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October 2016 JAMvention Workshop: “Realistic Eyes!”

I am thrilled to be teaching a hands-on workshop, “Realistic Eyes,” at the JAMvention in Belgium this fall! I will continue to update this post as I receive more information on the convention schedule.

Check out this time lapse video of me painting a realistic eye.  This is what we will cover in my hands-on workshop, only we will slow this down greatly of course!

Together we will break down each component of the human eye, and I will give you practical tips and steps to make each component look as realistic as possible.  I will explain how to make your eyelashes look believable, your iris have depth, and your overall eye look shiny and wet. You will learn to identify and master the most overlooked features, from the shape of the white reflections in the eye, to the complex textures of the iris.

Learning to notice the details and incorporate them together in your artwork will give you the most realistic eyes possible.  Many of the elements we will discuss can be carried over into your animal eye paintings as well!  Prepare for your artwork to stare right back at you! See you at Jamvention!

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Happy Cow Appreciation Day!

Yes, indeed folks, today is cow appreciation day!! So, naturally, I had to paint cows on my boys.  They picked the designs they liked from my sketchbook.

The addition of teeth, braces, and a toothbrush were a last minute crazy idea I had, but it made Sam laugh so I did it! Silver liquid bling made for some really awesome braces!

Toby wanted brown spots on his cow, “Cuz brown cows make chocolate milk, Mom!”

Here are a few of the other designs I’ve done lately, if you haven’t been keeping up with me on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter and Instagram (paintertainmentdotcom) lately….

Paw Patrol

Marshall from Paw Patrol
My boys on the 4th of July
Max from “Secret Life of Pets”
Snowball from Secret Life of Pets

Have you checked out our custom word menu design service lately?  If not, you should! We’ve recently added more patriotic themed designs, great for 4th of July (well, next year anyway!) and Memorial Day! I’ve also just created a new word art for “Emoticon!

Word menus are a great way to give yourself flexibility with level of detail, as well as allow creative freedom when working with multiple artists.

Thanks so much for stopping by, and happy painting!!