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Discussion in 'Victory General Discussion' started by RLSVic, Dec 26, 2020.

  1. RLSVic

    RLSVic Active Member

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    Had some airbrush work done, the artist did not do what I wanted. I am considering having the entire piece painted over to gloss black again. My wife says she likes it the way it is. I don't know if I am being overly critical because it is not what I wanted.
    The picture on the t-shirt is what I wanted and I showed him the t-shirt, and said he understood. I suppose I should have taken a picture of the t-shirt, but unfortunately I didn't.
    Anyway should I leave the piece the way it is and hope it grows on me, or repaint? What do you guys think? Bike.jpg T Shirt.jpg
     
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    looks to me he did what he could with the canvas he had. Your shirt has a bald eagle with spread wings and a flag. You got a bald eagle with spread wings and a flag.

    your shirt is square...the panel is a skinny long rectangle. I think he did a great job with converting that image to fit on your panel. Let it grow on ya.

    #merica

    side note: the only other thing I think he could’ve done was have the whole panel background be the flag (stars on the upper left as you look at it and stripes in the middle and the right.) but I see two issues with that. 1. The flag would be backwards in rear view mirrors of cars/bikes in front of you. 2. It certainly would cost more for that type of work/look IMO compared to what you got. Idk what you paid, but it is some nifty work.
     
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    I don't see how he could have done it any different and incorporate what was on the shirt.
    He got the Flag and the eagle but didn't get the veteran part. In his defense he didn't have a lot of room to work with.
    If he tried to fit it all in it would have been real small.
    That being said, the art work is good but it doesn't seem to blend together, looks like 3 different subjects.
    I like the art but not the presentation. If it were me I think I would have the flags painted over and just leave the eagle.
    I don't know how you could get what you want in the space available.
    You could get all you want from the shirt if you had it painted on the trunk if you have one.
     
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    You could have the flag and eagle on the windshield and the text on the cover panel.
     
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    First I would echo everything @md2420 said.

    That said in my first life, before computers, I was a graphic artist and did quite a bit of airbrushing (commercial art; never on a bike). What I can see from the pix you posted that's nice work. As an artist we may take (or have to take) some creative license regardless of directions. Not sure what directions you gave outside of showing your shirt.

    I'm not officially in the biz anymore but I would always, ALWAYS, deliver a rough draft of what the art would look like before proceeding to the final work. If there was something to be changed that would be the time. Some folks can freehand and the results are crazy amazing but the other 98.68% of us need to sketch something out to transfer to the surface we're working on. If they didn't show you anything, and it was agreed they would, maybe you have an argument to have a redo if you seriously do not like the results.

    Regardless if it really bothers you, it's your bike, change it. Not that I think the person did a bad job on (I do not) but to go back to the same artist would be a mistake. If in your opinion they didn't get it right the first time there is no way they will get it right the second time. You probably just didn't like their work.

    Just my opinion. Again as md2420 said live with it for a season and see how ya feel. Good luck!
     
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  6. VicVisionBulldog

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    I like what he did. To get the same eagle that's on your shirt it would have been really small and not looked great, IMHO. I like the that eagle you got.
     
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    Thanks for all the replies. As topcat said "the art work is good but it doesn't seem to blend together, looks like 3 different subjects." that was my first thought. I guess I will live with it thru Spring, and make a decision then. See what the reaction is with the guys I ride with. Thanks again to everyone for the replies.
     
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    I think a Bald Eagle and America Flag are synonymous with each other.

    I have some bug splatter art on mine I'll trade you for it.
     
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    I hafta agree with complexity of ur design on that canvas being very hard to mimic, he did a great job giving you the images u requested on what they had to work with. BUT if ur not happy ur not happy, I do think it’ll grow on you & receive lots of compliments.
     
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    Black out the windshield and use it to incorporate the design you picked. It’s really the only way unless you make that design as small as possible. Your other choices are to put that design on the side of the saddle bags. Then do the rest of the bike with a flowing kind of theme up to the front fairing.
    Take it all the way brother !!
     

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    No that’s not HC ....... kind of looked a little like him though.
     
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    Just commenting on the work itself I think the body is too high. The tail feathers and body should've been lower to the curve of the cover, closer to headlight.
    That would've given the space to flair the wings higher and a more proportional head roundness.
    Although adding a fish dangling from talons would be interesting...:angel:
     
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    About as patriotic as you can get. Just keep it. It'll grow on you and you'll be glad you didn't cover it up.
     
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    Sorry about that. It seems the artist was a tracer and not a true artist. Mine was air brushed as well and I only showed him the second photo with the concept.
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    Cobra Rider, your bike is what inspired me to do something on the front of mine. Very nice. but it appears as though you had a lot more space that what I did.
     

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