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A Step-By-Step Guide To Painting Basic Freehand Designs On Banners

 American Music Club ‘Western Sky’

Freehand designs can be a bit daunting, especially on banners. Not everybody has an artistic talent – God knows I don’t – but they become easier, and more straightforward, when you plan them out beforehand, and break them down into small steps.The key is to keep refining and sharpening-up the lines until you are happy with the effect.

First, because this was going to be a Black Legion standard-bearer, I made some sketches of basic designs from GW artwork:


To begin painting, plot the outline with dots:


Then connect the dots:


Thicken the lines:


Again, plot the next stage with dots (you may notice how the mistakes were painted over during this stage):


Connect the dots:


Use the same technique to create the arrows:


It can be difficult to paint symmetrical angles; so, because I wanted to make a pointed effect, I painted a line down the centre of each arrow:


Then created the tips:


Before painting over the superfluous part to create the sharp angles:


Again, thicken the lines:


At this point the design looked a bit top-heavy; so, to balance it out, I painted a ribbon underneath the icon – again, plot this out first:


Then fill this in:


Add colour by glazing the design with thin layers (in this case Vallejo Smoke); while adding texture via painting on cracks and chips. I also painted thin layers of dark red (GW Rhinox Hide) around the design to give it a bit of depth:


Finish by painting in the eye, and adding roman numerals. I also painted on some tears in the space between the icon and the ribbon:


So, it’s not too difficult to paint effective freehand designs, as long as you approach them step-by-step.


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