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Old 02-03-2013, 01:40 PM
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Porsche 917 - a bit of an experiment

It's been a very long time since I last painted. I guess that the responsibility of getting a real job after University was too much! Anyway, I decided that enough is enough and I needed to pick up the brushes again and get creative. Rather than play it safe I set about doing something more ambitious than my previous projects.

I've started this thread just to share my my progress over the last couple of days and to show you my, erm, less than technically perfect technique.

The subject was chosen because a couple of years ago I bought myself a classic Porsche 944. since then I seem to have developed a bit of a 'thing' for all things Porsche. A nice classic Porsche at LeMans seemed like a good subject for a dramatic image.

The design was layed out on the 24x18" canvas. I used the trusty grid method to ensure accuracy when transferring my reference image to the canvas.

A subtly graduated (darker on the right) and banded background was filled in as a base to work from later.

The majority of the car was painted. There's still some details like the sponsor logos and the wheels to sort out.

I got bored with the details so I tackled the background. My intention was to some how convey the speed, drama and sound (!?) of Lemans. It works in my head!

Since the last pic was taken I've managed to get carried away with the headlight reflections. Trying to fix that simply made it worse, so my next task will be to fix that... unfortunately there won't be any decent light for me to work with until next weekend, so i'll just have wait.
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Old 02-03-2013, 04:06 PM
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Re: Porsche 917 - a bit of an experiment

Very nice.
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Old 02-04-2013, 05:42 AM
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Re: Porsche 917 - a bit of an experiment

Well, good for you picking up your brushes again. You obviously have talent and I like those brushstrokes very much. Looking forward to the finish.

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Old 02-04-2013, 05:43 AM
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Re: Porsche 917 - a bit of an experiment

Welcome back!

It's good to see WIPs too - thank you

I like where you are with this so look forward to the rest - even waiting until next weekend!
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Old 02-04-2013, 02:07 PM
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Re: Porsche 917 - a bit of an experiment

Thanks for the kind comments, guys.

I'm itching to get going on the finishing touches for this!

I like seeing the WIP photos too. It's good to see other people's methods and, for me anyway, I appreciate the final piece more because I can see the progression from blank canvas to finished piece.
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Re: Porsche 917 - a bit of an experiment

Sometimes we just have to put it away for a few days and then jump back in with renewed vigor.
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