Acrylic on paper
58 x 22.7 cm
During my incursion in the advertising, I was able to specialize in photograph retouching techniques, mainly based on the use of grey, white and black colours. The main challenge was achieving absolutely flawless original works since manipulation and retouching have to be sophisticated enough to remain unnoticeable.
On the other hand, I need to point out that the photographic paper, covered by a thin film, wasn’t really the right support for this. In fact, most of the time we decided not to use the usual adhesive material for airbrush as this used to rub off or to spoil the film. We much preferred to employ transparent acetate to make masking pieces fixed by some tiny magnets while the original was put onto an aluminium plate.
I really enjoyed the experience and this resulted on me making some drawings like this “Confederacion”, one of the biggest and most outstanding steam locomotives that were in service in Spain.
The primary drawing was achieved with a thin-ended ball pen; since only a very simple scale drawing containing the basic lines and contours was available, I had to base my work in some historical photographs.
The “colour” was a highly watered grey shade, slightly dyed with violet. Different colour gradations will be achieved by applying more or less coats of paint using the airbrush tool. Apart from a few details, the shining let us see the white colour of the paper sheet so these seem much more natural and bright.
This drawing is dated on January 1993 and belongs to a private owner.