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marcialsj
09-03-2010, 04:20 AM
Some friends and I had a chance to go several days to California's Laguna Seca Sportscar Reunion in August 2010. This year they were honoring Dan Gurney, who is age 80. He and all his winning sports cars were present in a paddock and we got his autograph and got to say hi during his signature reception. His son, Alex Gurney, was also there. This painting is of Dan Gurney's newest built Eagle, and the head mechanic (Bert) warming up the engine, prior to Alex Gurney taking it for a demo lap around the track. Engine revving, people with fingers in their ears at the noise or peering at the vehicle from a safe distance, video cameraman waiting for his shot, Alex and his wife over by the huge white trailer, ready to go -- it was a high point of these races.

Mike Severoff
09-03-2010, 05:34 AM
cool!
how are you doing this?:eek:
thank you

marcialsj
09-03-2010, 06:06 AM
Glad you liked it!! Not clear on what you mean by "this", though. To go through my whole process, I started with a digital photo, in Photoshop made the whole background really blurry and changed the background color hue towards an orange to complement the blue race car, and saved it as a tiff. I then brought it over into my ArtRage 3 Studio via a File/New Painting/Load Tracing Image to get the size right, and then also did a File/Import Image File to Layer to actually paint on. I used the oil brush for this one. As you swish the brush over the photo bit by bit, the digital pixels look "painted". I tend to zoom in a lot when I'm doing my initial paint, and I paint everything, trying to simplify where it gets finicky. Then, when I zoom back out, the painting usually still looks too detailed and too much like a photo, so I go back over it with a larger paintbrush and paint out some of the details. For this painting, I erased all the photo's background and only painted the man and race car on my Imported Layer. Then I created a new background layer and using my oil paintbrush and the roller and the Tracing Image, I made the background. It helps to be listening to the roar of the racecar motor or some other loud music in order to get energetic brushstrokes like this. I finished off by pulling the image back into Photoshop and tinkering with various color adjustments - contrast, vibrance and saturation, and a little judicious hue finetuning.

Caesar
09-03-2010, 09:18 AM
Masterfully painted as usual, dear mate!

pat1940
09-03-2010, 09:32 AM
wow, wonderful work Marcial:):):)

Lima
09-04-2010, 09:49 AM
Marcia, beautiful painting. Very nice explanation of your technique.

coops
09-04-2010, 08:48 PM
Brilliant work marcialsj, vibrant and full of energy:)

Jasminek
09-05-2010, 12:21 AM
Another wonderful job.!:)

Mike Severoff
09-05-2010, 01:12 AM
>To go through my whole process, I started with a digital photo, in Photoshop made the whole background really blurry and changed the background color hue towards an orange to complement the blue race car, and saved it as a tiff

very interesting technique. Thank you.
I should try. but I think that will not work so nicely.
Once again - thank you.

RegnR8
09-05-2010, 03:16 AM
Beautiful piece and thanks for sharing your technique.

screenpainter
03-20-2011, 05:08 PM
beautiful painting Marcia. I love this one.