How To Draw and Paint Drawgirl
Step 25

We continue this tutorial of Drawgirl by explaining and illustrating the twenty-fifth step of this pastel portrait painting.

The sole focus of this step of painting Drawgirl is to perfect the eye. The rim of the bottom eyelid is outlined and the lower lashes re-established, but with shorter, more subtle strokes than was the first attempt a couple of steps ago. Meanwhile, the upper lashes are rendered as two dark masses fanning left and right, as opposed to individual strokes. The dark masses are barely visible in this stage but will be made manifest in the next step. However, the most noticeable thing about this step is the iris. There were two spotlights aimed at the model when this portrait was rendered. The main light was above and to the right of her and the secondary light was below and to her left. How do I know? Just look at the bright dots prominent on her eyeball. The upper bigger one is the result of the main light. Since it is bigger and on the upper left of her iris from our perspective, then that means that the spotlight was brighter and to her upper right from her perspective. Likewise, the smaller spot is seen as being to the lower right from our perspective. Being smaller, means that it was not as bright as the main light, and being seen on the lower right from our viewpoint, means the light was to the lower left of her as she posed. The eye is a clear ball, so when light strikes it at one point, it must exit at another. In this case, the main light leaves at the bottom near the center. That is why the artist did not smear the dark eye color smoothly across the bottom of the iris. Instead, s/he left gaps which correspond to where the light exited. There is no pupil shown at this time.

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