I started with a base I made by mixing raw sienna, transparent middle yellow, and a touch of red into some titanium white.
,I didn't think it was quite right, though, so I glazed yellow mixed with purple over it and then red mixed with green,
and this is what I got and I'm much happier with it. This is an example of how, as artists, we can take a shade that's not quite right, and by glazing colors over it, make it right. Nothing's messed up just because a color isn't to your liking when you put it on the canvas, but you can't adjust what's only in your mind.
I painted over where the sclera was to be with titanium white so that the colors I was planning to use, a mixture of yellow and purple, would show up. I've started to paint around the rim with a blue-grey made by mixing titanium white, mars black, and ultramarine blue.
Last night I started the layering process required to give the eyeball the shine I want it to have. I painted a super transparent glaze of burnt sienna along the bottom of the sclera. What was really going to give it that shine, though, was painting titanium white along the top and in the pupil.
Here I've brightened up the white shine spot, glazed some ivory black over the burnt umber to darken it, and glazed a very thin layer of ivory black over the sclera. I've also added blue and purple to the surrounding area.
Here I've glazed some ivory black over the white highlight next to his sclera and glazed some gray made by mixing transparent mixing white and ivory black over the surrounding area with the blue and purple. I've also started to paint the fur around the eye.
And at this point, the eye is done. You can follow me on Instagram, which is _Saramakesart to see the rest of the progress of this painting.
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Painter of portraits and wildlife