Drawing eyes in profile and three quarter view is different from drawing them head on. At these angles, certain things like the waterlines, and the setting of the eye in the socket will be emphasized. The eyes may even appear to be different shapes.
In summary, start with a sideways "V", pay attention to how the waterline curves and follow it, keeping in mind that it may be more visible at certain angles. In quarter view, the setting of the eye in the socket is more visible, and the eye is usually more curved on top and flatter on the bottom.
In this post, I'm comparing Liquitex Basics Cadmium Red Deep with Amsterdam Standard Series Carmine.
My goals were to
For my comparison, I chose to paint this rose. My conclusion is that both are excellent paints and I would recommend both. Both paints are very transparent, so they glaze beautifully. They also won't life when other layers are applied on top. Find out more in the video below.
When you're doing a portrait, many times hair will have shades of blue and even purple in it, depending on how the light is hitting it. The key to making this look natural, like it's reflecting off the hair, is to keep the colors muted and the strokes short and thin. I mixed yellow with my purple and glazed a few layers of it over it after the paint was on my canvas to get this effect. I also brought quite a lot of the brown of the rest of her hair into where the purple was.
In the video embedded below, I walk you through my journey of painting somewhat realistic hair with seemingly unrealistic colors.
A while ago I took a class in portrait drawing in which I picked up some tips that I think make drawing accurately proportioned faces fast and easy. They involve drawing basic shapes and then refining them and using lines to show where particular features will go. In the video below, I walk you through the process of drawing both a face looking straight on and one with a tilt, so you can see that even a slanted head doesn't have to be intimidating to draw.
Painter of portraits and wildlife