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All Watercolor Techniques For Painting A Classic Portrait

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Step 5: Techniques For Painting Eyes

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Use Peacock Blue with a touch of Hooker’s Green for his iris and pupil. Then, mix more Alizarin and Ultramarine Blue for a purple color, and use this for the shadow under the eye and eyelid. Darken the areas around the bottom lip and the side of the nose as well. You can lift out more paint on the front of the eyelid and forehead to add more contrast. One option is to use the scrubber brush (size 4), but be gentle as it is more abrasive and may make a hole in the paper if you use it too much. And remember, watercolor is quite a transparent medium, so don’t water down your paints too much as it will always dry lighter than when it’s wet.