Painting Process

Painting Process The Chrysler Building at Magic Hour

Chrysler Building Painting at Night by Borbay

I’m pleased to release my latest commission: The Chrysler Building at Magic Hour. This painting was based on a series of photographs taken from the Rare rooftop bar one fine, late-spring evening.

If you like to have it all… here is the entire process in a video, in just over 80 seconds. Keep reading for a photographic breakdown of the process.

Original Photograph Chrysler Building by Borbay

This was the primary source image, however, I referenced several pictures taken at varying points from sunset to darkness.

Borbay Chrysler Building Photograph

This picture helped me identify the colors lost in the night shot.

Kelsey, Erin, Jason and Jason

When work and pleasure meet… hanging on the roof snapping the above images with Kelsey, Erin and Jason… Both Hessel gals married Jason’s, it was the unwritten family rule. After the jump, my full process.

Chrysler Building Painting Process by Borbay

Beginning with complementary orange, blocking out the primary shapes.

Chrysler Building Painting Process by Borbay

Deep red, light red, cadmium red… Dick York, Dick Sergeant, Sergeant York.

Chrysler Building Painting Process by Borbay

Warm underpainting complete… beginning to splash in a wide variety of blue tones.

Chrysler Building Painting Process by Borbay

Magic hour creates a unique gradient in the sky, particularly in Manhattan with the bouncing lights, so it requires some texture…

Chrysler Building Painting Process by Borbay

Each color in this painting was mixed from the previous for visual cohesion.

Chrysler Building Painting Process by Borbay

You’d think a guy has the blues. Love the way the red Chrysler silhouette looks here.

Chrysler Building Painting Process by Borbay

Starting to bring in the structural lines… I wanted to paint as many dark and midtones as possible before “turning on the lights” — it took patience.

Chrysler Building Painting Process by Borbay

I didn’t attempt to count the exact amount of floors, since it’s more about the impression versus a completely accurate portrayal of the scene. If it’s about 100% accuracy, then a silkscreen will do just fine.

Chrysler Building Painting Process by Borbay

Took this bad boy up to the roof for a more accurate photograph… dark paintings are difficult to photograph without direct light.

Chrysler Building Painting Process by Borbay

This was the penultimate step… I required a pause to identify the final strokes. After taking some notes, I went for it.

Chrysler Building Painting at Night by Borbay

And… complete. I want to sincerely thank Nicole and her family for this commission. Here’s hoping you love living with this picture, it was a terrific and enjoyable painting to create.

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