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Mesmerizing Eyes with Watercolor and Illustration

Jenn Ross, illustrator and watercolor artist

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10 Lessons (39m) View My Notes
    • 1. Mesmerizing Eyes

    • 2. supplies

    • 3. preparing the paper

    • 4. human eyes illustration

    • 5. animal eyes illustration

    • 6. painting human eyes project

    • 7. embellishing human eyes project

    • 8. painting and embellishing animal eyes project

    • 9. final project

    • 10. outro


About This Class

This is a class geared towards beginner artists but perfect for anyone who wants to create a stunning piece of artwork. If you already have the skills,then great, you’ll be amazing at this. If you are a true beginner,  I will guide you through some simple steps. These classes help students to illustrate both a set of animal eyes and a set of human eyes. The steps are simple and easy to follow, with a great outcome. After our illustrations are complete we will dive into some basic watercolor techniques to enhance the mood of the piece. After that we will add some finishing touches to embellish and  define the piece. 

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1. Mesmerizing Eyes: Hi, I'm Jim Ross. I'm illustrated and Water fellow artists from Boston, Massachusetts. You can find my work in places like Society six designed by humans. A red bubble. I'll leave the links in the class description below so you can check it out. If you'd like Teoh for today, I'd like to teach you how to make mesmerizing eyes. Specifically will be combining illustration and watercolor techniques to make a stunning piece of artwork. You could hang anywhere, even using a postcard. You can make this artwork of human eyes or animal eyes. I'll be teaching you both. So what you make is up to you. But please, whichever you choose, put your project in the project section of this class so that I and the other students can see you work. Really can't wake. See you work. So let's get started. 2. supplies: Hi. Let's talk about supplies. You are going to need brushes. Variety brushes is good idea. Although you could probably do anything with a size six are a um but you might want something dinner like a fine liner Brush for the details and you might want a flat brush for washes. So any brushes you have a pretty good. You are also going to need water colors. I'm using a mixture of tube sets, different ones. I think I have one's a Newton Cotman set and have couple in here. I have Dr pH Martin's liquid colors. A actually don't know what's in here, but I use all different ones. And whatever you have on hand is fine. We're going to need water. Two jobs, one for rinsing and one for loading your brush. You are going to need logical Peter. I'm gonna be using CANCIONES £140. Nine by 12 watercolor paper. Um, I'm gonna tear mine in half. You don't have to do this. I just like the way the raw edge looks. So that's what I'm using. You can use anyone of whatever you want. You are going to also need a pencil and in a razor fine liner waterproof. I'm using my phone. You can use Shop E or any waterproof liner, and, UM, we'll tape to take down your paper. And masking fluid is optional. It's really good for the highlights in the eyes, but you don't have to use it. You could just leave white space or coming after was a a white pen. But I like to use it for highlights. Aside from that, you're going to need some inspiration. You can use Pinterest for inspiration, or, if you don't want to use test, you can use magazines I like to board so you can use magazines for inspiration. And they have great pictures of eyes. You can get really up close and see the details. So that's about all you need. I'll see you in the next video. 3. preparing the paper: Hi, guys. We're back. And I have my paper here ready to go. I'm going to tear it in half with a metal ruler. You just placed a metal ruler on the center, and I just eyeball it. You make a mark or anything, and you'd have to raise it. So simple is tearing like that to get a raw edge of hoops. 4. human eyes illustration: Hi, guys. I'm back. And as you can see, a tape, my paper on two sides to my board and ready to go with my illustration of eyes, We're gonna start with the human eyes. I have an inspiration folder that I've picked out of magazine, mostly just to pick up some details like the fact that her iris doesn't meet down to the bottom would. And her highlight is on one side of her pupil. Just some details that you might not be able to remember. Or, you know, you don't need to look at the exact I, but it's good to have a picture on hands. So set that aside and we'll just start roughly sketching out, uh, pencil drawing. You want to keep the eyes about one eyes with apart, maybe a little bit smaller. And don't forget your starting with pencil, so it doesn't have to be perfect. And I don't worry about where I'm laying out on the page because I'm gonna be going back in with watercolor so you can do all kinds of designs watercolor on the page to make it look centered. Also, don't worry about having them be exactly the same people don't have exactly the same eyes. You guys are not the same size. Just get some approximate size and you probably don't want to have a whole circle. So Start was like 1/2 a circle starting from the top lip. It looks a little bit more natural, and you can even put pupil up a little bit higher than center. Looks pretty good. Make this a little bit smaller. They don't have to look perfect. You're gonna go back in with Liner. That's pretty good. Pencil sketch. Now you want to take your pencil or atia every certain and just erase a small spot on the pupil to make a space for masking fluid. If you're using masking food or a space for white space to stay, you could actually leave the pencil and recently or grab. I think it's hard to raise it later. Okay, now take your liner and go over the lines that you like. Um, obviously don't go over all lines that you've done double lines over the final lines. This is so much harder on camera. Okay, now you want to take masking fluid. If you're using it, brush that you can use the end of Did you brush into the asking food? Gently dot Right with that spaces, make sure you get enough. Okay? You know, let that dry. And when we come back, we'll be doing watercolors. See you in the next video. 5. animal eyes illustration: Hi guys. We're back. And before we get onto our watercolor of the human eyes, I thought We do our animal. I picture that we will have two pictures to watercolor at same time and we can wait for one to drive. All the other one is being worked on. It's the best way to work with a lot of color. So let's get started with the animal I sketch. I have this really nice photo produce off of Google small, but you can see the shape of is I? It's like inside Oh Princey. So let's start our illustration. She's animal eyes a little further apart than the human eyes. They have a wire muzzle and again, they don't have to be exactly the same because your eyes aren't seem neither in the animals - and want to move on to our liner pen, - leaving a space on the pupil for highlights. Number congenitally race our pencil marks. We're ready for watercolor. We'll see you in the next video 6. painting human eyes project: Hi, guys. We are back. I have gone ahead and erased away all the pencil lines taking care not to touch the masking fluid because it will rub off and we're ready to make some paints. So let's get a color. That's gonna be great for the irises. Something in their natural color home. Something in the brown green. Those kind of clothes that come in natural light colors. I'm gonna go for a teal color. My eyes are blue green, So I'm gonna go for a blueprint here. We have something mixed up here that I just used what have was on my palette, and I kind of like that. So I'm gonna use that a lot higher up this angle. Okay. I need to let that dry before we put on the people or the eyeliner. Okay, So what I'm going to do next, because we're going to do the weather on what? Taking you on this one. I'm gonna do abstract type of design on this one. I'm going to skip the pupil in the eyeliner until after we do the where I'm like technique . That way it doesn't get muddled in process, so let's let a flat brush. You can use a round brush if you have to, but flat brush will be easier and just carefully go around the eyes with some water. What you paper pretty liberally being very careful around the edges. You don't want to get in the eye. You can get down different angle to make sure that you've gotten close and you want to get further away. Also, once you've what it enough, you can begin dropping in color. Take a wet brush, pick up color that you like and drop it in in the places we'd like it. Let it do its thing. Renzi broke and pick up another color. If you're people's getting too dry, you can what? It again. But it's going to change the way that the watercolor reacts with each other. You can help it along if you want to. We're essentially making just a cool mask around the eyes, and you can let that drive 7. embellishing human eyes project: Okay, so now we are at the point where Dr the first layer of water color and we're going to add some embellishments on this one have decided to add some poems. I'm going to use black watercolor. And I know a lot of people think that's wrong. Or you shouldn't use Blackwater color. You can use black ink if you want to. Um, I have lacking, but I think what Blackwater call it works fine. So if you want to mix it yourself, that's fine, too. But for this I don't think it matter. So take some a dark color or black push it brush and pull a little bit. How I could do with this angle. I turned my page because that's like a tropical leaf. And I'm gonna add some eyeliner, being careful not to stick your hand in the paint like I just did. - And her people I'm not using much water with this because I want the black to be really saturated. Okay, let this dry and you come back and do another layer just too dark and everything up, and then we'll have our eyes illustration. We are checking back in on the humanize project and added Another leaf you can see. I added a short to link poem about eyes says she had wonder lust in her eyes. You could see it from worlds away by K A. And I also went over the eyeliner just one time. Now let's take away the masking fluid gently. Just pick it off sometimes black. Okay, Smudges. So I'd be really careful, people. Now we have it Final piece. 8. painting and embellishing animal eyes project: Okay, so it's time for analyze. And I kind of started this one. The reverse order, which is okay. Just wet the page already. And we haven't done the irises yet, but that's okay. We can do the irises after going to lose my brush with the color. You know, I'm using a smaller flat brush to try and get some like lines. Effect. This is a tiger. So I thought trying it a little bit of stripes breath pick up another color. You can see I went over the lying a little bit, but that's OK, because that's gonna actually be black, so that doesn't matter. Not really liking these lines too much. Come on. A wet, Um, let the mix and mingle. - Okay , Let's try and we'll come back to do the rest of the eyes on this project. I decided to give it some runs. I tapped it on table while I was ready to give it some runs. And I'm gonna add some stripes in later. Right now, we're gonna work on the iris. Yes. That was a light yellow around the pupil. I'm doing two colors on this one. Different than the human eye. I'm gonna take a green color. What? My painful of it. It's good to use a spray bottle. What you paints easier, then lowering the brush a whole bunch times. I'm gonna take some sap green and go around urge, and then let it meet up doing very different things on each eye. But that's OK. We'll give it some variation. Make it look natural. You have to let this dry before we go back in with the black. Okay, let's put some details on this. The black has dried, and I'm gonna put some stripes on the background. So I'm just gonna use the purple that used before and was going to mostly dragged my brush across. No softening a little bit with water. Thank you. - That's why I give it to feel of stripes. It's not exact stripes. This is more abstract. Look, once this drives, I'm gonna add some details and take off masking fluid. Now, does the paint dried? Is you can see it added much of cherry blossoms to fill some of the white space. Yeah, continue. Just adding a sprinkling of cherry blossoms. I like leaving, um, white with just black outline. I'm not gonna paint these. That's just a design choice. You can really do whatever you want with these paintings of eyes. No. - And we can peel off the masking fluid at this point. Remember to be careful around the black paint because it can smoke. I also didn't mention that I put two highlights on this. I This set of eyes, you can always put his money highlights as you want to. I think some of masking doesn't come off. I have to use in a racing for that. Okay, And that's the final piece. 9. final project: So here's the final product. This is the only difference. Humanize. Just today, we decided to put some words on it. You have some Leafs, some wet on wet technique and the illustrations eyes. This is the wild one. I added the word wild, and I did end up covering the inside of the flowers yellow. Bring out the highlights in the eyes. This is not my favorite. Picture the strikes and come out the way I wanted them to. But we're like I like everything we make. Yes, something I have done previously. You can stick a palm tree in the middle. You can do washes by just doing different colors is lines. There's another example was two different colors on irises, washes and leaves. Another example was words. Use different shaped eyes is more of an exotic look. Another animal. This is a different shape. Highlight and do a square highlight, and I didn't use masking fluid in this one. I just left white space, and this one I created. The highlight was a gel pin, which I don't think it looks quite as good as the white space with masking fluid. But it's up to you or If you have a really great gel pen, maybe it would look better. You have to experiment. His one with lines came over a lot better than the warning did today. Another animal and another one was wrong. So as you can see, you can do a lot with these pictures and the possibilities are pretty endless. So have fun, please, to a project and let me see your project in the gallery. Can't wait to see what you think. 10. outro: Thank you for watching my class. I had a great time teaching it. Sorry, I'm not the best videographer yet, but it'll get better. And I really hope to see your class project in the gallery. So please put it in there. Thank you. Bye Bye. See you next time.