Details, Details


Oh, details. This is honestly the most frustrating part of painting, if you’re impatient. I like to get things done fast. But the longer you spend on the details in your painting, the better it will turn out. It really is time-consuming, but totally worth it in the end.

For this post I will be focusing on putting detail inside the eye. Remember to pick your focal point (where you want the attention to be emphasized), paint that first and then work your way around it.

Before we dive into detail, create a common base color that you see in your reference photo. This color will be canceled out by 80% when you’re finished with the detail.

After putting some Raw Sienna and yellow around the Burnt Umber (brown shade), I added some warmth to the eye by painting red. It may look a little scary at first and you’re going to think that the whole eyeball will turn a horrendous red, but after using the detailed brush (in the photo above) to stipple the red color, I like to blend it out with a slightly larger brush. This is my favorite method of painting, it’s honestly so much fun! You can stipple in two different colors on your painting and just blend to create depth into your painting (if you prefer not to mix on your palette). I like to do this for small areas in the painting.

Because of the brown, the red easily created a warm orange color. Next I will be painting the pupil and the iris to create more dimension in the painting and finish up with some eyelashes.

Using the same tiny brush, I created lines from the outside of the eye, towards the pupil to make the painting look more textured and realistic.

The next step from here would be to create texture around the eye by using…… yes, detail.



Why Do I Paint?

Painting is meditative once you begin, and I believe that is why I have become addicted to painting. It’s nice to take time out of your day and spend time alone to do something productive. Whether or not your painting turns out nice doesn’t matter, the whole process of painting is soothing. I always like to play mellow music and sort of get lost in the making of a painting.

This is why I encourage anyone to just try out painting once. If you don’t like it that’s alright, but I guarantee you that you will find it a very peaceful experience. Many people paint when they are stressed, not necessarily paint an actual image but just random strokes which turns out to becoming an abstract piece. It’s truly amazing to critique an abstract piece of art and find the meaning that the artist was trying to convey.

Art had always been my favorite subject all throughout middle school and high school. I enjoyed the atmosphere of silence for that small period out of a hectic day. I also enjoyed art because there was an unlimited opportunity to basically do what you want and let your creative mind wander. Even if painting is not your thing, there are numerous other ways that art can be created. If you have a prominent creative mind, I encourage you to instill that mind into art. Whether it be through painting, drawing, or even creating a sculpture. Who knows, you may pick up a new hobby!

You Are Your Worst Critic

Whenever I finish a piece of artwork, I immediately start pointing out all the flaws in it and end up driving myself to hating the piece. But to other people the painting may seem wonderful. Do not stress out if your end product does not end up becoming what you expected. A lot of times paintings turn out better than the photo, and that is honestly the best feeling. Worrying about getting every small detail exactly as it is in your reference photo is a huge mistake. It’s alright to venture beyond and create something a little different from what you intended.

A lot of abstract paintings are based under creating the illusion of something through art. I admire these kinds of paintings because they are appealing to the eyes, and inspire me to try something new in my own paintings. Through varying colors and the different strokes of paint, you can easily evoke all kinds of emotion from a simple painting.

Keep updated on my blog as I will teach you how to paint your own abstract painting!