Here's a brief description of how I created my recent painting of the Turner Mk3...
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Step 1 - Car photography: I visited Sussex to photograph the car. I prefer to take the pictures myself to make sure I get the right angles and capture all the detail.
Step 2 - Sketches: Having taken the photos of the car, the next step is work on the layout. I start off with pencil sketches and when I arrive at a layout I'm happy with I create a colour mock up in a Photoshop using the photos for the client to approve.
Step 3 - Etching: With the design approved the next step is to prepare the Aluminium panel.
I often incorporate etching into the design and found a lovely period chassis drawing. Using a photographic mask I etched the panel, happily resulting in a nice crisp image.
Step 4 - Polishing: Now its time to polish the areas of the Aluminium that will represent the chrome and brightwork of the car. In this case the bumpers, lights, grille, window frames, etc, have been polished and will be painted with transparent glazes to create the final effect.
Step 5 - Background painting: For this composition I wanted to create some overlapping geometric coloured panels. I used transparent Oil glazes so the Aluminium underneath shows through and will catch the light in some conditions.
Step 6: Underpainting: The painting of the car starts with an underpainting which blocks in the main shapes. The details is then added in layers, in this shot there's a bit of both as I've started adding detail to the rear wheel and front elevation.
Step 7: Detailing: The fine details of the bodywork, window frames, Turner badge and lettering are all built up and highlights and shadows added.
Step 8: Completion! The last of the fiddly bits like the chrome work, badges, spokes (bless em) and reflections are added. With the painting finished the last step was to allow the painting to dry thoroughly and apply a fine coat of varnish.
The painting was then packed and delivered to the client, who I'm happy to report were very happy with the result!