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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 Dec 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
great tutorial. :love:
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:iconmizupics:
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 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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:iconharrynginny4eva:
Looks like the dude from the last crow movie. very helpful!
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DelaneyDelboyBolton Oct 17, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
wicked tutorial mate
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:iconsorchaagussaor:
Fantastic tutorial!
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:iconedgarallanpoet:
thank you SO much... you are the dog's bollocks!
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:iconkagura-roseh:
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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:iconliving-dead-doll13:
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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:iconznow-white:
Your wonderful tutorial has been featured here.[link]

Thank you for providing the gallery with such awesome Resources.:heart:
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