Arty: Them Details!

Oh, it’s been a good day. Nay, a great day! I’ve achieved something and as small as that achievement might be when others look at it, I can truly say it’s a big achievement for me.

Hooray! I can finally say that after several attempts over the years to draw an eye that actually resembles an eye, I’ve managed it. Yes, I so did.
Looky here…


Doesn’t it look good? 🙂

This is the first time ever I’ve managed something of this level in terms of eye. I’ve tried a few times before, but never could capture the realism of it. Yes, they looked like eyes, eyes any amateur art hobbyists would draw. And so I’d kind of figured I could never draw something like that. It was a fact. But, recently, I’ve returned from my first ever cruise, and found it astounding that there was an art gallery on board. An art gallery!

So, in the week bobbing around on the Pacific Ocean, I fell back in love with art. I mean, I’ve always loved art, admired artists, and quietly wished I had even an ounce of their talents. The last time I did any art was probably more than a year ago, or maybe two. Ever since the cruise, and seeing all those artworks up close and personal, I couldn’t quite help myself in feeling inspired to try and create a few pieces of my own, challenge my own abilities. Maybe I could push my self.

I have. The last couple of days I’ve been wondering what I’d like to do; paint, draw, try mixed media? What shall I capture: peacocks (a bird I absolutely love), fruits, people (which I barely do because I don’t think I have the talent to make them look real), or just landscapes etc?

I have no idea, but I’ve been browsing Pinterest for inspiration. I’ve pinned pictures of peacocks and fruits, I’ve drooled over eyes!  And today I thought what the hell, let’s try it again. So I sat down with a new art diary, and graphite pencils, searched the net for an eye photograph I could attempt, and off I went. Below are the photos to show my progress; it took me about an hour maybe.

1. Outlining…

2. Trying to figure out shadows…


3. Enhancing shadows and adding details… them lashes, oh that was interesting.

4. The final product… and I couldn’t quiet believe it myself. I’ve done it. Wtf!

5. The image I used for inspiration. M (my husband) thought it was already a drawing by someone else, and I had to tell him no, that it was a B&W photo I was looking at.

Next up: maybe I’ll try fruits… and some more eyes, in case this was a beginners luck thing.

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I'm a writer of stories I'd love to read. I dream of being a best-selling author one day, but don't we all? I'd also love to work as a scriptwriter in Hollywood. Dreams that seem impossible really, but I'm gutsy/dumb enough to try. l love all things paper and pen. Believe me, I collect them. I write novels, poems and scripts. I paint. I have two Kindle novels, In Strange Company, and Charming Mr. Stewart on Amazon.com Follow me and my progress on my blog, www.papermashed.com, on Twitter @evacharya, Facebook 'Author/Filmmaker- Eva Acharya', and sign up for my email.

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