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Watercolor eye study, step by step

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Published: May 16, 2012
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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:

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:bulletblack: EYES
:bulletblack: PORTRAITS

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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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agoenginaya's avatar
agoenginayaProfessional Traditional Artist
nice job. great!
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PanamaGamesArtWorkStudent Photographer
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!
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corilessaHobbyist Digital Artist
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. :)
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jane-beataProfessional Traditional Artist
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!
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corilessaHobbyist Digital Artist
thank you for the answer <3
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jasmine2792Professional Digital Artist
Realistic Photoshop CS6 Watercolor & Paint Brushes
These are real brushes not just pictures, actual brushes with sensibility (if you use a graphic tablet) There are 130+ brushes. Enjoy.
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thank you very much because it helps me for my art final piece
ArmyAngel1206's avatar
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 :)
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FetiorinHobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! [link] — my first try to draw with watercolors.
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TheLovedGenerationProfessional Artisan Crafter
Beautiful, powerful eyes! Wow!!
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EsBestProfessional General Artist
:wave: Here is the link the WIP I had mentioned in a previous post I said I would share with you.
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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)
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jane-beataProfessional Traditional Artist
Thank you - this particular one took 3 hours, but it was small (A5). I first used watercolor 10 months ago (:
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SunrayelleHobbyist General Artist
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:
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OscarliimaHobbyist Traditional Artist
Their study and very good, I did a study regarding your Thanks. [link]
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stylestyleHobbyist Artist
how did you make the black parts of the eyes?? :) watercolor or ink? :) I really love your art though :D
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jane-beataProfessional Traditional Artist
Black ink. Thank you (:
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stylestyleHobbyist Artist
No problem and thanks :D
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SquirrelGirl15Hobbyist General Artist
Do you use wet on wet technique, or wet on dry? I'm just starting watercolor painting, and your tutorials have been really helpful and inspiring so far :heart:
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jane-beataProfessional Traditional Artist
Mostly wet on dry, but sometimes I combine two color tones in one layer, wet on wet - especially when painting portraits. (:
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