Randy’s tank update # 2 (finished)

Should have posted a few more inbetweens… hahaha.. but anyway here is the finished product.  I am sorry it is so hard to photograph highly reflective surfaces.  So you can see me, parts of the background and big highlights running through the pictures but hopefully you can get the iderrrr

This is perhaps the smallest pinup I have done.  I am happy with how it came out.  I tried some new techniques and I think the results are nice.

The subtle colors and flow of the smoke really came out nice.  I like leaving the main bulk of the tank on the sides blank on this piece.  I think it makes it more elegant and it make the pinup more like a rolls royce hood sculpture.  This tank is going on a soft tail that belongs to cool cat named Randy.  Look for this bike roaring around northern California.

 

Gold Leafing a historic sign

I was tasked with created a new sign for the historic Edward Kelley School in Sacramento.  Established in 1869 it is the oldest standing school in our state capitol.  I Started by selecting the oldest vintage wood sign I could to recycle for this use.  I like to find special use for old historic things.  So this wood sign blank was originally hung in front of Brighton School which was founded in 1897.  The wood isn’t that old.  It is from the 50’s actually… but none the less a very cool old piece of wood.  I flipped the wood over so the remnants of the old Brighton School would be hidden and preserved on the back side.  I had the front sanded and new frame was built around it.  I researched signs from the mid to late 1800’s and determined this was an appropriate lettering style.  I thought long and hard on what color to do the lettering in and finally decided on doing real gold leafing.  Although this process was a tedious one, I think the results are beautiful and look very historic.  I think a place as historic as this deserves it.