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XQB
09-25-2014, 09:07 AM
Turns out this was a prophetic piece to begin when I did: yesterday I was told by the man who makes such decisions that I would be invited to display at the 2015 Auburn Cord Deusenberg Festival and Concours d'Elegance in Auburn, Indiana over the Labor Day weekend (invitations won't be mailed out 'til spring tho). This is a BIG deal, as this is one of the oldest and most highly regarded Concours in the nation. So, I'm kinda riding a high just now...:thumbsup:
To the artwork then: It's a 1935 Auburn Speedster (ever watch Remington Steel back in the day? He drove a kit-car replica of this very vehicle). 18X24", and just now feeling my way around and deciding how to approach tones and textures.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/25-Sep-2014/99275-Auburn_Sept_25_2014_stitch_thumb.jpg

dustynbiz
09-25-2014, 12:07 PM
Congratulations, That's bound to be a place full of folks with an appreciation of fine cars and fine art, and the resources to acquire them. Good luck with the event.

Obedec
09-25-2014, 12:25 PM
Yeah! Congratulations!

ggart4u
09-25-2014, 02:57 PM
Looking forward to this very much!

XQB
09-26-2014, 08:47 AM
Just an interim scan. I'm planning many studio hours today...
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/26-Sep-2014/99275-Auburn_9_26_2014_1_stitch_thumb.jpg

XQB
09-26-2014, 08:39 PM
One more scan today. Life kinda got in the way of progress today, but there's always Sunday...
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/26-Sep-2014/99275-Auburn_9_26_2014_2_stitch_thumb.jpg
I can see it, though...

Foxyheart2002
09-27-2014, 02:15 AM
What an honor, Matthew! Congratulations.

Trilby
09-27-2014, 03:26 PM
Wonderful feather in your cap, congratulations! What's done so far of the Auburn is already looking great.
TJ

Harry Seymour
09-27-2014, 07:10 PM
Congrats Mathew. This piece is coming along quite nicely.

XQB
09-28-2014, 02:25 PM
Yeah, it's shaping up a bit. I can see it now, and I think I dig it!:thumbsup:
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/28-Sep-2014/99275-Auburn_Sept_28_2014_3_stitch_thumb.jpg
The pipes and their reflections have been a bit of a pain, but with some more tweaking, I'm thinking they're gonna work out. The sunset lighting leads to some difficult decisions, but so far so good.

XQB
09-28-2014, 02:26 PM
Thank you all, Sue, Trilby, and Harry. SO excited, if it wasn't apparent...

XQB
09-28-2014, 06:03 PM
Okay...fleshing out the chrome highlights and sky/tree reflections. The rear fender may need some subtle background to define it, though I'm not yet sure.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/28-Sep-2014/99275-Auburn_Sept_28_2014_4_stitch_thumb.jpg
My photos certainly give me enough information to use a shaded bkgd to push the fender and tire out of obscurity. Question is, do I want to? Will it be better just hinted at (being a dusk shot after all) or does it need to be better defined? Probably a question better put off til I'm closer to the end, eh?

XQB
09-28-2014, 08:02 PM
Third and final for the night...I feel like I have 9 pounds of ink and clay dust to shower off of me, and I have no idea how many hundreds of fibreglass shards are hanging out on my shirt and pants!:confused:
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/28-Sep-2014/99275-Auburn_Sept_28_2014_5_stitch_thumb.jpg
Oh, yeah...steel wool fragments, too...!:wink2:

XQB
09-29-2014, 06:25 AM
Monday morning update...with the reflections in the fenders and bonnet, I think its final shape is becoming evident. Yeah, I think it'll all work out.:thumbsup:
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/29-Sep-2014/99275-Auburn_Sept_29_2014__stitch_thumb.jpg

fire angel
09-29-2014, 02:17 PM
This one is really starting to show now, Awesome!!

XQB
09-30-2014, 06:35 AM
I thank you, Greg, and I hope you enjoy your Fury print.
Tuesday morning and another 90 or so minutes of work today...soon I'll be spending 8-10 hours every day in studio, and nothing could be more exciting for me than that!:D
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/30-Sep-2014/99275-Auburn_Sept_30_2014__stitch_thumb.jpg
Working primarily on the reflections this morning. The pavilion tents, the highlights, the sky, etc...really helps to shape and give form to the individual body parts. I will have to flatten the hatching on the bonnet, tho...I can see it taking on an unexpected contour...

Inthefog
09-30-2014, 07:03 AM
I have enjoyed watching your progress. Looking forward to the final image!

ggart4u
09-30-2014, 07:13 AM
You are rocking it. I find it quite helpful to look at my art on the monitor. It shows me things I can't see on the board. I think it's a good tool or a frustrating one. Because, once you've seen it, you know you'll have to work on it!
This is looking great!

XQB
10-01-2014, 07:28 AM
Louise and Ginger, thank you. You're right, Ginger, as I use the monitor as a tool to gauge the effectiveness of a technique and to look at it from another perspective. It gets to be a P. I. A. on an image as big as this, as I have to scan it in 8 slices then stitch them together to see it. 20 minutes gone. Still, it's an invaluable tool, as this scan proves: I was totally unsure of how effective the textures and tones were for the reflected pavilions in the bonnet, and seeing them on the screen, I'm elated!:clap:
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/01-Oct-2014/99275-Auburn_Oct_1_2014_1_stitch_thumb.jpg
Should finish this thing today, but I'm still unsure as to whether I should use a little bit of background to establish a clearer "outline" for the rear fender and tire. Opinions?:confused: :confused:

JennyD
10-02-2014, 03:45 AM
You're asking us? My goodness, there's not much you don't know about this medium. Your work is phenomenal Matthew. Don't envy you the FGB shards though

VENKAT
10-02-2014, 07:36 AM
An exemplary piece, Matthew
Venkat

XQB
10-02-2014, 08:10 AM
Jenny, YES, I'm asking the most gifted, talented, helpful kind, wonderful artistic peer group on the planet. This means YOU! Thank you for the kind words, and you as well, Venkat. Coming from the two of you, high praise indeed.
I think I got it, though. Just a little hint of the lawn, which I still need to push back just a bit with an ink wash before picking out a few subtle highlights...
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/02-Oct-2014/99275-Auburn_Oct_2_2014_1_stitch_thumb.jpg
This piece needed this little extra touch BADLY, but now I'm finally thrilled with it. Gonna have to pick a frame for this one very carefully...
Yeah. I dig it.:thumbsup:

PatrickHedges
11-05-2014, 04:35 AM
So awesome. Love all the little reflections.

XQB
11-16-2014, 02:05 PM
THANKS, PATRICK! Means tons coming from you!