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Painting Eyes: A Quick WalkthroughPainting Eyes: A Quick Walkthrough

MuntoeMuntoe3 years agoTutorial
Crossposted onto my blog here: plumworkshop.bl...

You know those times when you get so ambitious on a project you end up doing way more than is necessary? That is definitely me with this garage kit right now. Because I'm in a good mood and can't sleep I decided to create a little WIP on how I paint eyes. I know I did one before in my GK Compendium series but it's always fun to take a bunch of photos and see everything step-by-step. So for those who are seasoned pros and curious or for those who are just scared of hand-painting eyes this is for you!

*Note: These eyes are approximately 0.5cm in height and length. You CAN paint those tiny eyes as long as you have thin paintbrushes ;)

I started out by painting the schlera a nice off-white. I'm a huge fan of the acrylic paint "Seashell White" by Delta Ceramcoat and use it for pretty much everything since regular white paint is a little too bright for me. Make an outline in pencil where you want to paint your iris and make sure they are facing the same direction.

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Paint the lightest color of your eye in thin coats. The consistency of your paint is very important here. If it's too runny paint will run all over your eyeball but if it's too thick you'll end up with streaky lines. Try to stay within the lines you created with pencil. Make sure both eyes have around the same size iris or you'll get a weird looking crazy eye lol.

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Apply the next color onto your eye. It's up to you how you do this but generally try to paint one to two shades darker on top of your lightest color - this will ensure that the contrast on your eye isn't too striking (in a bad way lol). I like to paint in a U-shape that ends around halfway on the eyeball.

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The next few steps can be done in any order and I've mixed it up before so it just depends on your mood. ^^ In this case I decided to paint her eyelashes. On some kits you're lucky and the eyelids are already sculpted for you but sometimes you have to paint onto a flat surface. The key to painting eyelashes is sharp lines - notice how the ends of my eyelashes are very pointy. There are thousands of different eye styles but almost all of them have an angle somewhere in there. Get confident with painting angles! At this point I also added an upper eye crease with a 0.005 brown micron pen.

Oh also you can paint the eyelashes whatever color you want, it depends on the colors of your kit I guess. I usually paint my eyelashes black but in this case it was way too harsh so I mixed two different colors of brown together (it's still pretty dark though haha).
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Not much has changed in this step except I decided to outline her eye with a 0.05mm mechanical pencil.

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Lastly I added the classic anime eye shine (white dot) and her pupil. This also varies from character to character but I was going for more of a striking cat eye slit.

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And here's another tiny thing I did just to show you how much of a difference a simple change in lines can entirely change the kit's appearance. Notice how the iris in the picture above is rounded compared to the picture below where the iris is pointed at the ends. Feels more like a feline, right?

I also added her markings and shaded a little bit above on her eyelid.

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At this point I had already finished my kit but did a couple of other things like making her freckles a little larger and adding some more shading on her face. You can't see it in this photo but I also added Pledge Future FloorCare to her eyes to make them super shiny. I did this on my Nostradamus kit as well and it really makes them stand out ^^

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EH CLOSE ENOUGH. I just realized how blue my kit's hair looks though...I didn't even use blue idk how that happened LOL
There are countless ways you can paint your eyes whether it's changing the color of the iris, the shape of the eyelashes or where you put that classic anime shine. I find it helpful to experiment with different eye types by drawing them on paper as well. I generally add two to three colors on my eyes to create a gradient but it depends how ambitious and/or comfortable you are with your kit. Also helpful is how big the eyes on your kit are - the bigger your eye generally the more detail you can add.

And also for the love of god PLEASE do not forget to paint eyebrows on your kit. I have an obsession thing for strong eyebrow game and every time I see a kit without eyebrows I silently weep for the poor character whose eyebrows were singed off in a horrible accident.

Have any of you ever tried painting eyes on a figure before? Are you interested now? Take care ^^
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Muntoe (3 years ago) #2971157Wow that's a really cool blog, thanks for showing me! This person is also very talented haha. As for the eyes I think that's a lighting trick since I swear all I did between those steps was paint her dark black eyelashes ^^; The eyelashes do protrude outward which casts a small shadow so I think that could be it? I did go in a little bit later and add a tiny bit of bright green on the bottom but I didn't think it was noticeable enough to mention.

You should post some of your work here too I'm sure we'd all love to see it :D

Yeah that blog was very helpful in figuring out how to paint eyes. Lots of nice photography of dolls traveling around on motorbikes too. And with your eyes, it must be the curvature of the surface that's tricking me into thinking there's a gradient there, heh.

I barely have anything of my own to show though, since I'm all WIPs and no finished products. (Been puttying and sanding the same single piece of a kit for over a month now...) I did take some progress shots when I was painting my Obitsu's eyes though: PICTURE #1282750
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Muntoe Lover of cacti ♡꒰*・ω・
Lyncfs (3 years ago) #2971304I would like to see how to do some of the more painting techniques such as hair shading, choosing skin color etc. Also I never understood this but are parts glued together or do the parts snap together like some of the PVC's?Thanks I will definitely keep that in mind for the next kit I decide to build ^^

As for the parts some come with keyholes so you can fit them together but you should glue them(and preferably pin them for extra support). You can see how I do this in a blog I made here: blog/3988&b...
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Muntoe (3 years ago) #2970962What types of other tutorials are you interested in? I thought about it but have no idea what people want to see.

I would like to see how to do some of the more painting techniques such as hair shading, choosing skin color etc. Also I never understood this but are parts glued together or do the parts snap together like some of the PVC's?
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Muntoe Lover of cacti ♡꒰*・ω・
Limited (3 years ago) #2971020I remember my first time painting eyes, when none of the artist brushes I could find were small enough, so I ended up painting with a sharpened bamboo skewer. <_< (A trick learned from kutsuneko.blog9... ) Didn't even know they made micron pens smaller then 0.1mm.
Though I noticed you added a gradient in the green eye color between pictures three and four without mentioning it. Layering thin coats of paint for a gradient is a handy thing to know for people aiming for a shinier style of anime eye.
Wow that's a really cool blog, thanks for showing me! This person is also very talented haha. As for the eyes I think that's a lighting trick since I swear all I did between those steps was paint her dark black eyelashes ^^; The eyelashes do protrude outward which casts a small shadow so I think that could be it? I did go in a little bit later and add a tiny bit of bright green on the bottom but I didn't think it was noticeable enough to mention.

You should post some of your work here too I'm sure we'd all love to see it :D
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I remember my first time painting eyes, when none of the artist brushes I could find were small enough, so I ended up painting with a sharpened bamboo skewer. <_< (A trick learned from kutsuneko.blog9... ) Didn't even know they made micron pens smaller then 0.1mm.

Though I noticed you added a gradient in the green eye color between pictures three and four without mentioning it. Layering thin coats of paint for a gradient is a handy thing to know for people aiming for a shinier style of anime eye.
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Muntoe Lover of cacti ♡꒰*・ω・
Chloe-tsundere (3 years ago) #2970497I will need a micropen tho i only got a very thin paintbrush but even very small ones can be a deal breaker as they are definitly not 0.5 mm i thinkMicron pens are awesome! I own black and brown 0.005 ones and I use them all the time on my kits since you can really get up close and personal with your kits.
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Thank you very much for posting this, I'm sure I'm going to need it in the future so it's super handy! Also that is one adorable kit ;o; I've considered trying out if I can coat the eye area of my next decal-less(or shitty-decal'd) kit to use copic markers since they have such vivid color, but I'd first have to find a kit I want again haha~
You're welcome! I've seen some builders do great things with copics and decals are another awesome option especially if you're uncomfortable with painting.
Tomoe (3 years ago) #2970576Ooh, cute!Eccmy (3 years ago) #2970577Holy, as someone who eventually plans to learn how to make GK in the future, that's definitely a very useful blog (I was always wondering about how to paint eyes on GKs). Thank you very much, Muntoe! ^_^Thanks guys :D Even if it helps just one person I'm glad!
Lyncfs (3 years ago) #2970676Nice Tutorial! I paint eyes on figures I make out of polymer clay and it seems that the eyes can make or break the figure! I would love to see more GK tutorial as eventually I am thinking of constructing/painting one!I completely agree that the eyes are often the most important part of the figure so I obsess about them a little bit too much sometimes lol. What types of other tutorials are you interested in? I thought about it but have no idea what people want to see.
3 years ago
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Nice Tutorial! I paint eyes on figures I make out of polymer clay and it seems that the eyes can make or break the figure! I would love to see more GK tutorial as eventually I am thinking of constructing/painting one!
3 years ago
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Holy, as someone who eventually plans to learn how to make GK in the future, that's definitely a very useful blog (I was always wondering about how to paint eyes on GKs). Thank you very much, Muntoe! ^_^
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Tomoe neL killed my wallet
Ooh, cute!
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Thank you very much for posting this, I'm sure I'm going to need it in the future so it's super handy! Also that is one adorable kit ;o; I've considered trying out if I can coat the eye area of my next decal-less(or shitty-decal'd) kit to use copic markers since they have such vivid color, but I'd first have to find a kit I want again haha~
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