a found object
My father built this 1932 T Bucket in the 70’s and completed it in 1980. I drove it in a few parades and remember it being very hard to stop because it only had drum brakes in the rear with no front brakes at all. A lot of the parts were hand made in the machine shop my he worked at. I always thought he finished it to keep his mind off our mother who passed away that spring. But then I also thought he sold it to let go of the memories of her. For $5,000 someone got a great deal.
this one is going to take a lot of ink.
I missed a row of shading and kept going. I made the first arrow point in the wrong direction and kept going. My pen ran out, the new one’s tip wasn’t worn making it a larger line and I kept going. I replaced my desk lighting with an LED bulb. Now I can see and now I have to start this one over. Doesn’t look like much but that’s 4 days of drawing.
I never thought I was good enough to use quality art supplies. My cheap old stuff was ok to get me by. My compass was really old and sometimes the pencil would slip around when I drew circles. I searched Amazon for a compass that could hold a sharpie marker but wasn’t going to cost me a lot. I chose one made by Maped. It was inexpensive metal and plastic but had decent reviews. I figured it would be better than what I had. But, I felt cheap because I was only ordering one small item so I looked at the markers. All the pictures I’ve seen of real artists all had nice Staedtler’s or something. Some of the one’s I saw were just too much for one marker let alone a set of five. The best seller on Amazon was a set of six Pigma Micron’s. That was my order. Less than $20 but I could have got a box of twelve ultra fine line Sharpies for less than that. I was really impressed by the compass, it has some weight to it and locks nice. The nut that holds the pen in is plastic which will probably be the first thing to go. It looks like a standard thread that can be replaced. The markers are really nice. I like that I can use them at an angle and keep the same line thickness. It feels like I have more control with these. The one thing I didn’t like and it’s the big drawback, they don’t dry fast enough. I’ve smeared the ink several times which never happened with a sharpie. For that reason I’ll probably not buy these again.
But I am doing things, just things that aren’t good enough to post yet. I’m experimenting.
My pictures are too big for the scanner window by about 1/4″, so it takes several scans to get it squared right. It also bleaches out all the colors. I use paint.net to fix everything. Usually resize, crop, soften (with colors) or gaussien blur (with black and white) then layer it with the original and sharpen it to finish. Here is a photo of the original before scanning. They look a lot different in real life. They even look better if I could hold the camera still.