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Mekare
March 16th, 2016, 10:07 AM
I'm a great fan of painted eyes. Let's have a thread where we discuss techniques and share our pictures!

So this my first try:

http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160316/fca377d732f62eb5ca337988cb3dec69.jpg

And today I set out to paint another eye

http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160316/21af59e3554be75b86766d1a70fe7b5a.jpg

And here's what I got:

http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160316/8a70ca45e4af7f1b843002cff24de39d.jpg


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Mekare
March 16th, 2016, 10:18 AM
http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160316/44df4c6bcf5486ac47e783696904e94d.jpg

They are kinda different size, but it's a start :)


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Mekare
March 16th, 2016, 10:42 AM
And then I painted this guy...

http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160316/7751e7df2ead759cdbaaecbecfeca4e3.jpg


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Bibarina
March 16th, 2016, 08:52 PM
Well done! Ooooh I want one of your magnifying thingummys!!! Lol!

Mekare
March 16th, 2016, 11:41 PM
You know where I got my magnifying thingy? I was preparing to paint, and my husband walks out with a box and says: "Look what I have!" He's a sound designer and sound engineer, so this was a lamp someone gave him as a present. It a small soldering station 😄😄😄


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Bibarina
March 17th, 2016, 12:32 AM
You know where I got my magnifying thingy? I was preparing to paint, and my husband walks out with a box and says: "Look what I have!" He's a sound designer and sound engineer, so this was a lamp someone gave him as a present. It a small soldering station 😄😄😄


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Fantastic!! What a present!!

Mekare
March 17th, 2016, 08:16 PM
I know, right! I couldn't believe my eyes :) Because a week before that, I was looking at something like that at Michael's, but it was too expensive, so I didn't get it. Also, I figured, I'm not going to be painting eyes on an industrial scale anyway :))

Syaron
March 18th, 2016, 03:19 AM
I know, right! I couldn't believe my eyes :) Because a week before that, I was looking at something like that at Michael's, but it was too expensive, so I didn't get it. Also, I figured, I'm not going to be painting eyes on an industrial scale anyway :))

If you are in the US and have access to a Harbor Freight you can find these at very reasonable prices. Harbor Freight sells tons of tools and such. As an electrician I have purchased many of my tools and equipment from them. I have a mounted magnifier for soldering and circuit board repairs but learned long ago that they are perfect for other tiny detail work. Harbor Freight has the lighted magnifiers that clamp to your table and also the ones that are lighted that you wear on your head. Much cheaper than Michael's.

Mekare
March 18th, 2016, 11:14 AM
Syaron, thank you for the awesome tip! I'm sure it will be useful to a lot of people here!


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aneemal
March 18th, 2016, 12:32 PM
Well done, Mekare! I like that painted eyes can be appreciated for their looking painterly - i.e. they look beautiful without having to be ultra realistic (which is super difficult on this tiny scale). Some of Marina's dolls have eyes that are quite stylistically Anime, which I think gives them lots of life (lots of light and reflections). Some artists over-work their eyes when trying to achieve realism and I think it kills the dolls expression sometimes.

I am still working on eyes for my doll... will share progress too, when I start :)

allurose
March 19th, 2016, 06:58 AM
Well done, Mekare! I like that painted eyes can be appreciated for their looking painterly - i.e. they look beautiful without having to be ultra realistic (which is super difficult on this tiny scale). Some of Marina's dolls have eyes that are quite stylistically Anime, which I think gives them lots of life (lots of light and reflections). Some artists over-work their eyes when trying to achieve realism and I think it kills the dolls expression sometimes.

I am still working on eyes for my doll... will share progress too, when I start :)

I just wanted to say how much I agree with you! And I think the most important thing is it brings the eye color forward to the surface, where the light can reach it. While in glass eyes the color is in the middle of the sphere, which is almost always in shadow.

Petraskova
March 19th, 2016, 04:49 PM
You are doing a great job on the eyes!

skulptress9
March 19th, 2016, 08:00 PM
Hi Mekare, your doll's eyes are fab. I don't think anyone can really appreciate how tiny they are in person. You're right it makes all the difference.

Mekare
April 12th, 2016, 06:59 PM
Thank you all for your wonderful comments! I have been busy these couple of weeks, but finally I can get to more painting!

Also, I decided to try out some soft glass eyes on my doll, and I think they look kinda cute. Maybe a bit too big? But I also got a smaller version to try too.

I feel like I would not want to have permanent painted eyes. I want to change them if I want to.

http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160412/e08333f5b4affdc334f01c7812fabfc3.jpg


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