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Anime Eye Reference 1 by Jemmeh Anime Eye Reference 1 by Jemmeh
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Edit: Wow. So many views. ;w; Thank you!
I updated the design on the image and changed the link
to this gallery, since the other link has been dead for so long. P:

Anime Eye Reference #2 (Color)

Anime Eyes:

Reference Sheet #1.

To create variety you should experiment, have fun, and study other people's works~! :D

1. A pretty standard anime girl eye. Notice the eyebrow is thin.

2. A constrastingly more "seductive" eye. Usually there is makeup, a more angular eyebrow, thicker lashes, and the pupil/iris does not reach the bottom lid. Often, they refuse to meet your gaze--so that the impact is more seductive when they do finally meet your gaze. Generally, this would be a woman's eye.

3. A sort of demon eye. Try to use flat colors--it makes it seem less human. Of course, the pupil being weird shapes also helps. Try going for animal looking eyes. Few lashes and a small upper lid add to the non-human effect.

4. Read "OMG WTF AHHH!"

5. I wish my grass were emo so it would cut itself.
Lots of shines here people. Because the water makes it shiny. Break up the tears at the bottom of the eye. Make the person squint a little like they're trying to blink away tears. Usually try to make it as though they're looking down. Sad people generally look down. Eyebrow shape is important here, but it can vary depending on how sad, upset, or happy they are. Crying can be happy, too. But crying happy eyes are usually more open.

6. Side view. Different shape, the pupil is more towards the front of the eye, and it's got a different shape, too. Notice it's not a V shape at the back of the eye. There's still room between the top lid and the bottom.

7. You can use rings around the pupils to add a little style.
Sometimes this can make robot characters.

8. Play around, make crazy "fashion" eyes, or just really stylized, like if you're entire picture has lots of swirls and curls.

9. Another pretty common eye design--there's texture around the iris similar to a real eye.

10. The upsidedown pupil. I most often see this on depressed characters. Naturally depressed, or mostly depressed. I drew it without an eyebrow--because even without a brow it still seems kind of sad.

11. The flat top, kind of angry brow makes for characters who are often angry. You'd think, "they get upset easy". ...
In anime, redheads often have this eye shape--because stereotyping says redheads are firey. FIREY. :D

12. Kind of an oriental shape. Play with the shape and position of the pupils, you can get some cool results.

13. A lot closer to being more realistic, you'll see it in lots of shojo manga*. Notice how you can almost see the entire outline of the eye, and the pupil looks more like a real pupil. Everything seems to point more towards being real.

* Shojo manga is manga generally directed at girls and women.

Good luck! Please let me know what you think! <3
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moniimon018 Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2014  New member
hi, I'm new to this and your anime eyes are great and very helpful :)
Suuno Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2014
I like 1, 4 and 10 a lot c:
sebastain2424 Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2014
interesting work
Jemmeh Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thanks! c:
sebastain2424 Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2014
yo welcome ey wanna be friends
nikkitiawaters Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
i love #5 and i love how yhu tell what each one is, it's very helpful :)
Jemmeh Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2012  Professional General Artist
I'm glad you find it helpful. :3
TheReapersApprentice Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I would just like to let you know that the only reason why I'm downloading the image is so that I can see it at school. Deviantart is blocked at my school and I am working on a project with my friend and I believe this would be helpful. I'll be deleting it from my ipod once I am done. Is this alright with you?
Jemmeh Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2012  Professional General Artist
It's fine to use it and even keep it on your ipod for as long as you need. I hope it helps you! :D
TheReapersApprentice Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Okay thank you much! =D
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