few questions about painting eyes
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few questions about painting eyes

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okay, so I have been trying to finish my red sonja custom fro a few days and all I have left to do is the eyes. but I can't get them to look right. I tried doing a slight black outline around them but the result was horrific. so now I have painted over them so much that they look funny and the eyes are going to ruin the whole damn figure.

so, how bad would the eyes look without the black outline?
and what color are red sonja's eyes?

Posted by atgscl
on Sunday, August 17, 2008
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MrBlu -
Monday, August 18, 2008
Black and blue the last time Conan got done with her.
HA-HA!
Buzzy Fret -
Monday, August 18, 2008
Black and blue the last time Conan got done with her.
XenoStryker -
Monday, August 18, 2008
I paint the entire eye white first. Then I use the tip of a pin to paint a very fine black outline around the white.
MrBlu -
Monday, August 18, 2008
arent they green?
Henchmen4Hire -
Monday, August 18, 2008
You don't know what color Sonja's eyes are!?
atgscl -
Sunday, August 17, 2008
thanks for the tips guys. I need to get a really fine brush. ill try to buy one tomorrow so I can finish up the custom.
Buzzy Fret -
Sunday, August 17, 2008
I hate painting eyes too. It's a PIA.

Best advice I've gotten echoes Punstarr. But first use some kind of gentle solvent to clean up the gunked up paint out of your Sonja's eyes - it's only gonna get worse if you don't. Try a Q-tip and 98% rubbing alcohol, Goof Off 2 or Apoxie Safety Solvent if you have any of those.

Then paint the eyeball black with a little going outside the edges, then paint white inside the black leaving the black outline, try to thin your white paint as much as possible so it doesn't gunk up. To do the iris you need a small round brush say like an 0/5 round - this is something that is the hardest - placing the iris correctly. I'm still learning this.

If the black outline around the eye looks too thick you can go around the edge with your flesh tone paint using a fine detail brush to cover it up a bit.

So it's kind of a subtractive method in a way.

Jin also has a great tutorial about it > Painting Eyes

Hope this helps.
Kern -
Sunday, August 17, 2008
First, paint your eyes white.

Then paint a black circle, inside that a slightly smaller eye colour circle, then the pupil. After that, add highlights.
Punstarr -
Sunday, August 17, 2008
Try painting the eyes entirely black, then filling in the white over that, leaving the black on the edges.
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