Thank you, Gary! Eyes are translucent so light passes through. The white is where light enters. Following the direction of the light, the eye will be lighter where the light exits. In other words, if the white is at top right, because the light is coming from above and right, the lower left will be lighter. With this owl, I have the light coming almost directly from above. To get that, I either use masking fluid to reserve the white spot or paint it in later with white gouache. I paint everything but the white spot with the lightest color. I let that dry. Then I paint the local color – in this case the eye color orange – covering everything the white and the lightest area.. Once that dries, I paint the darkest color, usually a dark brown or black, circling the entire white spot and adding the shade from the upper lid. Most often, that’s all I do, but the eyes were large enough in this case, that I blended some of the orange and black to add more shading so the eyes would have more depth.
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