So how to draw anime or manga eyes? This is one of those tasks that appears easy from afar, but as you sit down to begin the actual drawing, especially if you are a beginner, it becomes apparent that there is more to drawing the anime eye than meets the eye pun intended. Before discussing how to draw anime eyes, we need to understand the very basic anatomy terms when dealing with the human eye.
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Female Anime Eye Specifics (Before You Start Drawing)
This step by step tutorial explains the specifics of drawing female anime and manga style eyes and provides detailed drawing examples for each step. This tutorial focuses on drawing female anime eyes but there are many other eye drawing tutorials here on AnimeOutline as well. Anime eyes are almost always drawn bigger and wider than real eyes. This is especially so for female characters who often have larger and wider eyes than their male counterparts. One thing that really sets female anime eyes apart from male are more prominent eyelashes longer, thicker, and more of them. This is not always the case but it does tend to be so.
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Good orientation for drawing anime eyes but also for realistic eyes is the sketching of three horizontally arranged squares. The eyes are drawn into the outer squares, while the middle one shows the distance between the eyes. The grid should only be a very faint visible as orientation. If you need to, you can erase the lines of the grid to make them less noticeable. Now mark the centers of the line on the outer vertical lines of the squares.
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