How to Paint Soulful Eyes2021-09-28T09:55:45-04:00


“How to Paint Soulful Eyes” is a free 3-part online video course for painters who want to level up and learn how to make those animal eyes come alive in their paintings.

“How do you make those eyes look so real?”

Being a renowned pet portrait artist, I get this question all the time. That’s why I created a 3-part online course and step-by-step guide to help you in your own artistic expansion.

Without the ‘soul’ or the magic in a pet’s eyes the painting falls flat, and along with it, your dream of painting animals full of essence and character.

Maybe you love painting or see others’ finished paintings on social media and want to try your hands at painting your darling pet. Once you start, you realize those eyes are HARD.

I’ve been there. And I know how disheartening it can be. It took me two decades before I dared painting eyes. Now, my custom pet paintings lead to a place of healing for my clients and I have customer all over the world.

Leave the fear of failure behind.

I’ll help you succeed in painting soulful eyes.

In this course, you’ll receive:

  • A step-by-step tutorial on how to paint a dog’s eye, including tips and techniques
  • A behind-the-scenes look at Erica’s workspace where she paints her renowned pet portraits
  • An overview of the materials needed
  • A printable supply list, plus an easy-to-follow instructions

I’ll also share with you my own personal method and the thought process behind each step.

This course is free but registration is required. You’ll have access to the material for 30 days to complete the course. Once you’ve signed up, we’ll send you the link to your first video.


“I stumbled upon Erica on Instagram and was open to learning new techniques. This course is jam packed and a gift to be free. Erica really helped me look for the colors in the eyes, and I especially enjoyed blending and working wet-on-wet when possible. She gives her all when teaching and sharing. She’s very open, giving person and I’m very grateful for her knowledge and talent.”

Patti, painter from Canada

In this free mini-course, I open up my studio to you and share the process and techniques I use. It’s my gift to you. 

about the artist (and your teacher)


My name is Erica and I paint custom pet portraits that grief counselors say can help my customers work through losing a pet. One of the keys to painting animals is to paint the eyes full of soul and that captures the true essence of the animal.

But painting eyes hasn’t always come easy for me.

I avoided painting eyes for a long time because I knew how important they were in getting juuust right. The eyes are the most important part of a portrait and if I couldn’t get them right, why would I even bother? 

After many pet portraits later and grateful customers all over the world, I’m here to guide you with my proven process to make sure you succeed.

I love to teach and empower other artists, wether budding artists or seasoned pet portrait artists, how to expand their artistry. How I make those eyes come alive and is the most common questions I get and that’s why I created this step-by-step guide to help you, no matter what level you are at or in season of life – these’s something for everyone.

There’s something so special about painting animals that viewers connect deeply with and I can’t wait for you to paint animal eyes that you’re proud to share.

Erica’s pet portraits have been featured in…

How to Paint Soulful Eyes is a step-by-step follow along online painting class where you’ll learn Erica’s proven process in painting animal eyes that come alive on canvas

Over several weeks, you’ll paint alongside Erica as she shares the exact techniques, tools and every brushstrokes on her canvas. This course is designed for you to successfully complete a beautiful and soulful dog’s eye and to level up as a painter. 

Erica provides you with everything you need, from the materials needed, a finished sketch of the eye to trace onto your own canvas, reference photos, to sharing every single brushstroke in real-time. More, she shares her thoughts as she’s blending and painting with you.


“I often struggle with identifying the colors and I simply wanted to learn from someone who inspires me. I loved it! The way Erica teaches is very calming and easy to follow-through. I learned to blend and smooth out the colors in the eyes so they look softer and soulful. She’s truly an inspiration! 🙏💐”

Cristina, painter from Italy, based in Colorado


Now is your time to level up and learn how to paint animal eyes that come alive on canvas. I’m here to help you succeed.


“It is very thoughtfully done and well planned.”

Jenny, mother and interior designer




This course is free and you’ll have access to the advanced course material for 30 days. Once you’ve registered below, we’ll send you the link to watch the first video.

Please note that How to Paint Soulful Eyes is a fully digital course. Erica loves empowering other painters and urge you to enroll with a commitment to following through.
What’s the schedule for this course? Can I take it at my own pace?2021-09-22T15:54:40-04:00

This course is designed as a 3-part video online course and you’ll have immediate access to the full course once you sign up. You can take it at your own pace, or complete each step when you receive our emails reminding you of the next lesson.

When will I get access?2021-09-22T15:56:48-04:00

As soon as you register you’ll receive an email prompting you to set your new membership password to the private portal where the course material lives. Then you’ll get an email with a link to your first video lesson within 5 minutes.

I don’t have much art supplies, can I still do this course?2021-06-11T09:04:53-04:00

Yes absolutely. Use what materials you have on hand, even if it’s your kids paint! The most important part is to just paint. In the first video, I’m providing a downloadable supply list if you’d like to purchase exactly what I’m using in the course.

How long will I have access to the content for?2021-09-22T15:58:51-04:00

You’ll have access to the full course for 30 days. This gives you plenty of time to complete the 3-part video course. Once 30 days have passed, you’ll simply loose access to the course. You’re free to sign up and take it again.

Why should I sign up now?2021-06-11T09:12:19-04:00

Your art is needed, and now is your time to shine. Don’t put your wholehearted creative self on hold any longer. Embrace it. Choose to expand your artistry today. Try it out – you have nothing to lose and everything to gain. I’m here for you.

What if I have more questions?2021-06-11T09:13:11-04:00

No problem! Email support@studioeriksdotter.com and my team will answer them.




This course is free but registration is required. Once you’ve signed up below, we’ll send you the link to watch the first video.

Please note that How to Paint Soulful Eyes is a fully digital course. Erica loves empowering other painters and urge you to enroll with a commitment to following through.
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