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Ford Escort SBS

Discussion in 'Step by Step' started by beanpoleuk, Oct 16, 2016.


  1. beanpoleuk

    beanpoleuk Elite Member! Elite Member! Artist of the Month! Very Likeable!

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    This is something WAY out of my comfort zone but I was commissioned to paint an image of a Mk1 Ford Escort and before my brain had woken up my mouth said yes..

    I normally paint wildlife, insects and sometimes portraits, I had absolutely no idea how to go about painting a car , especially as I don’t use frisket, stencils or shields, I do own all these tools but never seem to get on with them and prefer freehand.

    At least I had a fairly loose specification, it just needed to be orange, with a black strip and include the number plate registration I was supplied with.

    So where/how do I start? I figured the best approach was to print the reference on clear film which I could hold onto the paper using magnets and would provide a ‘stiffer’ edge when I started cutting bits out and not flap about like paper. Also by using clear film it would help when trying to realign the mask As I guess there will be lots of ‘re-masking’ involved.

    After first transferring the images by rubbing an HB pencil onto the back of a paper print out, I cut out the escort main image from the acetyl film and using the traced lines placed the escort in place with magnets and started on the background, initially using Payne’s grey . (Also covered the ground and sky with frisket). I used my usual approach of putting the initial layer down in monotone before applying colour, either payens grey for cool colours or burnt umbra for warm colours.
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    Now I applied colour to the building then removed the frisket covering the sky added a bit of colour and a few fluffy clouds (just simple freehand clouds).
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    Added texture and colour to the bottom half of the building and started on the ground. The ground texture is just a case of getting in close and ‘scribbling’ with the AB forming pebble and stone like shapes, then going back over and adding shadow and dark areas here and there for definition.
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    Carried on with the rest of the ground area and the shadows under the car.
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    There is a ‘puddle’ of water in the uneven ground area which also has a reflection of the car, so now I started to build up the water texture around the reflection area, no need to mask anything here as the reflection needs to be slightly blurred and ‘fuzzy’ . No fiddly masking just freehand to keep the loose look to the reflection.
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    Added colour to the water textures.
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    Carried on with the rest of the water around the reflection.
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    Now I started to fill in the reflection, again all freehand to maintain the ‘loose’ look.
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    Reflection now complete :)

    With the reflection now complete it was time to start on the car, I cut away the bottom of the car under the front valence , then painted in this area , including the tyre furthest away, then I cut out the middle of the grill area including the lights which I then also cut out and placed back as masks.
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    After painting the dark area’s around the lights I removed the masks and painted the lights themselves.
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    Continued on next thread (I have reached the limit of 10 pictures per post)...
  2. beanpoleuk

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    Moving on I decided it was time to have a go at the front wheel, try as I might I couldn’t cut out a nice oval mask, it always ended up looking like an octagon, in the end I did the best I could and then cleaned up the edges with a fibre pen. At this point rather than struggle with trying to cut out lots of little oval templates I decided to do the wheel freehand by first mapping out with paynes grey, cleaning up with erasers and then colouring in.

    The result is not perfect but quite acceptable (I think).
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    It can get a bit confusing looking at the pictures what has been painted and what is the transparency, below an image with the front mask removed.
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    I pushed on with the grill surround and the front bumpers. I feel very ‘restricted’ painting this way, perhaps it is because I normally work freehand whereas in this case I seem to be forever cutting out little bits masks, spraying, removing the mask, touching up, replacing the mask and more spraying , sometimes having to replace two or three masks before I can carry on…
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    Anyway enough of the moaning, I carried on with the front, layers of golden Ochre and Red Ochre game me an Orange I was happy with, (not too fussed about matching the reference as the spec I was given said, ‘make it Orange’ ).
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    On with the rest of the body, and yet more cutting out fiddly bits for ‘masks’ , once the body colour and black strip were in place I then needed to add the reflections, I never normally use white in any of my paintings usually just rely on the white of the paper, unfortunately that’s not an option in this case so like it or not I had to use white.

    As I have been using etac for so long I have got used to never having any tip dry so it was quite a wakeup call using white, I had forgot how frustrating white can be to use. Still at least it was etac which probably flows better than most.

    The reflections added, I quickly painted the rear wheel, now the end is in sight just the windscreen left and a minor details.
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    The windscreen turned out to be simpler than I thought, first I just mapped out the interior details with paynes grey, then coloured appropriately , then kept layering the whole area with paynes grey gradually getting darker until you could only just see the details then finally a dusting of blue the give the slight blue tint from the sky.

    All Done !!
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    Thanks for looking, hope it helps someone
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    Awesome write up but you missed one very important step. WHERE DO WE PURCHASE THE TALENT TO PULL THIS OFF!:eek:

    Thanks so much for taking the time to do this. Very helpful. :thumbsup:;)
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    Thanks man!
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    Absoluter Hammer! Thank you so much!:thumbsup::thumbsup::thumbsup:
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    Great write up and even greater results:thumbsup::thumbsup:
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    Fantastic WIP, i enjoyed reading it.

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    nice work bean, first car i ever drove, only about 50 feet but i was only 14


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    Really great piece. Thanks for the trouble of doing the SBS. The reflection is what catches my eye and to think it is just a repeat of the top.
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    Thanks for the kind words everyone, @AndreZA , I quite liked painting the bottom section as it was all free hand so I didn't feel so restricted, also the reflection gave me a little practice before having a goat the actual car :)
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    bean, how did you paint the grill? You've just jumped from ligths to the rear wheel and left me worried about how paint the middle grill!

    Thnks


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    To paint the grill I first cut the centre of the grill area out from the main mask and sprayed the whole area with paynes grey to about 80% of the final 'darkness' then with a white pencil eraser I erased out the slight detail you can just see just behind the grill and applied another layer of paint. Then using the edge of a ruler I erased the straight lines of the grill both vertical and horizontal down to the paper. Now I went back in with paynes grey and gently shaded the edges of the grill, relying on the overspray to continue darkening the gaps where the inside shows through. I then put the mask I cut out over the grill area and but this time cut out the grill surround from the main mask and used paynes grey to fill in the chrome surround. Removed the masks and erased the lighter areas of the surround. Final touch for the surround was to then apply just a little of the body colour on the edge of the surround in places to indicate reflection of colour .

    Hope that helps..

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    Hi Bean, thank you. You help me a lot! A friend of mine asked me paint a Ford Falcon and your sbs and a Micha,s Chevy i have helpful guide.

    Thnks again


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    What a result @beanpoleuk that look awesome, we don't see too many cars done on this site do we? looks so good!
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    Wow a compliment from the master himself :) , thanks, just thought I would try something a bit different .

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    Amazing, I had seen this in the Picture of the month, but, I misunderstood - I thought it was just a paint scheme you had done on a car, I was convinced it was a photo until I read this thread. Definitely worthy of a compliment from the master himself :thumbsup: Oh, and excellent write up.
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    Thanks for the compliment, high praise indeed if you thought it was a photo :) . I did struggle a bit with this as I normally paint wildlife so thanks for the confidence boost .

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    some serious painting excrement dude. super cool. Paint a lotus engine in im without bonnet ok? won't take you 5 mins.
    Don't forget the twin webbers!
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    WOW!! totally amazing! Great job as always!!
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