Can you help me paint intricate patterned metal?
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.