Mark Crilley: How To Draw A Manga Eye On A Young Female, Line By Line

Manga and anime artist Mark Crilley guides you through this ‘how to draw a manga eye on a female’ art tutorial. The young female’s head and facial features have already been drawn with a black prismacolor pencil all apart from one eye and this is going to be the emphasis of this art and illustrative video tutorial.

Mark Crilley narrates over the top of the video and the start of the video opens with him explaining how to draw the manga female’s eye right before zooming in to the area of interest and beginning his pencil drawing.

Drawing the iris is the first part to be covered and it is formed into an almost crescent shape with a flat line at the top to suggest the eyelid. This eyelid is then extended to form the general shape of the upper eye and is then heavily shaded in the same black pencil crayon to suggest mascara and create a more feminine look as opposed to a masculine eye. As with nearly all eyes there will be highlights and reflections to take into account so Crilley exaggerates this with it being a manga illustration by creating two heavily outlined circles in different sizes to create the illusion of the glass like lens of the eye.

When drawing eyes whether is be illustrative,detailed or in this case anime and manga it is still vitally important to pick out as many details as possible, so here Mark Crilley has emphasised the outer ring of the iris by applying darker tonal values to it  but with the clever use of his black artists pencil he has also drawn tiny flicks to imitate the complexities of the inner eye.

Further pencil shading to the inner eye and the darkening of the pupil and the edge of the highlights finally bring this pencil drawing demonstration to a close and as I’m sure you will agree the quality of the drawing and the professionalism of the narrative is difficult to fault. Grab your art supplies and have a go at learning to draw manga with Mark Crilley.

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    1. Mark your how to video’s are of a great help to me and I see to so many people all over the world. I have a request to you… I just started learning how to draw being encouraged by your manga’s and the request might seem to be of much pleading type… as I want to learn how to draw from you… this became my only dream in my life… would you please teach me…

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    2. Great job, Mark! :] Just a question if anybody can answer, please don’t hesitate: What kind of camera- Or should I ask HOW do you place your camera at such angles and draw? Just wondering. A lot of people do that and I don’t know how! ;3 Do you set up some sort of thingy? Or is your camera buried into a necklace on your neck so it can capture the view?? ^_^ I’m asking stupid questions now… Please answer though!

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    3. can you make STEP by STEP videos like from eyes,to the nose and face then hair then we do body, and do shoes, plus hands then at the end the background. i would we very happy if you could do that. because your videos are to mixed up at time to time. thanks!

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    4. omg thank you sooo much, i was drawing while you were doing it and i’m acually very happy with what i did !!!!tahnk you sooo much :3i’m one of those type of people who only simple things but now IMMA BE AN ARTIST !!!cuz of you :3

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    5. Okay first of all… subscribed. Secondly, what kind of pencil do you use? I have a regular Staedtler pencil and it’s good for rough outlines, but I really can’t get much shading or texture etc from it. Any suggestions? And fantastic vid! thanks so much!

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    6. People keep talking about using or needing fancy pencils on most of these videos. I have artist pencils but I drew this eye with a dollar store pencil that has ghosts saying boo all over it and the eye came out really nice. I use that pencil and my favorite pen (covered with toon skulls) to draw most of the time (well I draw more in pen than in pencil) and still get nice results. I’m not knocking high quality art supplies, but practice, a good eye, and patience seem more important

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    7. I have always wanted to draw Graphics. Good. I try all the time but it never comes out right. My biggest problem is the eyes. And the hair. i have no problem with the head. Now that I seen you draw those eyes it seems a lot easier.

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    8. Hmm y is there dislikes *thinking* hmm lets see …. 1st it could be an accedent 2nd it could be cuz that was amazing so talnetd and they jelouse 3rd it could be cuz they dunno how to draw it …….gotta be one for the 3

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    9. Sir, I know you might get this a lot, but I am a very big fan of all your work and I hope you get to see this comment, because I just want to say, that you really help me draw manga and lastly I wanted to ask you, what pencils do you use and were you get them, I really want the pencils you use.They look awesome. Thanks for all you done and I hope you keep doing it.

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    10. Dear Markcrrilley,i know you’re not going to read this but i think your videos are amazing,and you have inspired me to ignore what people say and just keep on doing what i believe i can do best,and that is drawing,if you read this i just want you to know that,you have inspired probably more than the views on this video,keep up the good work!

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    11. Bro.. you’re too awesome… why dont you just join some anime team and make good animes for us? 😀 i would rlly pay for that if u do it :P. And maybe some animes that doesn’t have season 2 and we want season 2s and 3s <3

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    12. MARK CRILLEY SOMEONE IS STEALING ALL YOUR VIDEOS!!!!! THERE NAME IS @/missionc111 PLEASE SOMEONE FIND OUT HOW TO REPORT THEM FOR STEALING…. Anyways, your drawings are absolutely amazing!!@markcrilley @markcrilley @markcrilley

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    13. unfortunately people who aren’t related to mark and people who don’t legally represent him can’t report @/missionc111 for copyright or impersonation issues. The only way that this person can be removed from youtube is if mark reports them, but i don’t think he will have much of a reason to seeing as this person hasn’t been active on youtube since 2011…

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    14. I love your vids ^-^ and I was wondering if you’ve done a tutorial where a guy is like slicking back his hair or his hair is naturally slicked back? You know, with like a few strands just playing in front of his face? I looked on your channel but couldn’t find it, although I probably didn’t look hard enough if you did make one haha ^_^

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    15. big pupils means allot of things in drawing. there was a test where a boy saw two pictures of the same girl that where identical. the researcher want him to choose the picture he found most nicest, so he choose one of the pictures, even though he didn’t saw any differences. the girl with the bigger pupil was chosen. psychology shows that people with big pupils look at things they like, the boy chooses the girl because he thought the girl liked him. this is also perception without awareness.

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    16. I don’t know why but lately Ive been having a real problem with drawing noses. I’m aiming for a more realistic style and its hard for me to draw a character in front view with this realistic style without it coming out looking very cartoonish. I’m also having problems with other nose angles and i always make the noses to low or to high i would really like some help. Could you make a video on noses?

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    17. you are fully correct on that, there is id something very attractive about the clean face, hair and eyes of a manga drawing. still, it is important to know that you also can overdo the eyes. to big does not always have to look cuter, i think it’s a tiny difference. also the study showed that people with larger pupils where found more friendlier and people will react on this positively. According to the dutch Wikipedia page.

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    18. You did an awesome job!!! You totally rule!!! 🙂 You’re a good drawer :)You should make a manga book one day with your good drawings!!!

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    19. Wow… My eye is … beautiful *-*Thank you Mark. Wasn’t waiting for much change compared to the eyes I drew before, but … it’s clearly visible.I’ll have to redraw that several times see what’s the difference between what I did before and this one.

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    20. I’ve been attempting to try to draw manga eyes for years. My friends thought it was better than nothing, but I felt as if it just wasn’t enough. I found your videos and now my friends are like holy shit girl!Thank you Mark. You have made me better at drawing pernamently

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    21. adorei esses cursoa de mangá a minha filha adora a sabrina se ela ve isso ela ficará o dia todo desenhando mangá adorei mesmoo coloque mais desenhos de mangá …….coloque como desenhar os one direction em mangá a minha filhaa vai adorar ook obrigado pela atençao tchau.

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    22. @markcrilley Hello. 😀 Quick question Mark. Why do you darken and outline the highlights on the iris? Highlights have no borders, they naturally blend in with it’s surroundings. Thanks for taking the time to read and answer. Keep being awesome.

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    23. Could you make a video about how to do this digitally with a tablet? Just wondering because I’m trying to figure out how to make my characters eyes like this, but I I’m struggling to get the same effect with my tablet. :/

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    24. dang mines come out wrong one the size of a expo marker

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    25. haha

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    26. hi

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    27. :0

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