 

 

How To Draw Eyes | How To Draw... Pencil Portraits- A Step By Step Drawing Tutorial And around the crease lines.

 

 

 

 

 

 

How To Draw Eyes | How To Draw... Pencil Portraits- A Step By Step Drawing Tutorial 10.) And there you have your finished eye.

Feel free to tweak it as you see fit using the techniques mentioned above.

 

 

 

 

 

Before we can do the left eye, we will add the nose in Step 4.

This will keep the sketch flowing, and allow for continuity between shading.

Step 2: Positioning & Scaling Your Pencil Portrait Accurately | Go Back!How To Draw The Nose | Go To!