How to Paint an Abandoned Car in Oil

Skill Level : 3 Advanced

Medium : Oil Painting

Subject : Transport

Tutor : Nolan Clark

Class Length : 2 hours 19 minutes

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Silver Level or Higher Class

Class Description

In this class we will paint an abandoned fire truck.  This particular lesson includes not-often seen instruction in accurately painting rust, faded lettering, and peeling paint. If you ever wanted to know how to make something look old and aged, then this class is for you.

During the class you will learn:

1) How to create a rusty effect
2) How to show the lettering on the car is weathered
3) How to get the reflection in the window
4) and heaps more tricks for making objects look old

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Class Tutorial

Part 1 - Planning

Nolan explains the reasons for his color choices based on an understanding of how the paint has faded over the years.

Part 2 - Pre-painting Overview

Nolan breaks the painting down to manageable sections.  He points out particular areas that will need special mixes of color such as on the windscreen which has dust, reflections, and other variations in color.  He shares his personal formulas for creating a faded color and for mixing a rust color.

Step 3 - Color Mixing

Nolan mixes the basic color in a faded hue, then adds other colors to create highlights and shadowed areas.

Part 4 - Door

In painting the door, Nolan shows the steps necessary to simulate the layering of colors that create the lettering and detailing on the door. He shares techniques of applying paint to create the blotched effects of fading.  He also shows how to paint the chrome and dark metal pieces.

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Part 5 - Door Signage

Nolan uses an interesting technique to create the lettering and shows how to achieve a weathered look on the letters.

Part 6 - Side Panel

The side panel presents more challenges as the paint is badly faded.  Nolan shows which colors to use and at what intensity to create the various shades of fading, rusting, and corroding.

Part 7 - Hood

The hood poses the greatest challenge in that the paint is badly peeling.  Nolan demonstrates the proper brush strokes, contouring, and contrasts to simulate the look of peeling.

This is what the final abandoned truck looks like:


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