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How To Paint A Super Realistic Watercolor Eye To Give Life To Portraits

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It’s easy to feel overwhelmed when you’re learning to paint a person’s face, so why not start small? Take your time and try out this step by step painting tutorial on creating a realistic watercolor eye, courtesy of Kelly Eddington. Thanks for sharing your techniques, Kelly!

Materials used:

  • A reference image of an eye
  • Arches cold press pad (140 lb, 9″ x 12″)
  • 4H pencil
  • Factis eraser
  • Incredible White Mask Liquid Frisket (Kit #2)
  • Painting palette for watercolor paints
  • A container of water
  • Paper towels
  • Artist’s or kraft tape

Old Holland Classic Watercolors

  • Cadmium Yellow Light
  • Cadmium Yellow Medium
  • Alizarin Crimson Lake Extra
  • Cadmium Red Light
  • Old Holland Magenta
  • Ultramarine Blue
  • Prussian Blue Extra
  • Permanent Green Light
  • Dioxazine Violet
  • Sepia Extra

Holbein Extra Fine Artists’ Watercolors

  • Opera

Grumbacher Academy Artists’ Watercolors

  • Cerulean Blue Hue
  • Thalo Yellow Green

Winsor & Newton Cotman Watercolors

  • Turquoise

Brushes

  • Silver Brush Silverwhite: short handled brush (no. 6)
  • Sax: Copper acrylic wooden handle flat brush (no. 10)
  • Silver Brush Silverwhite: short handled brush (no. 2)
  • Any old round brush with stiff, messed up bristles (no. 4 or 6)