How to paint eyes and all the features in the next few demonstrations are painted onto an already
primed pinkish oil painting paper which
is cheap to buy and this also acts as a middle tone.
We start off with a basic burnt umber diluted with a little turpentine and
paint in the basic eye shape which fits neatly into an oval shape and paint in the round lens of the eye.
The eyeball is painted in with pure titanium white and the fleshy part of the eyelid with cadmium red, yellow ochre and a touch of ultramarine blue. The eye lens is painted in with
a mixture of cadmium yellow, cerulean blue and a touch of ultramarine blue.
The pupil is laid in with a mixture of burnt umber and ultramarine blue and it is important to make the size of the pupil correct so consider the width from the outside lens of the eye to the outside edge of the pupil. The edge of the eyelid is also painted in with the same mixture but lighter.
The eyeball is white but from the left corner of the eyeball to the right corner it curves outwards (Towards us) so we have to interpret this through paint. I paint in a grey in the left corner of the eyeball merging it into the white and add a touch of grey to the right corner of the eyeball. Now the eyeball looks more three dimensional and finally the highlight goes in on the lens of the eye with pure titanium
The finished eye and although it is only a basic eye this
simple demonstration shows steps in painting the eye, first painting in the
shape of it then followed by darker tones and then light tones, the middle
tones were already there with the pinkish tinted paper and finally the
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