The tiny eyes are from when Helen was painting the models. The large and medium ones are a mixture of mine and Nat's, plus Annabel did a few models like that also. The squarish ones on the Barney models are done by a girl called Becky who was paid to detail some of the early catalogue models.
Just having a look through, of the medium and large eyes the only ones I can say I definitely didn't paint were 'N' which Nat did. The blue eye with lashes was when I was a little more practiced (and presumably had a half decent paintbrush...) so they flow much better. You can tell that the ones on the lippi K and the brown FH with the eye-crease L are a little more hesitant. Painting the eye depended/s on so much, not least the quality of the brush and the viscosity of the paint. Sometimes they just wouldn't be small 😂
Post by astudyinscarlet on Apr 26, 2017 20:50:20 GMT
Sally (Annabel's mum, I think?) seemed to do most of the eyes from the 80s through the 90s and still into the 2000s she was doing some of them I believe. Whether other painters deliberately copied them I don't know but her style is quite distinctive, different to these styles pictured (I don't seem to have any decent photos of any currently though)
Post by astudyinscarlet on Apr 27, 2017 20:25:32 GMT
Some of the later catalogue models had those really bland 'bullseye target' eyes too (I think they were mostly only on black ones), that were just a white dot on a black circle on a brown circle if I remember rightly. They were a little creepy.
Also if I remember this rightly too, Emma (I've forgotten her surname) who went on to run Magpie Models in the 80s/90s painted Julips for a while. Some of the vintage Julips' 'big eyes' are quite similar to the Magpie eye style of the 90s.
Did Kate or Sue paint at all? I remember Kate usually answering the phone when I first started ordering Julips, and I think Sue did a lot of the casting for a lot of years but I don't know who did the eyes around 2004-2008...?