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Pokemon Eyes Reference by xXSapphireGaleXx Pokemon Eyes Reference by xXSapphireGaleXx
EDIT: Darkened and added better shadows. The gray colors, while showing where the highlight/shadow of the iris are, also shows if that eye style gets color. Not all eyes get shadows/highlights because they are too small for you to see them. Keep this in mind.

I was drawing my fakemon the other day, and I realized that the way I was drawing eyes was weird. So I sat down, looked at various official Sugimori artwork, and attempted to recreate the more common eye styles I saw. I think it helped me a lot.

Anyways, I thought that I should upload this. Maybe it'll help someone who's having trouble drawing Pokemon-esque eyes ^-^ But it's a good idea to do the same thing I did: go find some Sugimori artwork and copy how you see the eyes go. It took me about 3 hours to make this :l

These are NOT all the styles of eyes. In reality, there's a lot of versions that are just variations of these here... so I didn't want to end up drawing all 600+ eyes >.>

Pokemon (C) Nintendo
This... thing drawn by yours truly.

I can't remember which Pokemon I used for some of these x.x
oh, "Cute" means basically the popular Pokemon (i.e. Eevee, Charmander, Pikachu, etc).
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hollmon Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is SOOO helpful! Thanks a lot for uploading
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chaosheart13 Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2013
Oooh, this is a big help. Pokemon eyes, yes.
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GresildaOfShadow Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wait, who's eyes are the 5th and 6th in the bottom row?
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133eevee133 Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013
LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOve this piece
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KookieKat4 Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2012
The 11th eye on the Legendary section, is that one based on Lugia's eye? (:
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:iconburritomom:
burritomom Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2013  Student Digital Artist
lugia's is the 9th.
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:iconkookiekat4:
KookieKat4 Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2013
Lugia's eyes are so perf <3
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:iconxtreme1992:
Xtreme1992 Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
looks more like celebi... ^^
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:iconkookiekat4:
KookieKat4 Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012
OHMYGOD WHAT IF DERE DA SAME :O :O
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primalivysaur Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2012  Student General Artist
Thank you! now i can actually draw bulbasaur
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Seawind16 Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
this really helped me a lot thank you i am currently coin my first attempt at a fakemon and i did not know where to start, but now i do XD
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BR8N03epsilon Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2011
Anyone else think that the furthest left Feline eye looks like Sonic's?
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Shadoritos Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2011  Student General Artist
This is actually really helpfull O3o When im trying to draw fakemon I always end up at a loss for eyes :c
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:iconxyliax:
Xyliax Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2011   Traditional Artist
the sad thing is that I could probably tell you every pokemon those eyes belong to.
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:iconlyratyto:
lyratyto Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
You are not alone ^,^
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:iconxyliax:
Xyliax Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2011   Traditional Artist
yup XD
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:iconvlklngen:
VlKlNGEN Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wow this really looks awesome C:
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:iconmacrpg:
macrpg Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2011  Student Digital Artist
awesome!
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SNB-PLAZMATIC Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
great!
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:iconali-abdi:
Ali-Abdi Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Thankies!

Looks like you've helped a lot of people! C:
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:iconarmoroandbeyond:
ArmoroAndBeyond Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
YES!!
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:iconiametrine:
iametrine Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2011  Student General Artist
This is extremely helpful. Thanks~!
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:iconespeonature:
Espeonature Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh my! These updated ones are serious help, especially now that I'm drawing Pokémon for my fangame. :D Thank you!
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Orbzap Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2011
Wow! I love how I can see the emotion coming out of these eyes! You have done a great job! :D
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:icondnzgames:
DNZGames Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:'O which eyes does [link] have? ooohh...
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GaiaMIX Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2015  Student Digital Artist
The 2nd "normal generic" one.
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:icondnzgames:
DNZGames Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
having looked back on this, i'd have said the last bug one (had i properly looked before asking xD)
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GaiaMIX Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Well he does look like a bug, he's Bug primary type, and his name's pronounced like Mantis, so you can say he has a Bug-like Eye. Only the last bug one is colored in, Mantice's eyes do not have irises, right?
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DNZGames Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
true, they are coloured, and Mantice does not have irises as such, but a cream-yellow tinge to the whole eye and not white.
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GaiaMIX Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Okay. And i technically don't consider Bug-type Pokèmon to be actual bugs

(i consider them to be Pokèmon. Who just happened to evolve bug-like features. Bugs are in class Insecta. Pokèmon are not animals or plants, they're in another Domain entirely, exclusive to them.)

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Biologic…
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agosiciliano Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Ninth "misc" eye.
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007nico Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2011
Thank you so much this is amazing
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Lunathepsychofox Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2011
This helped so much that I can't even tell you how much it helped XD

I usually FAIL at Pokemon eyes, so this helped a lot~
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xXSapphireGaleXx Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Haha, I'm glad that it helped you ^-^
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NeonZephyr Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
This is a great idea. I tend to just doodle eyes all over stuff in attempt to improve during a spare moment or three. But, this is super helpful, for us as well as you. There are a few Pokemon that have tricky eyes that can be hard to get a decent ref for. This is an awesome solution.

It's also fun to try to guess which eye belongs to which Pokemon (or are similar, since there are over 600 of these critters now, heh).
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xXSapphireGaleXx Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I do the same, but I tend to draw the whole face more than just the eyes XD but for this, I literally went through all 600+ pokemon sugimori images to draw this, and I think it helped me a lot ^-^

Haha, I don't even remember most of the Pokemon I used for these. All I do remember is that a good 3/4 of these examples were from the 1st gen. All the legendaries are there except the Regis, the Lake Trio, and the 5th gen event Pokemon.
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ShadowAgu Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This should help alot. fav eye is reptilian #12
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Involuntary-Twitch Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow. This is perfect. Instafave'd. My personal favorite is bug eye #7 with the horizontal pupil; I tend to overuse those a bit.
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Nimmy23 Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
U R 2 SIK
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Espeonature Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Hey... These are cute! Nice job, I'm going to use it for reference, too!
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xXSapphireGaleXx Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
haha thanks, and I hope it helps you in some way ^-^
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Espeonature Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Indeed, it is. I've just figured out how to draw a slightly irksome one--!
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hyperq123 Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2011
this is a really good reference sheet
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:iconxxsapphiregalexx:
xXSapphireGaleXx Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks~ :la:
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EarthBoundPokenut Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks so much! :) I'm doing a cat pokemon sprite right now and the feline eyes should help a lot!
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xXSapphireGaleXx Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Make sure you only pay attention to the top line of eyes under the Feline/Canine part. The bottom row has the Canine part. Otherwise I hope it helps you ;)
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EarthBoundPokenut Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ok thanks so much :D
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Ali-Abdi Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2011  Student Digital Artist
I needed these! Thanks buddy! :glomp:
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xXSapphireGaleXx Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're welcome buddy X3
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Ali-Abdi Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2011  Student Digital Artist
:D
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