How to Draw an Eyeball

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​”The Eyes are the window to your soul.”
– English proverb, often attributed to William Shakespeare

The eye is a truly amazing part of the body. According to biochemist Michael Behe, more than a dozen chemical reactions must take place in the eye in order for you to see just one photon of light.

In addition to providing vision, the eyes are used in nonverbal communication in the form of facial expressions. Some researchers suggest that a trained person can distinguish when a person is lying by watching the eyes. Eyes can also indicate whether a person is happy, sad, angry, or frightened.

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In popular culture, the eye is used in many ways. This is illustrated by common phrases such as “eagle eyed,” meaning visually acute; “keep your eye on [someone],” meaning to watch their behavior; “stink eye,” meaning to glare menacingly; and “to eyeball it,” or estimate a measurement. Eyes open wide, such as the one in this tutorial, are often representative of fear and are used in decorations for the Halloween season.

Would you like to draw an eye? This simple, step by step drawing guide is here to help. All you will need is a pencil, an eraser, and a sheet of paper. You may also wish to use crayons, markers, colored pencils, or something else to shade the iris of the eye. What eye color will you choose? Yours, or someone else’s?.

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​Step by Step Instructions for Drawing​​​ an ​Eyeball

How to Draw Eyeball: Step 1

1. ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Begin by drawing a circle. This will form the iris, the colorful ring within the eye.

How to Draw Eyeball: Step 2

2. ​​Draw a smaller circle within the first. This forms the pupil, the dark portion in the middle of the eye.

How to Draw Eyeball: Step 3

3. ​​Draw a small oval. It should be placed within the larger circle and overlapping the smaller circle. This forms a shine, or reflection of light, on the eye.

How to Draw Eyeball: Step 4

4. ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Erase guide lines from within the shine.

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How to Draw Eyeball: Step 5

5.​​ ​Draw another small oval within the circle, smaller than and opposite the first. This forms an additional eye shine.

How to Draw Eyeball: Step 6

6.​ ​​​​Near the smaller oval, draw a tiny circle. This forms yet another reflection of light upon the eye.

How to Draw Eyeball: Step 7

7. ​​​Shade the pupil.

How to Draw Eyeball: Step 8

8.​​​ ​​Surround the figure with a large circle, leaving plenty of space between this circle and the iris. This outlines the entire eyeball.

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How to Draw Eyeball: Step 9

9.​​ ​​​​​​Detail the eye. Within the iris, extending outward from the pupil, lightly draw straight lines of various lengths. This adds the natural texture of color variation to the iris. Along the edges of the eye, extending inward from the outer circle, draw curved lines of various lengths. Allow additional curved lines to branch from these. This forms the blood vessels of the eye, and illustrates what it means for an eye to be “bloodshot.”

How to Draw Eyeball: Step 10

10. ​​​​​ ​​Color the eye. How may an eye be shaded? The iris of the human eye comes in a variety of colors, including light and dark blue; green; hazel, a combination of brown and green; grey; brown, which can range from light brown to nearly black; or amber, a brownish honey color. The actress Elizabeth Taylor was even said to have violet, or purple eyes. The iris of those with albinism may appear red in color. Why? Because so little pigment is present that the blood vessels are visible.

​​​The sclera is typically white, but can be yellowish, especially in those with certain medical conditions. When eyes are bloodshot, the vessels appear bright red.​Don’t stop with just an eye – check out our people drawing tutorials to learn to draw features such as noses, mouths, hair, and ears, as well as entire characters!

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