Leading up to the Airbrush Getaway, I’m like a thoroughbred at the starting gate; nervous, high-strung, heart racing, even a little scared. The production of a Getaway is an enormous undertaking with some tough logistics that include the shipping of 8,000 to 10, 000 pounds of equipment and supplies, the coordinating of C02 tanks, instructor travel, hotel rooms, set-up, break-down, the demands and committment of keeping the students happy (our #1 priority!), and much more. Ultimately, it’s about maintaining the balance and stability of a monster program. However, barring being with my two young daughters and Anh (the loves of my life), I’m rarely happier than when I’m in the midst of an Airbrush Getaway. It’s actually a form of euphoria for me because I’m in my element with a staff and a group that I love, which is in large part why I adopted the slogan, “Come as students, leave as friends, return as family.” There are 17 days until the Getaway. If you’d like to register, or require information on the World’s largest and best hands-on airbrush immersion program, you may call me personally at 732-233-7007. I look forward to seeing you there!
Kustom Paint Lab: Armando Serrano is back with his 0ld school kandy effects, ground metal painting, vinyl masking integration, and other very cool tricks and tips.
Power Portraits/Javier Soto: The Rhianna painting from the DVD will be on display, and the class project to be painted is being held under tight wraps.
Pinstriping Mastery/Jeff Styles: Patina lettering will be introduced to Styles’s program.
Murals on Steel/Jonathan Pantaleon: NEW curriculum! For more info, stay tuned to Pantaleon’s Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/jonathanpantaleon.artistry
Achieving Photorealism: Dru Blair and Melanie Alexander are back after missing the Orlando Getaway in May!
Killer Skulls/Eddie Davis: Greater focus on anatomy, realistic fire demo with water-based paints, and how to make custom stencils.
Airbrush Mastery/T-Shirt Airbrushing/Gary Worthington: New money-making designs for next season!
The NEW Artograph LED 300 will be on sale at a special discount for Getaway attendees.
Createx’s Illustration paint, developed with Dru Blair!
Amazing new products from R Tape
Artool: Killer Grunge F/X , Blasted F/X by Ryno, Aztek stencils by Gerald Mendez, “H” template by Craig Fraser
Iwata-Medea: M Series Single-Action Gravity-Feed Mini Airbrushes
R Tape demos with Jim Hingst, include heat transfer films for T-shirts and performance garments: Polyurethane films (stretchable) for plotter cutting and digital printing, Flock films for plotter cutting and printing for T-shirt applications, ProGrade Vinyl Paint Mask, application tapes, and the much anticipated metalized vinyl effects films that can produce holographic-type results.
Canadian Thansgiving dinner, Sponsored by Airbrush Action. Tuesday, October 9. Call 732-223-7878 for details!
This gallery of spray gun cups was shot at the Anest-Iwata, Iwata-Medea booth at SEMA 2011. I really appreciate intricate paint work on small surfaces, and these examples deliver big time. Let me know if you like them. Also, please be sure to read yesterday’s Airbrush Getaway alert regarding the hotel registration deadline. By the way, you guys have been the best in following this site and being so supportive.
Most of you probably don’t know that I started as a T-shirt airbrusher in the early 1980s, well before I launched Airbrush Action magazine. Originally, I screenprinted shirts, and then graduated to iron-ons at flea markets and fairs. Next, I incorporated airbrushing, and the rest is cliche. I was extremely hard-working. I’d be ready to spray at 7:30a or 8a and work until I sold that last shirt which, at the New York street feasts, could be 2am! In retrospect, it was a grind, but I had the drive, stamina, and enthusiasm to work endless hours; whatever it took. I was a bull. The money was fabulous; all cash. Regarding my intense work ethic, I owe much to my father, and working as a busboy in kosher hotels during many teen summers. Barring some debilitating disease or coma, very little could prevent my father from getting out of bed every day. It was amazing, and it definitely helped shape me into the tenacious kid and adult I became. Another significant influence, albeit a negative memory for me, was the busboy gig. From ages 14 to 18 or 19 I worked summers at the Lido Beach Hotel, Lido Beach, Long Island. It was six days a week, serving three meals a day, with very little free time. It was grueling, and to a great degree unfair to force a young kid to do; yes, Dad forced me. I stuck it out, and later realized that practically any other job or schedule was easy after this stint. My Dad always promised he’d set me up with something different the following summer, but it never panned out, so ultimately, I took the bull by the horns, followed my entrepreneurial spirit, and started my T-shirt business. I used the knowledge I gained to start Airbrush Action magazine, and to this day, at the Airbrush Getaways, I’ll always play with an airbrush to gauge my rustiness, and to enthusiastically work with beginning students. My polish and certain skills may be gone, but I can still perform any lick of the airbrush and have a student achieve a pretty good dagger stroke in five minutes or less.
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.”
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.
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