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Simple watercolor tutorial: Eye study by jane-beata Simple watercolor tutorial: Eye study by jane-beata
This is a watercolor tutorial focused on painting a single eye step by step (as requested). I explained what exact materials and tools I used for this painting. If you have any questions, suggestions or this tutorial isn't comprehensive enough / missing anything important, comment here or note me - I will gladly answer and help you as much as I can to make this kind of technique comprehensive for aspiring watercolorists.

Please note that this might not be the most perfect or proper way of how to approach watercolor painting, it is merely an explanation how I worked.

:bulletblack:Final painting (it's two versions):
Forgotten (version a) by jane-beataForgotten (version b) by jane-beata





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Wonderful! This was very helpful and contained more comprehensive material than your last tutorial. Unlike the last tutorial which only showed photo step by step, the commentary was very helpful in explaining exactly what you did between steps. The tutorial showing only the photos step by step was helpful in seeing the process but some of the steps in between were confusing on what exactly you did. This was a much better improvement in showing speficially what details you did with the eye and hilighted the important aspects and also pointed out steps that we may have missed or overlooked with the last tutorial. I like how you showed what exact materials you used for each step, that solves a lot of unanswered questions and shows us exactly what you used so we can use either the same or similiar materials. This is a much better version, thanks for the tutorial. :)
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Steinmarder Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2015
This is really very helpful, thanks!
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meubanks Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Excellent tutorial. It is far advanced for my feeble painting skills, but very well done.
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lweegiel Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awesome!!!!
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Scherbensplitter Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Great tutorial! Thanks for sharing!
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K-naille Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Aaah, ecoline 411... I just love that color.

Very useful. It's interresting how you use both watercolor and ecoline in the same picture.
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K-naille Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Very interresting. I never dare use ecoline and watercolors together, believing they wouldn't mix well but I'll try this tchnique when painting next time!
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Penguinity Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2014   General Artist
thank you, this is so helpful!
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Attyyay Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2014
Nice!  Thanks for sharing what material you use, I am always mystified as to the best paper/paint/ink/colors to try :)
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jacobjackson620 Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2014  Professional Artist
I am looking forward to get more tutorials from you. Painting eye is the trickiest part that can make or ruin your painting. It requires patience and detailed work. Here's a tutorial that I found helpful as well - www.jerrysartarama.com/art-les…
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:iconmgresa:
MGRESA Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2013  Student General Artist
thanks for the tutorial. :)
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PatrykWojciechowicz Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2013  Student General Artist
Sweet easel. Danke schon for tutorials :)
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EsBest Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013  Professional General Artist
:wave: This is a great tutorial. Ironically, I have a similar watercolor but not as realistic I am working on. I began working on it because I had originally use a mini spray bottle to experiment with laying down some watercolors. I look at again some months later at an angle and the way two areas of paint where on it look like eyes so I began working on it as an expressionist piece knowing it may not come out exactly like an eye study. I call it, "Working Splash of Color". I will shoot a link of my WIP.

Could you tell what brand of white gel pen you use? I have been having a lot of trouble finding a good one. :(I have some some paint pens and others but had to return them or throw them out because they did not work or would not show up (thin paint).
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diamondhart Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013
This is a great tutorial!! I love the way the colors don't perfectly blend together, you see the outline of each color which I think is beautiful. I have a few questions on your process as well. When you paint do you put the canvas flat on a table or vertical against a wall/ aisle? And when you paint do you continuously add washes of paint to the desired area? I'm curious to know how you get this effect in your portraits ^^
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jane-beata Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
When painting with watercolor, I mostly work on my desk. Layering depends on what I'm painting but mostly I put new layers on top of dried old layers (wet on dry).
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ashleighh9136 Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012
Do you know where I can get ecoline inks online in the UK? or an alternative? cant seem to find them anywhere :(
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:iconjane-beata:
jane-beata Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Sorry but I know no alternatives to Ecoline whatsoever and really no idea about UK, try browsing, perhaps on e-Bay someone is selling or Amazon.com?
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livelifefree71 Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012  Student Artist
i love you eyes there amazingand where do you get those materials
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:iconmehraz:
Mehraz Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012
Very Helpful,Thank You :)
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kaja661993 Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2012
Ahoj, prepáč, že ťa otravujem, ale chcela by som sa opýtať, kde kupuješ biele gélové pero. Ja som obehla asi všetky papierníctva v Bratislave, Poprade a Kežmarku a nikde o ňom nepočuli. A na nete som takisto nič nenašla... Vopred ďakujem za odpoveď :)
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:iconjane-beata:
jane-beata Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Ja zijem v Prahe a nakupujem tu v Zlatej Lodi, skus sa v BA pozriet do DaVinciho alebo Kohinooru v Auparku, tam urcite maju.
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kaja661993 Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2012
Super, zajtra tam určite skočím. Ďakujem za tip :)
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:iconjane-beata:
jane-beata Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Kedykolvek (: Uprimne dufam ze je moj tip aktualny, naposledy som tam nakupovala takmer pred rokom.
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kaja661993 Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2012
Takže bola som tam, v Da Vinci sa tvárili, že o takom niečom niečom nikdy nepočuli a Koh-i-noor som nevidela, ale pozerala som ich online obchod a ani tam nebolo. Asi by som to mala vzdať :)
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jane-beata Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Kohinoor je v prizemi blizko potravin, taky malicky obchod. Este mi napada Sevt, ze by tam mohli mat. Ked nie, napis mi do spravy adresu, jedno ti poslem postou.
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kaja661993 Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2012
to asi hovoríš o Da Vinci. to som našla pri hypernove. a v ševte som bola tiež a mali iba strieborné. strašné, že sa to nedá nikde zohnať. a naozaj by si mi to poslala? nechcela by som ťa otravovať.
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:iconjane-beata:
jane-beata Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Jasne, poslem, napis adresu (:
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EdisonRodgers Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2012  Student General Artist
Neat! :)
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EdisonRodgers Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2012  Student General Artist
Neat! :)
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ShannC Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2012   Traditional Artist
great, thanks!
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HercGossKuehn Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2012
Cannot wait to try and attempt watercoloring. I feel cheesy saying this, but you're actually such an inspiration for me.
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:iconjane-beata:
jane-beata Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you, I am glad to hear such works no matter how cheesy, it is really what I wanted to do :)
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HercGossKuehn Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012
:D

most definitely!
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GhinaBlue Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Is being a great artist must cost more ? ;__;
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:iconjane-beata:
jane-beata Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
I don't really understand your question O.o
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Grubsonka Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2012
Thank you for this, i must try :)
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TheGreatBizzare Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Looks amazing :) wow!!
How did you the dripping part on the watercolors? does it just drip down by itself?
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:iconjane-beata:
jane-beata Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Yes, water drips. All you need to do is to position your paper in the right direction :)

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Quantum-Lotus Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love this tutorial
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Bogieman1 Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2012
Thank you Jane, very helpful.
Even I am a bad draftman... I will give it a try...

BTW I am going to add you to my deviants lists...
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:iconjane-beata:
jane-beata Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you (:
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hyperskygirl Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
great tutorial ty for sharing
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:iconnataszek:
nataszek Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
that's really great, thanks for sharing your way of colouring with others! :)
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:iconjane-beata:
jane-beata Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
No problem :)
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TH3RTYSE7N Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2012  Professional General Artist
very beautiful job. and thank you
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krazi-shuttler Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2012
Sounds so simple.... T_T
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autumnlit Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2012
It is so very kind and helpful of you to share all this. Thank you! :hug:
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:iconjane-beata:
jane-beata Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
You're welcome :heart:
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MonaParvin Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2012
Such a helpful and amazing tutorial! I appreciate that my dear thank you :hug::heart:
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:iconjane-beata:
jane-beata Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
My pleasure, dear :heart:

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Spells17 Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2012  Student General Artist
Thank you for the amazing Tutorial Jane ;D Have them all on my desktop ;D
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