Large Dragon Eyes

For this project you will need:

  • Fillable ornament, in 2 pieces
  • Acrylic Paint.
  • Paint Brushes.
  • Toothpick
  • Reference Images


Step 2:

Open the fill-able ornament. Set one aside, you will be painting on the inside the ornament.

Step 2: Paint Your Pupil and Edges

Start with black paint form a definite pupil. Next using a very fine brush, feather small lines close together around the edge.

Step 3: Draw Out Tiny Lines Using a toothpick

This step is what makes the eye appear more realistic. Using the pointy end of a toothpick draw out very small lines of paint from the paint that you put down. It should look like very detailed feathering. Sometimes I apply a little more paint during this step as it dries as I am working.

Step 4: Layer New Color

Next I layer on a new color beside the pupil, usually a light one. So the eyes I was painting for this Instructions were reds, oranges, and yellows, so my first color beside the pupil was pearlized yellow. I will often use metallic gold/yellow, silver, or white at this stage. Next draw out small lines from your gold with your toothpick, making sure you wiped it off from the black.

Step 5: Continue to Layer Colors

Next I layered small lines of red coming out from the edges, and from the pupil. Repeat the toothpick step after every color. As I moved in I used a dark orange, then the toothpick, a lighter orange, toothpick, amber, toothpick, and finally yellow, and the toothpick. Leave to dry for about an hour.