When painting ceramic bisque there is always one area that most
people have trouble with; painting good looking eyes onto their items. You
can spend hours upon hours meticulously painting your item, applying many
different techniques to make your item look just the way you envisioned.
Only to have it all fall apart when you paint a dreadful set of eyes onto
your piece. Nothing can be more aggravating, frustrating, or a few other
choice phrases I can think of that wouldn’t be proper to publish in this
Because the painting of eyes is a difficult area for some people to
learn, we have developed a five step process that we teach to all students
who enroll into our ceramic classes. It is not exactly textbook, but it
is a quick and easy way to paint eyes that works well for most people. It
can be used to paint people eyes, and even some animal eyes. " A
quick tip for painting animal eyes: it is best to stay away from blue,
green, and brown which is the normal colors for human eyes. Instead we
like to use hot orange, or burnt orange for the eyes in our animal pieces,
this is not to say that you can’t use the others; especially if you are
trying to give the item some human properties."
Are you ready to begin? OK lets start. We will now proceed
step by step through this simple, yet effective technique . For a
closer look of any step in this process; simply click on the picture for
an enlarged view.
The very first step when painting eyes is to paint the entire eye white.
This may take more than one coat especially if some of the surrounding
colors edged over onto the eye itself.
Base coating the eye
The second step is to line the top of the eye
with a thin line of black. For this and all of the following steps it is
recommended that you use a high quality brush with a very fine pointed
tip. Tip - " when painting eyes be sure to remove excess paint from
your fine tipped brush this will keep your lines thin and attractive
Outlining the eye
Step #3: You now must
paint the pupil of the eye black. Notice in the picture how we try to keep
the circle perfectly round and we cover form top to the bottom of the eye.
Remember you may click on any picture for a better view.
Creating the pupil
Now we begin to add color to our eyes. You do
this by making a letter "C" on the pupil of your eye. When you do this try
to leave a small space between the outside edge of black and your colored
Adding Color to the Eyes
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Now its time to add accents to our eyes. Again for this
step you will need to view the enlarged image for a better understanding.
Place a small, short slash at one O' clock and one or two smaller, short
accent slashes at seven O' clock. This will give an illusion of some
glare on your item's eyes.
This next picture is of our eyes when finished.
You can see in this picture how wonderful the eyes look when completed
using the five steps listed above. And the best part is that it's not a
very complicated technique to master. Most people become very proficient
with this technique after only practicing on a few pieces.