In Part 1 we took the time to really look closely at eyes to decide what we are going to paint.
In Part 2 I will take you step by step through painting a cat’s eye with photos and then demonstrate via a video painting the second eye. I love to use cat’s because their eyes are really complex and in this example the reflection in the eye was large and easy to see.
This is what I observed in this cat’s eye. (A)
I use lots of tools – inks in bottles, (AD-Adirondack and P-Pinata) ink refills in bottles (SN-Spectrum Noir), markers (SN-Spectrum Noir; Copic and CH-Chameleon) and ink pens. You don’t need to use all of these tools but it gives me an opportunity to show you the differences. *
When using bottled ink I like to put the inks into a palette. In this example (B) we have, clockwise, AD-Lemonade, SN-GB1, SN-GB7, P-Tangerine, and SN-TN6. You can see the alcohol beading up on the sides with the Lemonade and a bit with the SN-GB1. To control the inks just use where the ink beads up as the alcohol evaporates and leaves behind concentrated color.
Using a very small, cheap brush use SN-GB1 to lay down a light base. (C) As long as the layers on top of the base are limited in the amount of alcohol you can paint on top to get additional colors.
Add radiating lines in the iris (Copic YR27), paint the reflection(Copic YR20,E15, E18), add the pupil and edge of the eyes with a sepia brush. (D)
The reflection is a window sill with a cat on it, a lawn and hillside in the background.
Add P-Tangerine, SN-OR1, SN-OR4 in the darkest part of the iris. Allow the inks to puddle and mingle. Add SN-OR3 for the edges of the “loops.” Copic YR23 to yellow up the oranges. (E)
As the P-Tangerine evaporates and creates and darker color add more to the dark area to deepen the color. For more dark add SN-EB3.
Sepia pen and SN-EB3 for the dark inner edges. (F)
Use Copic-R20 for the base of the inside of the lid. (G)
Use SN-BGs Brown-Grays for the inside of the lid. (H)
Here’s a chart I put together to show you how to replace the colors/markers I used with Adirondacks. (I)
I’ve put together my first video to show you how I painted the other eye. Please look at this reference photo first. (J) The Password is CAT to watch the video.
Here’s the finished painting. It’s based on Taylor Nicole Demarcy’s photo at Paint My Photo
(Click to enlarge)