How To Draw Closed Eyes [Complete Guide]

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It can often be difficult to draw human eyes, regardless of whether it is closed or open. This is because not all eyes are the same. You will see different types of eyes around – round eyes, almond eyes, droopy eyes, protruding eyes, hooded eyes, and more. Moreover, you can see your own eyes in the mirror – see them attentively! It would help you in drawing the eyes. 

But you can still mess up the drawing easily. It can even be a frustrating endeavor to draw closed eyes. However, no worries! This drawing tutorial will teach you how to draw beautiful closed eyes. Eventually, it won’t be frustrating anymore.

Excited? Let’s get started.

How To Draw Closed Eye

Steps To Draw Closed Eye

Total Time: 45 minutes

Determine The Eye Size

How To Draw Closed Eyes [Complete Guide] 1

Determine the eye size of your portrait and draw guidelines according to that. Make points and lines where you must place your eyes at. Using this guideline, draw two circles, which would be base of your eyes.

Set The Angle of Eyes

Think about the angle that you want to give your portrait’s eyes and start shaping the eyes accordingly. Remember that the inner corner of each eye must be deeper and darker compared to the outer corner of the eyes.

Draw the Eyebrows

drawing eyebrows

Draw the eyebrows just above the circles, you do not need to shade them right now, you just have to make an outline of how the eyebrows should look like.

Shading Eyelid

Shading Closed Eye

Before shading, make sure that the guidelines that we made in steps 1 to 3 are not visible much, if they do, use the eraser to erase any extra lines. For shading, start with shading the lid and crease of the eyelid, shade in such a way that a light highlight is visible in the center of the lid. After that go to the under eye area and bridge of the nose. Do a light shading for the bridge of the nose.

Once you are done, carefully erase any guideline that is still visible.

Shading according to Age of Charcter

Shade the rest of the area according to the age of your character, for example, if the character in the portrait is about 50 years old, then you may add some wrinkles and dark circles around the eye area.

Shade the Eyebrows and Draw Eyelashes

Drawing Closed Eye

Shade the eyebrows and them draw eyelashes. Make sure that your eyelashes are drawn in downward strokes as they are drawn for closed eyes. Fill in the spaces in between the eyelashes, to make them look dense.

Estimated Cost: 2 USD


  • HB Pencils
  • 2B Pencils
  • Mechanical pencils with 4B lead
  • Eraser

Materials: Sketch Paper

This was a simple tutorial on How to make an eye scetch easily with pencil and eraser. The shading part could be done using a mechanical pencil or a simple HB pencil, whichever suits you the best. If you are looking for more such easy yet brilliant tutorials, you can find them in the panel on your right side of the screen.

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