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XQB
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.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/25-Jul-2014/99275-67_Mustang_July_25_2014_1_stitch_thumbcrvdws.jpg

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!!

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

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

XQB
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:
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/25-Jul-2014/99275-67_Mustang_July_25_2014_2_stitch_thumbcrvdws.jpg
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!

hectorstudio
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?

XQB
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!

XQB
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.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/27-Jul-2014/99275-67_Mustang_July_27_2014_1_stitch_thumbcrvdws.jpg
Decisions about stepping outside my normal box are as yet unmade, but sit tight and see...

XQB
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!).
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/27-Jul-2014/99275-67_Mustang_July_27_2014_2_stitch_thumbcrvdws.jpg
Thanks for looking in, y'all, and always remember, C&C welcome!

hectorstudio
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!

XQB
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!

XQB
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:
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/28-Jul-2014/99275-67_Mustang_July_28_2014__stitch_thumbcrvdws.jpg
So far, just letting the reflections define certain areas (the bumper, for example) seems to be working. Interesting....:wink2:

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

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

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

XQB
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...
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/29-Jul-2014/99275-67_Mustang_July_29_2014_stitch_thumbcrvdws.jpg
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:

ggart4u
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.

XQB
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:
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/29-Jul-2014/99275-67_Mustang_July_29_2014_2_stitchcrvdsmws.jpg

XQB
07-30-2014, 07:46 AM
On course and still figuring for a finish this weekend....
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/30-Jul-2014/99275-67_Mustang_July_30_2014_1_stitch_thumbcrvdws.jpg
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!).

XQB
07-30-2014, 10:29 AM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/30-Jul-2014/99275-67_Mustang_July_30_2014_3_stitch_thumbcrvdws.jpg
Last update before work. Tons of tonal work today, with many, many hours yet to go.

XQB
07-31-2014, 08:27 AM
Getting closer. Figure on a finish with a flourish tomorrow!:cool:
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/31-Jul-2014/99275-67_Mustang_July_31_2014_2_stitch_thumbws.jpg
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:

XQB
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:
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/31-Jul-2014/99275-67_Mustang_July_31_2014_3_stitch_thumb_ws.jpg
Primarily re-inking, now that I look. Definitely a few spots that need pushing back and some edges that need defined, as well.

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

ggart4u
08-01-2014, 07:17 AM
Awesome... love your tag too!

XQB
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:
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/01-Aug-2014/99275-67_Mustang_Final_Dry_stitch_thumb_ws.jpg
:cool:

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

Venkat