Today I would like to share a step by step on creating an easy freehand pattern. I painted this pattern on the backside of a banner. As there is plenty of space, I used more transition colours in the gold than I would on smaller areas.
The colours I used for the gold NMM were, from dark to light:
– VMC German Camo Black Brown (150)
– VMC Leather Brown (147)
– GW Bestial Brown*
– GW Snakebite Leather*
– GW Bubonic Brown*
– GW Flash Gitz Yellow
– VMC White (001)
For touch-ups I used GW chaos black and GW Regal blue (main colour of backside)
* These Games Workshop paints are from the old range.
Before starting the freehand pattern, the blue background of the banner is already painted and completely blended to satisfaction. I find it easier to work like that when I am making freehand lines.
There are some ugly spots on the banner, I am aware of that, I have cleaned this afterwards :). Please excuse the not-so-great pictures, I only had my cellphone at hand.
I started by drawing the freehand pattern I wanted to use on a piece of paper, and I made sure the scale is correct so I could easily transfer the pattern to the banner. In this case, I was lucky, as the banner is so big, I could easily draw on true scale 🙂
After completing the drawing, I used the left side to mark some recognizable spots (with a little dot), so the transfer would be easier. I only did this on the left side, because the pattern was supposed to be symmetrical in the end.
I started by measuring the position of the dots in the paper drawing, and copy the dots on the banner. I use a regular pencil for this. After copying the dots, I used the alltime favorite “connect-the-dots” game and created the pattern on the banner with the pencil. I decided to not draw the spikes in the bottom, as that area on the banner is ugly and will need to be solved another time.
Then it was time to finish the banner.
I hope you enjoyed this step by step. The front side of the banner is quite different, and I also made some step by step pictures, if I manage I will post that as well 🙂
For now, have a nice weekend everyone!!!