Here's a brief outline - carefully omitting the blood, sweat, tears and secret techniques - of how I created the painting of 'Issy the Isetta'.
I wanted to create a composition which set the Isetta in its period. I took inspiration from contemporary advertising material which often featured brightly coloured geometric shapes.
I also looked at the original brochures for interesting imagery. One had a technical drawing which I liked, but it was of an American model which had a number of important differences. Some more searching led to a technical drawing of the correct UK spec model.
The owner then provided photographs of Issy, including shots of each elevation and close-ups showing details and trim.
The next step was to produce a sketch layout of the composition to bring together the images of the car with the stylistic elements.
The client loved the sketch but wanted to add the model and date of the car to make it more personalised, so the layout was updated to incorporate these. At this stage all the details are included to ensure everything is correct.
Preparing the Aluminium
With the layout approved the next step was to prepare the Aluminium panel. The background was sanded to a smooth semi-matt finish, then the circular areas were wire brushed at different angles so they would subtly catch the light.
The areas that would represent Issy's chrome work, such as bumper and wheel trims were polished.
I wanted to etch the line drawing into the Aluminium so a photographic mask was made and an etching solution applied.
With all the work on the Aluminium completed, a special coating was applied to protect the Aluminium and enhance the adhesion of the paint.
The painting is done in Oils, which is built up in layers. Where I want the Aluminium to show through, the paint is mixed with a glaze medium which makes the paint translucent.
The vehicle's chrome work is painted with dark glazes over the polished Aluminium to create the impression of chrome plating.
Finally once the painting is dry a thin layer of varnish is applied to protect the painting against dust & atmospheric pollution. The painting is then mounted on a subframe which enables it to be easily hung.
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