Friday, July 18, 2008

Friday Tip

Well here we are at the last week of the eye painting tutorial series! This week we're covering the pupil, the third eyelid, and specular highlights. So, watch the video and check below for details!

  • Add in the corpora nigra on the top of the pupil. They are little blobby finger-like things. They stand out on some horses more than others. There are none (or very minimal) bits on the bottom of the pupil, so just tidy up the line.
  • The rotation part of the video is not *quite* accurate, since I had my pupil separate from the iris. In reality, the whole of the eye will try to stay level when the horse puts its head up and down. There is a limit to how level with the ground the pupil will remain, but for horses in normal up halter pose type headsets to those on the bit, plan to paint the pupil fairly level. In other words, the pupil does not always stay anchored in a straight line from corner to corner of the eye. You can see an example of how this works by looking into a mirror and moving your head side to side. Notice how the whole round parts of your eyes stay in one spot while your head moves around them!
  • AVOID adding specular highlights (those white dots) to your eyes. They are necessary in flat work to indicate shape and shinyness, but when used on a sculpture the lighting will naturally create these highlights. Adding them in can cause the real highlights and your painted on highlights to compete which looks unnatural.
  • Many horses show their third eyelids - some more than others. Very carefully paint in a cream base coat in the corner of the eye. Do not make this very large or it will look like... an eyesore. Add in a touch of pink in the very corner, and then line the back rim with brown. You can also shade the brown into the cream portion if you like.

And that's it! Good luck painting beautiful eyes!


Anonymous said...

Hi Mel,
As a complete greenhorn in the hobby, I loved this tip series! I've always wondered what people meant when they talk about using seven colors in the I know!
I think it would be cool to have a similar tip series on painting realistic hooves. Hooves are another feature that often stump the beginner, and the effect of a realistic hoof is truly magical!
Thanks again for this great blog.

Mel Miller said...

I will definitely do that, thank you Kiki! I'm so pleased the eye tips helped you. :-D