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All Watercolor Techniques For Painting A Classic Portrait

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Step 11: More Techniques For Painting Realistic Eyes

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Mix some Alizarin Crimson and Cadmium Red Deep with the tan color, then bring out the eye further by emphasizing the shadowed areas around the eye and the area around the eyebrows. Use an earthy tone by adding Burnt Sienna and Yellow Ochre before painting the hairs of the eyebrows. Feather the edges for a hair-like texture. Make a gold color by adding more Yellow Ochre to this mixture before painting the frames of the glasses – leave some highlights though, to show that the glasses are metallic. Then, add some of the indigo mixture for the thin shadow under the eyelid, and paint the sclera (the “white” part of the eye that surrounds the iris) using a very watered-down Payne’s Grey and blue.