1958, the year of chrome. This is a 1958 Cadillac that I photographed at a car show in Monterey, CA. The big dual headlights, chrome bumpers, and trim... this car by itself is a work of art.
I started this watercolor with the yellow car paint. This is Naples Yellow and some Neutral Tint. While the initial washes dry, I started on the chrome. The pink on the black rubber bumper is liquid frisket
Chrome is like a mirror, or water. The difficult part about them is to make them reflective while giving them mass.
At this point the yellow car paint is complete with layers of cad yellow light, and Naples Yellow. For me, the chrome reads best with layers of washes, dark into light. Then, on top of that after the washes are dry, is a high contrast change of color.
The left headlight is complete and the right one is just under way. The pink is liquid friskit.
One of the challenges was the grill. In a painting about chrome, the grill is a mat, unreflective metal, but light is bouncing around all over the place inside the grill. I painted it as a value study using just one color: Neutral Tint.
And here it is complete. Thanks for looking. Please let me know what you think!