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

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.


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……

The September-October Cover of Airbrush Action Revealed Tomorrow!

Airbrush Action’s September-October Issue a Blockbuster!

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

Weathered Signage  By John Hannukaine.  The weathered anything is trending strong.

And much more!

Shading & Blending Tip by Terry Hill

The dot, line, dagger, shading and blending. Master the dagger stroke, and you’ve conquered theairbrush.

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

Drew Struzan’s Advice on Flesh Tones

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

Would You Support an Airbrush Olympics?

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.

Put Power into Your Portraits

Get Javier Soto’s Power Portraits DVD —

Power Portraits, the long-awaited DVD from master portrait artist Javier Soto, is now available. “Javier is an amazing artist—one of the best talents around,” says Cliff Stieglitz, Airbrush Action magazine publisher and producer of the DVD. “He can do it all and we’re proud to showcase his unique talents and techniques for our audience of artists.”

Javier Soto’s Power Portraits DVD

In addition to being an excellent artist with “a brilliant use of color,” Stieglitz explained, Javier is also “a wonderful teacher, who works very well with all types of artists.” In an easy-to-understand “How-To” style, this DVD brings out the best of Javier Soto, said Stieglitz. “He’s a very serious artist who also makes things interesting and fun.”

Soto,  lead instructor of the Power Portraits class at several Airbrush Getaway workshops, has more than 25 years of portrait painting experience. A New Jersey native, Soto is also known to Airbrush Action magazine readers for his signature paintings of killer clowns. Some keys to high-end portraiture, as Soto covers in the Power Portraits DVD, is “to train your eye to draw what you see, not what you know” and developing the ability “to get in the zone” for great portrait painting.

The 3 hour, 30 minute DVD includes step-by-step instruction on color theory, how to render facial features, flesh tones, troubleshooting problems such as paint settling, hot spots, blowouts, tip dry, pigment migration, puddling, and spidering, how to use an electric eraser, fiber pen, and razor knife for highlighting and detailing, how to render skin pores, the nuances of rendering teeth and hair, working with cool and warm  colors, how to evaluate the progress of your painting, use of the  Artograph LED digital projector, use of Wicked Colors, and much more.

You’ll also learn:
•  How to reduce paint
•  How to use complimentary colors
•  How to test colors
•  How to build tones
•  How to render facial features
•  Flesh tones
•  How to render natural looking texture
•  How to avoid blue shift and even use it to your advantage
•  How to modulate color intensity
•  How to establish middle tones
•  How to work with cool and warm colors
•  The importance of testing color
•  Use of freehand shields
•  Freehand airbrushing
•  Use of dagger strokes
•  How to render shadows
•  Tinting
•  How to render amazing eyes

Power Portraits DVD retails for $29.95 and is available through Airbrush Action magazine (,, and many other airbrush and art supply outlets, or by calling 732-223-7878, or e-mailing,

About Airbrush Action Magazine:

Founded by Cliff Stieglitz in 1985, Airbrush Action magazine is the longest publishing airbrush magazine in world history. Distributed internationally through Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million, 7-Eleven, all military branches, and many other mainstream outlets, Airbrush Action is edited for airbrush enthusiasts and art professionals. It covers all popular applications of airbrushing, including body art, automotive custom painting, T-shirt airbrushing, tattoo art, pin-up art, hobby/model uses, illustration, fine art, and more. For more information, visit Airbrush Action magazine.

For more information, contact Cliff Stieglitz, Airbrush Action magazine publisher, at 732-223-7878 or