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The eyes are the most important element of any successful portrait, but many people struggle to draw them correctly. In this guide, Kate Oleska will share her expert tips for painting sparkling human eyes, with all you need to know about making them super-realistic.

 create sparkling eyes in oil paint
create sparkling eyes in oil paint

To make it even clearer, the steps are demonstrated by videos to show you exactly how it’s done.

Tint the canvas

create sparkling eyes

Although it may not appear to be significant, it is crucial to avoid working on a white canvas. I recommend tinting the canvas with a wash that is a mixture of thinner and any oil paint (in this case, burnt umber).

This is to help you judge values more efficiently. It also eliminates the natural fear of putting the first brushstroke onto a clean surface.

Consider the anatomy of the eye

Establishing an anatomically correct sketch is very important. Every eye is different and looks different from different angles.

Keep in mind that the eye is a round ball with an iris, covered with a cornea shaped like a dome. The eyelids have a thickness as well and they will form shadows on the white and iris of the eye.

Block in colours

To create a block in the first colours or/and values, you need to try to look to the details that will always try to grab your attention. Squint your eyes and block in similar adjacent colours and values in one go. Don’t worry, this is only a base for the details that will come later. Pay no attention to eyelashes and wrinkles. Think big.

Add detail

Now is the time to begin filling in the blanks. If you properly blocked in the base colors, all you have to worry about now is fine-tuning details and adding paint where it will make a difference.

Shapes can be tweaked and textures can be added. But don’t go overboard – it’s easy to lose track of yourself and render too much. Only paint what you see, not what you believe should be there.


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