Monday, September 25, 2006

1935 FORD V8 48

First, this was the most fun I've had painting. The painting is from a photo that I took at the Eugene Celebration but I failed to note the model and year of the car. So I started searching for it on the Internet. I could see what looked like a Ford emblem on the front so I typed in "1935 Ford", just guessing at the year (although, hey!, it says 1935 right on the license plate) and . . . voila! . . . I discovered the entire world of 1935 Ford buffs. "So Biff wants to be a buff." I was surprised that the bells and horns on the front of the car are original and maybe even the greyhound hood ornament.
The drawing took about 3 hours and a lot of erasing to get the curved shapes to look right. Then I jumped in and started on one area at a time. First the left headlight, then the front left fender, then the bells and horns. The red car that is reflected in the side of the Ford was tricky. I didn't want it to look like the Ford had a red door, but the reflection is pretty bright. I simplified the reflection on the fender but did include the three figures (the middle one is me taking the picture). I like how those figures came out in that they appear to be bathed in sunlight. I also like the shadow on the ground in the lower-right. I debated on whether to leave the upper-right background white, but decided the light purple makes the car jump forward.
I'm going to enter this painting in the Springfield Mayor's Art Show the end of this week.


Anonymous said...

WOW! The reflection is really nice as is the grill on the front of the car. Very well done. The Mayor's Art Show is lucky to have you!