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I'd posted this comment under one of my current WIP's, but figured it would be better served here:

 

Eyes! Brush or Sakura Pigma Micron Pens? I've been experimenting with attempting colored irises, but I'm not sure that I still have (or at least haven't developed) the manual dexterity to pull them off. I'm 37, so I'm not sure if that's still an option or not. I think I'm okay with Jazzy's Liriel, but with Vic, her eyes are so tiny I'm going to have to suffice with the standard Walnut eyes. I've heard some people use Microns, so I'm curious about that option...

 

So, who uses brushes, who uses microns and why? Go!

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I use microns (PITT pens actually) and paints depending on the figure and what I am going for. The PITT pens are nice,with a fine brushlike tip, and come in a good assortment of colours. They also I find give better control for free handing details, but paint gives more smoothness for larger eyes and large areas

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I'm 50 and I still use a brush for eyes. I have never used a pen for this. As long as your brush as a good tip, and you practice, its certainly doable at 37. The only way to get good at eyes is to do a lot of them. While most historical gamers don't paint the eyes, preferring to leave them in shadow, I found that painting 20 sets of eyes at a time does make for very good practice.

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I'm 47 and I also use a brush for eyes. I started painting maybe 20 years ago but I've been on hiatuses longer than I've been actualy slapping on paint on minis. I decided to pick-up a brush again about 5 years ago and this has been my longest painting streak so far.

 

A couple of things I can add that helps me when it comes to precision brushwork is stability and vision aid.

 

I try to get as rigid a position as possible, wrists together all the while resting them on the tables edge. I've even made a wrist rest from a section of pool noodle for my tables edge to increase comfort. Also, for precision work I tend to hold my brush on the ferrule, as close to the hairs as possible.

 

I can't paint without some sort of magnifier. I went through a few models of headband magnifier before finally settling for a relatively cheap pair of +4.00 reading glasses. Helps me to see where the tip of my brush is actually going.

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Brushes all the way. They provide tactile feedback pens do not have. I almost always use my workhorse size 0 sable brush, though I will go down to the size 00 if the eye socket is really small. A good tip is a must, plus lots and lots of practice.  ^_^

 

I try to warm up with my brush before tackling eyes, or any fine detail work. It gets me into the painting mindset, and gets the hands and eyes under control and working together. I take it slow and controlled, ready to quickly dip into my water jar to erase the mistakes which are bound to occur.

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Tried the tech pen once.  Results were sketchy.  You get better control out of a brush, once you have developed your brush control and good technique.  Proper paint thinning is also essential. Age has nothing to do with it, given the proper technique and binocular magnification.

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I probably just need to find something to practice on. I'm not building armies here so I'm not turning out a huge volume of minis. This is only my 9th mini... The road to pretty eyes is paved with 10,000 eyeballs... Or so "they" say! Lol!

 

Edit: ...or maybe 10th. I'm working on 2 at the same time and have lost count. You see? I have issues... Lol!

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One time, I used the back end of a sewing needle..........................I MADE THE BEST FREAKING EYES EVER WITH IT! Dipped it in paint and used the thicker end to do the eye, then the pointy end to do liner and other details. Love it. @[email protected] Haven't tried it again yet, but its my favorite way to do it right now. I tried with brushes but I know for a fact that I am doing something wrong with the thinning of my paint so brushes and eyes never work out for me.

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Tried the tech pen once.  Results were sketchy. 

if that was a pun, you should be smacked. If it wasn't you should be smacked twice  :;):

 

 

That's me; I'm punny and I don't even know it. I can never Pun when trying.

 

I'll be at the sculptors' table at ReaperCon; you can come and smack me twice. (How bad could it be, you're Canadian?  :devil: )

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Tried the tech pen once.  Results were sketchy. 

if that was a pun, you should be smacked. If it wasn't you should be smacked twice  :;):

 

 

That's me; I'm punny and I don't even know it. I can never Pun when trying.

 

I'll be at the sculptors' table at ReaperCon; you can come and smack me twice. (How bad could it be, you're Canadian?  :devil: )

 

I am also a brown belt in karate. Do you really want to find out 'how bad could it be' ?

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