Daily Tips and Tricks for Painting Miniatures - Day 13: How to paint eyes on miniatures

Daily Tips and Tricks for Painting Miniatures - Day 13: How to paint eyes on miniatures

Posted by Allen on 22nd Mar 2023

Painting eyes on miniatures can be challenging, but it's an essential part of bringing your miniatures to life. Eyes are the focal point of a miniature's face, and getting them right can make a significant difference in the overall appearance of the model. In this article, we'll discuss some tips and tricks for painting eyes on miniatures.

1. Don't, it's really hard  (Just kidding)

2.Start with a Base Coat: Applying a base coat to the miniature's face is essential for painting eyes. Use a light color, such as beige or tan, to create a base coat. Apply the base coat evenly and allow it to dry completely.

3.Use a Small Brush: Painting eyes requires a steady hand and a small brush. Use a size 00 or 0 brush to paint the eyes. Take your time and be patient.

4.Paint the Iris: Use a dark color, such as brown or blue, to paint the iris. Use the tip of the brush to paint a small dot in the center of the eye. Then, use small strokes to paint the iris around the dot. Don't worry if it's not perfect at first. You can always clean up mistakes later.

5.Paint the Pupil: Use a small dot of black paint to paint the pupil in the center of the iris. The pupil should be smaller than the iris, and it should be slightly off-center to give the eye a natural look.

6.Add Highlights: Use a small brush and a light color, such as white or yellow, to paint highlights on the eye. Paint a small dot of white or yellow in the upper left or right corner of the iris to create a highlight. This will give the eye a realistic and lifelike appearance.

7.Clean Up Mistakes: If you make a mistake while painting the eyes, don't panic. Use a small brush and some of the base coat paint to clean up any mistakes or smudges.

In conclusion, painting eyes on miniatures can be challenging, but with the right techniques and practice, you can achieve a realistic and lifelike result. Start with a base coat, use a small brush, paint the iris and pupil, add highlights, and clean up mistakes. With practice and patience, you can create stunning miniatures with lifelike eyes that will stand out on the tabletop.