Originally Posted by vegaskip
Thank you for commenting. As for the ruler. Sometimes I use one, but mostly not. If it is a large painting I would probably do the line lightly with a ruler, in pencil as a guide. I think much more important is that it should look right, not nessecary exact, but it should look like it is doing its job. I've seen excellent paintings spoiled because the rigging consists of a mast and a thinner line. Like doing a portrait with square eyes, because 'I can't draw circles'
Tip. If you don't want to do much rigging, paint the ship with the sails 'bellying' towards you, ie the wind in your face. Most rigging is from behind the mast. If you paint it going away from you, wind at your back, about 90% of the rigging will be exposed.
Hope this helps
That is an EXCELLENT tip!! 😀 I wouldn't of thought of that at all. It proves which one of us is a navy man!
The last ship I painted was in my high school days (and I'm nearing 50yo) But the subject has always fascinated me. I think if I get a break in commissions I may do one again.
I'm currently doing a commission that I GUESS could be considered Marine Art. Painting an underwater mermaid, corals, etc. Debating on whether I should post progress pics or not.
At any rate, your work definitely inspires me to once again paint a sailing vessel. I really enjoy your pieces. All are well done, and most importantly, all are very authentic. That is something many paintings of this genre lack.
Thanks again for the tip!