How To Draw Japanese Cartoon “Anime” Eyes (Step By Step for Small Kids)

How To Draw Japanese Cartoon “Anime” Eyes (Step By Step for Small Kids)


Fine art is often blah, but Japanese cartoons (aka Anime) are most often the Bomb Diggity. Maybe my age is showing but I am very biased since I grew up gobbling down volumes of manga and anime. The most distinct thing about Anime? Anime EYES of course! Anime and manga-style eyes are often very big, bright, and cute. They are easy to draw when you get some practice in because anime eyes are relatively formulaic. There are 3 characteristics that make eyes anime style: enlarged, super colorful + oversized iris, long visible eyelashes, and shiny reflective light pockets in the eye. So I’m so very excited to show you this tutorial of the classic Japanese’ “cartoon” of how to draw anime eyes.

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🖍️ Tools For Success

🎨 Parents: The only tools you need to use these how-to-draw tutorials are: an eraser, a pencil, and a piece of paper. But – if you have them around – a sketching pencil makes for fainter and softer lines that help kids build fine motor accuracy. I also recommend going over the sketch pencil with a black outline marker when you’re done for a neater finish. Lastly, erase the pencil marks before adding color.

How To Draw Big Cute Anime Eyes (Simple Step-By-Step)

Printing & Saving Instructions:

  • Desktop & laptop users: the instant print button is in the upper left-hand corner.
  • Mobile users: if you don’t see the instant print icon on mobile for whatever reason, toggle your mobile browser to “Desktop View” and you should be able to see it. You can find that in your web browser’s menu. Or find the nearest computer to print.
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  • To decrease load time we put images on different sub-pages. Use the navigation on the top and bottom of the galleries to toggle.
  • Designed to fit both A4 size & U.S. standard letter size but preview your specs just in case.
  • Want to save a file for later? Just hit the instant print button and choose instead to print, select Save As “PDF” in the drop-down selection, and done! (Your screen and selection might look a little different.)

Interesting Facts About Eyes

  • The human eye can discern 500 shades of gray from one another.
  • 36,000 pieces of information can be interpreted in an hour by the human eye.
  • The human eyeball has a diameter of one inch and weighs about 28 grams.
  • The human eye can function at 100% ability at any time, even without rest. 
  • The lifespan of our eyelashes is about three months. On average, daily, 1 to 5 eyelashes fall out. A new lash takes 4 to 8 weeks to appear in the place of the dropped eyelash and to grow to its maximum length.
  • About 8% of the world’s population has blue eyes.
  • It is possible to blink your eyes five times in a single second and approximately 4,200,000 times in a single year.
  • The human eye would have 576 megapixels if it were a digital camera.
  • The most common eye color in the world is brown.
  • It is said that the first blue-eyed human lived 6,000-10,000 years ago.
  •  Nose and ears keep growing throughout our lives but human eyes remain the same size from birth. 
  • In your eyes are the only cells that survive from the moment you are born till death.
  • Only three colors are visible to the human eye: red, blue, and green. All other colors are a combination of these colors.
  • To protect the retina, our eyes are positioned in a hollow eye socket.


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