The September-October Airbrush Action boasts exciting and extended content that adds up to one of the best issues we’ve ever done. Available in less than two weeks–the digital editions (iPad, Airbrush Action digital) sooner–the issue will feature the following:
The Urban Art of Leon Rainbow
A Demo of Artool’s New Killer Grunge F/X for creating alien skin, bone texture, acid-eaten surfaces, certain wood textures, aged aluminum, imitation galvanized steel, alien skin patterns, detailed flower patterns, pitted skin, pores, zombie flesh, cool camo patterns, and more, this stuff is, well, killer!
Rhianna’s Power Portrait Instense Step-by-Step by Javier Soto. To learn the process in its entirety the 3 1/2-hour, 2-disc DVD set is available in 2 weeks.
Sturgis Motorcycle Rally 2012 Pictorial
Johannes Wessmark: Photorealist European Art Sensation
1973 Corvette Stingray on a T-Shirt By Luc Boivin
2013 PAINT BUYER’S GUIDE. By popular demand, this is text only with the charts on display at www.airbrushaction.com
Weathered Signage By John Hannukaine. The weathered anything is trending strong.
And much more!
SHADING AND BLENDING ARE deceptively simple because just about anyone can achieve a reasonably good blend of two or more colors on a flat surface with little experience using a double-action airbrush. Nonetheless, the skill and control required to produce the subtle blends and shades commonly used in portraiture, complex graphics, murals, and more require a level of skill only attainable with a solid mastery of the dot, the line, and the dagger stroke.
For the complete how-to article go to http://www.airbrushaction.com/airbrush-tips-and-tricks/81/back-basics-shading-and-blending
A couple of years ago I called Drew Struzan to try to convince him to do a DVD on his technique. For those unfamiliar with Struzan, he is one of the all-time great illustrators, having done most of the movie posters for Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, and many others. His poster credits include Raiders of the Lost Ark, E.T., the Star Wars series, Back to the Future, the Harry Potter series, and the list goes on forever. Struzan, whom I’m honored to call a friend, is very softspoken, shy, and modest. Anyway, when he asked what he could possibly contribute, I suggested a detailed demonstration on flesh tones. Struzan chuckled. ‘What’s so funny?’ I asked. ‘Flesh tones are a mystery to many,’ to which he replied, “It’s no mystery at all. Achieving any flesh tone is a simple matter of matching color.” I was speechless against that punchline! The DVD was never made.
To discover more tips from some of the World’s best, visit http://www.airbrushaction.com/airbrush-action-airbrush-tips-and-tricks
If an Airbrush Olympics were staged, which countries do you think would participate? And win the most medals? Best location (Vegas is always my vote; Orlando a close second)? I’m certain that artists from Germany (with a multitude of airbrush clubs and tradeshows), Italy, the U.S, England, Canada, and Australia would be among the strong competitors, but what countries am I missing? Do you believe an Airbrush Olympics could be pulled off? Your thoughts on structure: categories, events, etc. Let me hear from you.
Need a little inspiration for a project you’re working on? (Who doesn’t these days?) It helps to remember the thoughts and deeds of the great ones. Just consider the words of these master artists and then take action:
• “If people knew how hard I worked to get my mastery, it wouldn’t seem so wonderful at all.”
• “The chief enemy of creativity is good taste.”
• “A good picture is equivalent to a good deed.”
—Vincent Van Gogh
• “A hunch is creativity trying to tell you something.”
• “Art is never finished, only abandoned.”
—Leonardo da Vinci
• “The object of art is to give life a shape.”
I try to keep up with the many airbrush forums, tweets, and blogs to maintain a pulse on what people say about us. Good, bad, or indifferent, I love it all. We listen, and much of the way Airbrush Action has evolved over the years is a direct result of this feedback. One of the most frequent complaints concerns “the ads.” I, too, agree that there are perhaps too many “house” ads in Airbrush Action, and a couple of issues ago, we eliminated about two pages worth with more chopping to come. Unfortunately, we publish in an industry that does not support Airbrush Action with enough advertising to even justify the magazine. The house ads keep it all going; they’re our fund-raisers, or life-line, if you will. Without the revenue streams of the DVDs, books, and Airbrush Getaway workshops, there would be no Airbrush Action. In fact, two former publishers of airbrush magazines have echoed: “Now we know what you go through, and man, we don’t know how you do it! We have a new-found respect for you.” The good that we’ve done as the World’s longest running, and leading, airbrush publication (we’ll be 26 this May) by far outweighs the negatives. Most of the “celebrity” names in airbrush that you know well, admire, and even emulate owe much of their notoriety to Airbrush Action, and we’ve done more, hands down, for their names and the crusade of airbrushing than any other publication or source in the industry. And, we do listen to our readers. Hey, we’re not perfect, but our determination, commitment, and success in keeping an airbrush magazine alive are unmatched. NOT bragging, just proud. 2010 and 2011 have and will be especially solid editorially. Some of the upcoming incredible art and features will blow you away.
About the Jan-Feb issue. I truly apologize to any loyal subscriber who felt left out by not receiving the now notorious free DVD. We absolutely meant no harm or snub by it. The DVD version of Jan-Feb was a very expensive promotion designed to increase sell-through on the newsstand, introduce Airbrush Action to an entirely new audience, and to promote the effort’s major sponsor, Auto-Air Colors, whom, by the way, has been the most generous and progressive company I’ve ever worked with. As a personal aside, Auto-Air’s Craig Kennedy is a true visionary. I know he’ll hate me for saying that (he’s an overly modest dude), but I believe it to be accurate. Because of your collective response, and our error in judgment (I must say that to satisfy today’s quota of Jewish guilt), we will never exclude subscribers again. I welcome all to contact me personally (firstname.lastname@example.org) with any issues, questions, or comments you may have about Airbrush Action.