Tracing Example

I decided to show you how I trace and paint a cat’s eye.  This is from Audra Timas at PMP “Ema”.  First I print out a black and white version of the photograph.  I have found that if you take the element of color out of the equation it is easier to see where the value changes of light a dark are.  I still have to use the color reference when I paint but at this point it’s about tracing.
eye tapedI put down a sheet of Yupo Paper, tape the black and white image on top and slide carbon paper between.

I draw a line every time the light/dark changes. I use a green pen so know where I have traced aeye with green tracingnd where I haven’t.


Here’s the tracing on theye tracinge Yupo.  I didn’t get everything but there as much as I found at the time. (sorry for the shadow)

(Click to enlarge)

eyeThe next step is to paint the eye.  I hold my iPad with the image on in close by so I can try to replicate the colors I see in the picture.  I used bottles of ink, markers, pens and the magic touch of the Chameleon blending pen.


EMAAudraTimasPMP eye only

Here is just the eye of the reference photo.  The painting will look much better when there is fur around the eye.


3 thoughts on “Tracing Example

  1. Karen Dawes June 7, 2016 / 1:04 pm

    Several of your reference photos aren’t showing up (for me at least). The “eye taped,” “eye with green tracing” and “eye scanned” are the ones blank even when I enlarge them. I’m using the latest iPad Air.


    • sherylwil June 7, 2016 / 1:10 pm

      Thanks, Karen. I’ve got them fixed now. Please look it over and let me know if you find anything else.


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