Vincent van Gogh met Belgian painter Eugène Boch in June 1888, when both artists were living in the south of France. To memorialize their friendship, Van Gogh persuaded Boch to sit for this portrait. He hung the painting, which he called simply "The Poet," above his bed in the Yellow House. #SwipeLeft to see it in the first version of the "The Bedroom," now in the collection of the Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam.
#VanGogh of the Day: Portrait of Eugène Boch, September 1888. Oil on canvas, 60 x 45 cm. Musée d'Orsay, Paris.
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We want eyeballs to look like...well, like balls, like they are round.
One way to assist in the illusion, is to gradate the values from dark to light to dark again. Generally speaking, when faces are light primarily from the front, or front-sides, the whites of the eyes will be the darkest in the corners and lightest in the middle, towards the direction of the light. The appearance of the iris, in the middle of all this, interrupts the gradations, but that should not deter us in gradating the white part of the eye. I will talk about how to color and value of the iris of the eye in a later “Tip”. Oh yeah!
I almost forgot the shadow. When the light comes from above, which is typically the case, the top lid casts a shadow onto the eyeball, so the area just below the eyelid should be a shade or two darker (see examples). Let me know if you found this helpful, or just confusing.