How to Spray Paint Eyes
What you'll learn
- To understand materials including opaque and translucent spray paints and caps used in the video
- The ability to layer colors to create depth and the illusion of reflected light
- To apply shading techniques to create soft transitions between light and shadow areas/darker and lighter colors
- To create an eye painting from start to finish with a limited color palette (5 cans of paint)
- Basic knowledge is helpful but not a requirement. In order to practice the techniques explained in the videos, 5 cans of paint and a surface to paint on are good idea to get the most out of the course.
Want to learn how to spray paint eyes for your street art and graffiti characters? If you've answered "yes", then you've come to the right place :)!
Throughout the lessons, I'll talk you through a painting step by step and we'll explore the materials, techniques, and specifics about how to go about painting your own eyes.
Painting well takes practice and the purpose of the course is to provide you with the tools to get you started on your eye-painting journey. Don't worry about the end result, the goal is to solidify the concepts and gradually build your can-control until you get the desired effects. The most important thing is, to have fun with it and enjoy the process!
Here's a break-down of the course contents:
MATERIALS: All of the colors and caps listed for your convenience, introduction to translucent paints, type of mask used for painting
CAPS DEMO: Painting demo with the caps used throughout the lessons, painting tips, and practice
OUTLINE + BASE: THE "WHITE" OF THE EYE: Initial outline, using reference material
PAINTING THE IRIS: Picking a light source, layering paint to create depth, painting instruction
DETAILS IN AND AROUND THE EYE: Painting convincing folds and shading techniques
ADDING AN AMBIENT LIGHT SOURCE + FINAL DETAILS: Introducing a secondary light source and adding final details.
PRACTICE PROJECTS: Simplifying the painting process, and applying the learned techniques with a limited color palette.
Now it's your turn, my painty friends!
Practice Project #1: Focus on Painting Just the Iris
Use the techniques of layering your paints from darkest to light to create the illusion of light reflecting on the iris. Imagine the shape of the eyelids, and create shading with the translucent black.
Practice Project #2: Paint an Eye with just 5 Cans of Paint
Prime a canvas or wall with white paint. Use just 5 cans of paint to build shapes and shadows. You will need:
1 can of black spray paint
1 can of white spray paint
1 can of mid-value spray paint for your skin tone
1 can of darker color spray paint of your choosing and
1 can of a lighter shade in the same range (i.e. dark green + light green) for the iris
Share your Project
Make sure to share your paintings by uploading pictures in the assignment submissions area when you answer test questions. I'm super excited to see what you paint and am happy to answer any questions you might have along the way!
Who this course is for:
- This course is for anyone wanting to improve upon their spray painting skills.
My name is Talissa aka TM, and I'm a German/Mexican multimedia + street artist who grew up primarily in the U.S. At an early age the colorful and macabre folk art of Mexico and the dark and often surreal fairy tales of Germany ignited my fascination for the beauty within the strange.
My work springs from the desire to bring to life dreams and experiences filtered through the subconscious- to create characters and environments which represent a mood or emotion which is tangible + familiar, often surreal, sometimes melancholy, or strangely nostalgic. I have been making art for as long as I can remember. My work ranges from murals and spray painting, illustration + printmaking, to photo and video.
I learned to spray paint when I moved to Berlin in 2012, a time in which many abandoned buildings were still a part of the landscape of the city. I am passionate about creating immersive narratives where a building takes on a new vibrant soul- when the decaying walls spring to life with bold bursts of color and mischievous characters, resulting in new contemporary urban fairy tales.
I'm very excited to share with you some of the skills I've learned along the way :)