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08-18-2011, 09:32 AM
Calling this one done, although that's subject to change as usual. In explanation of the title, Alfa Romeo produced special bodied versions of the Giulietta (1300cc) and Giulia (1600cc) designed by Bertone and called Sprint Speciale. These beautiful cars were built from 1959 - 1966 and are pretty rare. This particular one was spotted at Lime Rock Park race track on a misty, showery spring morning and I've been intending to do a painting of it for several years.


Lime Rock is in a valley in the foothills of the Berkshire Mountains surrounded by hills and ridges that get up to as much as 2,000 feet asl and you see some nice fog and cloud effects in the morning. There's a short video here that gives an idea of the background. http://youtu.be/lGFDcWQ5VSs

08-18-2011, 09:41 AM
Good gosh, how did you do this? Awesome work.:eek:

D Akey
08-18-2011, 10:21 AM
Very cool. I look at this and wonder about the tire tread if it will hold the road in this rain. Haha. Must be a realistic painting to get me off on that road safety tangent.

Nice textures work. Good comparison of the shiny surfaces broken up by the water drops.

08-18-2011, 11:20 AM
Fantastic painting !!!

08-18-2011, 12:23 PM
Un maravilloso enfoque del automóvil.
Tú has logrado texturas extraordinarias en los metales y las gotas de lluvia...

A wonderful approach to the car.
You have achieved extraordinary textures in metals and raindrops...

08-18-2011, 12:41 PM
This is absolutely amazing!

The details, the reflections…those incredible rain drops!

I’d be very interested in watching the script playback. There’s so much here from a technique standpoint to learn from (and envy).

I’m in complete awe.

08-18-2011, 01:14 PM
yes that thump is my jaw hitting the floor:eek::eek:.. it is not often we see such hyper realism out of digital media... outside of Bert Monroy ..you are certainly up there in talent and creativity.. and the car is too cool...:cool::cool::cool:

08-19-2011, 12:07 AM
I have been watching your painting emerge step by step and boy what a great painting the final product is.:)

08-19-2011, 01:28 AM
Wow this is fantastic, the detail in the body work and the amazing chrome.
You paint better than I photograph.

08-19-2011, 03:21 AM
A beauty for sure, both the car and the fantastic painting

08-19-2011, 04:55 AM
Wow, that is amazing. I honestly don't think I must have the patience it takes to paint something with this much detail. Truly shows what Artrage is able to produce once again by you and so many other great artists on this forum. Stunning results!!

08-19-2011, 09:08 AM
Simply unbelievable! You are a true master of realism. Thanks so much for sharing this! And I love the choice of subject matter... :D

08-20-2011, 03:19 AM
Alexandra, D Akey, semd74, damasocl, ClawShrimp, gxhpainter, coops, limey-g, justjean, DMerchen and scribbledsoul thank you all very much for your comments. Since we're usually our own harshest critics, it's always nice to get such positive feedback from your peers.

ClawShrimp, I'm not as well versed in all the features of AR as I should be and didn't think of making a script :o. I did make a WIP video of the painting and you can see that here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/felixdk203/6059379418/

gxhpainter, I'm going to look at Bert Monroy's work, I wasn't aware of it. This is the first time that I've tried photorealism.

limey-g, my style of photography is very sloppy. I take lots of photos of the object of interest and hope that at least one will be good. I should be more disciplined, but digital cameras encourage you to just bang away.

DMerchen, as to patience, I wouldn't have finished this image if it weren't for a large supply of aspirin.

scribbledsoul, I'd been wanting to do this painting for several years, but never had the guts to start it in acrylics or gouache. AR seemed to be the ideal medium to get it done. As to the subject matter, are you one of the Alfisti? :)

08-20-2011, 03:42 AM
Lol! Not specifically, no, but I adore classic cars (especially red ones), and rainy days too. (Is it weird that rain is my favorite weather?) The Alfa Romeo is so classy and beautiful, though, and definitely high on my list of favorites. :D

08-20-2011, 05:30 AM
Such impressive work! You have done the rainy look to perfection and it's a great perspective!

08-25-2011, 03:06 AM
Thanks Neal, sorry I missed your post, the posts scroll very fast here (a good thing for ArtRage). I'm really getting to like a rainy atmosphere for adding interest to paintings of autos.