Terry stopped in to pose for our Open Studio session last night. Since I had been painting all that day, I was warmed up and ready to go. I put down thick paint with a bare minimum of detail. I decided to stop painting as soon as I had a good gesture. If I noodled it with it any more, I think I would have killed the spontaneity.
In my Monday Evening Portrait class, we have been working on painting features. Here is my method for painting an eye ( I used a #2 filbert brush for the entire process):
We will use a photo of Christy for our model.
After putting down a base of light skin tone, I find the entire shadow area of the eye socket. I put this in with a middle value of purple warmed with a bit of cadmium red.
On the top of the shadow form, I paint in the brow with a dark mixture of ultramarine blue and burnt sienna.
Once the brow is in, I can see where the iris belongs. Using the same mixture as the brow, I loosely paint in the iris.
I add the lash line with the same dark mixture.
I add the "white" of the eye, which in reality is a very light gray. I find the lid crease and darken it.