Here’s a nifty little Step-By-Step article by Ettore Bechis for painting a ZOMBIE EYE in oils. These creepy effects can be applied to any piece! – Enjoy!
1. Spray your frame (new or old doesn’t matter) with black varnish.
- Cut a piece of wood same size as frame glass.
- If you are slow-moving and don’t feel like drawing an eye, look up an image on the internet and print the size of the piece of wood; other wise draw an eye the size of the wood.
- Paint the piece of wood with Verdaccio Acrylic Paint. (To make Verdaccio mix colors; white, yellow, 1 drop of red, and couple drops of black).
- Dry overnight and sand the wood panel with fine sand paper.
- Transfer the image with carbon paper and pen or pencil.
- Trace the outline with acrylic paint in color burnt umber and make the highlight with white.
- Oil colors: Black, Brown, Burnt sienna, Burnt umber, Yellow medium cadmium, Cadmium orange, Alzarin crimson, White, Neutral 7, Neutral 5 and Neutral 3 from the John Howard Sanden set portrait.
Brushes: Filbert 4, Filbert 2Liner, 0 Liner 3
Other material: Cold pressed linseed oil, Paper towels, Mona Lisa odorless paint thinner
- Paint everything starting from the darker color ending with the lightest color (creating a somber effect). Make sure to not make the color look to thick; if so you won’t have a reference for later.
- Shade with a dry brush on the painting, continue until the painting looks smooth. Remember to clean the brush off with Paint Thinner often to keep from mixing colors.
- To give the skin texture, take a sponge and dip in a dark color of your choice and quickly splatter around preferred area; gives the painting a “dirty” effect.
- Cover the eye with a plastic spoon, then splatter with a brush and a dark color to give more of a “dirty” effect.
- Reinforce with dark shadow and highlight
- Put your painting in the frame and take a picture. Share on Instagram!
Painting: Ettore Bechis – (Translation from Italian to English: Imani Martin)
Salvation Tattoo Lounge
1132 Normandy Dr
Miami Beach, FL 33141
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