Animal Eye Paintings



  • Pictures of Animal Eyes
  • Watercolor Paper cut into squares
  • Pencil
  • Black Sharpie (optional)
  • Watercolor Paints
  • Brushes
  • Cups for Water


  1. Look at examples of up-close photographs of animal eyes.  You can search your own with a google image search. Select one to draw and paint.
  2. Start by drawing a cross section on your paper, dividing it into four equal squares. Do the same with the picture at which you are looking.
  3. Starting in one square, draw with pencil only the shapes that appear in the corresponding square of the photograph. Think simply about drawing what is inside this square, and don’t worry yet about the other squares on your grid.
  4. Do this with the other three squares on your grid. When you are finished, you will have an enlarged drawing of the original photograph.
  5. Use your pencil to create the lines and texture of both the eye and the part of the face that you can see around it.
  6. If desired, trace over your pencil lines with sharpie.
  7. Using watercolor paints and a brush, fill in your drawing with color.

Tweak It!
You can do this with any body part you can think of! Noses, feet, and hand (or paws) all come to mind.


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