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Painting Realistic Eyes in Oil by hever Painting Realistic Eyes in Oil by hever
I've decided to put together this tutorial since people often comment on how I paint eyes within my portraits. I've tried my best to outline my techniques, but keep in mind that it’s a difficult thing to pull apart a very fluid process. Nevertheless, I hope this tutorial sheds some light on my process.

To see the painting in this tutorial: [link]

I've realized it's a little large, but I think having good detail images is important and I'm afraid if I make it smaller, the images won't be as helpful. Sorry :(
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Temporalvisions Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
great tutorial. :love:
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MizuPics Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012
WOW oil is different than pencil/pen!

No wonder oil paint looks so much more 'real'!

You just *layer* it. Like real life! (The ambient light of the room affects everything, and the eye ball is under the iris is under the light on the top of the eye) :D

To put what I mean in perspective, for pen, that last little flick of white light on the eye (looks awesome on yours btw) has to be planned at the very beginning or it won't be white when you're done waaaay back when you're first drawing the shape of the eye)

This tutorial made art make sense in a way I never thought I'd understand. I used to go through my dad's art books when I was really little and look at all the oil paintings and then look at my pen and think 'huh what??? How do they get it so REAL?', but now I *get it!*

Thank you!

I now get why oil paint gets used, why it can do what it does relative to other mediums, how photoshop works (seriously, being a mostly-ink-person, the layering never quite made sense in my head. I could *use* it, but the logistics of *why* it did that didn't make sense.)

I think it would drive me insane not being able to do it all in one sitting though! I'm having a hard enough time working on my interrupted novel plot base from yesterday!
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hever Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
I'm so glad that you were able to take a lot away from this tutorial and that it has helped you learn about a different art process. Thanks very much for your comment and I hope that with the more you discover, the more you will create! :)
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harrynginny4eva Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2012
Looks like the dude from the last crow movie. very helpful!
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DelaneyDelboyBolton Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
wicked tutorial mate
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SorchaAgusSaor Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2010
Fantastic tutorial!
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edgarallanpoet Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2010
thank you SO much... you are the dog's bollocks!
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Kagura-Roseh Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2009
Wonderful tutorial! I'm just starting out with oil, and it's great to have something like this to help. =] You do such gorgeous eyes!
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Living-Dead-Doll13 Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2009
You make it look so easy. The tutorial is easy to follow and I think you broke the steps of painting up very well. I really need to practice painting with oils and this will help me a lot.
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znow-white Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2008
Your wonderful tutorial has been featured here.[link]

Thank you for providing the gallery with such awesome Resources.:heart:
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hever Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you very much! :)
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znow-white Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2008
My pleasure :heart:
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mobster-animeartist1 Featured By Owner May 29, 2008   Traditional Artist
Amazing! This is a great tutorial. I like oil painting but the only problem I have is blending, set up, and clean up.
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hever Featured By Owner May 29, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you. Oil painting can be quite tedious in those departments...sometimes I won't paint for a while just because I don't feel like the hassle of setting up and then cleaning up.
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snowmask Featured By Owner May 5, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
AWESOME tutorial :) Very detailed indeed, and very informative for anyone who wishes to venture in oil painting :nod:
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hever Featured By Owner May 6, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you very much :)
When I went to your page I actually just noticed that it had been featured in a news article.
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Eicats Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2008
Very helpful tutorial! It's great because the tips you give can work for multiple mediums, not just oil painting. I thought I had a pretty good grasp of eye construction, but I really like your Tip #'s 4 and 5. It's one thing to get the highlight in, but I love how you go further and explain light and dark areas around the highlight itself.

You do eyes amazingly well. In just your example, they were quite striking!
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hever Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks very much...I'm glad you can find it helpful. You're right, it can be translated to other mediums, but I think the actual painting steps need to be modified a bit to work for watercolors--otherwise, the general guidelines fit fine.
I had a great mentor that taught me all about the little things that really make a painting...and I feel as though all those little things are often overlooked--so I'm glad you can appreciate it :)
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Eicats Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2008
Definitely. Kudos to your mentor!
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Athansor Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2008  Professional Photographer
This really is the most MARVELOUS tutorial, Hev! I found it fascinating--and I don't even paint! :D :hug:
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hever Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Oh, I'm glad you think so! No one's actually commented on the content, so did you find it easy to follow?
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Athansor Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2008  Professional Photographer
I did, actually! Admittedly, I wasn't trying to DO it...but everything you said *sounded* straight forward enough that I could imagine doing it! :)

I thought it was a good blend of "how-to" and theory. :)
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hever Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Oh good...it's so hard to lay out a process steps like that because it's more of a fluid process. :)
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Athansor Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2008  Professional Photographer
Yeah--I would imagine it would be difficult to put something like that down in a tutorial--but ya did good! :D :hug:
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dancingbunny Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2008
gorgeous eyes!
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sugartwat Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2008
It's really big for my screen but I managed. Thanks for posting this.
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hever Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Sorry about that--I noticed after I posted it how big it was, but I fear if I make it smaller you won't be able to see the details in the images.

And I hope you feel better--that flu is a nasty one!
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sugartwat Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2008
Thanks, getting my own voice back =)
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TPol Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2008  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
thank you! do you have tutorial for skin?...this is great tutorial it will be so usefull for me :)
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hever Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
I'm glad you could find it helpful :)
I don't have a tutorial for painting skin in oil, but maybe that's something I could think about for the future.
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WonderDookie Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2008  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Great tutorial. haha. So much work in the eyes. That's about as much work as I put into a whole drawing.
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hever Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Hah--well, that's why a small, quick painting takes at least 20+ hours :)
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WonderDookie Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2008  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Yipes. That's why I stick to digital. That and I don't have to worry about getting paint all over my face when I pick my nose.
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hever Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
It is a good deterrent for nose picking...another one of the many overlooked advantages of traditional painting.
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WonderDookie Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2008  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Yeah, it's also a powerful deterrent for scratching one's self, but the first time you slip up...
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hever Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
...you'll think twice about doing it again.
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GdorChaser13 Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Excellent details, highly informative and useful. Thank you.
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hever Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you very much! I'm glad you find it useful :)
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Irishchicky Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2008
I was just gone ask you to do this!!! Thanks a million :hug:
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hever Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
I guess I read your mind :)
I hope you find it helpful!
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Irishchicky Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2008
Do you use the same method for watercolor?
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hever Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
yes and no....with watercolors I don't layer the same way since they are translucent..it's a much more careful process with the watercolors, but the basics are the same.
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Irishchicky Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2008
you should do a watercolor tutorial too !
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hever Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
well, I just take what I know from oils and apply it to watercolors...I was never formally trained in watercolors so it's difficult for me to write more specific tutorials since I have less of a structured method.
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Arinya13 Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2008
Such a great tutorial! Eyes are very important when painting - they are the window to a person's soul. So it's so nice of you to share your experiences. Very useful!

Thank you so much for sharing this with us all!
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hever Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Yes, I agree. I feel as though they actually can give a painting life in a way. I'm glad you could find it useful :)
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Lastofthesane Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2008
Really nice! You are really talented!
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hever Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks very much :)
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rabbitears Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2008
Great tutorial!
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hever Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
I'm glad you think so! Thanks :)
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