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Re: WIP Train through Glacier National Park

I would use a grid as well. Drawing is not my strong point lol. I like to have my reference on the computer so I can size it to be the same as my painting and put a grid on it, usually 1" squares. Then I make a grid on a piece of paper and make my outline on that and then transfer it so I don't have to grid the actual painting.
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Re: WIP Train through Glacier National Park

Slung some paint. Watercolor for the background and then acrylic for the train. Just blocked in some things.



Mixed the black until I got to the last edge at the back of the train then used the mars black for that and the little bit behind the front of the cattle catcher.
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Re: WIP Train through Glacier National Park

Re using a grid. Iíve seen some videos on it but in the back of my mind I just feel like itís cheating somehow.
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Re: WIP Train through Glacier National Park

Seems like a monumental task.
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Whether it is cheating or not is a personal choice. But really, if you look up accurate drawing people use a grid or one of those divider things. Mary Pratt used a projector, but I still love her work. I feel the only cheating in art is stuff like plagiarism.
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Re: WIP Train through Glacier National Park

A little more work. The perspective is definitely a little off; the reference is more head on. Will give me a chance to try some guessing at the wheels. Keep plugging away.


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A little more work. The perspective is definitely a little off; the reference is more head on. Will give me a chance to try some guessing at the wheels. Keep plugging away.



That's where using a grid or tracing becomes beneficial...especially when just starting out....and it truly isn't cheating. How the object to be painted gets on the canvas isn't nearly as important (to me) as how the painting eventually turns out. The grid or tracing is a tool that can help you learn perspective, angles, etc, and free you up to get to slinging paint
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Re: WIP Train through Glacier National Park

Did some blocking in and gradating the sky.

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Started a new study on the front of the train. I figure if I donít finish or am not happy with the big canvas I can give him this as a down payment on his gift.

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Re: WIP Train through Glacier National Park

Spent a little more time, sorry the picture isnít great...


Tried a grass method from a recent set of Yarnell shows and pretty happy with how it turned out. A lot less happy with how the cloud turned out; looks like the broken moon from Thundarr the Barbarian.
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Re: WIP Train through Glacier National Park

A great start to the painting.

If I could suggest anything it would be to draw before you paint. I know this is an acrylic (paint) forum but good drawing skills are the roots, the essence of all artwork. I'm perhaps a little biased here but I'm sure others would agree.
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Re: WIP Train through Glacier National Park

Worked on the background...


Iím somewhat happy with the bottom area and the back mountainous area but the area that will be between the trains d the steam is giving me fits. I donít know how to build up the paint to depict the cliff side.

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