View Full Version : Quail Radiator Cap - WIP

06-05-2014, 05:35 PM
I'm going to demo scratchboard for a little while on Saturday at the booth of a local art group. The booth will be at a "Rods & Relics" car show, so I figured it would be a good idea to have a piece of car art to demo.

I used this same radiator cap as reference for a pen & ink drawing that I haven't finished. I've always wanted to try it in scratchboard. If I ever get the ink work done on the pen & ink version, I'll use color pencil with some watercolor underpainting to complete it. The scratchboard will be un-colored.

It's a 5" x 5" board, and the radiator cap is late 20's/early 30's for a Ford Model A. That ridged ring will probably make me go insane. I've started using color pencil for it on the other drawing, but that's not an option on the scratchboard the way I want to scratch it. Using a #16 X-Acto.


Here's the pen & ink version as it looks now. It's 4" x 6" on heavyweight drawing paper.


The reference photo I'm using for the scratchboard:


06-05-2014, 08:19 PM
Oooh yeah, I like the pen and ink but I reckon the scratchboard will knock its spots off!!

06-05-2014, 08:43 PM
Yep, that scratch will be amazing!

Harry Seymour
06-06-2014, 05:26 AM
Great scratching.

06-06-2014, 06:55 AM
It's an intriguing piece. I haven't tried anything metallic and will be interested to see your progress. Great start on it!

06-08-2014, 03:21 PM
Thanks, Patrick, Ginger, Harry and Sande!

I made a little more progress, but not enough to bother scanning. I'm going to put this one on hold for a while since I have boards with deadlines to tackle. I'll definitely finish this one though, I like it. I took LOTS of photos of chrome at the car show yesterday, so there may be a chrome series in my future. You can see some of my favorites in this album on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.697013483667126.1073741846.105411602827320

As much as I love drawing animals, I've always been fascinated by the patterns in chrome. I guess I picked a good "transitional" image - a chrome animal!

06-09-2014, 05:25 AM
Welcome back to the shiny side, Ann! I've been ogling your photos on FB, and took a bunch of similar shots myself yesterday at the Ohio Concours d'Elegance. I'll be anxiously awaiting your return to this one for sure!

06-09-2014, 01:32 PM
Thanks, Matthew! I'm glad you had fun at the Concours and got lots of photos. I love looking at the "whole car" at shows, even though I don't really know that much about cars, but I'm much more interested in the shiny parts when I take photos. I love the abstract quality of the reflections in the chrome.

06-09-2014, 02:30 PM
Ann, out of several hundred photos I took yesterday (430+), I took exactly 2 shots which showed an entire vehicle. I'm much more interested in the micro than the macro, artistically. Like your H-D tank from last year, this Ford Quail is gonna be spectacular.

06-09-2014, 06:42 PM
Same wavelength . . . long distance high five! :D

And thanks for your support & encouragement, Mr. Shiny!

06-18-2014, 04:16 PM
The pen and ink is stunning. I'm sure the scratch piece will be too and will fascinate your audience. Have fun with it for sure.

06-18-2014, 05:34 PM
Love it.

06-19-2014, 10:00 PM
Ann. I too love the pen & ink. Spiffy! The scratch will rock.

06-25-2014, 08:55 AM
Going to be a beauty I am sure.

06-25-2014, 04:25 PM
Thanks, TJ, Karen, Rodman & Nelvia!

06-18-2015, 04:33 PM
Things are pretty quiet here on WetCanvas. All the action is happening on Facebook.

I finally finished this piece and am calling it "Chrome in Flight". I buckled down and got 'er done so I could enter it in a local show that runs next month: "Rust to Riches", featuring car & vehicle art.

I'll post all the stages here in one place. Go to the first post to see the inspiration for this piece.

It's a 5" x 5" board (about 2" smaller than what you're seeing here). Scratched with a #16 X-Acto, stippled with a tech pen or Micron pen, depending on what was closest to me, and re-scratched to blend the stippling.





Here's the final. The ridged cap was the most challenging part, as I expected it to be, but it wasn't as bad as I thought. I just kept working it as I went along. It isn't exactly like I envisioned it or like the photo, but I think it's believable, so that works for me.

Here's my reference photo

06-18-2015, 06:28 PM
I saw this on facebook and didn't realize it's been a year since you started, lolol. Love it Ann!!!!

06-18-2015, 07:30 PM
Thanks, Sue!

Yeah, those "just for me" projects have a way of getting set aside around here. I'm glad the show came up to give me a good reason to finish it!

06-20-2015, 08:26 PM
Fantastic Ann!

06-22-2015, 03:17 AM
Wow, love how you handled the metallic look! The progress pics are great. Good luck with the show!

06-22-2015, 08:43 AM
One of my favs, for sure!

06-22-2015, 10:05 AM
Great job, Ann. What a perfect demo piece for a car show. Well done. And the photos you took are wonderful inspiration to do more. I love seeing chrome in scratchboard.