Hey you! This video tutorial will show you how to color anime eyes. If you need to learn to draw it first, this beginner’s anime eye tutorial will help.
There are several ways in which we can color anime eyes, but today we’re using this easy step by step method.
This is the palette that we’re using to color these anime eyes. It’s a blue-purple and we may add darker or lighter shades if necessary, as we color.
Also in this anime eye coloring tutorial, I’m going to be using PaintTool Sai with a tablet pressure pen and the following brushes and settings: base brush, blender, airbrush, blur tool and the highlight brush.
You may be using Photoshop or some other coloring software like Gimp or Mypaint which are free and have brushes that work the same. If you go to the following link, you will find out where to get these free drawing software and how to use them.
I have the line art on its own layer, and on top. Also below is this layer that I used the bucket tool to fill with blue-gray background instead of white. This just helps to show the lighter colors as you apply them.
Use the base brush to add the flat color for the white of the eye (the sclera) above the background. This will be shaded later on.
So for the iris, I’m putting down the light color first which is this light purple. Use the base brush. And above that, add another layer. Select the clipping group. What this does is lock the purple pixel so that anything colored on top of that layer, once it’s clipped, the colors won’t go outside to mess things up. So each time a different shade is added, select the clipping group and it stays on the inside. Cool huh?
Now add the first shade around the area where it should be, depending on your light source. Then use the blender tool to blend it.
On another layer, use the base brush to apply a darker shade and blend it again. Repeat this step for the other shades.
Now draw in the pupil with a dark blue color on its own layer. Take the blur tool and soften the outline around the pupil.
On another clipped layer, use a dark shade with the airbrush and go over the top of the eye and pupil.
Go to the line art and select the pressure opacity feature to lock the pixels on this layer. Use the base brush to change the color of the outline of the iris with this dark blue-purple. Then use the blur tool to soften the outer edges.
I know these are a lot of layers, and you don’t have to use them all but it makes it less complicated when it comes to editing and making corrections especially for a beginner.
Use the airbrush to lightly apply blue on the eyelashes as well.
Apply a whitish color over the top of the eye on a different layer. Then lower the opacity. Use the blur tool and blur it. It adds a glossy look.
And now, it’s time to add some highlights. Put a layer above the line art. Take the highlight brush and draw some circles or opals with light purple for highlights. Blur the top of each and set the layer to luminosity.
Use pure white now or almost and make a smaller dot in the middle on a layer above. OK, that’s done for now.
Time to shade the sclera with light saturated blue and blue-purple. Use the brush to apply each shade and then blend. Use the blur tool to blur those sharp edges of the sclera.
And that’s one easy way that you can learn how to color anime eyes.
I hope this eye coloring tutorial was helpful. Please share if you liked it.