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How To Paint An Eye

How To Paint An Eye

I’ve always enjoyed painting figurative works and I knew that they would feature to some degree within my school. I spent a lot of time considering exactly what to paint and I settled on an eye, partly because they can be a challenge to paint but also because it seems there’s a fair amount of demand for eye painting instruction. I also wanted something a little different from the usual eye which looks directly at the viewer.

This lesson will guide you through the intricacies of painting not only the eye but also the skin texture and how to move from detail to the soft out of focus look. I’d encourage artists of all abilities to give this one a go as there’s something for everyone. Good luck!

Michael

Difficulty: Advanced
Painting Size: 8 x 12
Brushes used in this lesson: Michael James Smith Professional Brush Set

In August 2019 Michael switched brush manufacturers and as a result the series numbers/names are different in some of the lessons. In order to be able to complete the lessons regardless of which set you’re using we have put together a chart which lists the equivalent brushes from both sets.

Acrylic paints used in this lesson:
Titanium White
Alizarin Crimson
Burnt Umber
Cadmium Yellow Light
Ivory Black

Oil paints used in this lesson:
Titanium White
Alizarin Crimson
Cerulean Blue
Ivory Black
Cadmium Yellow Light
Cobalt Blue
Burnt Umber

Thinner:
White Spirit

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How To Paint An Eye