Can you help me paint in­tri­cate pat­terned metal?

ImagineFX - - Imaginenation Artist Q&a -

Brick­wa­ter, US

Cor­rado replies

Gothic pat­terns and dec­o­ra­tions are fas­ci­nat­ing be­cause they come to­gether in an in­tri­cate com­po­si­tion, and fea­ture a range of el­e­ments such as hu­man fig­ures, flow­ers and trees. Avoid de­pict­ing sim­ple, repet­i­tive pat­terns be­cause Gothic art is dy­namic, and shapes must change within it.

Another fun­da­men­tal point is the pres­ence of a spe­cific ob­ject in the com­po­si­tion. You have to in­tro­duce fo­cal el­e­ments such as a hu­man fig­ure, a beast or a com­plex flower. Then you need to con­nect the var­i­ous fig­ures us­ing dec­o­ra­tions. Try chang­ing the de­sign of the dec­o­ra­tion dur­ing the paint­ing process: you can have some parts with ei­ther the same or sim­i­lar shapes or pat­terns, but if you use al­ways the same el­e­ments then the fi­nal re­sult may look un­ad­ven­tur­ous and won’t be not true of the art pe­riod.

For this ques­tion I cre­ate a very sim­ple struc­ture in which the main sub­ject is a skull, and all the dec­o­ra­tions are sym­met­ri­cal around the skull. If you use Painter, I sug­gest us­ing the Mir­ror Paint­ing tool. This en­ables you to cre­ate and study the main shape in a few min­utes, work­ing on only half the im­age. If your soft­ware doesn’t have a sim­i­lar tool, sim­ply imag­ine that you’re work­ing on half a paint­ing, then du­pli­cate and flip the pic­ture.

The fin­ished Gothic gate has an aged look, which I’ve achieved us­ing Painter’s Square Conte tool and a dark brown.

Dur­ing the paint­ing process I ac­ti­vate Painter’s Mir­ror Paint­ing tool, and I work only on half an im­age.

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