Lovely eyes

Lovely eyes - student project

Excellent class! Thank you SO MUCH Denise! I wouldn't have had the faintest idea how to approach painting eyes before this. I love that you went over the anatomy of different animal eyes, I found it very helpful.

For this project, I used M. Graham paints and Daniel Smith's Yellow Ochre (I don't like the MG version of that one). I was painting in my handmade sketchbook made with Arches 90lb hot press paper. I think I prefer cold press, but it's what I had. I used a number 6 Silver Black Velvet travel brush and a white gel pen.



Lovely eyes - image 1 - student project

Cat. I feel I put the first layer of blue down too dark. I don't have cobalt teal, so I used ultramarine and cerulean. I like the highlights.



Lovely eyes - image 2 - student project

Peacock. I like this one a lot. I like the blue feathers around the eye and the folds of skin under the eye around the eye ring.



Lovely eyes - image 3 - student project

Lizard. I like this one too. I like the slightly paler yellow in the iris closest to the pupil. I just lifted some of the pigment off the paper when it was still wet in my first layer of yellow. I like the folds of skin. Not so sure about the texture of the scales, but I look forward to learning about that in the class Denise has about painting textures.


I haven't tried the toad yet. I'll update my project with another picture once I try it.