Saturday, 19 May 2018

How to Paint Eyes in Oil

The eyes are the most important part of this portrait because both faces are looking directly at the viewer.  I paint in the whites of the eyes first, giving them a purple/pink hue to match her dark blue eyes.  At this stage, I've just blocked in the colour of the eyes.

With a dark purple mix, I've outlined the irises and darkened up the eyes underneath the eyelids.  Lastly I use this mix to fill in the pupils, feathering them into the blue slightly.

I've added some highlights to the eyes near the bottom of the iris and flecked these in and around the pupils, just positioning them in the right spot at this stage.

I'll go over the eyes later when they are dry, adding more contrast and sharpness.

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