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Watercolor eye study by jane-beata Watercolor eye study by jane-beata
Eye study made with watercolor and pen on 250g cold-pressed paper, original is small ( 15 x 21 cm / 5.9 x 8.3 ") and was gifted to my friend before it was featured as a DD (:

Credits: Huge part of my watercolor practice and technique learning lies within very helpful videos of agnes-cecile on YouTube, I am very grateful that there are artists like her who teach people all around the world this way :heart:

A Daily Deviation! Big thanks to Natalia-Luz, ruby604 and lucid-light for suggesting and to SRaffa for featuring :heart: and of course for all the :+fav:, comments, appreciation.


For painting videos see my YouTube channel

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Given 2012-05-11
An artist's discernment in a world full of color; Watercolor eye study by jane-beata.
(Suggested by =natalia-luz, ~ruby604, and =lucid-light) ( Featured by SRaffa )
Hey there! So I have been seeing your amazing work for quite a while and thought of doing a critique. This particular painting is truly amazing. The colours are beautifuly combined together and even though I am not a friend of colourful patterns I must admit I especially like this. But what really makes this work of art brilliant is the eyes, of course. You have created a 3d dimension that almost makes them look like real eyes. I love the way they shine when you look at them. And what is actually strange is that it feels like they are always staring at you no matter from which angle you are looking. What also made an impression on me is the reddish colour under the eye. This somehow makes the image a kind of mysterious. Great job! :)
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25 out of 25 deviants thought this was fair.

This piece is simply gorgeous, the pastel like colors are perfect and I love how the eyes draw you in. The colors are almost surreal but the eyes stay a nice neutral shade of brown, it adds a mixed effect. Very gorgeous. I did spot a few tiny things that could have been worked on a little differently and it would have improved the piece slightly more. For once, the eyebrows.. they're a little bit bland. Of course now it's not the main point of the picture but they could have been touched up a little and had some detail added to them. Secondly, her left eye. (farthest away) It looks a little tapered to one side. Almost like it's been squished in a bit. Maybe taking a little extra time and rounding it better would have made for a different effect. And lastly, not a biggie either is that piece of wood or something at the bottom. I don't know why but it drew me away from the eyes and the picture and to it. Anyway, that's just me and my little bits. Overall though this is an astounding piece and I wouldn't mind having it hanging on my wall in my house. Lovely work, keep it up.
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bigartisteArt Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Beautifully painted eyes.
JamminJo Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Stunning work of art :love:
hannahelizabethh Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2014  Student General Artist
love it! :)
SayuriIto Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Lovely!Clap Love 
uranusamara Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i like your attention to the eyes. 
Michawolf13 Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
touchofthesoul Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
very expressive work!
Anastasia122 Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Wah so beautiful :heart:
Erudithral Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Looking good. Congrats on the DD.
jivanika Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2014
too good !!!!
desCOLORido Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2014   Digital Artist
WOOHH!! i love it :D (Big Grin) Heart 
Dina-Marchiori Featured By Owner May 15, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
master use of colours, amazing!
jane-beata Featured By Owner May 21, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you :heart:
artbyfieldsofsage Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very nice.  Enjoy your work immensely!
Johnny-Darko Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2013
You do amazing things with watercolour.
Disosa Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2013  Professional Digital Artist

Wow, I like your art so much. Is so Beautiful! :wow:

Hey, Check out my gallery! I want to improve my art and I need Pro Advice! :love:

nightwingswag Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
nicely done. I love it
pyro-pyscho Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2013  Student General Artist
OH MER GERD.....   =P (Razz) 
AislinNora Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013  Hobbyist
This is, so far, my favorite watercolor painting. The intensity in the eyes, the use of various colors, and just the artistic ability behind this painting makes it all a phenomenal piece.
mirra96 Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2013
Simply gorgeous :)
Maggiemo24 Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2013  Student General Artist
Lady--Tia Featured By Owner May 5, 2013  Hobbyist
love it like a fovourite shoe
Maximouspoweramous Featured By Owner May 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
the angle was captured perfectly....I struggle with depth and angle, so love seing it done well. Great painting
JanJolly Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2013  Student
how i can download this??? :(
Mima159 Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2013
Just beautiful.. How do you do that? :D:D Amazing..
maybe-m Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
great work! :hug:
8TwilightAngel8 Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2013  Professional General Artist
Featured here: [link] :D
Aurora9912 Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I have the tools, just working up the nerve to try watercolor. Sounds silly when said in print. What's the worst that can happen?
ELI673 Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013
Love it.:-)
LogoSpot Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
This is awesome!! :)
marinalatre Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013
I love the expresion of the eyes, this is an amazing watercolor! Congratulations:D
TamiTw Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Your work is just remarkable, I really love it! ALL OF THEM!!!
jane-beata Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you (:
JaiAnarkali Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
The life is incredible in this...magnificent! :D
kofaile Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012
h4e Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012
Asnavad Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012
You have done a brilliant piece of work here , I always think if you get the eyes right , the rest falls into place , thats my theory, Its still work in progress for me. But you learn something new with every painting.
jane-beata Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Big truth in what you just said, it's why I always start with eyes - if I mess it up, I rather start over on new paper.
Asnavad Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012
The same here , if I'm doing what I call a big painting withafigure in it . I always do the face first. If it fails I havn't wasted a lot of time.It's not quite the same , if you paint the dogs eyes well, you can relax over the rest of the picture
XredandblueX Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012
beautiful work!
heartinart Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very nice!
gigi50 Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Clori-Eden Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Love the eyes! and Great use of Watercolor! :D
majorstephen52 Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2012  Professional General Artist
I like this a lot! Your use of colors is great. The eyes just grab you, with so much life in them. A great picture is one that is hard to look away from. Great job
Spin86 Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thats just great.
You are using a white pen, is that correct? May i ask what kind of pen that is? I have been looking for something like this becuase i find it very hard to keep the white spots where i want them when using watercolor.
jane-beata Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Yes it's white gel pen, for tips please read my White gel pen tutorial (:
Spin86 Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks a lot. I'll probably just ask the next time i visit the store that sells this stuff.
anneeeTH Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Amazing work
evusha Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2012  Student Interface Designer
zohreh1991 Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Really beautiful
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