This little equestrian tool of the trade is constructed of solid aluminum and made for an interesting little painting. I really liked the way the teeth cast their shadows upon the background.
Anytime you paint an object with massive repetition, speaking of the comb’s teeth here, one must take a mental step back and figure out a way to accomplish such a task without making it look haphazard and what could otherwise result in a really clumsy execution.
It all starts with the drawing. It’s really the draftsman-type work that really counts. Everyone ohhs and ahhs over a painting’s highlights and shadows but it’s the original drawing that really determines the success of the finished painting.
I’ve written about this many times before and to summarize, I have gradually increased the amount of drawing and preparation I do before ever picking up a single paintbrush. I can spend hours measuring and perfecting each part of even the simplest objects and compositions.
I used a pretty cool technique for illustrating all 20 of the teeth in the original drawing. It involves using a ruler and breaking up the necessary space using a little bit of geometry! It’s one of the techniques that I keep in my bag of drafting-tricks and only pull out every so often but when I do, man it’s good fun and the results are great.
If anyone is interested in learning exactly how I divided up the space evenly to separate each tooth please leave a comment below and I’ll write a post about it.