View Full Version : Black Shadow 2

07-08-2014, 07:09 AM
#2 in a series relating my love affair with the Vincent Black Shadow. Honestly, I don't even really want to own one, I just deeply admire the architectural design and very, very British character which just radiates from every centimeter of these lovely machines...
I amped up the contrast a bit in photoshop, as I'm still deciding whether I'm going to render this fully or go high-contrast-minimalist again like a couple of my recent pieces. So, I'll do all the hot spots first then gauge my process at that point...

07-08-2014, 02:39 PM
I think you should go just to the point of seeing/knowing what it is, then stop.

07-08-2014, 02:41 PM
No vote... I'm just enjoying the process.

07-09-2014, 07:08 PM
I think it needs a touch more definition. What you've done is looking good.

Harry Seymour
07-10-2014, 07:45 AM
Should be a great one.

07-11-2014, 09:39 AM
Sue, Ginger, TJ, and Harry, I thank you. I really don't think I'm going to be able to stay with pure B&W without gray tones on this one...I'll just lose too much. So, I'm going to work in stages, each lighter and softer than the last, and when I get to my minimalist happy spot, that's where I'll stop. I don't want this to be a true photo-representation like I often do. My progress thus far:
So....one step at a time and we'll see if I can avoid mucking it up entirely.:crossfingers:

07-11-2014, 04:18 PM
More progress, though my minimalist strategy was out the window the moment I picked up my FG brush...
This image really was screaming for a full render, though. I'm definitely glad I made that call (or that call made itself and I just obeyed, whichever...):lol:
No more monkeying around with the contrast in PS, either...I lose to much detail like that once I start in with the FG...
Now, I just have to decide how much detail to use on the cylinder finning, then I'm there. It still amazes me how quickly I get through these 8X10s compared to my usual 16X20s and 18X24s. Then again, I used to burn 70 or 80 hours up on these smaller boards, too, so maybe it's me...?

07-11-2014, 11:31 PM
Lolol, I know what you mean. I personally am glad you took that further step, it is looking great.

07-12-2014, 06:02 AM
Thank you, Sue. I admit that I was almost disappointed in my lack of discipline, but I only obey the demands of the work. :wink2: I am pretty happy with the results, though!
I LOVE starting a day by finishing a piece! Lends a huge sense of accomplishment to the entire day (especially since I have to work today!).:crying:
Not that it's totally finished, but some cleanup and spraying is all I have left to do, so I'm calling it DONE!

07-12-2014, 11:34 AM
Love it Matthew!

07-17-2014, 06:49 AM
Great stuff Matthew. I love digital records because, while the finish is excellent, I also really like what you started with.