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Watercolor eye study, step by step



Originally, these pictures were taken only as a part of my documentation and were not suppose to be published, but when eye study won a DD, I've uploaded them on request for people to roughly see how I've worked. If my intention was to make tutorial, I would have taken far better pictures.

Materials used:

~ small watercolor paper block (A5 size) (tip: if you don't work on block and use only paper, stretch it, otherwise it will curl. More watercolor paper information: [link]

~ brushes: brush no.10 (used at start to place lightest layer of watercolor), brush no. 4 (used for most of the painting), brush no. 2/0 (used for details, it's actually even thinner than gel pen stroke, so you can use white ink, white acrylics or gouache for details instead of a pen)

~ watercolors (I use liquid watercolor Ecoline) [link]

~ white gel pen for final details

Any further questions I will gladly answer, please let me know if this tutorial needs corrections or is not comprehensive enough.

:bulletpurple:Please note that this might not be the most perfect or proper way of how to approach watercolor painting, it is merely an explanation how I worked.

:bulletblack:Final painting:

:bulletblack:Other tutorials:

:bulletblack: EYES
:bulletblack: PORTRAITS

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Image details
Image size
1203x1600px 922.9 KB
Shutter Speed
10/3200 second
Focal Length
6 mm
ISO Speed
Date Taken
May 4, 2012, 6:09:50 PM
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FiaWho's avatar
:star::star::star::star: Overall
:star::star::star::star::star: Vision
:star::star::star::star-half::star-empty: Originality
:star::star::star::star::star: Technique
:star::star::star::star::star-empty: Impact

This is amazing, stunning and gorgeous. The eyes are looking right trough me and every detail is just, wow!
I love your way of using watercolours around the eyes and then precising the colour on the eyes and eyebrows.
The only thing that I think is negative about this painting is that there is a lot of drawings of eyes already, but who cares? Eyes are amazing and so are these.
And it is really kind of you to show step by step tutorials, by looking at this I learn and get the hang of it.
To end this review I'll just say that this is a really good painting.
jane-beata's avatar
Thank you for your critique, very much :) You are right, there is a lot of paintings of eyes, it seems to be forever green type of subject for people. I made this small study with no other reason than to practice (it's what studies are for), it wasn't meant to be a piece for an exhibition. The more I was surprised about the attention it got. Also, this tutorial wasn't originally meant to be tutorial, just a painting documentation for my own purposes, but I am glad I was taking pictures while working on it :)
Dygyt-Alice's avatar
:star::star::star::star::star: Overall
:star::star::star::star::star: Vision
:star::star::star::star::star: Originality
:star::star::star::star::star: Technique
:star::star::star::star::star: Impact

First I'll start with why this has impacted me so much. Every piece I have had the pleasure to see or critique, the eyes were the soul of the pictures. To be so nice and share one of her best techniques is a truly wonderful experience. I love the way you step work for people. So they experience the whole at the end. To me sharing such a treasure with other people is like finding out how she pulled the rabbit out of the hat, but then I would expect nothing else from this painter of portraits. She not only shares her work, she lets you into her world and shows you how it's done. I am so glad to be a small part of her world and I thank her.<img src="…" width="15" height="13" alt=":heart:" title="Heart"/>
jane-beata's avatar
Thank you very much for your comments, dear, I find it touching :heart:
Dygyt-Alice's avatar
You are prize I found in a box of Cracker Jacks. I feel I am very lucky.
agoenginaya's avatar
nice job. great!
PanamaGamesArtWork's avatar
NICE job , I was thinking the same of starting some grind on my watercolor skills :)
KushinaUsagi's avatar
Beautiful tutorial.
Xxchibigirl22xX's avatar
Absolutely beautiful! I've been thinking about trying some watercolors and this makes me want to try even more :hugs:
Steinmarder's avatar
Thanks for sharing!
corilessa's avatar
hey this looks great, I was wondering if you're using masking fluid though, and if you don't, my question is how can you keep the whites so untouched? learnt a lot from this btw ty for posting it. :)
jane-beata's avatar
I rarely use masking fluid, when using thin brushes, white areas can be avoided easily. I do enhance white reflections with either white gel pen, white acrylic ink or gouache, though :)

Thank you!
corilessa's avatar
thank you for the answer <3
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susmitha10's avatar
thank you very much because it helps me for my art final piece
thank you so much for making this, i have always wanted to learn this type of technique but never really knew how to get the final piece to look this good, i am definitely going to keep practicing from this :)
Fetiorin's avatar
Thank you! [link] — my first try to draw with watercolors.
TheLovedGeneration's avatar
Beautiful, powerful eyes! Wow!!
EsBest's avatar
:wave: Here is the link the WIP I had mentioned in a previous post I said I would share with you.
cloudylicious's avatar
Wow *o* This is great and super helpful - thanks for sharing~ <3
Um, how long do you need for a painting like this?
And when did you start using watercolors? (I want to give it a try since I love the effects you can make with watercolor~ <3)
jane-beata's avatar
Thank you - this particular one took 3 hours, but it was small (A5). I first used watercolor 10 months ago (:
Sunrayelle's avatar
Had you done any sort of painting or art before that? Because this is amazing work for only having done it for 10 months!
cloudylicious's avatar
Okay, thank you very much! c:
Oscarliima's avatar
Their study and very good, I did a study regarding your Thanks. [link]
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