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So I'm painting some stonehaven gnomes. They're small. Their eyes are TINY. What do you do, when the standard cheats (black stripe down centre, poking a little white into either corner, etc.) don't work? What so you do for the REALLY small ones?

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I do, yes. It's not so much a matter of magnification as precision, I think. I can SEE what I need to do, I just can't do it!

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I do, yes. It's not so much a matter of magnification as precision, I think. I can SEE what I need to do, I just can't do it!

You get loads of sympathy from me. Last night I was working on the Imbrian Arts Blacksands Orc and it's eyes are small and beady to be sure...

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Choke up on ten brush till you have as much control as you can and then do dry runs with the brush, 10+times, and go for it. Makes it a lot easier to get the control if you're practicing first.

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Yeah, practice without paint first or try it out on paper first a bunch of times. Also make sure both arms are resting up against the table/desk to minimize shaking.

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Paint the eye off white and use a sewing needle that has a tiny tiny tiny dot of paint on it. With what 72moonglum said.

Don't do this; the paint will dry before you ever get it to the mini, or you'll be rushed trying to do it in time. A small-pointed brush can have just as small a tip, more precision, and will let you take your time. If you must use a non-brush object though, use a toothpick split down the middle: this way there can be a small reservoir of paint, like in a fountain pen nib.

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For eyes too tiny to see very clearly simply cheat and dot them with a micron pen. You can also line them with it if the white part got a little sloppy. This will not produce amazing eyes with character and personality, but at the size we're talking about that isn't happening anyhow.

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Any brush with a very fine point will work, just takes practice. No need to try the micro pen or use a needle or anything else that will dry out before you get the paint to the eye. Just lightly touch the area, I like MS's idea of choking up on the brush to get better control. 

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Also, if you're going to use a pen: make sure the paint is thoroughly dried. If the paint is still wet, the ink will spread out all over the eye, and it's hard to paint over that- it'll take several coats.

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I've done a few of the gnomes. Great minis but really small. I work backwards I paint the eyes huge and outside the lines. Then I backfill with flesh tone. It works okay and gives me decent results, but boy do they look silly for a while :)

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I've done a few of the gnomes. Great minis but really small. I work backwards I paint the eyes huge and outside the lines. Then I backfill with flesh tone. It works okay and gives me decent results, but boy do they look silly for a while :)

 

I do the same.  Paint the eyes first before doing the skin or anything else that painting said eyes could mess up.

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Magnifiers. Magnifier goggles, a jeweler's loupe, and good brushes. Also handy when combing the back yard for your children...
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