I suggest you don't read the next step until you've finished doing the current one and remember "Repetition is the mother of all skills."
I'll walk you through the process by following the steps for the manga Toriko, which I've never drawn before, as an example.
Step 1: Research
Search and save a lot of reference images from google of your favourite character of your anime/manga. Take them from different angles and expressions.
Step 2: Trace
a) Open a new file on your drawing program (Photoshop, Sai Paint Tool, Clip Studio Paint, Gimp, etc.)
I use Medibang Paint which is free: medibangpaint.com/en/
b) Put a few reference images in it, make them fit in and put them on lower Opacity (~30-50%).
c) Create a new layer on top of them and start tracing the eyes (yes, the dreadful sin of artists), copy the exact same eyes just like they were originally drawn.
You can also take one reference image, trace it, add another one, and trace it in the same workspace.
For Traditional Artists, it's still possible to trace but you'd have to be more creative, like attaching the paper on the computer screen or print the images (remember the transparency) and then trace on top of it. You can try this video I just found on youtube:
[6 ways to copy, trace, or transfer any image onto paper]
The purpose is to fast track your ability to recognize the patterns of the style, with close and accurate repetition.
In my case, I noticed that Toriko has:
1) Gull Wing Eyebrows that are thick in the first part and thin at the end, and at a very high angle.
2) One extra line for the upper eyelid, separated from it. One distinctive oblique line at the lateral canthus (the external meeting point between the upper and lower eyelids), usually it gives an asian look.
3) One small white circle in the Iris, which sometimes is totally black and sometimes it's white with a black dot.
4) The distance between the eyebrows is small, it's compensated by the thickness of them. The eyes are thin and sharp.
5) There is usually a wrinkle under the eyes and sometimes 2 lines, close to the nose, when he is more serious or angry.
You can collect those informations by observing but if you trace them, your hand will also catch the movement you have to make to do the lines, it's up to you if you want to skip this step. If you're a beginner I recommend staying on this step a bit longer.
Step 3: Copy
b) Now, put the reference images invisible and try to reproduce the exact same drawings, this time without a visual aid, just from your memory.
Take your time with this step, if you really don't remember you can just take a look back.
The purpose is to reinforce the patterns you've discovered and re-draw the images without guidelines, kinda like taking off the wheels from a bicycle, and also to train your eye-hand coordination which is always useful even when you want to draw something from reality.
Step 4: Create
Now you're going to create eyes from scratch, in the style that you've always liked. You can start with the reference in sight to check that whatever you're making up, it won't seem "too out of style".
a) First, you can try drawing the eyes from different angles that you haven't seen so far, with the same expression and patterns used so far (keep in mind Eyebrows, Eyelids, Iris, Eyes' size and distance, Wrinkles).
b) Next, you can improvise different emotions, expressions, but you need to understand better the mechanics of the facial muscles, the shape and tendencies we have when we experience certain emotions.
Congratulation! You've finished how to draw any fanart eyes! The result still depends on your personal drawing skills, the lines control, your memorization abilities and practice time. The Tracing step could prove crucial to the speed of learning.
It's much better to do the opposite, learn how to draw the whole thing first, maybe not too much in detail, and then zoom in.
1) Full-body from head to toe
2) Upper Body or Lower Body
3) Face, Bust, Arm, Legs, or Feet
4) Eyes, Nose, Hair, Hands, and so on...
If you've read so far and you've decided to give it a try, share the results and let me know in the comments. If you have questions or problems with anything, let me know and I'll find you... a solution.
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