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07-05-2013, 10:17 AM
This is a demo I started in class yesterday to show that painting shiny objects is not as hard as it looks. It is based on a trumpet photo (http://www.wetcanvas.com/RefLib/showphoto.php?photo=53785) by mbeckett in the RIL.

The sketch, trumpet and a start on the background took less than the 2 hour class. The bell was drawn freehand hence it is a little out of shape. In retrospect I should have traced it.

I added a few more darks and put two washes of Winsor Blue on the background this afternoon, mainly because after I had finished the first wash I dropped a blob of water on the background top right. I tried to hide it but I can still see it can you?

Quarter sheet on Saunders Waterford Extra White rough.

I may have to add a fabric pattern or folding to the background to hide it.


07-05-2013, 11:21 AM
OK the folds didn't work out so I am applying darker washes.


07-05-2013, 04:25 PM
You have a real sparkle on that metal. I like it even now without the darker background!

07-05-2013, 04:27 PM
I have managed to even it out and now I am planning to put a simple shadow on the surface.


07-05-2013, 08:03 PM
That's a good idea, it should look nice like that.

M.L. Schaefer
07-05-2013, 09:18 PM
Hey, Doug! Round and Ellipticals are a **!!$$** to draw freehand! You did a good job, though, and I like this very much. When the darker-darks are added, the Trumpet will shine even more than it does! I do like this....Now, since you are an expert trumpet painter, how about a self-portrait making music with the trumpet! (Sounds like a good idea to me:angel: .)

:heart: Margarete

07-06-2013, 01:21 AM
There's really only one part of the bell that looks out of round to me, on the upper right... about 2 o'clock. If you haven't already, seems you could smooth out that part with your dark washes and just rebuild the edge a tiny bit.

Looks wonderful already, can't wait to see it finished. Isn't that stray water drop a heartbreaker? Glad you were able to cover it up!

Devoted 2Art
07-06-2013, 01:51 AM
Hi Doug! You really shined it up with this one. It looks great. I think a shadow would give it even more depth but I think it's great right now.

What colors did you use for the trumpet?

07-06-2013, 02:22 AM
Margarete !! I once did a tuba player (http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=512101)and it turned out better than I could have hoped.

Thanks Cyntada, i'll look at that.

John, I started with a pale wash of raw sienna and graduated to burnt sienna and dark ultramarine and burnt sienna mixes. No masking as it was a quick demo of shiny metal.

Now for the shadow, could be difficult, the bell will hold it off the surface.


07-06-2013, 04:34 AM
Doug, this is wonderful. I love your shiny trumpet!!!

07-06-2013, 04:37 AM
Nice job, Doug. I actually like the blob in the background - it's not overly noticeable, but adds interest to a plain background. Ellipses are difficult to do correctly, but your wonderful reflections more then makes up for any non-perfections in the drawing.

07-06-2013, 06:06 AM
This is great - thank you for sharing!!

07-06-2013, 06:14 AM
OK, no more fiddling, it was only an exercise after all. I added a drop shadow.



07-06-2013, 08:44 AM
Very interesting, Doug, you really do the metal well!! It's all about seeing the shapes, isn't it.

07-06-2013, 09:09 AM
Yes Lynn,if you paint exactly what you see it's really very easy.


07-06-2013, 10:46 AM
Nice! I would never notice the bell shape or the former water drop now. The bell almost seems to be reflecting a room, is that a framed picture I see? Exactly what one would see there.

Looks great, and very, very shiny.

07-06-2013, 11:19 AM
Yes I guess it is a picture reflection in there. Part of the fun of painting reflections. I had my own reflection in the tuba.


M.L. Schaefer
07-06-2013, 11:07 PM
Doug, just viewed Tuba Player! WOW OH WOW OH WOW!

:heart: M.

07-07-2013, 08:27 AM
Hi Doug... kudos to you for drawing this out freehand! Your metal is really nice and shiny... Isn't it fun to paint?!

07-07-2013, 10:59 AM
Great drawing and colors! You have really got the brass nailed!


07-07-2013, 07:27 PM
Love the finish Doug. That shadow sets it off! For some reason the nursery rhyme runs through my mind when I look at this(Little boy blue come blow your horn).

07-08-2013, 04:36 PM
great metallic reflections and I like your background. The shadows did a good job :thumbsup:


07-08-2013, 04:52 PM
I was thinking of maybe doing something more ambitious - a photo in the RIL by Luv2Shoot :lol:



07-08-2013, 07:24 PM
Doug, go much much darker with the darks. Increase those value differences. Its the real contrast between the white highlights and the deep darks that give the shine to the metal

I've just done a saxophone.... great fun :)

M.L. Schaefer
07-08-2013, 11:12 PM
I have to agree with Ona! Go for even more darks.

Wow, look at that photograph...art in its own right. How about using a varied background such as the one in the photo? Possibly adding some purples etc. to help build up your darks? I do believe that with the blues you are using now they have met their value threshold and it may be time to experiment with mixes to get the darkest darks.

With an even darker background, I think it will sparkle even more than it sparkles now!

AND, I vote a big ole YES to your painting the RIL! You brave guy you!

:heart: Margarete

07-09-2013, 12:12 AM
Thank folks. Yes the dark in the bell is really very black, it is showing a bit paler in my photo.

This is nearer to the original:


07-09-2013, 03:14 PM
Doug, I think this painting is wonderful, love the shiny trumpet with the darker background.

07-09-2013, 04:05 PM
IT's really shiny, Doug! Fantastic job on this; it finished up wonderfully.

07-10-2013, 04:47 PM
Beautiful painting Doug

07-19-2013, 12:17 PM
Great trumpet, Doug. The only thing I noticed right off is, shouldn't it have a bit of the background color reflected in the parts that are next to it? That does look like a lot of fun.

07-19-2013, 12:34 PM
You are right, a bit of blue.


Green Explorer
07-21-2013, 02:56 PM
Amazing work Doug - it looks so much like brass. I didn't know you could get that effect in w/c

07-21-2013, 02:58 PM
You would be surprised Tom, the shine just appears if you include the darks.


07-21-2013, 03:17 PM
very nice work Doug! thank you !!

07-24-2013, 11:22 AM
Fantastic !

07-24-2013, 11:27 AM
Thanks Larry.

I started another version after tracing the outline and almost completed it this morning. I'll post it when finished.


07-26-2013, 07:34 AM
OK here is the one I traced. Not perfect and I decided on a light background.

Quarter sheet Saunders Waterford 200lb rough.


07-26-2013, 09:11 AM
Doug, although I liked this first one, I like this one even better. Not because you traced it because I thought the first one was well drawn, but because you have used the light background, and worked to make good contrasts in your reflective surface, this one really pops three dimensionally.


07-26-2013, 09:40 AM
Thank you Shirley, it was worth doing it again.