A good way to begin painting eyes on a 3-dimensional object is to first draw an eye on paper, using a pencil or charcoal or even colored pencils to get a feel for where you want shadows and depth.
- I start off by painting the entire eyeball with a couple of coats of gray paint.
- Next, I paint the eyelids in a bright color or a shade that is slightly darker or lighter than the skin tone of the sculpture. (I usually have to go back and touch them up).
- I then paint the pupil, starting off with thinned paint until I get both pupils to look like they are “looking” in the same direction.
Drawing the pupil and iris with pencil first can be helpful.
- Pick a color for the iris, thin the paint to a light wash and paint around the pupil, working to get both eye as close to the same as possible.
- I then use a blending gel, dark gray paint or black and add shadows under the eyelids as well as under the eye.
- The white reflected “light” dots can be put anywhere on the eye and as many or as few as wanted. Any shape as well.
- Lastly, I put a high gloss on just the eyes and of course, never forget the false eyelashes!
“I live in Florida, a state that lends itself to outrageous colors and creativity.
I’ve been making art dolls off and on since the late 80’s. Self-taught at a kitchen table littered with kids homework papers and cookie crumbs. It evolved into a nice little business for a time. Now, my focus is on learning different mediums and techniques and mixing them up like a mystery stew.
With the project involving the big blue eye, I decided to attempt making a large doll out of fabric and the head with paper mache clay. The eyes were easier for me to make out of polymer clay.”