Can you of­fer some tips on paint­ing twisted metal?

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Barnaby Dob­son, Isle of Man

Nick replies

For me, the trick is de­cid­ing what type of metal you plan to de­pict and just how it has been dam­aged. It can be a good idea to have in­tact metal el­e­ments in the com­po­si­tion, to help in­form the viewer. Most of us aren’t used to see­ing man­gled metal in ev­ery­day life, so it has to be recog­nis­able for what it is.

Fur­ther­more, metal be­haves dif­fer­ently un­der stress, depend­ing on how it has been pre­pared. For in­stance, cast iron can be brit­tle, and as a re­sult this might be more likely to shat­ter than tear. How thick is the metal? What shape did it take orig­i­nally? All these fac­tors should af­fect your man­gled metal’s look. Thin­ner, sheet metal tears with jagged, sharp edges that may pick up the light. It may dent with sharp creases that also catch the light. Think of how the light in your com­po­si­tion falls on your ex­am­ple.

Us­ing a deep shadow to dis­guise the gore also en­ables me to ac­cen­tu­ate the glints of light on torn metal, mak­ing the scene more dra­matic.

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