Painting Together with Acrylics, Episode 4: Painting an Eye

Painting Together with Acrylics, Episode 4

This episode is Part of the Painting Together with Acrylics live video series – learn more here

Let’s keep an eye on detail. Relying on small details can really make a painting look more interesting and give it a wow factor. Join me, Gigi Chen, and fellow artists from around the world as we embark on this acrylic painting adventure together.

In this lesson, you’ll learn:

  • How to paint an eye in acrylic paint
  • Basic acrylic painting techniques
  • Light and shadow effects
  • How to mix acrylic paints

How does this work? Join me live on Thursdays at 3PM Eastern and I’ll lead you through a finished painting. Follow along if you’d like or watch the video and paint along at your own pace. You’ll find the materials below. When you’re done, visit and share your work!

I’ll start with a drawing already transferred to a panel. To learn how this happens, watch this video:

You’ll Need this reference image to paint along with me:

I’ll be using:

  • Acrylic Paints: Titanium White, Burnt Umber, Mars Black, Burnt Sienna, Cadmium Yellow Light, Yellow Ochre, Quinacridone Red, Red Violet Deep, Cadmium Red Light Pure
  • Brushes: A variety of small rounds and flats
  • Surface: 8 x 10  Blick Premier Artists’ Panel
  • Additional Materials: Water jar, Rag for blotting, Wet Palette, Graphite paper for transfer

Join the Conversation!

  1. I forgot to add my painting.
    I’m an amateur artist and this was my very first time painting an eye or any human anatomy. I only do silhouettes. Gigi is amazing!!! Thank you so much for guiding me through that and I hope you don’t mind my personal touch. I needed to find an eye color closer to mine and came across your video (everyone else painted only blue eyes). I needed it painted by 9/11/22 the 20th anniversary. You not only helped me achieve my goal, but kept me busy in one of the hardest days of the year for me. Thank you.

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