Airbrushing: The Essential Guide

Airbrushing: The Essential Guide

Fred Crellin

Language: English

Pages: 144

ISBN: 1847975224

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


Fine art, fabric printing, leatherwork, custom vehicles, and many more uses for airbrushing are detailed

Airbrushing is a versatile and exciting art that has been used for more than 150 years, and is now finding ever more applications. This beautiful book on how to use an airbrush looks at the fundamentals of how to get started, advises on maintenance of the tool, and then gives step-by-step examples of a range of projects. With troubleshooting tips throughout, it enables you to get the most from your airbrush and create beautiful pieces with a professional finish. It covers technical illustration, watercolor landscapes, portraits, painting scale models, cake decorating, t-shirts and leather, and custom painting vehicles.

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palettes for mixing/storing small quantities of paint; jars and/or lidded plastic cups (souffle cups), which can be useful for mixing colours and storing them for later use; some form of cloth, such as a tack cloth, to remove dusty overspray as you are working on surfaces such as card, plastic or metal. Other useful items. 115 Health and safety equipment As you will be working in an environment where paint is sprayed to create an atomized mist, it is also essential that you have a degree of

want to buy it! Setting up your airbrush studio The main thing to consider is how much space you want to dedicate to your new-found passion. Answering this question will often be the deciding factor in how you set up your studio space. Personal circumstances will also be a major contributing factor. To begin with, let us assume that you, the reader, are not fortunate enough to have free access to about 150–200 square feet of space (single-car garage space) ready to dedicate to your new airbrush

gently sketch out your landscape picture. Do not press too hard as you may want to remove any pencil lines afterwards, and your pencil might leave an ugly indentation in your surface. To begin painting the clouds, a mixture of scarlet and true blue has been mixed together. Because the colours being used 159 are concentrated, it is important to remember, where necessary, to dilute the colours with water. However, to counteract the watery nature of the paints being used, you will need to reduce

your air pressure to between 15 and 20psi. Gently freehand in the darker areas of cloud where necessary. When airbrushing, change your colour by adding some of the darkest colour mixed, as already described. Let’s call this ‘not black’. Here, the detail in the edge of the clouds can be added. The quickest and most effective way of doing this is by using ordinary toilet tissue paper. 160 By spraying over the top of a carefully torn edge, you can create the most exquisite detail with ease. Do

no air can come out of the front. The needle cap, or crown as it is sometimes called, serves no purpose other than to protect the needle from damage when the airbrush is put down. The airbrush itself will operate normally with or without, and it is standard practice amongst seasoned airbrushers to produce fine and detailed work with this part removed. 72 73 Lubricating your airbrush As your airbrush is a mechanical tool with moving parts, it is therefore to be expected that it will operate

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