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03-17-2014, 09:52 PM
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Camp Sawdust Studios


Starting off from a Photoshopped image that I took
wanted it to capture the complexity of the pieces


grabbed a 16x20 that had a previous piece painted over in black
did the drawing in yellow cad light


started with colors to create essence of the shape


gears were a challenge to keep spacing even and keep shape correct


more gears, smaller circles but the sprocket points have remain even


this kept getting trickier and trickier....


Adding the chain in orange was to bring color across the sprocket to give it depth

This now finished...?:angel:



03-17-2014, 09:57 PM

03-17-2014, 10:02 PM
Christy- Thanx so much!

03-18-2014, 12:41 AM
This is great! I admire you for even attempting something so precise.

Happy creating,

03-18-2014, 12:47 AM
Love your title. You sure picked a complex one to do! The orange chain is a great addition. To me it seems like you started from a more abstract photo and then brought it into a more representational state.

03-18-2014, 06:56 AM
Ginger- Thanx so much!

I started to think about halfway through that this should just be abandoned....

03-18-2014, 07:00 AM

"...you started from a more abstract photo and then brought it into a more representational state."

Sometimes what I imagined just doesn't happen.

03-18-2014, 07:55 AM
Nice work Greggo, and appreciate the step by step.
Love a clean chain and cluster.


03-18-2014, 11:07 AM

the original phot was taken inside a bike shop and the chrome just caught the light well

lots of sparkle

did not create that feeling on this painting
maybe the next time I paint this I'll get more spurkle zippinz

03-18-2014, 08:51 PM
I like the way you emphasized the chain winding around and using the bright orange to make it really pop. All the colors are very good. A great design, too!

03-18-2014, 10:15 PM
Terrific job greggo on a subject I would never attempt because of the complexity and precision required. Much easier to shift them than paint them.


03-18-2014, 11:07 PM
Susan-- tanxsoomunch!

The decision to do the chain in orange was because I thought the painting needed a COI, albeit a winding one. Sounds like others liked the idea too.

03-18-2014, 11:10 PM
Trier - tanxaloot!

"... Much easier to shift them than paint them...."

well... maybe for you! I was looking at all those gears and wondering who came up with this system? It looks confusing.

Due to a bad back I can no longer ride bikes, but I couldn't afford one of these top-end bikes anyway. They sure are fancy tho'

03-19-2014, 07:26 AM
You probably have enough photos to work from but I went to an old car show recently (nice sunny day) and have so many "good" pictures just sitting in a folder being useless...bright red interiors, grill work, motors, shiny reflective surfaces, sexy curves...

If you want any, PM me.

If not...that's an incredibly hard subject to tackle (IMO) and this one, as well as your other pieces), look real good!

03-19-2014, 08:58 AM
OO--you are sooo generous! I would suggest you add them to the Image Reference Library so anyone can enjoy them.

03-19-2014, 10:26 AM
Greg, such fun to see the process, thanks for sharing the steps...lot's of hard work goes into it...thought processing
Great colors! Love this, such a colorful piece

03-19-2014, 12:33 PM
abs-- tanxferlookiy

always glad to share

03-19-2014, 07:15 PM
This is really cool

Katie Black
03-19-2014, 08:03 PM
Love it..the addition of the orange chain just makes it all come together beautifully!

03-19-2014, 09:44 PM
john--thanx fer sharing!

I am a sucker for compliments....

03-19-2014, 09:45 PM
Katie-- Tanxsoomunchers!

Do you have lots of colorful bikes down in your part of the world?
I've seen the colorful homes and jeeps....

Katie Black
03-20-2014, 04:16 PM
Katie-- Tanxsoomunchers!

Do you have lots of colorful bikes down in your part of the world?
I've seen the colorful homes and jeeps....

Not so much actually, but that's mainly because the roads are dangerous, full of pot holes!! but your right regarding the homes, many are painted in greens, oranges, blues, and purples...:)

03-20-2014, 04:23 PM
You should share some pix from down there with us!

Katie Black
03-20-2014, 04:44 PM
Actually I have been thinking for a while about taking some photos of these charming, colourful little houses, maybe when it cools off a bit at some point I might venture out and do just that...