Saturday, July 14, 2012

The Eyes See All

The eyes on horses are the largest of all land animals. They show everything. Fear, excitement, etc.
For models  the eyes are what draw you into the horse. If the eyes look bad, then the model is off. But if the eyes are realistic and done well, they're the soul of the model horse. So here's a how-to to paint eyes!
First, it's time for a online search, or a trip to the barn. Find the color you're looking for, and make sure it's clear. If not, you won't be able to see the shadow.
So here comes the painting!
List of paints that are good to have:

  • Black
  • Light blue
  • Browns
  • Pink
  • White
For the ring around the front of the eye and the pupil I use a artist pen. For me, I know it'll go on flat and not bumpy.

Since I have no idea what the actual parts of the eye is called I googled it. I drew it you will not have to do the same!

For eyes, I always wait until everything but the eyes are done. I do them last.
First I map them out by blocking it in in white.

Then I paint a little pink in the corner. You don't want blood shot red, but you also don't want hot pink either. You want a soft regular pink. Next comes the iris. Paint in the base color.

Then mix a slightly darker tone of the base color. Where the pupil will eventually go, I make a slightly larger circle around the section, and blend it in with the base color.

The pupil is last. If using paint you don't want to paint it thick, but you also don't want it a runny and it ruins the rest of your work. That's why I use a marker.
*Make sure the paint is dry before adding the pupil. Mine bled, making the pupil seem huge.

I find the darker color, and draw it in. The pupil is longer than it is tall and it's in the shape of a oval. Then I draw in the line around the iris.

Once it's done I take out gloss and gloss the eyes so they look "wet" or alive.
Well done! You've finished a model and it's eyes!

1 comment:

  1. Hi
    Thank you for this great tutorial. I have just found your page :)
    Do you have a tut for brown eyes?
    Thank you