This drawing of a face was created with watercolor, pen, ink, markers, and crayon.

Big Blue Eyed Character Study

I knew I wanted some big eyes as I sat down to draw another face. I was feeling colorfully muted today, and it came across in the character study.

Here is a detail from the drawing.


After sketching in some lines and blocking in some color, I started with some bold blue eyes. I built up some patterns and layers around the face, and eventually went back to the eyes with some more color. Various sections of the painting took a few washes of water for shading, and to dull the edges of the squiggly red lines.

Big Blue Eyed Character Study

42 thoughts on “Big Blue Eyed Character Study

  • September 6, 2007 at 9:57 am

    i love this! its awesome! i think that its really individual!!love to see more!!!

  • September 6, 2007 at 2:58 pm

    Hi Nat, Thank you for the kind comment. I appreciate it very much and will hopefully post more some day.

  • October 5, 2007 at 4:29 am

    omg this is amazing
    i am in my art lesson at school
    and i am looking for images to do criticle studies of, i am deffiatly using this!
    good work!!
    i cant wait till i can produce work like that! x

  • October 5, 2007 at 4:30 am

    Sorry… ‘omg’ means Oh My God
    sorry its msn talk!

  • October 5, 2007 at 12:10 pm

    Thank you for the complimentary words Shannon, I appreciate it. Good luck with your art and lessons.

  • October 18, 2007 at 2:19 pm

    this picture is absolutely awesome!!
    i really like it,
    im researching portraits in my art lessons and i am definetly using this!
    Ill be trying to do it myself but it will be no way near as good as yours
    This has got to be the best abstract portrait i have seen in my life…
    keep it up 🙂

  • October 19, 2007 at 1:21 am

    Hi Tom, thank you for the encouraging comments, you are very kind. I am glad you found the portrait inspiring, and wish you good luck in your research and artistic pursuits.

  • November 7, 2007 at 5:18 am

    Very bEautiful

  • November 7, 2007 at 3:44 pm

    Thank you Margarette. 🙂

  • November 9, 2007 at 4:01 pm

    Omg this is really good.
    Like all the different types of media used. its well good.
    Im gunna like try recreate it myself, but it will nowhere near as good :]

  • November 10, 2007 at 10:16 am

    Hi Sarawwh, thank you for the comment. Good luck with your artistic pursuits!

  • November 11, 2007 at 12:06 pm

    as i did promise….
    this is my attempt
    although compared with yours it is quite pathetic, but i am rather proud of it, also being my first attempt and only having on paintbrush to do it in.

    i hope you like it =)

  • November 11, 2007 at 4:50 pm

    Hi Tom, your painting is fantastic. I see deep emotion in the face, and the eyes are really stunning. Your brush work is wonderful too, very loose and energetic. I hope you enjoyed experimenting with the style. 🙂

  • November 13, 2007 at 3:50 pm

    thank you for the comments michael, they were very inspiring.
    I will more than likely try this portrait again, but next time i’ll make sure i have different sizes of brushes and more paint =)

  • December 7, 2007 at 9:50 am

    OMG, as an artist that mainly stays with ink, pen, ink and watercolor, this is amazing!! Youve actually really inspired me. Im going to try and mimick this style, its really amazing!!!

  • December 8, 2007 at 3:34 pm

    Thank you for your inspirational comment Sam O. Good luck with your artistic endeavors!

  • January 4, 2008 at 12:49 pm

    the deep blue was a great color to choose, and so was the yellow sarrounding the blue, and the randome splashes of red, they really bring out the expretion in the persons face!!!!

  • January 6, 2008 at 5:18 pm

    Hi carla, thank you for your kind and insightful comment!

  • October 10, 2008 at 12:12 pm

    i love the intensity of the eyes
    your amazing!

  • October 10, 2008 at 5:43 pm

    Thanks mole!
    I appreciate you noticing. 🙂

  • January 13, 2009 at 8:18 pm

    i was wondering if i could use one of your amazing piece as a background on my page

  • January 22, 2009 at 4:57 pm

    how much would it cost to buy it

  • January 25, 2009 at 10:46 am

    Hi jessica,
    Thanks for your comment! I’ve responded to your email address privately about sharing the artwork.

  • January 25, 2009 at 10:50 am

    Hi squashy,
    I’ve replied to your email address privately about the artwork.

  • January 29, 2009 at 11:03 am

    hi, I was wondering whether you had any of your work in galleries?? these are amazing!!!!

  • February 3, 2009 at 9:49 am

    Hi nicole! I don’t have any work in galleries. Thanks for your compliment! 🙂

  • February 17, 2009 at 8:42 am

    WHOOAA , this is soo cool .. im doing a art study for school and im soo uding this !

  • February 17, 2009 at 8:43 am

    sorry , using *

  • February 22, 2009 at 10:09 am

    Thanks karlie! Cool! Good luck with your artistic pursuits! 🙂

  • March 26, 2009 at 5:21 am

    hey, I really like this, I’m using it for my art assignment if you don’t mind.

    But if I could ask how big it is, it would make my life so much easier 🙂

  • March 26, 2009 at 8:42 am

    Thanks Ebony. The artwork is drawn on an 8″ x 10″ piece of paper.

    Good luck with your art assignment! 🙂

  • June 2, 2009 at 10:29 am

    You’re welcome. 😉

  • September 1, 2009 at 6:09 am

    woow fantasy i love this

  • September 1, 2009 at 11:58 am

    Thank you, nik. 🙂

  • September 19, 2009 at 7:14 am

    Hi i watched your @lll pics. i can say just wowwwwww fantastic wishhh you good luck in your art 🙂

  • October 14, 2009 at 3:43 am

    This work is honestly an inspiration! I am defenetly using this as contextual research in my art journal! Only, who is the artist behind the brilliance?

  • December 20, 2009 at 3:30 pm

    I somehow dont agree with a few things, but its great anyways.

  • March 24, 2011 at 7:50 am

    awesome, i will surely paint this 😉

  • August 24, 2011 at 1:25 am

    Are prints available for sale?

  • December 11, 2011 at 7:33 pm

    I came across your art last year in art class at school. I have used you as a reference artist ever since. You are one of my favourite artists ever, good luck!

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