How to draw eyes

In this course, we will explore techniques for drawing eyes in character illustrations, focusing on the unique aspects of Japanese expressions, especially those seen in "Kawaii Japanese girl", known as cute Japanese girls.
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What you are going to learn

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This course begins with the basics of drawing eyes in character illustrations. Specifically, it focuses on the features and cultural background of Japan's "bishoujo" (beautiful girl) characters. Moreover, we dive deep into the art theory of character deformation and provide detailed explanations on the specific steps to create illustrations.
Throughout this course you will discover how to :

  • Basic Eye Drawing Techniques: Learn the fundamental techniques and tips to make the eyes in character illustrations stand out.
  • Exploring the Traits of Japanese "Bishoujo": An introduction to the characteristics and styles frequently seen in "bishoujo", or beautiful Japanese girl character designs.
  • The Thought Behind Deformation: Understand the thought process behind the "deformation" expression when drawing characters.
  • The Actual Drawing Process: Learn the step-by-step process of creating an illustration, from line drawing to coloring.
  • Unique Aspects of Japanese Expression: Focus on the distinctive expressions in Japanese character illustrations and the differences in styles between countries.

Characteristics of Japanese-style expressions

In anime drawing, this principle points to the importance of understanding which elements to emphasize and which to omit. It is applied to enhance emotional expression and the effectiveness of the message.

A unique way of simplification

This session offers tips on simplifying the drawing of eyes for artistic impact. It suggests thicker upper lashes and distorted pupils for naturalness and emotion. Additionally, it advises against line art for the eye's white part and recommends blending for realism. The guidelines aim to enhance emotional expression in art.

Understanding the eye

This session provides tips for drawing eyes realistically and expressively. It emphasizes that lines of sight should intersect for a natural look and that eyes appear differently from various angles. The goal is to enhance realism and emotional expression in art.

The line art process

The "Line Art Process" offers a guide for drawing eyes, starting with a basic sketch and adding nuances for detail. It recommends tracing and hatching techniques to give depth, especially to the eyelids. A line art pen is used for final touches. The aim is to achieve both realism and emotional expression in eye art.

The coloring process

The "Coloring Process" session teaches how to color eyes in art, covering techniques from base colors to adding shadows and details. The use of Multiply and Screen layers is also explained. The aim is to create realistic and expressive eyes.

Different types of styles

The "Different Types of Styles" session outlines various methods for drawing eyes, from softer looks that blur the eye's presence to design-oriented techniques using Fill and screen tones. It also covers the use of solid black for a darker, emotionless look. The session aims to broaden artists' techniques for eye art, emphasizing the importance of carefully chosen color values.
Teacher Biography

Shoji Goshichi

Illustrator, Character Design Artist
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Sozoroo’s illustration critique has allowed me to see areas in my artwork that can be improved to further strengthen the piece while also learning skills I hadn’t learned in my college art classes.

With Sozoroo's illustration critique course, I've been able to see my flaws in my artwork and I hope to keep the advice I received from Japanese professionals in mind every time I draw.

Through the lessons, I encountered new perspectives, and painting has become even more enjoyable for me!

Learning about the composition techniques used by professionals significantly improved my skills.