So I’m out east visiting my family and my 90-something year old grandfather gave me all his old art supplies! He gave me about 30 top quality oil paints! And watercolours! And real wooden-handle paintbrushes! And charcoal and graphite! I’m so happy! I told him I go to art school and he said, “that’s my girl!”
first things first, you gotta choose a reference photo and sketch out your eyes (I used this picture of Daenerys Targaryen). Sketching out the rough draft takes the longest so that’s a whole other tutorial I’ll do one day, for now we’re just gonna paint okay
These are all the acrylic paints I used, plus some white gouache at the end for highlights. As you may have noticed, I don’t stick to just one brand of paint, mostly because paint is expensive and as a college kid I take what I can get, so don’t panic about the different brands
Concentrate the darker colours around the actual eye because that’s where natural shadows fall. Think smoky eye makeup. Notice how eyes are almond shaped? So are shadows.
The most important thing: LAYER YOUR PAINT FROM LIGHTEST TO DARKEST
SERIOUSLY, LAYER LAYER LAYER
It’s important to note that unless your subject is wearing black makeup, shadows aren’t black. Try using dark purples, blues, greens, even oranges. Also, eyeballs are round and will therefore have shadows like any other round object. In the eye we can mostly see these shadows in the corners.
If it’s taking you a long time and you feel frustrated then you’re probably on the right track! Detail isn’t quick and the learning experience is a lifelong process. Experimenting with colours and texture helps!
FInal art post here