Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Dachshund eyes

I am trying to do Z's portrait and am having a hell of a time.

Z is a cutie pie mini dachshund and yes this is a crappy picture which is what I'm blaming my troubles on. Of course this is not true, it just makes me feel better.

I got this far, not bad with more shading to do - but the eyes...... Something not right


Dachshund's are known for those smokey eyes so I smoked them up ...... Still not right



Darken the sides? Looks like human eyes


I was ready to bag the whole thing and start over with a different shape eyes - last ditch, what the hell be fearless effort was to thread paint around the black with a lighter brown. Also darkening the face so they don't stick out like a sore thumb on his face.
I've been looking at this dogs face so much I can't tell if it works or not.
Should I start again and chalk it up to learning how not to make dog eyes?



  1. I think you are pretty close in that last photo! Eyes have so much emotion in them, that it is hard to capture in 2-D. Loved seeing your progress as you tried different things!

  2. Actually I think you did improve it a lot. You needed to get rid of some of the white parts and darken the lid area. The brown did the trick. You did a great job of pulling it out of trouble! He looks like a dog now.