The Wet-In-Wet Watercolor Technique: Mastering The Basics To Paint Exotic Fish
Step 11: Adding Depth To And Around The Fish’s Eyes
While the background dries, work on the next layer for the eyes. Using the no. 6 Neef rigger brush, mix a dark color using Neutral Tint and Ivory Black, and paint in the pupils. Next, squeeze some Permanent White and Cadmium Red gouache paint on your side palette or tray, and use the red to paint around the bottom fish’s eye to make it stand out a little more. Try to wait for the pupil to dry first before doing this in case the colors touch and bleed, and be careful not to touch the background or any wet areas while doing this, as this will cause the paint to smudge.
For more details, mix Peacock Blue with a little of the Permanent White gouache paint to make it more opaque, then add highlights to both fish’s lips and around the top half of the eyes of the upper fish.