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Artchrispy
03-06-2018, 09:01 PM
Reference:
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/06-Mar-2018/131690-BridgeOverSeineReference.jpg

Drawing:
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/06-Mar-2018/131690-BridgeOverSeine2.jpg

Added tone: Used only black thinned with water for the greys.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/06-Mar-2018/131690-BridgeOverSeine3.jpg

Added a thin wash of orangish brown over dried black. Used a damp rag to wipe away a few lights:
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/06-Mar-2018/131690-BridgeOverSeine4.jpg

Added water with palette knife:
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/06-Mar-2018/131690-BridgeOverSeine5.jpg

More knife work on bridge and smaller details. So far worked about 3 hours. its 11x14 Stopping for today. I'm past the point where it's mostly drudgery. Going forward it will get to be more fun unless I mess it up.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/06-Mar-2018/131690-BridgeOverSeine6.jpg

saje
03-06-2018, 09:53 PM
you are using a knife to pull up some detail i use plaster to rise off the surface. this is where sculpture and painting cross the line. when i paint i am often following the shape previously carved.

Bilateral
03-07-2018, 01:48 AM
I like the way this is unfolding. Keep it going.

Boafamily
03-07-2018, 08:45 AM
This is a very cool walk through your process and it is coming along nicely.

cmallav
03-07-2018, 09:22 AM
Thank you for sharing the process! It's coming out very nice. Can't wait to see the progress :)

Katie Black
03-07-2018, 10:33 AM
I love watching WIPs and I just know this is going to be a beauty. :thumbsup:

Artchrispy
03-07-2018, 05:16 PM
Thanks everyone! Hopefully Ill finish tonight or tomorrow.

you are using a knife to pull up some detail i use plaster to rise off the surface. this is where sculpture and painting cross the line. when i paint i am often following the shape previously carved.

Thanks. When using the knife I do feel a little like I'm sculpting a relief. Might be fun to try something with wet cement and a trowel. :)

Eraethil
03-07-2018, 11:38 PM
Looking great so far. Will enjoy the rest of the journey with you, thanks!

jimwhalen
03-08-2018, 05:30 AM
ok. You drove up in an interesting car and convinced me to get in for the ride.

KreativeK
03-08-2018, 09:53 AM
Even its beginning stages show so much promise and your water glows! Thanks for the WIP that is so entertaining.

Artchrispy
03-11-2018, 05:46 PM
Thanks Rick, Jim, and Kay!
Does the water look too fluorescent? A river of mouthwash? Should I include the bus? Should I tone down the green in the trees? Should I go back in and reestablish the line drawing with ink for clarity, or leave it loose?
I added the trees, background buildings and some smaller details:
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/11-Mar-2018/131690-20180311_173819.jpg

Katie Black
03-11-2018, 06:52 PM
This is looking lovely. If you do decide to include the bus maybe paint it red? It looks almost done to me.:thumbsup:

trufflecat
03-11-2018, 11:39 PM
I like this and especially your treatment of the water. But I sense a disconnect between the water and the rest, ie your water is flat and the rest is more realist and in perspective. The water is also more abstract. If you made the ripples in the water in the distance closer together and the color a bit lighter, it would add more perspective to the water. You did a nice job on the details you added such as the light posts but they do emphasize the realism of the non-water parts.
It will be interesting to see where you go with this. Thanks for sharing the process.

graphicali
03-12-2018, 09:37 AM
Looking good!

jimwhalen
03-12-2018, 11:18 AM
I must say I was surprised that you didn't use more of the knife this time. But it's been a beautiful ride and it looks like we are very near the destination.

cmallav
03-12-2018, 11:36 AM
Agree with the red bus that Katie suggested! It's turning out so well!

Artchrispy
03-20-2018, 09:46 PM
Thanks Katie, Susan, Graphicali, Jim, and Chaya
I added a Red bus, tried to correct the water to work better with the bridge, cooled the background to contrast with the warm bridge. I m wondering if I should have stopped after step 4? I did intend to use more of the knife but couldn't reconcile it with all the detail in the bridge. I think for me knife painting flows better with little or no preliminary drawing. Here's the current stage:
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/20-Mar-2018/131690-current.jpg

theBongolian
03-21-2018, 01:02 AM
I would like to see the light blue water color- the color between the dark blue/green and green - extended out to cover the green - so there would be dark blue/green water under the bridge and a lighter blue out in the open (maybe with a few bits of green left to break it up) Lovely painting of a challenging subject.

Eraethil
03-21-2018, 01:50 AM
Continuing towards a great finish! I'm glad you didn't stop at 4.

Looking at the values, I'm perceiving (perhaps incorrectly?) a contradiction in the direction of lighting. The shadow on the water is very dark, but the shadows under the overhanging ledges on the same side of the bridge are almost not noticeable at the moment.

Enjoying very much!

graphicali
03-21-2018, 02:27 AM
I think it might be that rather than darken the shadow the highlights need to be brought out. The flat horizontal surfaces are too dark, ie the upper, sky facing ledges and top of the bridge need to be lighter. Other than that quite small tweak it looks pretty much done to me.

This is looking really good, if it were me I wouldn't worry if I hadn't used the painting knife! You got a great result.

Artchrispy
03-21-2018, 08:36 AM
I would like to see the light blue water color- the color between the dark blue/green and green - extended out to cover the green - so there would be dark blue/green water under the bridge and a lighter blue out in the open (maybe with a few bits of green left to break it up) Lovely painting of a challenging subject.

That's an interesting idea. I did like the green as it shows in the reference. (Although my green maybe needs to be less saturated?) I don't think the water was reflecting a lot of blue sky that day. Maybe ill work it up in photoshop and see how it would look.


Continuing towards a great finish! I'm glad you didn't stop at 4.

Looking at the values, I'm perceiving (perhaps incorrectly?) a contradiction in the direction of lighting. The shadow on the water is very dark, but the shadows under the overhanging ledges on the same side of the bridge are almost not noticeable at the moment.

Nice catch noticing the shadow. I did have the upper bridge in more shadow in an earlier stage but it looked less authentic in the painting irl, so i took a liberty and lightened it up.It's a blue cooler temperature than the lower bridge so hopefully it will still read as shadow. I think the sun must have been almost overhead. I still dont understand in the reference why the upper 'wall' of the bridge is so much darker than the lower portion given the shadows in the water. That overhang must jut out further than it appears.

I think it might be that rather than darken the shadow the highlights need to be brought out. The flat horizontal surfaces are too dark, ie the upper, sky facing ledges and top of the bridge need to be lighter. Other than that quite small tweak it looks pretty much done to me.

This is looking really good, if it were me I wouldn't worry if I hadn't used the painting knife! You got a great result. Great idea I will add more light.


Thanks again everyone! I'm thinking maybe the trees look too formulaic , for lack of a better word?

It just occurred to me, I m wondering if by red bus Katie suggested is one of those double decker red buses you see in the movies usually in places like London?