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Digital Subscriptions > The Artist > February 19 > It’s all in the eyes

It’s all in the eyes

When painting animals, it is very important that the eyes are ‘right’ says Ruth Buchanan. In the second of her 10-part series she discusses the different shapes and demonstrates how to paint life-like eyes
Horse eye demonstration, watercolour, 111⁄2 × 9in (29 × 23cm)

Ruth Buchanan studied and worked in graphic design and illustration, then taught Print Media and Film Studies at a Further Education College. She exhibits nationally and internationally, and her work is in private and corporate collections in the UK and abroad. Ruth is a member of the International Watercolor Society (England), the Society of Equestrian Artists and the Association of Animal Artists, and a signature member of the Institute of Equine Artists. She has won awards for her work. Ruth has led drawing and watercolour workshops in the UK and USA and is represented by The Simone Galleries, North Yorkshire and the Marylebone Gallery, London.

The eye is very important, simply because if it is ‘wrong’ the whole piece will appear wrong. Too many times I see eyes that are ‘dead’ (perceived as a hollow, whereas in fact the eye ‘domes out’ from beneath the eyelids), looking in the wrong direction, over prominent or just the wrong species!

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Enjoy developing your skills and techniques with The Artist. Written by artists and top tutors, for experienced amateur painters and aspiring professional artists, this month's issue offers stage-by-stage demonstrations, illustrated tips and techniques for drawing and painting in watercolour, pastels, acrylic, mixed media, oils and gouache. Learn new techniques for painting winter landscapes, characterful portraits, still lifes, spring flowers and animals. There's also an article encouraging you to step out of your comfort zone to paint unfamiliar subjects and an interview with Professor Christopher Orr MBE, RA revealing his approach to his unusual subject matter and working methods. Plus our marketing expert advises on how to use apps to facilitate your social media posts to help get your work noticed. And when you've completed your best work, why not enter it into our 2019 Open competition for the chance to see your work exhibited, published and win one of over 40 fantastic prizes! Full details are on pages 12 to 13 . Enjoy!