Talissa Mehringer

. . . multimedia dark artist . . .

How To Spray Paint Eyes

How to Spray Paint Eyes: Tips + Tricks for Spray Painting Street Art and Graffiti Character Eyes :D!

Hey everybody!



How to Spray Paint Eyes examples of Graffiti Character Eyes

Want to learn how to spray paint eyes for your street art and graffiti characters? If you’ve answered “yes”, then you’ve come to the right place :)!

Throughout the lessons, I’ll talk you through a painting step by step and we’ll explore the materials, techniques, and specifics about how to go about painting your own eyes.

Painting well takes practice and the purpose of the course is to provide you with the tools to get you started on your eye-painting journey. Don’t worry about the end result, the goal is to solidify the concepts and gradually build your can-control until you get the desired effects. The most important thing is, to have fun with it and enjoy the process!

Here’s a break-down of the course contents:

  • MATERIALS: All of the colors and caps listed for your convenience, introduction to translucent paints, type of mask used for painting
  • CAPS DEMO: Painting demo with the caps used throughout the lessons, painting tips, and practice
  • OUTLINE + BASE: THE “WHITE” OF THE EYE: Initial outline, using reference material
  • PAINTING THE IRIS: Picking a light source, layering paint to create depth, painting instruction
  • DETAILS IN AND AROUND THE EYE: Painting convincing folds and shading techniques
  • ADDING AN AMBIENT LIGHT SOURCE + FINAL DETAILS: Introducing a secondary light source and adding final details.
  • PRACTICE PROJECTS: Simplifying the painting process, and applying the learned techniques with a limited color palette.
How to Spray Paint Eyes materials- Spray Paint


Now it’s your turn, my painty friends! At the end of the course, the skills learned will be applied in two practice projects:

  • Practice Project #1: Focus on Painting Just the Iris
    Use the techniques of layering your paints from darkest to light to create the illusion of light reflecting on the iris. Imagine the shape of the eyelids, and create shading with the translucent black.
  • Practice Project #2: Paint an Eye with just 5 Cans of Paint
    Prime a canvas or wall with white paint. Use just 5 cans of paint to build shapes and shadows. You will need:
    • 1 can of black spray paint
    • 1 can of white spray paint
    • 1 can of mid-value spray paint for your skin tone
    • 1 can of darker color spray paint of your choosing and
    • 1 can of a lighter shade in the same range (i.e. dark green + light green) for the iris
  • Share your Project
    Make sure to share your paintings by uploading pictures in the assignment submissions area when you answer test questions.  I’m super excited to see what you paint and am happy to answer any questions you might have along the way!

What you’ll learn

  • To understand materials including opaque and translucent spray paints and caps used in the video
  • The ability to layer colors to create depth and the illusion of reflected light
  • To apply shading techniques to create soft transitions between light and shadow areas/darker and lighter colors
  • To create an eye painting from start to finish with a limited color palette (5 cans of paint)

Are there any course requirements or prerequisites?

  • Basic knowledge is helpful but not a requirement. In order to practice the techniques explained in the videos, 5 cans of paint and a surface to paint on are good idea to get the most out of the course.

Who this course is for:

  • This course is for anyone wanting to improve upon their spray painting skills.


TM - Talissa Mehringer: Multimedia and Street Artist

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