Look into my eyes. Not my eyes, those on my models. They’re not good. But after following the tips here, I can see them getting a lot better. Enough of the puns, let’s get onto the tips.
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder may be true but even I know that when it came to painting the eyes on figures and miniatures mine were many things but beautiful certainly wasn’t one of them.
They’d got a lot better after following these tips to face painting but my eye work still leaves a lot to be desired.
But this 20 minute video from has opened my eyes to a whole new approach and much better results.
Let me know if it works for you.
Update: since originally posting this the original video used has disappeared. I’ve now found the Squidmar Miniatures one which is used above.
> A final, personal, note: I spend a huge amount of time testing, photographing, writing and researching techniques for these articles and pay for all the running costs of MRE out of my own pocket. If you found this article useful you can support me by making a donation on my fund-raising page. Thanks and happy modelling, Andy.
Andy is a lifelong modeler, writer, and founder of modelrailwayengineer.com. He has been building model railways, dioramas, and miniatures for over 20 years. His passion for model making and railways began when he was a child, building his first layout at the age of seven.
Andy’s particular passion is making scenery and structures in 4mm scale, which he sells commercially. He is particularly interested in modelling the railways of South West England during the late Victorian/early Edwardian era, although he also enjoys making sci-fi and fantasy figures and dioramas. His website has won several awards, and he is a member of MERG (Model Railway Electronics Group) and the 009 Society.
When not making models, Andy lives in Surrey with his wife and teenage son. Other interests include history, science fiction, photography, and programming. Read more about Andy.