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on: November 20, 2014, 06:05:13 PM
On my tigers' eye, the pupil is a little off on one eye. How do you correct it without changing the color of the eye and covering the black?

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Reply #1 on: November 20, 2014, 06:49:26 PM
Excellent question Bella.... I tried lifting the bit in my tiger's eye...didn't work very well. I tried to reproduce the eyecolour on a separate sheet but that isn't working either.  :idea:   Can tigers have two different eye colours somewhat like a dog with one blue and one brown?


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Reply #2 on: November 20, 2014, 07:34:15 PM
If I were working on paper I would lightly scrape off as much color as I could and give it a second go around.
On matboard I have actually wiped away with a damp cloth. A ghost image remains.
Sanded you could probably lift out pastel with kneaded eraser if needed. Otherwise just keep working it.

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Reply #3 on: November 21, 2014, 01:02:53 AM
Why not, partial albinos exist in all species!  But as Nolan would say, a good picture doesn't necessarily made a good painting!   :-\


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Reply #4 on: November 24, 2014, 11:16:07 PM

You could try lifting as much pastel off with a putty rubber, then using a small piece of very fine sand paper rolled into a tube and very, very lightly give the area a bit of a sand down. Just make sure you have a light touch though or you may run into making a hole in the paper which would be a disaster. Once you have done that spray some fixative lightly over the area to stop any residual pastel from interfering with the new pastel, then use the colour you want over the top once the fixative is completely dry.

I have done something similar myself and this seemed to give me the best result, but I was using a coloured paper to begin with. Might be a good idea to test it out on a scrap piece first though. But I'm sure our excellent tutors will have some clever method of achieving the same result without the danger factor.

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