I decided to show you how I trace and paint a cat’s eye.  This is from Audra Timas at PMP “Ema”.  First I print out a black and white version of the photograph.  I have found that if you take the element of color out of the equation it is easier to see where the value changes of light a dark are.  I still have to use the color reference when I paint but at this point it’s about tracing.

eye taped



I put down a sheet of Yupo Paper, tape the black and white image on top and slide carbon paper between.




eye with green penI draw a line every time the light/dark changes. I use a green pen so know where I have traced and where I haven’t.






Here’s the tracing on theye tracinge Yupo.  I didn’t get everything but there as much as I found at the time. (sorry for the shadow)

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The next step is to paint the eye.  I hold my iPad with the image on in close by so I can try to replicate the colors I see in the picture.  I used bottles of ink, markers, pens and the magic touch of the Chameleon blending pen.


EMAAudraTimasPMP eye only

Here is just the eye of the reference photo.  The painting will look much better when there is fur around the eye.

2 responses on "Tracing Example"

  1. So glad to hear that Cynthia.

  2. You make it look so simple. You are so generous with your information and I can’t thank you enough. I really am going to start doing this.

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