View Full Version : Wip '67 Gt

07-25-2014, 09:31 AM
Yeah, it was finally time for a Mustang! I've taken hundreds of 'Stang pics over the years, and I've sorted through many trying to choose one. This one was the clear winner. 12X20", and just barely begun.

Maxime Thiffault
07-25-2014, 12:26 PM
I love it already Matthew. Still watching.

fire angel
07-25-2014, 02:33 PM
Great start you can already see it taking shape!!

07-25-2014, 02:39 PM
Love the pony cars! Looking forward to watching this one come to life. Lookin' good so far.

07-25-2014, 03:36 PM
Instantly recognizable! Looking forward to its progress.

07-25-2014, 04:36 PM
Maxime, Greg, Ann, and Hector, I thank you all and bid you brace for progress! I have budgeted a limited time for this piece, with it and at least 3 more completed before the September show! So here we go! :thumbsup:
Got all my brightwork blocked in, so from here on out, its FG brush, NBT, tattoo needles, tungsten awl, eraser, etc...all the usual rendering tools.
Although I could almost leave it just like this. If it were an 8X10, I likely would, but this is too big a board for no more scratchin' than this!

07-25-2014, 07:24 PM
Matthew, what tool do you use for your brightwork? I have found that if I do my 'brightwork' first, that those areas end up getting dull/dirty as I work on other areas. How do you keep these areas pristine white?

07-26-2014, 06:00 AM
Hector, I do the bright areas first always, as it helps me to modify my approach as I go, especially if I'm considering a minimalist finish. I actually allow them to dull as I go then brighten them with a hit of FG brush at the end. Cleans 'em right up!

07-27-2014, 11:40 AM
Focusing thus far today on the gas cap and letters. Considering trying something different with this one, as well...we'll see.
Decisions about stepping outside my normal box are as yet unmade, but sit tight and see...

07-27-2014, 04:18 PM
Last one for today, I think. Like I said on FB, working these reflections really brings a piece home for me. It really seems to take on life at this time; kinda like the eyes on a portrait, I guess (tho I haven't done a portrait in any medium for a looooong time!).
Thanks for looking in, y'all, and always remember, C&C welcome!

07-27-2014, 05:59 PM
I love watching a master at work, and really enjoy seeing the WIPs you post, Matthew. You don't cease to amaze me!

07-27-2014, 07:20 PM
Hardly a master of anything, Hector, but I'm very grateful for the compliment, and very pleased that you enjoy watching! Thank you, Sir!

07-28-2014, 06:29 AM
Monday, Monday, Monday...I actually enjoy early Monday mornings (it's the going to work after my studio time that puts me off a bit...), as I seem to develop a good rhythm and do decent work as the coffee kicks in...:lol:
So far, just letting the reflections define certain areas (the bumper, for example) seems to be working. Interesting....:wink2:

07-28-2014, 02:32 PM
Even at this stage of the game, my mouth is already hanging open.

07-28-2014, 08:57 PM
Looking fantastic Matthew.

Harry Seymour
07-29-2014, 06:09 AM
Another winner.

07-29-2014, 06:30 AM
Netta, Lynn, and Harry, you are far too kind, though I am really enjoying this one. With the 50th anniversary of the Mustang being celebrated this year, I hope this becomes even more appropriate at the Concours in September...
Still fleshing out the reflections of course, and having a little internal debate over the lettering on the license plate; I've used that area to "sign" a piece before, so I don't want to repeat that. Maybe something like "50 YRS" to commemorate the anniversary? Ideas/suggestions?:confused:

07-29-2014, 06:55 AM
How about "1967." As time goes by, the math will change.
Love it.
I had fun showing off your work the other day to an admirer at the gallery in Cary, NC.

07-29-2014, 10:06 AM
Thank you for that, Ginger! I was curious if the catalog I sent with the artwork made it to the display?
Minor update...just a little more tonal work before I left for work:

07-30-2014, 07:46 AM
On course and still figuring for a finish this weekend....
It's always the larger, even-toned areas that are the trickiest for me, but they really pop when they work out (even if I do have to do a ton of re-inking at this stage!).

07-30-2014, 10:29 AM
Last update before work. Tons of tonal work today, with many, many hours yet to go.

07-31-2014, 08:27 AM
Getting closer. Figure on a finish with a flourish tomorrow!:cool:
No more farting around in photoshop with the contrast from this point forward, though. It just loses too much detail in the quest for contrast.:rolleyes:

07-31-2014, 10:18 AM
Just cleaning up and finishing remain as tasks for tomorrow. Maybe I can get 3 pieces varnished if the weather cooperates, too...?:crossfingers:
Primarily re-inking, now that I look. Definitely a few spots that need pushing back and some edges that need defined, as well.

07-31-2014, 10:20 AM
I'm loving the progression. This is gorgeous.

08-01-2014, 07:17 AM
Awesome... love your tag too!

08-01-2014, 07:24 AM
Fini! Just a few coats of varnish short of ready for a frame! Thanks to all of you for your kind words, and now on to the next! Any mods looking in, please label this one as complete!:clap:

08-01-2014, 10:10 AM
A fascinating piece of work, Matthews . Admirable rendering of perspective view