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Watercolor eye study, step by step by jane-beata Watercolor eye study, step by step by jane-beata

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Originally, these pictures were taken only as a part of my documentation and were not suppose to be published, but when eye study won a DD, I've uploaded them on request for people to roughly see how I've worked. If my intention was to make tutorial, I would have taken far better pictures.





Materials used:

~ small watercolor paper block (A5 size) (tip: if you don't work on block and use only paper, stretch it, otherwise it will curl. More watercolor paper information: [link]

~ brushes: brush no.10 (used at start to place lightest layer of watercolor), brush no. 4 (used for most of the painting), brush no. 2/0 (used for details, it's actually even thinner than gel pen stroke, so you can use white ink, white acrylics or gouache for details instead of a pen)

~ watercolors (I use liquid watercolor Ecoline) [link]

~ white gel pen for final details


Any further questions I will gladly answer, please let me know if this tutorial needs corrections or is not comprehensive enough.

:bulletpurple: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.

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First I'll start with why this has impacted me so much. Every piece I have had the pleasure to see or critique, the eyes were the soul of the pictures. To be so nice and share one of her best techniques is a truly wonderful experience. I love the way you step work for people. So they experience the whole at the end. To me sharing such a treasure with other people is like finding out how she pulled the rabbit out of the hat, but then I would expect nothing else from this painter of portraits. She not only shares her work, she lets you into her world and shows you how it's done. I am so glad to be a small part of her world and I thank her.:heart:
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This is amazing, stunning and gorgeous. The eyes are looking right trough me and every detail is just, wow!
I love your way of using watercolours around the eyes and then precising the colour on the eyes and eyebrows.
The only thing that I think is negative about this painting is that there is a lot of drawings of eyes already, but who cares? Eyes are amazing and so are these.
And it is really kind of you to show step by step tutorials, by looking at this I learn and get the hang of it.
To end this review I'll just say that this is a really good painting.
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agoenginaya Featured By Owner May 22, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
nice job. great!
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:iconpanamagamesartwork:
PanamaGamesArtWork Featured By Owner May 11, 2016  Student Photographer
NICE job , I was thinking the same of starting some grind on my watercolor skills :)
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:iconkushinausagi:
KushinaUsagi Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2016
Beautiful tutorial.
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:iconxxchibigirl22xx:
Xxchibigirl22xX Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2016
Absolutely beautiful! I've been thinking about trying some watercolors and this makes me want to try even more :hugs:
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:iconsteinmarder:
Steinmarder Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2015
Thanks for sharing!
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:iconcorilessa:
corilessa Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
hey this looks great, I was wondering if you're using masking fluid though, and if you don't, my question is how can you keep the whites so untouched? learnt a lot from this btw ty for posting it. :)
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:iconjane-beata:
jane-beata Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
I rarely use masking fluid, when using thin brushes, white areas can be avoided easily. I do enhance white reflections with either white gel pen, white acrylic ink or gouache, though :)

Thank you!
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:iconcorilessa:
corilessa Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you for the answer <3
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:iconjasmine2792:
jasmine2792 Featured By Owner May 13, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Realistic Photoshop CS6 Watercolor & Paint Brushes
These are real brushes not just pictures, actual brushes with sensibility (if you use a graphic tablet) There are 130+ brushes. Enjoy.
jasmine2792.deviantart.com/art…
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susmitha10 Featured By Owner May 9, 2014
thank you very much because it helps me for my art final piece
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:iconarmyangel1206:
ArmyAngel1206 Featured By Owner May 3, 2013
thank you so much for making this, i have always wanted to learn this type of technique but never really knew how to get the final piece to look this good, i am definitely going to keep practicing from this :)
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:iconfetiorin:
Fetiorin Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! [link] — my first try to draw with watercolors.
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:iconthelovedgeneration:
TheLovedGeneration Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Beautiful, powerful eyes! Wow!!
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:iconesbest:
EsBest Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013  Professional General Artist
:wave: Here is the link the WIP I had mentioned in a previous post I said I would share with you.
[link]
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:iconcloudylicious:
cloudylicious Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2012
Wow *o* This is great and super helpful - thanks for sharing~ <3
Um, how long do you need for a painting like this?
And when did you start using watercolors? (I want to give it a try since I love the effects you can make with watercolor~ <3)
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:iconjane-beata:
jane-beata Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you - this particular one took 3 hours, but it was small (A5). I first used watercolor 10 months ago (:
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:iconsunrayelle:
Sunrayelle Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Had you done any sort of painting or art before that? Because this is amazing work for only having done it for 10 months!
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:iconcloudylicious:
cloudylicious Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2012
Okay, thank you very much! c:
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:iconoscarliima:
Oscarliima Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Their study and very good, I did a study regarding your Thanks. [link]
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:iconstylestyle:
stylestyle Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
how did you make the black parts of the eyes?? :) watercolor or ink? :) I really love your art though :D
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:iconjane-beata:
jane-beata Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Black ink. Thank you (:
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:iconstylestyle:
stylestyle Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
No problem and thanks :D
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:iconsquirrelgirl15:
SquirrelGirl15 Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Do you use wet on wet technique, or wet on dry? I'm just starting watercolor painting, and your tutorials have been really helpful and inspiring so far :heart:
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:iconjane-beata:
jane-beata Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Mostly wet on dry, but sometimes I combine two color tones in one layer, wet on wet - especially when painting portraits. (:
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:iconsammilo13:
sammilo13 Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012
Simply beautiful. :)
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:icongalimatia:
Galimatia Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012  Student General Artist
How do you make those white lines at the end?
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:iconjane-beata:
jane-beata Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
White gel pen.
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:icongalimatia:
Galimatia Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2012  Student General Artist
awesome :D
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praveenkoduri Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2012  Student Photographer
thank for having the tutorials.. they r really helpful :)
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:icongoodnight-melbourne:
Goodnight-Melbourne Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
I couldn't identify the blue colour. what is the name of this shade? I think I don't have it in my set.
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:iconjane-beata:
jane-beata Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
It was pastel blue Ecoline.
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:icongoodnight-melbourne:
Goodnight-Melbourne Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
ecoline...I don't have it, any tips how to make it by mixing other colours?
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:iconjane-beata:
jane-beata Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Ecoline is a brand, it's liquid watercolor, shade name is Pastel Blue.
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Twinelens Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Amazingly helpful.
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HyeDaa Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hi, I would love to know what did you use for detailing the eyebrows, eyelashes (especially the white ones)? and those blacks on eyes, were those black markers or also watercolor? Thanks! :) I'm still learning watercolor heee
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:iconjane-beata:
jane-beata Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Hello, for eye browse & lashes very thin brush is the best tool (I use no. 2/0) and in this case I used nut brown ink. For white lines, white gel pen or white ink/white acrylic.

Hope this helps, have a nice day :)

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:iconhyedaa:
HyeDaa Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ohh and last question, should I wait for the water to dry before applying the white details? and whats a good brand of a gel pen can you recommend? :)
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:iconjane-beata:
jane-beata Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Yes, it is best to let the layers dry before applying final details. As for the white gel pen brand, can't really recommend any, I use the only kind they have in my artist supplies store and it's some very cheap Jell zone pen :)
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gemznbeadz Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Can't wait to try this! Thank you for your generosity in sharing it!
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:iconjane-beata:
jane-beata Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
No problem and thanks :)
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:iconbeckypepper:
beckypepper Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Truly amazing
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:iconjane-beata:
jane-beata Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you (:
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DAnnsCreations Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Just love this, used to teach eye painting techniques in a ceramics class at my shop, oh so very long ago!! :iconcarameldansenplz:
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:iconjane-beata:
jane-beata Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you very much :heart:

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DAnnsCreations Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
:blowkiss::glomp:
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lulucas666 Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012  Student Photographer
Oh help me a lot :D
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mchameleonm Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Extremely detailed and helpful! Thank you! ^_^
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:iconjane-beata:
jane-beata Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
You're welcome, hope it helps (:
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:icongunneos:
gunneos Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012
magic happened between steps 3 and 4!
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:iconjane-beata:
jane-beata Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
It is just a few lines in brown, blue and light blue :)
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