Expert Advice from Airbrush Great Terry Hill

Terry Hill, one the most recognized names in the airbrush industry,  has mentored many artists who have gone on to build airbrushing careers for themselves.  Head instructor of the Airbrush Getaway’s Ultimate Airbrush F/X class, Hill advises, “If you can, attend an Airbrush Getaway or any other airbrush workshop.  These can be rich resources, but even if you get nothing more out of it than learning control of the airbrush, it’s worth it. Without control, you’ll never produce beautiful art.  Specifically, practice the dagger stroke.”

Hill added, “Always stay humble.  Always help those on the way up.  Someday they might be helping you.  Remember that new trends often come from people who differ from the old guard.  As a professional, you are the old guard, so listen to the young people coming up behind you.”

Createx “Gets It.”

Craig Kennedy and Dennis DeLorenzo are the dynamic duo of paint manufacturers.  Owners of the Createx, Wicked and Auto Air Colors brands, these guys truly get that the readers of Airbrush Action are their core market, and they’re aggressive in continually improving their products and customer satisfaction.  Wicked has become the gold standard for T-shirt airbrushing, and many other applications, and Auto-Air Colors is the brilliant alternative in automotive custom painting.  They sponsor the Airbrush Getaway program in large part to keep their pulse on the market and to best understand the needs of artists. Createx is truly a great company, and Craig and Dennis deserve many kudos for their dedication in making your airbrush experience as good as it can be.

NEW Power Portrait DVD Available Next Week!

BIG NEWS!! Power Portraits, the long-awaited step-by-step DVD featuring Javier Soto will be available next week. This title is a 2-disc, 3 1/2-hour long comprehensive presentation by one of the World’s best, and is available for only $29.95.  Also, for anyone interested in learning from Javier in person, he’ll conduct the Power Portraits class in Las Vegas, October 9-12. For more info or to order/register, go to www.airbrushaction.com

“Securing a Ruler with Clay” by Johannes Wessmark

I have found that I can achieve absolutely straight lines with soft edges by gliding my airbrush along a ruler affixed with adhesive clay. This is otherwise difficult to do with freehand airbrush or with masks.

2 Great Tips from Johannes Wessmark Monday & Tuesday!

The Top 3 Tips for Spraying in High Heat by Brian Lynch

Holy crap it’s hot! I tried to think of cute ways to begin a note about dealing with the heat while painting and all I kept thinking was, ‘Holy crap, it’s hot!’ That’s it isn’t it? It’s just hot. You can put your favorite four letter word in front of it or behind it, or maybe you can’t muster the strength, but…still… Holy crap, it’s Hot!

Politics aside, a “warming trend” is as real as it gets. 100-year-old heat records are falling like that life alert lady, and we don’t have an emergency button around our neck to save us! “Help, it’s hot and I can’t get up.”

The fact is when painting in this excessive heat, paint behaves differently (and so do I really). Paint is designed to coat something with a layer of protection and color. To accomplish this various chemical and physical events take place as paint is applied and as it’s drying.

Heat beyond normal can make the chemical drying part of paints react too quickly. When this happens the paint is often over-applied, or forced, in an effort to “flow” or wet up the surface. A forced coat will dry out of sequence with the top drying first. This often will trap solvents and prevent the rest of the layer from drying well, or even completely. Which is kind of weird because it would seem anything drying too quickly would, of course, dry well, right? But, no.

When selecting paint, and additives such as thinners and reducers, select the slower options in very hot climates. It might seem that a slow option would take more time to dry, and we all want fast, but it’s simply not true. The fastest, smoothest application will always be when paint is sprayed with the appropriate speed chemicals for the job size and temperature. Sure, when it’s cold the slow options might be slower than you would like, but, you have been reading, right? It’s hot!

3 Keys to Remember::
1) Keep your air pressures under control: too much air pressure will quick-flash the surface leading to rough texture and poor adhesion.
2) Keep your gun/airbrush in close; paint dries in the air so the more distance the drier the spray will be.
3) Don’t wet down the spray area floor; it may seem like a good idea but it will dramatically raise the humidity, another enemy of paint.

These are the top three tips for now. I hope it helps. If you take care of your paint it will take care of you.

 

HOT TIP COMING LATER THIS MORNING! STAY TUNED

Crack is Legal in Art! LOL!

I wanted to share with you a glimpse of the great step-by-step article by John Hannukaine on weathering effects featured in the September-October issue of Airbrush Action, available next week.

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September-October 2012 cover of Airbrush Action Magazine

The cover of the September-October 2012 issue of Airbrush Action Magazine was unveiled at our Facebook page at 4pm today.

The digital edition is now available for purchase online at: http://store.airbrushaction.com/2012-september-october-digital-edition-airbrush-action-magazine/ . Digital edition annual subscribers will receive their copies via email next week.

Cover of Airbrush Action Magazine, September-October 2012

A Message From Jaime Rodriguez’s Mother.

I am Jaime’s Mom. I want to thank everyone for your prayers and support to our family, and especially to his Wife Crystal and their children. We are all in shock and mourning the loss of my Son Jaime. I know this is difficult for all of us and hard to comprehend the sudden loss of my Son. But for now let’s focus on not the why’s as they will come out later but the positve. After reading all the comments I can see how much of a impact Jaime made on everyone lives. I want us all to remember the positive aspects of his life and how he lived. For those of you who did or didn’t know him Jaime is a kind, gentle and loving Father and Husand. Jaime is now with GOD in Heaven and watching over all of us. Thank you so much for your positive comments, it gives me such comfort  and strength knowing he was loved by so many people. Thank you to my family and friends who have been here for me through this difficult time. Through your prayers and love I have found strength and peace and know that Jaime is in a better place and one day I will be there with him. To my family, friends and Jaime’s Supporters I love you all……