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  • Writer's pictureKevin Roeckl

Storm portrait in progress 4

Cathy really wants to capture Storm’s sweet personality in this portrait.

What makes a kind eye? What puts kindness in an eye? I was thinking about that as I was completing the right eye. It’s the little things in the shape of it. It’s pushing the highlight of the lower rim up just a little bit against the bottom curve of the eye. It’s the tiniest touch of blue in the bottom corner of where the whites show on the outer side of the iris.

I just keep shaping it with those little touches, little pushes…until I see the expression of kindness and sweetness show.

Detail of colored pencil portrait of Border Collie eyes, in progress

Prismacolor pencil head-study portrait of Border Collie dog, in progress

Storm’s eyes have a lot of complexity and intricacy in them. Not just the grey-blue in the upper half of her right iris (see previous post), but the patterns and intricacy of the golds, rusts, and browns in both eyes.


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