Wednesday, 29 January 2014

Anatomy of a Classic Car Pic.

Recently finished my latest commission, an Ink and Watercolour picture of a 1960 Austin Healey 'Frogeye' Sprite for a client in the U.S.A. for whom it will be the third painting of this type winging its way across the Atlantic, so I can truly bill myself as an 'International Selling Artist'.

Austin Healey 'Frogeye' Sprite 1960
Ink and Watercolour

That's the finished picture and what it might look like framed, but I thought you might be interested in how it got to that stage, so here's step-by-step account of how I went about creating the picture you see above.
 
1. The client supplies a number of photographs but the flat profile view is
preferable, though I like to see the subject from a variety of angles
to get a feel for it in three dimensions. 

2. I transfer the image to layout paper (freehand) using a grid system.

3. Happy with the drawing, it is then transferred to a sheet
of 140lb rough watercolour paper using a .05mm fineliner pen. 

4. Initial washes are laid down for the basic colourings
of the larger areas.

5. Washes are gradually built up on these painted areas, plus a
bit of spattering and some sprayed ink lines, leaving only
the finer detail to be added.

6. The chrome parts are subtly painted to suggest reflective light,
and other details and lines are inked in using fine-liner pens of varying
sizes from .1mm to .7mm.
All it needs now is to be titled and signed.
 
 Though I can't omit the hardest part which is revealing the finished image to the client and hoping for a good reaction, which luckily was the case on this occasion, so by the time you read this it should be adorning a wall somewhere in Texas :)