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Old 02-29-2012, 11:12 PM
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How to paint animals eyes with depth??

Hi All, Im hoping someone can help or point me in the right direction.

I have been trawling the internet to try and find a good tutorial on how to paint animals eyes with depth.

Some animal artists seem to be able to create eyes that are like deep vivid pools, that really let you into the animals soul. Id really love to be able to do that.....

Can any one help please???

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Re: How to paint animals eyes with depth??

First of all, welcome! I've a friend here who hails from Byron Bay, although she's been in the States for some years now.

Can't remember where I learned this tip for eyes. Either an art club lecture or a TV show long ago. In any case, get a good contrast going from dark to light, top to bottom, with just a dab of medium tone along the bottom of the eye. The greater the contrast, the more sparkly and "wet" the eye seems to look. Note that I enhanced one of these eyes in Photoshop, to demonstrate how increased contrast affects the look:




Don't forget the highlight of course! This is a kitty eye, but it works with most any eyes. Works for marbles too. The key is contrast and a sharp highlight to make it glassy.

I used Phthalo Turquoise with a dab of Venetian Red to make the dark neutral for the pupil. For a green kitty eye you may want to run a variance in color as well as value... from deep emerald in the darks to nearly pure yellow in the lightest area.

Of course you'll have to check the anatomical details of the eyes in question, but then, I drew approximately 264818734182346237623 unicorns in high school, with ballpoint pen, using this tip and the eyes were always the best part. Also, check our watercolor gallery for cat paintings. There have been a few with absolutely amazing eyes.

Someone will surely be along shortly with more (and probably better) advice. Hope that gets you started at least!
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Re: How to paint animals eyes with depth??

Very good tip, CK!
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Old 03-01-2012, 03:19 AM
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Re: How to paint animals eyes with depth??

Hi Cyntada! Thanks for such an awesome tip and detailed explanation with images to demonstrate!!!! Those cats eyes look amazing especially the enhanced one.

I honestly have been looking high and low for such quality information. In fact I was getting really disheartened.

Im going to give your tip a go asap and will post my results.

Im keen to see if anybody else have other ways they do eyes too!

Many Many thanks,

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Re: How to paint animals eyes with depth??

Check out this thread on Cat's Eyes by tigre 255 from The Learning Demos.

There are many threads on painting animals in the Learning Demos that will probably also include how the artists painted the eyes for you to check.

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Re: How to paint animals eyes with depth??

Glad you liked that, can't wait to see your eyes!

Sylvia, that linked demo is wonderful. Now I want to go paint a cat
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Re: How to paint animals eyes with depth??

superb demonstration .. I love it thank you! III
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Old 03-01-2012, 01:39 PM
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Re: How to paint animals eyes with depth??

My 2 cents: I do eyes, it's just kinda...comforting to me and creepy to others (both are good things from here ) This is how I learned. It's kind of involved, and it IS a technique for teaching yourself and there are probably easier ways

Study close up pictures of eyes (particularly irises, I did this by staring at friends and my eyes intently. DO NOT stare a strange dog in the eyes!!! This is potentially DANGEROUS) and paint them as anatomically as possible, disregarding all reflection for now. Study the anatomy of the eye, how it's put together and how it sits in the skull. I saw a cow eyeball dissected, and pull from that knowledge in small ways. Understand how light works and how eyes see.

If you know all that, you will know things like how thick the clear bits are, how eyes are colored and therefore how they will look in different lights. It's really cool, actually.

If that's too much work (and I absorbed that information throughout my childhood so it may be impractical) My method of drawing eyes is as follows:
1. Draw eye opening shape
2. Draw orb of eye within
3. sketch in highlights carefully
4 Draw iris
5. draw pupil
6. sketch in shadows
7. shade color into iris, a little bit at a time.

Animal eyes, things to remember: They DO have whites in their eyes, often these are hidden sometimes they aren't. Eyes are Orbs. Shape of the pupil, check out how it gets bigger/smaller so you can draw in lines of the iris to add life.

Draw, paint, draw, sketch, draw draw draw to get them right. Remember you don't need to sketch the whole animal to practice the eyes!

I could probably say more, but I've babbled enough for now.
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