It’s been quite some time since I posted an update to this model. I managed to find a little time to continue work on this, so as promised, here are a few pictures of how I painted Alice’s eyes. But, before we begin, this is what the final result looks like …
We begin at the point where the eyes are painted white. I have used Tamiya flesh colored paint, lightened with white at a 50-50 mix as my base color. I have overcoated the base with a thin white pearl to provide a little translucence to the skin. This seems to work well.
The first step is to fix where the iris of the eye should go. This depends on the direction that the figure is looking. In this case, Alice is mostly looking forward. I have painted in the eyebrows to give some context, and penciled in a rough location where the eye will be positioned.
The next step is to paint the iris. Alice’s eyes will be green. I’m using a dark green color and when painting, I don’t worry too much about clean the edges are. This will get fixed up later.
We now paint the black pupil of the eye. I have also outlined the iris with a thin black line and painted a black line under the top eyelid. When we are doing these lines we want to use a fine liner brush with properly thinned paint. Test out how easy it is to draw a thin black line with your brush on a piece of paper first, before you paint your model.
Now that the pupil is positioned, we paint a thin crescent underneath the pupil with a much lighter version of the iris color. This adds a noticable contrast into the iris color.
The last step is to add some eye shadow. I paint some clear coat on the eyelid and then use chalk dust powder to add some color into the top of the eye. The chalk dust sticks in the clear coat so that the dust doesn’t fall off quite so easily. The dust provides a bit of dynamic texture that is different from a paint.
There is a little bit of cleanup that could perhaps be done to finish the eyes. This would touch up the edges and repair any significant faults. For example, when I looked at the result I wasn’t really happy with the dark green color that I had used. There was little contrast to the black outline. So, to add more color into the eyes I repainted it with a lighter green.
See? It’s always possible to change!