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Harley primary cover. Gears sbs

Discussion in 'Works In Progress & Finished Artworks!' started by m3ntalo, Dec 28, 2017.


  1. m3ntalo

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    Hey there,
    I took after each session a few pictures of the progress I was making on a Harley primary cover. The plan was to create a effect of a machine behind a glass cover. Around I wanted to have a copper casing effect made with copper leaf.

    On the first pictures you will see the black cover and my sketch/plan how to design it. It's created from a combination of different reference pictures.

    The first step after scuffing it to a satin finish was the basecoat for which I used autoborne white. Afterwards I masked the outer ring ( where the copper is supposed to be) because I wanted to created the inside first the clearcoat and put the copper on. Why? Because I didn't know if the leafing glue will affect the autoborne.

    Next I traced the picture with seral paper and blocked some ares in to see which gear is where etc.
    To be faster with the really dark areas I masked everything and cut the areas I needed.

    You can see now how the depth and the gears are already more visible.

    To be continued [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]

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    I should have probably continued with the monochrome but didn't want to spend too much time on that project so I went on putting some light color on. Color wise I be used etac and schminke colors with a micron sb and two sotars (fine and medium setup). [I have easier control with the micron but somehow my shading etc I can do better with the sotars]
    I used mostly ochre colors like brown ochre red and the monochrome was done... Forgot to mention earlier with burnt umber.

    For the metal parts I used paynes Grey so the blueish tone is visible. When it is necessary I erased some areas, which is with the colors and on the base we'll doable. For masking I only used shields now anymore no tape or cutting anymore, since it's anyway a weak point of me. I added also a detail shot so you can see some areas in close up. From now on it was going darker, shading and tighten up shadows and edges in a rather slow process. Some areas like the gauge I didn't plan much so I just tried what I thought would be good. (tried some molotov markers for the lines there which worked quite good too).

    To be continued[​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]

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    Great start and an interesting project too. I’ll be following along to see how it turns out.
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    More colors more details more structures that I scratched and erased.

    The third picture you see here is a Photoshop where I use my phone (note 8, for the pen :)) frequently to just take a picture and try out some colors effects etc to get an idea how stuff might look and if u like it that way.

    I also created the fire effect behind the gears with some red and yellow. Then unasked the copper area to prepare for a clearcoat. I used already for the middle coat a 2k sparmax clearcoat since I wanted to be safe incase I mess up the copper work, otherwise just a mid coat would do too. Something that can work with the leafing glue though.

    To be continued [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]

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    You can see now the first clearcoat which I let dry out completely for almost two weeks. The third picture is a close up.

    After I masked the inner ring and used the leafing glue, let it sit for some time and applied carefully the copper leaves. The last picture shows a close up of the leaf and you can see the dull picture because before I masked and put the copper on everything was scuffed again.

    To be continued one last time. ;) [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]

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    In the last step I put on the Glas effect and created a little more depth in the background fire, where i went in with some dark red on the edges.

    I sprayed some rivets on, where I didn't want to lose too much time and went over with a brush so things and the copper get a brushed faded look.

    The last pictures show the end result with another clear coat on it..the best I can do without a spray booth.

    I hope also if I didn't take too many pictures you could get an overview how I did this project and that I can and probably could be done better in an different approach too. The best ist to just start at some point bevor Overthinking everything. Took me 4 months before starting (probably avoided it) and only a few working days to get it done.

    Greetings, René m³[​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]

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    Incredible work, rediculous amount of detail in so small a piece, your steps are more than clear enough, hell even I could follow it:)

    Exceptionally well done:thumbsup::thumbsup::thumbsup:
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    That is such an awesome piece! I love the concept and your meticulous work paid off. Thank you so much for sharing!:thumbsup:
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    That is a killer piece and awesome work on the gears.
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    That copper gives it a Great look too,Great job and thanks for showing us the SBS
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    It's one of the coolest steampunk designs I've ever seen:thumbsup:
    Watching your results is inspiring me to create something similar. I've got different references for years, but never started making even a concept in Photoshop:)
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    Awesome steampunk design! Thanks for showing the work process that’s really helpful. I’ve never worked with copper leaves but now I want to;)


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    Thank you guys. :)

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    Incredible work! thanks for showing us the SBS
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    that is Awesome work!
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    The leafing really set this off! Love it
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    Amazing work !!!
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    Awesome! Love the detail with the fire effect in the back ground. Amazing lot of detail, good execution of colors that compliment each other and definitely A+ from me! Well done!
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    ha at firts I thought it was a deck plate on a sailboat lol looks great i like the glass effect with the mist of white
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