View Full Version : '63 Telecaster WIP
05-07-2006, 01:42 PM
On to my next project! :D
I'm gonna post this as a WIP, this is a totally different subject for me, and my gosh(!!) - a lot of stuff to keep on track as I go...!
I'm hoping for input and thoughts you might have as I go, right now I feel I'm biting over more than I can chew - but I'm diving in...:rolleyes:
This is for a friend of mine, I'm painting from my own ref photos.
On La Carte, with the usual Rembrandts, Faber Castells, W&N's, Unisons...
First, my initial drawing. I know some lines are a bit off,gonna adjust it when I start layering colors. And please - anything you see - shoot!
05-07-2006, 01:55 PM
Merethe, oh my gosh, this is going to be incredible....I have faith that you can do it.
what color is the guitar going to be? and what size is it?
05-07-2006, 01:57 PM
OMG!! And a Fender amp!!! Gonna be great!!! :)
05-07-2006, 03:14 PM
Is this freehand drawn or did you use tracing paper ?
Or both ?
I'm sure you'll do fine.
05-07-2006, 04:33 PM
Piper - thank you for having faith in me, not sure I have myself right now:rolleyes: ....started to put some colors in,but haven't decided yet.... try/error method! The guitar is cream/yellowish, going for yellow ochre/gold ochre/some umbers. The sheet is 30x40 cm. Going to take some time to finish I suppose!
Tres - thanks, like the enthusiasm!:D
Jose - I used a grid to get the proportions right, but I guess you could call it freehand as the grid was rather large, just a help to get the basic lines in. I drew this directly on the paper I'm painting on. I think some of the grid shows in the photo. Thanks for commenting!
05-07-2006, 05:48 PM
Only now I've noticed the grid :-)
You did very well.
I usually don't use that method, which does not mean that I will not use it.
Usually I draw freehand or use tracing paper if something has lots of details, like a motorbike or a car and it's difficult to get it correct freehand.
However I'm going to make myself do some freehand sketches more often.
05-08-2006, 10:49 PM
Oh, I'm settling in for this one.
05-09-2006, 12:16 AM
Looking fine.... Staying "tuned" in for this. Can hear the music from Texas.
05-09-2006, 02:00 PM
Great subject - can't wait to see this appearing in color on the paper!
05-09-2006, 05:28 PM
Merethe this is so cool! Looking forward to the next installment :)
05-09-2006, 06:32 PM
Thank you all for comments! Haven't had time to do much yet, been busy at work...getting som time after tomorrow, hopefully I'll have some updates than. I appreciate your encouragement! :)
05-11-2006, 12:05 PM
A small update....doing the groundwork now, just throwing in colors to get an impression on how they work, think I'll stick to the colors on the guitar. Putting in some purples in the shadows, checking values....no details yet, even thow I'm itching to start working on the metal! Think that'll be fun....
While I'm laying in the basic colors I do a lot of planning - where do I want sharp/lost edges, which colors I'll use to build the shadows, how to warm up the colors later on,keeping an eye on the values... I do want some really dark darks and an overall warm feel to it, to get the metal and shine in the guitar to really pop....... well, how it'll all work out....time will show....:D Having fun with it! Will probably get to some frustration stages pretty soon I expect.......:lol:
05-11-2006, 03:43 PM
It already has a wee bit of a shine to it...I am so looking forward to seeing you do this!!! Hurry, hurry!!! :lol:
05-14-2006, 10:04 AM
Thanks Tres, glad you're onboard! :thumbsup:
New update, I've got all day to paint, and now it's time for a coffee-break, much needed... :D
The paper's almost covered with colour now, need to get an impression on how the values work, and to see if I'm on the right track with the colours. Will add some more colours in the shadows as I go along, to get more interest to it. I'm entering the "ugly-stage" now, gonna start working in some details to the guitar now to give myself a push to stick to it! ;)
See something? Than tell me what you think...!
05-14-2006, 01:25 PM
Merethe, (Pretty name)
Your drawing is great and the colors are bringing out the guitar beautifully. Background is nice, like the harmonica. Enjoy checking in on this.
05-14-2006, 02:41 PM
This is looking good so far. The amp looks great and the harmonica sits just right on top of the amp. Your shading is marvelous.
05-15-2006, 11:13 AM
Jo and Charissa - thank you for watching and commenting, glad you like it...:) Still have quite a bit of work on the shadows, might need to cool down the colours there, but I'll decide when I've done some details on the guitar.
05-15-2006, 12:38 PM
wow oh wow...this is really great Merethe, can't wait for another update
05-20-2006, 01:47 PM
Piper - thank you for watching - and for the wow's! :D
Another update, this isn't moving too fast....
Working on the guitar now, colours and details. Colours a bit off, but not that much...let me know what you think!
My biggest concern is the shadows, not happy with them right now...
All c&c much appreciated!
05-20-2006, 02:45 PM
Girl, Pat your self on the back, and have a toast,
cuz this be lookin' FINE....:D :D
05-20-2006, 02:48 PM
WOW ............ WOW.......... I saw this at the beginning, I cant believe what you have already got down........... brilliant Merethe........ absolutely brilliant....... indeed a big pat on the back.....:clap: :clap: :clap:
05-20-2006, 06:37 PM
This is coming along nicely. I love the strings and the frets on the guitar. That took some patiences I imagine.
05-20-2006, 07:53 PM
I dont know how i missed this!!!Wow!!!I love what you have done so far.The mood you have created...love it!!
05-20-2006, 09:11 PM
Tres, Dawn - Thank you! :D You make me smile with your enthusiasm, you're the best.... :thumbsup:
Charissa - Thank you for watching and nice comment! Yes, those strings and frets took some patience....:rolleyes: Glad that's done...!
Bhavana - Thank you, what a lovely comment! I'm so glad you feel a mood in the painting, I really want to create a bluesy mood, ya know... ;)
05-20-2006, 10:37 PM
Merethe, This is soooo good. You might be a little happier with the shadow on the guitar if you put a little of the reddish purple from the background. Purple is the compliment of yellow (brown) right? Anyway, I think the painting is lovely.
05-20-2006, 11:52 PM
Powerful stuff! I love the subject and the composition. Looking forward to the standing ovation.
05-21-2006, 10:54 AM
Jo and Mikki - thank you so much! Jo, thanks for the input, I'll concider it, might work out with a little purple...I appreciate your comments! :)
05-21-2006, 01:45 PM
This is looking very nice. A differant subject indeed!
05-24-2006, 02:02 PM
David - thank you!
Another small update, been working on the metal, think it's close to finished now. Gonna start working on the amp and the wood floor next...
I'm adding a close-up of the metal aswell. C&C appreciated and wanted as usual!
05-24-2006, 02:07 PM
I was just scrolling saw post #19 thinking it was a photo, looking for an update LOL
So...need i add anything :)
05-24-2006, 08:23 PM
I'm speechless. I never thought someone could take something as simple at a guitar and turn it into such a beautiful piece of art. Awesome work.
05-25-2006, 07:40 AM
Maddy and Ronda - wow, thank you both....such lovely comments!
I'm slowly moving on here, I'm working on the amp and the woodfloor now. And here's a challenge for me (yea...;)), so I'm posting a pic and hope someone have some input for me! The amp is a large, dark shape, and I've put some red in it to give it some life, don't want it to be just a large dark shape, and I think it'll work out. But I'm not happy with the shadows from the guitar, I want it to show but it gets lost in the amp. Any advice on how to solve that? The amp is a dark grey, not black. To me it look like the blue colour in the shadows separates the two, and I don't want that...
What colour would work? Warm or cold?
And another question, do you think the wood on the guitar takes away to much attention from the rest?
I'd love to get some advice, don't know how much more the paper will take, so I'm a little scared to try out too much there...http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/25-May-2006/22081-IMG_4251_crop_x450.jpg
05-26-2006, 04:03 AM
Oh..this is fantastic !
I painted a Fender myself some time back. But this one is great !
06-08-2006, 10:38 AM
Hei Karin, thank you for looking and for your lovely comment! :)
A small update again, working on some details on the amp, the floor and trying to finish up this baby. ;)
All C&C welcome, as always....http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/08-Jun-2006/22081-IMG_4329_cropx450.jpg
06-08-2006, 03:32 PM
This is trully remarkable.
I think that one cannot expect a very obvious shade on a dark surface.
The way you have it, I think it's fine.
Of course that experts on that matter may throw their wise opinions.
This work is fantastic, especially the depiction of the surfaces.
06-08-2006, 07:13 PM
Merethe, this is really wonderful! The tiny highlights here and there on the guitar are excellent!
06-08-2006, 08:17 PM
Merethe, it is TOO COOL for words!!, What else can I say???:cool:
06-08-2006, 08:18 PM
Nice work. Love seeing the close-up of the guitar!
06-09-2006, 01:04 AM
fantastic !!! ... love the detail ... your diligence and patience and skill just shines ... this is a piece to be extremely proud of ....
06-09-2006, 05:30 PM
Looks great to me, Merethe, well done
06-09-2006, 07:28 PM
Merethe you should be very proud of yourself. This work has soul!!! :clap:
06-10-2006, 09:21 AM
Wow, great painting, nicely done! Let there be Rock!
06-10-2006, 03:08 PM
Merethe, this is a beautiful work! As such it's worth making a small correction...the blue shadow behind the guitar creates a blue halo which is distracting and reads poorly. Think about and look at shadows of a large object cast on various smaller objects of differing colors and distances. The shadow color will change in value and hue as it passes over differing colors and distances. For instance, a shadow on blond wood will be different from a shadow on dark amp covers. Hope this makes sense. You have done beautiful work here. Shadows are a whole mystery of their own, I think, and can make or break a good painting.
06-11-2006, 07:27 AM
Great work Merethe. Love the ageing of the guitar!
06-11-2006, 08:43 AM
Thank you all for looking, and for your wonderful kind comments - wow....it really means so much to me.... :heart:
Mikki - you're absolutely right, I didn't like the blue colour in the shadows, and I've changed it to a warm, red-brown colour on the floor, and I'm trying a red-purple on the amp behind the guitar now, hope it'll work...thanks for pointing it out, I appreciate crits to help me see what's not working! :)
Thanks guys, you rock!! :D
06-11-2006, 03:25 PM
Merethe, I hope you will post the final result. It is such an amazing painting of such an interesting subject.
06-12-2006, 01:40 AM
Wow, I'm anxiously waiting for the slight changes and the final piece. It is just spectacular. Great work.
06-12-2006, 02:08 AM
Merethe...beautiful piece...can't wait to see the final post!! Mike
06-12-2006, 11:14 AM
Mikki, Jo, Mike - thank you so much for your comments, it really mean a lot to me...I'm so glad you like it. :) Will post the finished piece too!
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