View Full Version : B-17G - Shiny!

04-27-2013, 06:25 PM
Again just for a break from landscapes, just as an exercise, I was inspired by D'Arcy's chrome and some of the P-51s that have been posted here lately, and dug out a photo I took last time "Sentimental Journey" was in town.
I painted it in acrylic on a 6x8 unprimed basswood cradleboard. The package said it could be painted on without primer and I've done this before and not had such a problem, but the surface irregularities here are splinters.
I know the rows of rivets don't align quite right. Left the Commemorative Air Force logo off for now too.

04-27-2013, 06:45 PM
Nice to see I've inspired someone! I wouldn't worry too much about the rivets. I think you have a good composition here. A little more contrast - stronger darks and that highlight at the wing root - would really sell the idea, along with a touch more detail on the cowl flaps. They look a touch flat. I like it - a good study in reflections.

04-28-2013, 08:34 AM
Interesting photo and a good painting - I agree with D'arcy that it could use some sharpening of the contrasts but it looks good as is. Some dabs of near pure white at the wing root and turret would bring it to life.

Mark A Bufton
04-29-2013, 09:52 AM
Now THAT is more like it :) Agree with D'Arcy and Neil about the shades etc. Think it could do with a bit of that grey in the blue reflections to darken it a bit.

Difficult subject but an excellent result. Well done :)

Also, captivating reference photo!


04-29-2013, 05:44 PM
Ah... this is pretty good. I wish I could paint like you. ;O)

05-01-2013, 12:01 PM
I always like the reflections in aluminum. Nice work.

05-03-2013, 09:26 AM
Thank you all for the kind comments!

Mark, the blue areas were originally greyer, but the effect was quite muddy.

Here's another, from Monday.
And the reference photo:
(That's the upper wing of a Stearman peeking in from the bottom. Couldn't quite crop it all out.)

Mark A Bufton
05-03-2013, 06:39 PM
Love the turret ;)

05-05-2013, 07:17 AM
Mark is right about the turret - best piece of the work. One piece of advice that was given to me was to make sure that your background doesn't act as camoflage - try to cut down the contrast there and let your subject have the strongest contrasts. It focuses your viewer's attention more on what you want them looking at. Secondly - look to the rivets. They almost all bear a bright highlight that helps capture the shape.

I think giving the board a quick sand before painting could help somewhat. Those irregularities really stand out on a painting that is focusing on a highly polished surface.

Keep doing these - they are great practice for you. You are doing a good job observing your subject.