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StratoArt
11-14-2013, 11:08 AM
I'm working on four watercolor paintings for my family for Christmas. This locomotive is for my father who has built up a considerable collection of HO model trains. I have 4 pieces I have to crank out pretty quickly and send them off for Christmas. I'll have to do the other three progresses of my other pieces in other threads to keep them separate. Anyhoo, this thread will show the progression of my painting a steam locomotive on Canson 11x15 140 lb. watercolor paper. I'll be using Daler-Rowney watercolor paints.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/14-Nov-2013/1164977-locomotive_stage_1.jpg
(Stage 1) a rough sketch of the steam locomotive.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/14-Nov-2013/1164977-locomotive_stage_2.jpg
(Stage 2) using the rough sketch as a guide I now start outlining the details. I darkened the image just a bit so you can see the lines.

wahla
11-14-2013, 12:09 PM
Dale
As a new member who enjoys trains and has done a few watercolors with them in the study (another in the works) look forward to seeing your technique (outstanding) and color selections.

StratoArt
11-14-2013, 12:48 PM
Dale
As a new member who enjoys trains and has done a few watercolors with them in the study (another in the works) look forward to seeing your technique (outstanding) and color selections.

Thank you! I hope I don't disappoint! I'm kind of on a roll with painting now, especially that I have back to back to back to back personal pieces for family members. I hope that this also fuels the fire for me for doing many more pieces in this medium. Very excited about it all. My favorite subjects are military aviation and landscapes (they go hand in hand). And so do trains, so I'm pretty thrilled to do pieces like this locomotive to get me kickstarted on railway art. I also love still life too.

Yorky
11-14-2013, 01:15 PM
Great sketch.

Doug

MtLookout
11-14-2013, 01:20 PM
We all look forward to seeing your stuff progress.

Tom

ErnstG
11-14-2013, 02:22 PM
Excellent work!

Ernst

StratoArt
11-15-2013, 12:16 AM
Thank you everyone!! Okay here are some major updates. Here goes...

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/15-Nov-2013/1164977-20131114_175718.jpg
My brown gum tape is on it's way, meanwhile, I've had to do a temporary solution using green frog tape with the blue painters tape over top (the green frog tape was a thinner width) It actually does pretty good, but I'll modify my methods down the road, I gotta crank out 4 paintings so I can't wait for my pro tape to arrive.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/15-Nov-2013/1164977-20131114_181539.jpg
I picked up this really sweet palette from Hobby Lobby which contains a lid and an extra rimmed palette, sweet! :thumbsup:

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/15-Nov-2013/1164977-20131114_183637.jpg
Laying down the wash of a mixture of Daler Rowney Coeruleum Blue, White, and a touch of ultramarine blue. Looks kind of rough now, but there's a lot of smoke and steam covering a great portion of that. The steam I have to keep white.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/15-Nov-2013/1164977-20131114_184810.jpg
sorry for blurry photo. But this is where I had a light touch of the lightest tone of the billowing smoke and the darkest tone of the steam. This was with a mixture of ivory black and white. I also used a clean, slightly moist brush to blend.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/15-Nov-2013/1164977-20131114_185125.jpg
I also use Q-tips, slightly wet, to lift some of the light grey that I want to remove or blend better to the white.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/15-Nov-2013/1164977-20131114_185644.jpg
Using a dry brush, I begin to soften edges, the dry brush picks out the wet and blends the shades of the smoke/steam.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/15-Nov-2013/1164977-20131114_190044.jpg
What it looks like before I start building up the darker tones of the smoke coming out of the stack. I want the smoke to swirl and fade off into the distance, so I keep that lighter.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/15-Nov-2013/1164977-575346_498976526875928_2133334654_n.jpg
For details, I actually prefer these nail art detail brushes that my wife gave me, they are EXCELLENT! So I'm starting to detail the engine. I've also built up the darker values of the smoke coming right out of the stack - layer by layer.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/15-Nov-2013/1164977-20131114_204953.jpg
Last one for tonight - I've started work on the lamp, and I added another layer of darker tones to the smoke.

Thanks for viewing!

Yorky
11-15-2013, 01:49 AM
Looking great!

Doug

mkillough
11-15-2013, 02:18 AM
I absolutely love trains! The smoke is perfect. This looks like so much fun! :clap:

Maryq

pjartwc
11-15-2013, 04:10 AM
An excellent sketch - you have a tough job ahead. Love the steam - great job of painting. Good luck with four paintings in such a short time. Would love to see them all when finished.

StratoArt
11-15-2013, 08:18 AM
Thank you! Will post my progress on the others. I have to wait that 24hr. period. I started a sketch on a largemouth bass for my brother-in-law, he loves fly fishing. :thumbsup:

Yorky
11-15-2013, 08:40 AM
Thank you! Will post my progress on the others. I have to wait that 24hr. period.

You don't have to wait 24 hours to reply to an existing thread.

Doug

StratoArt
11-17-2013, 09:36 PM
okay! well just got back after a nice little getaway with friends this weekend. Here's some progress before I left.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/17-Nov-2013/1164977-20131116_091959.jpg
Starting work on the sand dome, the dome that's behind the smoke stack. Laying in a pale primary blue with a slightly dirty wash of diluted ivory black.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/17-Nov-2013/1164977-20131116_092909.jpg
What the sand dome looks like after finishing. The cast iron metal hinting a tinge of blue, with some weathering.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/17-Nov-2013/1164977-20131116_103618.jpg
Finishing up the steam dome (behind the bell) and the other dome.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/17-Nov-2013/1164977-20131116_103618.jpg
A little closer look at the details on the black cast iron domes.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/17-Nov-2013/1164977-20131116_113245.jpg
a slightly "dirty" wash around the ring.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/17-Nov-2013/1164977-20131116_115039.jpg
I also add a light mix of diluted blue/black to create the shadows in lower left. and start on the outer ring where all the bolts are, as well the inside ring with a light mixture of yellow ochre and burnt umber.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/17-Nov-2013/1164977-20131116_115257.jpg
added a darker mixture of diluted primary blue/ivory black around the outer ring (this is where the bolts are). This was wet on wet to let the color bleed freely. I also painted a darker mixture of burnt umber/yellow ochre around the center ring where shadows would be. In addition I painted some shadows in the lower left - all this was done wet on wet so the paint really paints itself.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/17-Nov-2013/1164977-20131116_123406.jpg
Now I add a very diluted mix of burnt umber and yellow ochre - again I give the inner ring another dirty wash of water and then add that light mix of the brown/yellow, this is surface rust. Each layer level drying before I go forward with the next level of detail.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/17-Nov-2013/1164977-20131116_123841.jpg
adding more bolts and their shadows.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/17-Nov-2013/1164977-20131116_124608.jpg
Deepening the shadows.

StratoArt
11-17-2013, 10:58 PM
Shots of what the front plate of the engine is shaping up to be. Still some highlights to be applied.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/17-Nov-2013/1164977-20131117_195331.jpg

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/17-Nov-2013/1164977-20131117_195340.jpg

WthrLady
11-17-2013, 11:40 PM
Wow!

wahla
11-18-2013, 11:06 AM
I really am enjoying the "building of a steam locomotive." Not only technique but the overview includes proper train terminology. Your artistic skill combined with knowledge of steam engines will make this an impressive painting.

StratoArt
11-18-2013, 11:14 AM
I really am enjoying the "building of a steam locomotive." Not only technique but the overview includes proper train terminology. Your artistic skill combined with knowledge of steam engines will make this an impressive painting.

Thank you! But I don't know that much about trains as I do about aircraft. I'm a huge military aviation/aviation art fan and was once a crew chief on KC-135 Stratotankers and also have a pilot's license - planes have been my life.

But one thing I DO love to do is research. I have developed a skill for research as a military aviation artist, and that skill also applies to almost anything else. I haven't grown up around trains like I have with aircraft, however, I really do find trains very fascinating, especially their history.

I guess you can say, that aircraft and trains (and this can apply for many types of transportation vehicles) share certain things in common - they all have their use as transporting objects, animals or humans for various reasons. The three kinds of transportation vehicles that I like to paint, or draw, or illustrate are 1) military aircraft, 2) trains and 3) ships.

I think with each piece I draw or paint, I get to know that subject intimately through the research I do on it. I want to find out it's history, where it was used, how long had it been used, what was used to make it, it's manufacturer, what was it's role in it's time, etc... I find that all very fascinating - and that really helps me with the art of it.

WthrLady
11-18-2013, 12:25 PM
Book is in the post!

wahla
11-18-2013, 08:40 PM
Thank you! But I don't know that much about trains as I do about aircraft. I'm a huge military aviation/aviation art fan and was once a crew chief on KC-135 Stratotankers and also have a pilot's license - planes have been my life.

But one thing I DO love to do is research. I have developed a skill for research as a military aviation artist, and that skill also applies to almost anything else. I haven't grown up around trains like I have with aircraft, however, I really do find trains very fascinating, especially their history.

I guess you can say, that aircraft and trains (and this can apply for many types of transportation vehicles) share certain things in common - they all have their use as transporting objects, animals or humans for various reasons. The three kinds of transportation vehicles that I like to paint, or draw, or illustrate are 1) military aircraft, 2) trains and 3) ships.

I think with each piece I draw or paint, I get to know that subject intimately through the research I do on it. I want to find out it's history, where it was used, how long had it been used, what was used to make it, it's manufacturer, what was it's role in it's time, etc... I find that all very fascinating - and that really helps me with the art of it.
Dale
We share many interests and experiences. While I am not a pilot, my father was flying KB50, KC135, C124, C141, C5. Despite the numerous years inand around planes never (through as kid drew them) painted planes. My subject areas (though limited in scope on canvas due to having a "day job" )is every thing steam related. Many of the references I wish to paint are landscape with trains, industrial, country, city and harbors.
Presently, I have drawn up the Norfolk and Western Class J 611 rambling through the country side (soon to go under the brush).
I found your digital art amazing along with traditional painting techniques.
BTW- here is a reference of a friend who does locomotives in motion- astonishing realism

Chris Ludlow (http://www.peintredurail.com/)

StratoArt
11-18-2013, 09:29 PM
Dale
We share many interests and experiences. While I am not a pilot, my father was flying KB50, KC135, C124, C141, C5. Despite the numerous years inand around planes never (through as kid drew them) painted planes. My subject areas (though limited in scope on canvas due to having a "day job" )is every thing steam related. Many of the references I wish to paint are landscape with trains, industrial, country, city and harbors.
Presently, I have drawn up the Norfolk and Western Class J 611 rambling through the country side (soon to go under the brush).
I found your digital art amazing along with traditional painting techniques.
BTW- here is a reference of a friend who does locomotives in motion- astonishing realism

Chris Ludlow (http://www.peintredurail.com/)

Thank you so much for the encouragements!! I find steam locomotives fascinating! I think it also has to do with that I'm getting more exposure to trains as I park and drive from the Metro station in Corona to van-commute into L.A. every day, and there are freight trains that go from the Port of Los Angeles all the time, I actually enjoy seeing them. I can't wait to finish this piece and do more.

I just saw this commercial which has really got me excited. Even brings a tear to my eye watching it.

http://youtu.be/h2mU6jVcv4w

Thank you for the link to Ludlow's art, that's awesome inspiration! :)

olliewood0702
11-20-2013, 11:29 AM
What a fantastic looking drawing and it's progressing wonderfully. Your steam is great and I can't wait to see an update.

StratoArt
11-20-2013, 11:44 AM
What a fantastic looking drawing and it's progressing wonderfully. Your steam is great and I can't wait to see an update.

Thank you! There IS an update. :thumbsup:

I have to admit,it's going slow because I work a day job and I am with family when I get home, so I only have a few short hours each night to work on this painting.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/20-Nov-2013/1164977-1476463_500816760025238_532901044_n.jpg
Starting on what's called the pilot or "cow catcher" of the train. I'm using a mixture of blue/black here to put in the dark shadows between the wood.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/20-Nov-2013/1164977-1459105_500824173357830_1513971994_n.jpg
A light wash of yellow ochre and red for the initial layer of color on the wood.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/20-Nov-2013/1164977-1441484_501343976639183_1839911065_n.jpg
deepening the shadows and the textures on the wood. Also, a mixture of paynes grey, black and a touch of yellow ochre for the front coupler.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/20-Nov-2013/1164977-1425491_501343973305850_801110154_o.jpg
View so far. I also had to rework areas on the front of the engine, with the railings, so those are still being worked on.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/20-Nov-2013/1164977-1402226_501362649970649_114592203_o.jpg
Detail on the "cow catcher" The photo doesn't do it quite justice.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/20-Nov-2013/1164977-1421120_501362639970650_1882699425_o.jpg
I needed to rework the #2 on the front there to be at slight more of an angle since the train is leaning just a tad to it's left.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/20-Nov-2013/1164977-905336_501362613303986_101442587_o.jpg
Detail of the smoke stack and it's billowing smoke and the steam from the steam dome.

Merritt
12-08-2013, 03:24 AM
Strato, Im very much enjoying this wonderful painting you are doing, it really makes me want to go TOOT TOOT :) Question, > The double ended brush ? and brand of paint ? as you have wonderful grading saturation in this.

Thanking you in advance
M

Echecs
12-08-2013, 04:35 AM
This looks great, thanks for posting the process :-) I'm looking forward to the end result.

Deborah

StratoArt
12-14-2013, 04:34 PM
thank you everyone! I took a break from it for a while but I'm back. Had some family visiting. But I'm back on track :)

Here's more progress! I turned the flash on my phone camera this time, before it was too yellow-ish. It will look better once I get it scanned in.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/14-Dec-2013/1164977-20131211_194132.jpg
Using both dry, wet on wet, techniques.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/14-Dec-2013/1164977-20131211_202150.jpg
Now working from the front to the back of the engine, filling as much detail as possible.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/14-Dec-2013/1164977-20131214_115457.jpg
Getting there!

Yorky
12-14-2013, 04:35 PM
It's looking great!

Doug

wahla
12-14-2013, 05:14 PM
Dale
I just realized that you were painting a Heisler locomotive. The details along with the boiler jacket colors are among the many aspect one enjoys in viewing your painting.
I saw the video a while ago...great!

StratoArt
12-14-2013, 05:37 PM
Dale
I just realized that you were painting a Heisler locomotive. The details along with the boiler jacket colors are among the many aspect one enjoys in viewing your painting.
I saw the video a while ago...great!

Thank you! but I don't think it's a Heisler. A Heisler's wheel configuration is quite different than mine.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/14-Dec-2013/1164977-heisler.jpg

I'm not a a big expert on locomotives (I'm more of an aviation buff) but this is #2 of the Saginaw Timber Company, built by Baldwin Locomotive Works. http://www.midcontinent.org/news/saginaw_timber2_100yrs.html

Here's more progress, working on some of the background behind the train.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/14-Dec-2013/1164977-20131214_142231.jpg

StratoArt
12-14-2013, 05:44 PM
The engine I'm painting is also known as "Polson Logging No. 2" Here's a bunch of pics of it: http://www.railpictures.net/showphotos.php?road_number=Polson%202

wahla
12-14-2013, 07:07 PM
Dale
Yes, it is a Climax locomotive.

StratoArt
12-14-2013, 08:05 PM
I went ahead and blocked in most of the basic color for the rest of the engine and cars, and then the dark shadowed areas, as well as some basic work on the foreground grassy areas.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/14-Dec-2013/1164977-20131214_162434.jpg

StratoArt
12-14-2013, 08:22 PM
My palette for my work on the steam locomotive. Using Daler-Rowney watercolors. A bit messy, but it works :)

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/14-Dec-2013/1164977-20131214_171948.jpg

StratoArt
12-14-2013, 09:40 PM
Adding lighter details such as reflective light and a bit of warping on the tender, then I will work my way forward to detail the locomotive engine main drive wheels, they need lots of work.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/14-Dec-2013/1164977-20131214_181919.jpg

StratoArt
12-15-2013, 11:11 PM
Finished! Steam Locomotive.
Watercolor by Dale Jackson (Daler Rowney watercolors on 11x15 Canson paper)
2013 Dale Jackson
www.StratoArt.com

This original goes to my father for a Christmas present, he loves trains. :D

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/15-Dec-2013/1164977-20131215_195455.jpg

WthrLady
12-16-2013, 12:08 AM
Wow!

Devoted 2Art
12-16-2013, 12:26 AM
Fantastic finale!!! Great step by step too. Very enjoyable work to follow.
-John

Yorky
12-16-2013, 12:58 AM
A fine painting :clap:

Doug

StratoArt
12-16-2013, 06:54 AM
thanks so much, everyone!

mkillough
12-16-2013, 11:34 PM
Your Father is going to proudly show this to everyone, and treasure it for always.
Absolutely wonderful, cozy, perfect train! :thumbsup:

Maryq

StratoArt
12-16-2013, 11:53 PM
Your Father is going to proudly show this to everyone, and treasure it for always.
Absolutely wonderful, cozy, perfect train! :thumbsup:

Maryq

Thank you! I finally got it scanned and ready for prints too and will be shipping the original to him, I really think he'll enjoy it. :)

StratoArt
12-19-2013, 02:39 PM
The final piece. Watercolor on Canson paper.
11"x15"
roughly 45-50 hours of work.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/19-Dec-2013/1164977-Steam_Locomotive-small.JPG

Cease-Fire
12-19-2013, 05:26 PM
incredible piece of work! Love it very much and I'm really not a train person at all!

bluegenes
12-21-2013, 11:49 AM
Amazing amount of detail!

Patty

JPQ
12-22-2013, 06:51 AM
I am train person and i like this. even more when i know is not used pricey paints.

WthrLady
12-26-2013, 12:26 AM
well?! How'd he like it?