Spray Gun Art

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.

My Name is Cliff Stieglitz, and I Was an Airbrushaholic

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.

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

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 www.airbrushaction.com

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 http://www.airbrushaction.com/airbrush-tips-and-tricks/81/back-basics-shading-and-blending