Learn how to paint eyes on a mixed media background by following my step-by-step video lessons .
Painting on a mixed media canvas provides a forgivable surface you can wipe off when you make a mistake and want to start again. You can learn how to create a mixed media background in this post, How to Create a Mixed Media Background.
Here are the links to the videos:
The step-by-step lesson below coincides with the videos so you can follow along in either format, via this post or by video. This is a simplified version of what the videos will teach you.
Step 1: Draw the Eye using the guide below:
- Start with the iris by tracing a round object or using a circle template.
- Draw the pupil by tracing a smaller circle.
- Draw lines on the sides of the iris.
- Measure the iris and draw outside lines each 1/2 of the distance of the iris.
Step 2: Erase guide lines and fractions.
Step 3: Paint highlights in the iris and the whites of the eyes with White Titanium.
Step 4: Add colors to the iris and blur with a wet paintbrush.
Step 5: Add highlights using cadmium yellow and Sienna Natural and blur with wet brush.
Step 6: Add reddish/pink to the eye by mixing the following colors:
Step 7: Create the illusion of the eyeball receding into the socket with Payne’s Grey.
Step 8: Create contrast by outlining the iris with darker shades of colors.
Step 9: Paint the pupil by mixing together black and purple.
- Use a mix of Payne’s Grey and Raw Umber to outline the eye.
Step 10: Add darker colors to the iris.
- Add white highlights to the iris and blur with a wet brush.
Step 11: Add white highlights to the rest of the eye using Titanium White.
Step 12: Add Liquitex to brown colors for more fluidity in painting the eyelashes. Paint top eyelashes with a downward and then upward stroke. Eyelashes above the iris are more vertical.
Step 13: Paint eyelash reflections in the iris using a mix of black and purple.
Step 14: Add highlights to the eyelashes using White Titanium.
I hope you enjoyed this lesson. Please leave a comment if you try the lessons. I’d love to hear about your experience.
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