March 2016

How to draw eyes from the side – 10 steps

drawing eyes from the side step 10In my last tutorial I mentioned that I would make a detailed post on drawing eyes from the side. I said that I would post it in a few days… However, I didn’t expect it to take more than two weeks! This is what happens when I procrastinate. But hey, I did manage to pump out two tutorials this month :) Not bad eh? If you landed on this page first, you may want to check out my previous tutorial on drawing faces from the side.

Tools I used:
Derwent Graphic Pencils – HB, 4B, 6B (H optional)
0.5mm Mechanical Pencils – HB and 4B
Blending Stump
Canson Sketch Paper (I really need to get myself more bristol paper. This sketch paper was quite difficult to work with)
Prismacolor Kneaded Eraser

 

Step 1: Draw an eyeball shape

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Use your HB pencil to draw a circle with a small bump (cornea) on one side.

Step 2: Draw a triangle

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Starting from roughly the center of the eyeball, draw an obtuse triangle. Make sure the cornea fits inside this triangle.

Step 3: Add iris and pupil outlines

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Draw a curved line to connect the top and bottom parts of the cornea to form the iris. Add a thin oval inside the iris to form the pupil.

Step 4: Draw the eyelids

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Erase everything outside of the triangle as well as the triangle’s right side. Give the remaining sides of the triangle a more natural contour. Then draw the upper and lower eyelids.

 

Step 5: Add a highlight/reflection

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Using your HB mechanical pencil, draw an outline of the glare in the eyeball. This can be any shape and size you want. Keep this area as clean as possible.

 

Step 6: Shade the pupil

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Shade the pupil using a 6B pencil.

 

Step 7: Draw spokes

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Use a dirty blending stump to shade the iris, making sure not to smudge the pupil. Grab your HB mechanical pencil to draw spokes in the iris. Start from the center of the pupil and work your way out so the starting point of each ray remains consistent.

You can curve the base of each spoke to add more depth.

Go over some of your spokes again with a 4B mechanical pencil, draw a wave-like pattern around the pupil, and/or add small slits randomly in between some of the spokes.

Step 8: Shade

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Use a blunt HB pencil to shade the white area of the eyeball. Depending on where your light source is coming from, you can draw some cast shadows from the upper or lower eyelids. You can add some subtle veins using a sharp H pencil. Then, soften your shading with a tissue.

Use a 4B pencil to shade the upper and/or lower parts of the iris to add more depth.

Follow up by using a blunt HB pencil to shade the skin around the eye in light circular motions. Use a tissue to blend the skin. When shading around the cornea, use a mechanical pencil to keep your drawing as sharp as possible.

You can make the fold of the upper eyelid deeper by going over it with a 6B pencil.

Click here to learn how to shade!

Step 9: Add the eyelashes

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Use your sharpened 6B pencil to draw the eyelashes starting from the root of each hair. Press and flick your strokes to make the roots thick and the ends nice and thin. You may need to sharpen your pencil every 2 or 3 lashes. For lashes that are close to the corner of the eye, use an HB pencil to draw them in lightly.

Click here for an in depth tutorial on how to draw eyelashes

 

Step 10: Fill in the eyebrows

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Draw the eyebrow using a mechanical HB pencil and a lighter flicking motion. Follow along the brow bone and arc the eyebrow around the eye. Avoid pressing too hard at the beginning of your strokes to keep the root of each hair fairly thin. Lighten your strokes as you approach the eyebrow’s tail.

For a more detailed tutorial on how to draw eyebrows, click here.

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Want more? Click here to learn how to draw an eye from the front!

 

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How to draw a face from the side – 10 steps

how to draw a face from the side thumbnail 324x235Hey Guys! I’m back with a new tutorial as a followup to the last one: how to draw a face from the front. This tutorial is very similar to the last one because it uses the same ruler ‘a,b,c, center line, 1,2,3’. If you followed my last tutorial, this one should be easy for you to pick up.

This tutorial requires a bit of measuring, so bear with me!

Sorry in advance if the image quality is not up to par. I just moved back to Canada from a one year trip in Japan and couldn’t bring my scanner with me. So I scanned these images with my phone. I did my best to make everything clear, so I hope you guys enjoy the tutorial!

NEW: How to Draw Female Face (Side View)

Tools:

 

Step 1: Start with an Oval

RFA draw a face side view step 1

Draw an oval and place a horizontal line below it that is a little bit less than one oval down. Then draw a vertical line down the middle.

Step 2: Draw a Ruler

RFA draw faces from side view step 2On the side, draw a ruler the same length as your drawing and divide the ruler into eight equal spaces starting in the center. Make sure the spaces are as equal as possible! Use a straight edge to extend these markings over your drawing without pressing too hard.

You can also create these lines without the ruler on the side, but I recommend using it at least the first 2 or 3 times you practice drawing a face from the side.

Step 3: Add the Ear

RFA draw face from the side view step 3 earDraw an ear on the left side of the head between line C and line 2. Click here for a detailed tutorial on how to draw ears.

Step 4: Face Outline

draw side face step 4 face and jawDraw a straight line down the front of the face (let’s call this the face line). Stop at line 2 and slant inwards the rest of the way down. Connect the ear to the chin to complete the jaw.

Step 5: Second Ruler

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Make a horizontal line at the bottom of your drawing spanning from the middle of the head to the front of the face. Divide the line into 6 sections.

You can forget about this ruler for now. We’ll come back to it later.

Step 6: Define Brow Bone

RFA drawing faces from side Step 6 brow boneDraw a shallow ‘c’ shape where the Center Line and Face Line intersect. Shape the brow bone, working your way up to the forehead and merge the line back into the oval.

Step 7: Draw the Nose

RFA draw face from the side Step 7 noseDraw two small circles: one on the face line between lines 1 and 2 and another circle to the right of that.

Click here for a detailed tutorial on drawing noses from the side.

Step 8: Lips and Chin

RFA draw face from the side step 8 lipsLine your straight edge or ruler up to the marking labelled ‘H’ and draw a straight line through the face.

Draw the top lip under line 2. Now that we have one lip drawn, it’s time to draw the mouth’s corner. Place a small tick on line H.

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Draw the bottom lip above line 3. Underbite or overbite?? Your choice!

Followup with the jaw and chin. Keep in mind that they do not need to follow along the underlayer created in step 4.

Step 9: Eye and Eyebrow

 

11-RFA-how-to-draw-a-face-from-the-side-step-11-eyeDraw a line from the marking labelled ‘G’ all the way up through the head.

To draw an eye, create a triangle between lines G and H on the Center Line.

Click here for a detailed tutorial on how to draw an eye from the side! If you want to apply the method in the link, create another vertical line shooting up from the tick labelled F and draw your circle (eyeball) between F and H on the Center Line.

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Draw the eyebrow below line C.

Step 10: Back of the Head, Neck and Hair

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Draw the top and back of the head by following along the oval and taking a plunge all the way down, creating the back of the neck. When you draw the front part of the neck, try not to go too far left past the middle of the head.

Draw a regular hairline on the forehead between lines A and B or a receding hairline above line A.

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Add some finishing touches.. and you’re all set! Practice this a few more times and when you’re comfortable, try drawing without the two rulers on the side and bottom of your drawing!

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To learn how to draw short hair and shade it realistically, click here!

Other face drawing tutorials:

How to Shade a Face

NEW: How to Draw Female Face (Side View)

NEW: Draw Female Faces from the Front

 

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Part 1: Drawing Faces from the Front View

Part 3: Drawing Faces from the 3/4 View

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