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Old 12-30-2013, 06:50 PM
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Stuck on a commission...

A friend of mine commissioned me 6 months ago to paint him a classy pocket watch opened up with the chain twirled in the background. 6 months later and all I have is still the sketch

I think I'm dreading the outcome because he wanted the watch to be silver/metal which involves shades of gray and tints followed by a dark Black background. I enjoy working with colors and this is the first time I'm given an assignment in monochrome hues lol Any advice on how I can liven up this task? It's on a 16x24 canvas and I would take a photo but as I said, all I have is just a sketch

And tips or suggestions would be greatly appreciated, thanks so much!
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Old 12-30-2013, 07:46 PM
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Re: Stuck on a commission...

I would suggest going through some images with him and have him point out the ones he likes. That way you can get an idea if he really wants monochrome or if he would be open to some more colorful interpretations. Here's a link to Google images for pocket watches:
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Old 12-30-2013, 07:51 PM
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Re: Stuck on a commission...

I love painting metal! I would use some blues, lavenders, greens along with gray. You can throw in touches of some other reflected colors, gold, red, whatever suits your fancy. Instead of a black background, throw in a bunch of darks blending, bleeding into the next. Sounds like fun!
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Old 12-30-2013, 08:31 PM
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Re: Stuck on a commission...

what Sandi said
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Old 12-30-2013, 10:12 PM
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Re: Stuck on a commission...

Thanks! I'll see if I can toss in some glazes on top of the gray layers. I've never painted metals but hope this turns out alright.

Thanks Sandi!
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Re: Stuck on a commission...

Good advice ^^^. I would suggest you mix your greys with all three primaries and let a little bit of each color take over in different areas. Use the same technique with your dark background. It may be a subliminal thing for the viewer but will be more exciting.

Also, including different (thin) colors in your highlight areas works a treat to liven things up... even though pocket watches aren't highly reflective metal will reflect at least the colors of their surroundings.
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Re: Stuck on a commission...

Silver does reflect colours, so it needn't be all grey. Also darks enhance the shine.

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Old 12-31-2013, 04:34 PM
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Re: Stuck on a commission...

Oh wow that looks fabulous Doug!! I'll try to incorporate some reflections and add more contrast to make it stand out. Thank you!
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Re: Stuck on a commission...

Just remember this about reflective metal...the shinier or more polished the metal the more distinct the shapes in the metal are. Also keep track of the light source(s) as they will dictate where the highlights in the metal are. Another thing, the tighter the curve of the metal, the thinner the reflective shapes will be. Finally, metal reflects all colors in the immediate surroundings. That will help tie the metal into its setting. Good luck!
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Re: Stuck on a commission...

I have seen your sketch on FB

IMHO 16 x 24 canvas - is an huge size isnt it

I would start with thumbnails 6 x 4 on paper to test composition / color .....
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Old 01-01-2014, 09:36 PM
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Re: Stuck on a commission...

Thanks Dylan! I think the reflections are difficult to portray with metals but thnaks so much for your tips on it

Noge - haha yeah it's a huge piece for me, I've never worked on anything larger than 9x12 before. I tried practicing on paper awhile ago but ruined it with a strong red glaze in an attempt to get the reflections somehow Thanks for the suggestions of thumbnails! Will try it out too
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