Drawing eyes for fashion illustration differs in various ways from drawing realistic ones. You need to make the eye shape enlonged and with less details. Adding eyes and face details to your sketch will not distract the viewer from your design, but keep his attention and interest. Follow this step by step tutorial and make the presence of your designs stronger.
Step 1 The guidelines
Divide the head in three and mark the middle of the second section.
If you are not really satisfied with the face shape of your model check out the How to draw fashion face tutorial where you will see additional way to place the eyes correctly.
Step 2 Finding the right place
Eyes should never be touching the outline of the face and should be of equal size each. Leave some space from the sides to draw the temples and divide the rest in three equal parts.
Step 3: Measure how big the eyes are
Mark how wide the eyes are going to be. Remember that in fashion you are looking for a glamorous, sophisticated look. Keep the lines comparatively close to each other.
Step 4: Short slanted lines
Close the eye shapes with tilted lines the way that it is shown.
In this example the right eye will be opened and the left one-closed.
Step 5: Shape of the eye
Soften the edges and find the middle of the eye.
For the opened eye draw a curved line coming down, that starts from the Centerline. These curves will give your model a sexy cat look.
Step 6: Drawing the pupil
If she is looking straight forward your model’s pupil will be situated in the middle 1/3 of the eye.
Draw two overlapping circles and hide about half of them under the upper eyelid. Fill the inner one with black, leaving a tiny white dot to make the eye come alive.
Step 7: The eyelashes
Bold the outline of the eye trying not to change the original form. This will serve for eyeliner and eyelashes. Notice that the bolding of the lower side ends at the eye Centerline and that the upper lashes are a bit longer.
Mark the eyelashes of the closed eye.
In the inner corner of the eyes draw small ellipses ellipses for the tear ducts.
Step 8: Details
Add very delicate eyelid detail, draw the eyebrows and finish the rest of the features. Note the lines that mark the temple- you can skip them, but they are a nice finish touch if you’d like.
Eyebrows are very important for the expression of your model’s face. Check “The importance of eyebrows in fashion design sketches” to see different types and variation.
Eyeliners and eyelashes
There are many different ways to contour the eye. Here are 10 variations of fashion eyes. Pick one you like the most or get inspired and find your own manner of drawing it.
After adding some shading on the face and nice hairstyle your illustration is good to go! You learned the basic technique to draw eyes in fashion sketches. Now it’s time to get creative!