How to Paint Soulful Eyes2022-02-18T20:41:50-05:00


This course is for you if you want to grow your confidence, connect with your creativity and learn how to make those animal eyes come alive on your canvas.

How do you make those eyes look so real?

With a long waitlist for my pet portraits, I get this question all the time. That’s why I created an online course to gently guide you how to paint a dog’s soulful eyes so you too can paint animals full of life. 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.

How to Paint Soulful Eyes is designed for you to successfully complete a beautiful and soulful dog’s eye and to level up as a painter.

Join over 100 students enrolled!



“I stumbled upon Erica on Instagram and was open to learning new techniques. This course is jam packed. 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 from Alberta, Canada who specializes in painting pet portraits on rocks.

Learn with Ease

Whether you already paint animals or you’ve seen others’ finished paintings on social media and want to try your hands at painting your darling pet, here’s the truth: 

Once you start, you realize those eyes are HARD. 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.

But where do you start? I’ve been there. And I know how disheartening it can be. It took me a long time before I dared painting pets for this reason alone. Now, my custom pet paintings lead to a place of healing for my clients all over the world. 

That’s why I created this easy-to-follow online course that gives you the tools you need. 

Are you ready to start painting acrylic eyes full of essence and character? 



“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, professional painter from Colorado, USA

At a Glance

Over several weeks, you’ll paint along with me as I share the exact techniques, tools and every brushstrokes on my canvas. I provide 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, I’ll share my thoughts as I’m blending and painting with you.


sought after pet portrait painter

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 reasons for the long waitlist for my pet portraits is those soulful eyes. 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 students whether they are reconnecting to their creativity, are budding artists or seasoned pet portrait artists. No matter what level you are at or what in season of life – these’s something for everyone in my course and resources.

I can’t wait for you to paint animal eyes that you’re proud to share. Let’s do this!



“I love painting animals but I find painting realistic eyes very difficult. I loved the way Erica painted eyes and doing her course was very inspiring and encouraging. I specifically liked the way she used different tones for the pupil and the reflection in the eye.”
Linda Ashmore, painter from British Columbia, Canada


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

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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?2022-08-12T14:07:09-04:00

You’ll have lifetime access to this course so you can return to it as many times and as often as you’d like.

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.

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