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XQB
11-16-2014, 02:08 PM
It's a 1958, from my own photos. 16X20, and I LOVE the reflections! Just really getting digging on it after some time off to do the Tractor commission and refocus a bit afterward.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/16-Nov-2014/99275-Cadillac_Nov_16_2014_1_stitch_thumb.jpg

PaintDog
11-16-2014, 04:38 PM
LOVE.
Looking great already, this one's going to be a beauty! Love that scroll-y logo.

XQB
11-16-2014, 04:50 PM
And all three of the logo's reflections, too! Thanks, Ann. I've been eager/nervous to really sink my teeth into this one, and I figure on making pretty big headway this week!:crossfingers: :crossfingers:
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/16-Nov-2014/99275-Cadillac_Nov_16_2014_2_stitch_thumb.jpg
You can see all kinds of scanner artifacts in this image if you look for 'em, but please just ignore them and enjoy the scratchin'!

PaintDog
11-16-2014, 04:57 PM
Hooo boy, and all those lines too! FunHouse indeed.

Process question: how do you keep the lines so straight and clean-edged?

ggart4u
11-16-2014, 09:03 PM
Man... I'm impressed!

VENKAT
11-16-2014, 10:19 PM
MatthewIt is a pleasant experience to watch the progress of your works.

Venkat

XQB
11-17-2014, 07:06 AM
Ann, those that are straight (and not many actually are) I've ruled. Cheating? Probably, but WTH, eh?;) Ginger, Venkat, and Ann, I thank you for your (very) early praise. I'll make every effort not to let you down!
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/17-Nov-2014/99275-Cadillac_Nov_17_2014_stitch_thumb.jpg

Harry Seymour
11-17-2014, 09:06 AM
Mathew, looks great and IMHO there is no "cheating" in art --only the outcome matters.

XQB
11-17-2014, 10:48 AM
I feel very much the same, Harry, and I know that my peers in here do as well. A little humor is all. Thank you, BTW.

PaintDog
11-17-2014, 02:49 PM
I agree with Harry! Not cheating, just perfecting.

Do you actually draw the knife along the edge of the ruler?

XQB
11-17-2014, 03:44 PM
I do, Ann. I have a thin, steel 6" ruler that came with my Xacto kit (actually, it was my Dad's kit; he bought in the mid-70s and I inherited it when he passed in '82), and I pull my SK2 bit toward me, working the inside edge of the ruled area. I've been doing so since the first Harley spokes I scratched.

PaintDog
11-17-2014, 05:24 PM
Makes sense, thanks for the explanation, Matthew :thumbsup:

ggart4u
11-18-2014, 07:14 AM
I admit... I've used a metal rule to draw a line. It's an aid/tool - not a cheat. No different than different types of blades and other sundry tools.

XQB
11-19-2014, 10:14 AM
Yep...the ruler is a very, very good friend to me on this one...!
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/19-Nov-2014/99275-Cadillac_Nov_19_2014__stitch_thumb.jpg
Soon though, I'll have to trust to the steadiness of my hands. Probably gonna need to lighten up on the coffee, eh?

JennyD
11-21-2014, 01:36 PM
Matthew saw this:

http://paintmyphoto.ning.com/photo/chrome1?context=latest
http://paintmyphoto.ning.com/photo/chrome-2?context=latest
http://paintmyphoto.ning.com/photo/chrome3?context=latest

and thought of you. Might want to check it out??

XQB
11-21-2014, 04:51 PM
That's a lot of what I do, Jenny. I prefer to work from my own pics, of course, which is why you can find me all over this part of the country in the warmer months at car and bike shows as well as airshows. They're beautiful photos, though!
This dude's taking shape, too! Tons and tons more to do, but I do like where it's taking me (and how much I'm learning, too!).
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/21-Nov-2014/99275-Cadillac_Nov_21_2014_1_stitch_thumb.jpg

PaintDog
11-22-2014, 02:08 AM
Taking shape very nicely! I love watching you build the depth in the grill. I'm pretty sure this will be my new favorite.

XQB
11-22-2014, 06:17 AM
It's certainly more actual work than any I've done recently, Ann, but I am digging the process!
More dimension in the grill, and more reflections in the bumper and bullet...
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/22-Nov-2014/99275-Cadillac_Nov_22_2014_1_stitch_thumb.jpg

XQB
11-23-2014, 11:03 AM
First Sunday morning scan...
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/23-Nov-2014/99275-Cadillac_Nov_23_2014_1_stitch_thumb.jpg

PaintDog
11-23-2014, 02:43 PM
Ya know, just the fact that there's a "bullet" on the car and in your drawing makes it rock :D

XQB
11-23-2014, 02:54 PM
Yeah, the '50s ROCKED for cars, that's for sure, Ann!...More bullet reflections now, and deep into the ugly phase...
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/23-Nov-2014/99275-Cadillac_Nov_23_2014_2_stitch_thumb.jpg

XQB
11-23-2014, 05:14 PM
More bullet and bumper! :thumbsup: So much ink dust today, I swear I have to wash my hands before I go to wash my hands! Definitely have to scrub the sink out tonight if I want to wake up alive tomorrow!:lol:
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/23-Nov-2014/99275-Cadillac_Nov_23_2014_3_stitch_thumb.jpg
Ugly may not be in the rearview yet, but it is working its way out, I think.:wink2:

XQB
11-24-2014, 06:13 AM
I LOVE MONDAYS!!! :heart: I can finally see the big picture with this one, and it took a lot longer than I expected it too! It's clear to me now, though, and this is where it really gets fun for me, so stay tuned!:D
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/24-Nov-2014/99275-Cadillac_Nov_24_2014_stitch_thumb.jpg

XQB
11-25-2014, 06:09 AM
Some progress this a.m....gotta get back to it now!
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/25-Nov-2014/99275-Cadillac_Nov_25_2014_1_stitch_thumb.jpg

ggart4u
11-25-2014, 06:48 AM
My eyes are freaking out :eek: I can only imagine what you are going through!

So cool :cool:

XQB
11-25-2014, 07:37 AM
I'm going through a BLAST, Ginger! As in Having A. More context this morning, with the chrome trim at the leading edge of the hood, surrounding the grill and putting it in it's place...
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/25-Nov-2014/99275-Cadillac_Nov_25_2014_2_stitch_thumb.jpg

PaintDog
11-25-2014, 04:07 PM
Love, love, LOVE!

XQB
11-26-2014, 09:49 AM
Ann, thank you so much for your votes of joy! That is, after all, the goal; to bring enJOYment through the artwork!:) :D
Not gobs of forward motion this morning, but movement nonetheless...
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/26-Nov-2014/99275-Cadillac_Nov_26_2014_stitch_thumb.jpg

hectorstudio
11-26-2014, 11:36 AM
Matthew, your work never goes through an ugly stage. This is seriously great. The composition, your technique... all of it. Your grill is a thrill!

JennyD
11-26-2014, 01:22 PM
Matthew this is totally stunning work. I can't imagine ever having anywhere near as much talent, but I wish.....

XQB
11-27-2014, 09:04 AM
Pretty serious compliments from you both, Jenny and Hector. I'll do my level (if only slightly askew) best to live up to them! Happy Thanksgiving to you as well!
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/27-Nov-2014/99275-Cadillac_Nov_27_2014_1_stitch_thumb.jpg
Working to connect some of the dots now, and figuring to finish and polish the whole thing this weekend! With the reflected textures I've yet to attempt, the black areas to the right center are going to be easily the most challenging part of this piece yet, so cross your fingers for me, eh?

XQB
11-27-2014, 04:39 PM
Well, while Jacquelynn lay in her tryptophan coma, I got back to work. With the exception of pushing back some bright spots and a suitably subtle signature, the Caddy be DONE!:clap: :clap:
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/27-Nov-2014/99275-Cadillac_Nov_27_2014_3_stitch_thumb.jpg
Honestly, I feel like I just passed my finals and graduated art school here! This project was my most challenging yet, and I tackled some textures I've been avoiding for years (literally!) with the reflected gravel and asphalt. I think it worked, though! Opinions/suggestions before I move on?
Thanks for watchin', everyone! The next one promises more huge first-time risks and challenges, too, so I hope you'll dig watchin' it develop too!

XQB
11-27-2014, 06:11 PM
Now she's just awaiting fair weather and spraying!
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/27-Nov-2014/99275-Cadillac_Nov_27_2014_4_stitch_thumb.jpg

skappy
11-28-2014, 01:27 AM
Wonderful!
Robert

hectorstudio
11-28-2014, 08:58 PM
How did you get such sharp straight edges on the grill?

XQB
11-29-2014, 05:45 AM
With a steel ruler and my SK2 scratch nib, Hector. I even ruled some lines using the fg brush, too.

hectorstudio
11-29-2014, 09:59 AM
Thanks, Matthew. The result is Amazing!

Rodman
11-29-2014, 10:28 PM
Looks great Matthew.

jdesign
12-03-2014, 11:16 AM
Nice reflection. Each piece gets better and better.