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Question about large scale eyes
Al Qahirah, Egypt / لعربية
Joined: July 23, 2004
KitMaker: 6,856 posts
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Posted: Saturday, March 28, 2015 - 06:11 PM UTC
What are good colors to use for blue, green and hazel eyes in large scale busts? The colors I choose never seem to look natural. I'd appreciate any advice for appropriate colors to use.. either Vallejo or Andrea

Thanks in advance

United States
Joined: September 22, 2010
KitMaker: 102 posts
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Posted: Saturday, March 28, 2015 - 08:25 PM UTC
My friend...no straight color will look 'right' - you'll have to use a mix of colors (I do the same with oils), You simply cannot recreate EXACTLY what you see in nature...all miniature painting is based on 'effect'....if it 'looks' right it probably is...at least to you the painter. I've seen/heard painters AND judges at competitions agonize/argue over the proper shade/hues of colors, but in the end it comes down to what looks best to you, the painter...This does not mean that you can interpret blue eyes with the color puce, however. What type of lighting are you using in you painting area??? Both incandescent AND fluorescent lighting will skew your perception of color...I used to paint under fluorescent lighting in my cellar, but when I took it upstairs to view it under incandescent lighting I got an entirely DIFFERENT view...same when I took it outside under natural light...view your results under different types of light and if you compete, try to paint for the type of lighting you'll encounter in most of your competition venues...keep painting, my friend!!!

CB in FL