How to Paint an Eye

Have a peek into my online classes! I am happy to share with you a set of free videos showing a tutorial on how to paint a realistic eye using acrylic paint. I’d also love it if you would like to join me in my latest online art class, “Practice Makes Progress.”  This is a comprehensive class on painting portraits in both oils and acrylics plus with the addition of landscapes. It is available now as a self-paced, instant access course here


How to Paint an Eye

I don’t always paint my portraits with this amount of detail, but it is still a good idea to be aware of the basic construction and anatomy of an eye plus where the shadows should fall. Whether you prefer to take your portrait into realism, or into something more abstract, I believe you will find this tutorial helpful.



- canvas covered board

- acrylic paint: titanium white, yellow ochre, burnt sienna, raw sienna, burnt umber, green/gold (Golden Fluid Acrylic), black (or mix together red and blue)

- acrylic extender/retarder medium (to extend the drying time of the paint)

- paintbrushes: small liner brush, flat brush, round brush

- water & glass

- paper towel

If you would like more video instruction on how to paint portraits in both acrylics and oils, please click here to join my online class, “Practice Makes Progress.”

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Part 4

For more portrait instruction, please check out my online class, “Practice Makes Progress.”

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