27 Cool Drawing Ideas of Eyes: From Realistic to Anime

Ok, so I’ve finally decided to share with you some of my cool eye-drawing ideas that any artist, from beginners to experienced artists, can draw.

Eyes are actually not too hard to draw but to draw better eyes than everyone else, you need to follow some simple tips and practice.

Some eyes will be basic and not too realistic while others can be very realistic. So pick the eye ideas that you are comfortable drawing and then pick a few harder ones so that you expand your drawing skills.

basic cartoon eye drawings by my daughter
My daughter wanted to try drawing anime and cartoon eyes.

Eye Drawing Ideas

I’m going to break my drawing ideas into a few sections, from realistic eye drawings to cartoonish eyes to abstract and then beyond.

That should cover most types of eye drawing ideas that you should need.

Realistic Eye Drawings Ideas

When I talk about realistic eye drawings, I’m going all in on how to capture the mystery of human eyes.

The first step is nailing the basic almond-shaped outline of the eye. I know not all eyes are almond shape but all eyes are a variation of them.

This might sound simple, but it sets the stage for everything else. Sketching the curved line for the upper eyelid and adding a smaller circle inside for the pupil are your keys to start.

how to draw a realistic eye step by step

Remember, keeping an eye on the position of the eyes and the eye socket can turn a good drawing into a great one.

The best way to get it right? Practice. Start with a pencil sketch, and don’t be afraid to erase and tweak.

After you’re happy, going over your sketch with an ink pen brings your drawing to life. 

Realistic Human Eye

Detailed depiction with attention to iris, pupil, and eyelashes. Best for hyper-realistic portraits. Hyper realistic eye drawings work best when drawn in a large format as you can fit in more detail.

If you try to draw a realistic eye like this on a smaller piece of paper or canvas, then it won’t have the same effect.

Hyper Realistic eye drawing using pencils

Cat Eye

Almond-shaped with a slit pupil. Perfect for fantasy creatures or animalistic characters.

drawing of a cat's eye, Almond-shaped with a slit pupil. Perfect for fantasy creatures or animalistic characters.

Gothic Eye

Dark, heavy makeup, possibly a melancholic look. Suitable for gothic-themed artworks.

drawing of a gothic eye with Dark, heavy makeup, possibly a melancholic look. Suitable for gothic-themed artworks.

Egyptian Eye

Bold, lined, with a distinctive shape echoing historical makeup styles. Ideal for historical or themed illustrations.

drawing of an egyptian eye with Bold, lined, with a distinctive shape echoing historical makeup styles. Ideal for historical or themed illustrations.

Cyber Eye

Mechanical, with elements like circuits or glowing parts. Fits cyberpunk or futuristic themes.

a cyber eye drawing with Mechanical, with elements like circuits or glowing parts. Fits cyberpunk or futuristic themes.

Horror Eye

Bloodshot, dark circles, possibly gory. Perfect for horror or thriller genres.

a drawing of a horror eye with Bloodshot, dark circles, possibly gory. Perfect for horror or thriller genres.

Elderly Eye

Wrinkled, sagging eyelids, with a soft gaze. Great for realistic elderly portraits.

drawing of an elderly persons eye with Wrinkled, sagging eyelids, with a soft gaze. Great for realistic elderly portraits.

Child’s Eye

Wide, innocent, with sparse lashes. Best for children’s book illustrations.

drawing of a child's eye with Wide, innocent, with sparse lashes. Best for children’s book illustrations.

Romantic Eye

Soft, with dreamy or teary look. Ideal for romantic scenes or characters.

a drawing of a romantic eye with Soft, with dreamy or teary look. Ideal for romantic scenes or characters.

Mystical Eye

Incorporating fantasy elements, like starry irises. Fits magical or fantasy artwork.

drawing of a mystical eye incorporating fantasy elements, like starry irises. Fits magical or fantasy artwork.

Animal Eye

Reflecting various species; textured iris. Suitable for wildlife art.

an animal eye drawing Reflecting various species; textured iris. Suitable for wildlife art.

Steampunk Eye

With mechanical parts, brass and copper tones. Great for steampunk creations.

steam punk eye drawing With mechanical parts, brass and copper tones. Great for steampunk creations.

Retro 80s Eye

Exaggerated makeup, bright colors. Great for retro and vintage styles.

drawing of retro 80s eye with Exaggerated makeup, bright colors. Great for retro and vintage styles.

Cartoon Eye Drawing Ideas

Moving on to cartoon eyes, let me tell you, these are fun to draw. Cartoon eyes are all about exaggerating facial features to show off characters’ personality.

Want to make your characters stand out? Play with different shapes and sizes. 

Cute eyesangry eyes, and surprised eyes have one thing in common – they express emotion in clear, bold ways. 

Anime eyes are a hit if you’re drawing cute characters. They tend to be larger and more expressive.

My tip? Focus on the shape of the eye and have fun with it. Sometimes, flipping the shapes in the opposite direction creates a whole new look.

Cartoon Eye

Simple, exaggerated features, often large and expressive. Suitable for various cartoon styles.

a cartoon eye drawing with Simple, exaggerated features, often large and expressive. Suitable for various cartoon styles.

Anime Eye

Large, detailed, with reflective highlights. Ideal for Japanese anime and manga.

an anime eye drawing with Large, detailed, with reflective highlights. Ideal for Japanese anime and manga.

Graffiti Eye

Bold, vibrant, often part of a larger colorful piece. Suitable for street art styles.

graffiti eye drawing with Bold, vibrant, often part of a larger colorful piece. Suitable for street art styles.

Comic Book Eye

Dynamic, with strong inking and shading. Ideal for American comic book art.

a comic book style eye with Dynamic, with strong inking and shading. Ideal for American comic book art.

Pixel Art Eye

Made of pixels, usually very small. Fits pixel art for video games.

a pixel art eye drawing Made of pixels, usually very small. Fits pixel art for video games.

Chibi Eye

Extremely large and sparkly, minimal detail. Perfect for chibi-style characters.

a chibi style eye drawing with Extremely large and sparkly, minimal detail. Perfect for chibi-style characters.

Doodle Eye

Simple, scribbly, often part of a casual sketch. Ideal for casual or playful art.

doodle eye drawing with Simple, scribbly, often part of a casual sketch. Ideal for casual or playful art.

Pop Art Eye

Bright, often with a dot grid or bold outlines. Ideal for Pop Art.

pop art eye drawing with Bright, often with a dot grid or bold outlines. Ideal for Pop Art.

Manga Eye

Detailed like anime but often more subtle. Fits manga illustrations.

manga eye drawing Detailed like anime but often more subtle. Fits manga illustrations.

Abstract Eye Drawing Ideas

Lastly, let’s chat about Abstract Eye Drawings. This is where you can let your imagination run wild. 

Abstract eyes don’t follow the rules of realistic or cartoon eyes. They play with colors, lines, and shapes in different ways.

Ever tried drawing an eye with just one straight line, or using different colors to fill in a closed shape? It’s fun and can lead to some aesthetic drawing ideas.

Abstract doesn’t mean anything goes, though. The most common mistake is losing the essence of the eye.

It’s still good to start with a simple eye shape and then twist it into something new and unique.

Use a colored pencil to add dashes of color or an ink pen for sharp lines. There’s no one and only way to draw abstract eyes, so explore and see what you end up loving.

In each style, remember the most important thing: practice makes perfect. Whether it’s easy drawings or complex ones, each sketch gets you closer to mastering those looks.

Abstract Eye

Non-literal, using shapes and colors creatively. Best for abstract art.

abstract eye drawing with Non-literal, using shapes and colors creatively. Best for abstract art.

Stylized Minimalist Eye

Few lines, no details, abstract form. Works well with minimalist art.

minimalist eye drawing with Few lines, no details, abstract form. Works well with minimalist art.

Surreal Eye

Dream-like, with impossible elements (e.g., eyes with landscapes inside). Fits surrealism.

surreal eye drawing with Dream-like, with impossible elements (e.g., eyes with landscapes inside). Fits surrealism.

Impressionist Eye

Soft edges, pencil lines and strokes visible. Fits Impressionist style paintings.

impressionist eye drawing with Soft edges, pencil lines and strokes visible. Fits Impressionist style paintings.

Watercolor Eye

Blended watercolor pencils, soft edges. Suitable for watercolor paintings.

watercolor eye drawing made with Blended watercolor pencils, soft edges. Suitable for watercolor paintings.

Tips for Drawing Eyes

different types of eye drawing ideas from cool blue to dark brown and black eyes

Drawing eyes can seem like a bit of a puzzle at first. But don’t worry, I’ve got some tips that’ll make it feel more like solving a fun riddle.

Eyes are the windows to the soul, right? So, let’s make sure your drawings have some pretty awesome windows.

Study Eye Anatomy

Okay, I know what you’re thinking. Anatomy sounds like we’re back in science class, not art. But hear me out. Learning a little bit about how human eyes and facial features work is a game-changer.

Image showing anatomy of the eye
Image from https://www.aao.org/eye-health/anatomy/parts-of-eye

The first step is knowing that the position of the eyes on the face is key. They’re usually right in the middle.

And here’s a fun fact: the space between the eyes is about the size of another eye. Pretty cool, right?

When I started drawing, I thought eyes were just almond shapes. The iris was a circle in the middle, and the pupil was another one inside that, and I was done. Wrong.

There’s more to it. The eye socket, the curved line of the eyelids, and the inner corner all play big parts. The eyelid needs to go over the iris a little; shadows and lighting make all the difference.

Knowing these can turn your simple eye drawings into something more realistic and alive.

Practice Different Styles

Once you’ve got the basics down, it’s time to explore. There’s a whole world of cool eye drawings out there – from anime eyes with their big, expressive looks to cartoon eyes that are all about being fun and, sometimes, a bit silly.

And let’s not forget about realistic eyes. They’re all about capturing those little details that make human eyes… well, human.

I love trying different shapes and seeing how it changes a character’s personality. And here’s the thing, there’s no one way to draw eyes.

Want to make cute eyes that make your characters look like they’re always having a wonderful day? Or maybe you want to try something edgy with colored pencils? Go for it.

It’s all about practice. Grab your pencil sketch or ink pen and just start drawing. I always find that a step-by-step guide is a good place to start.

They show you different ways to approach an eye drawing, step by step. And the best way to learn? By doing it over and over. Each time you’ll find out something new.

Remember, making mistakes is just another step in getting better. If the eyes end up looking a bit wonky, just try again.

Flip your drawing to see it from the opposite direction. This little trick helps me see if both eyes are matching up or if one’s going on a little adventure of its own.

And there you go. Keep these tips in mind next time you sit down to draw, and you’ll see how your drawing skills grow.

Who knows? Maybe you’ll be the one giving out tips on drawing the perfect set of anime eyes or creating that realistic eye that seems to stare right back at you.

Eye Drawing Tutorials

Eye drawings can feel like trying to solve a puzzle with a blindfold on. But don’t fret, I’ve got some tips up my sleeve that’ll have you sketching peepers like a pro in no time.

Let’s break it down into bite-sized pieces, shall we?

Step-by-Step Guide for Realistic Eyes in 4 Steps

Kicking things off, let’s chat about drawing realistic eyes. The first step in this adventure is nailing the basic almond-shaped outline of the eye.

Step 1 – Think of it as drawing the top view of an almond on your paper.

Drawing an eye Step 1 - Think of it as drawing the top view of an almond on your paper.

Step 2 – Then, draw a curved line for the eyelid.

drawing an eye Step 2 - Then, draw a curved line for the eyelid.

Step 3 – Next, let’s tackle the iris. Picture drawing a smaller circle inside your almond.

drawing an eye Step 3 - Next, let's tackle the iris. Picture drawing a smaller circle inside your almond.

This part is fun, it’s where your eye starts to develop its personality. But don’t just slap a dot in the middle for the pupil; play around with different shapes and sizes.

Don’t forget that the eye reflects light so find your light source or make it up and make sure you have a smaller circle near the pupil that is not colored as that will be your light reflection.

Step 4 – The last step involves adding those tiny details that make your drawing pop.

drawing an eye Step 4 - The last step involves adding those tiny details that make your drawing pop.

The white of the eye isn’t just a blank space; add some light gray tones to give it depth.

And remember, the position of the eyes and the shape of the eyelids can tell a story all by themselves.

Drawing Tips for Adding Expressions To Eyes

Let’s spice things up a bit with expressions. The real magic happens when you play with the eyebrows and the corners of the eyes.

Want to draw someone looking surprised? Raise those eyebrows like they’re trying to fly off the face.

drawing of a surprised eye

Angry eyes have a subtle downturn.

drawing of an angry eye

A common mistake is thinking the eyebrows don’t matter. They’re the secret sauce that can turn a meh drawing into a masterpiece.

They’re like the conductors of the face’s orchestra, setting the tone for the whole piece.

And don’t even get me started on the fun you can have with different eye shapes.

Human eyes, anime eyes, cartoon eyes – each has its unique vibe. Anime eyes are like windows to the soul, big and expressive, while cartoon eyes are more about getting a laugh or telling a story in a simple, exaggerated way.

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