Troy Pierce’s Iwata and Createx Colors T-Shirt Airbrush Step-By-Step

The great Troy Pierce broke from his POWER PORTRAITS duties at the Orlando AIRBRUSH GETAWAY, May 5-9, to perform this demo in the AIRBRUSH MASTERY/T-SHIRT AIRBRUSHING class using  an Iwata airbrush and Createx/Wicked paints. Troy used the Iwata Eclipse HP-BCS bottom-feed airbrush for this demo, and the Iwata Eclipse HP-CS

Pierce applied this Terry Hill stencil with spray adhesive and airbrushed Wicked blue.

Pierce applied this Terry Hill stencil with spray adhesive and airbrushed Wicked blue.

Pierce then removed the stencil.

Pierce then removed the stencil.

The reveal.

The reveal.

Then, Troy airbrushed the same blue around the outer edge of the graphic.

Then, Troy airbrushed the same blue around the outer edge of the graphic.

Using the same color, stippling was accomplished by airbrushing onto the end of a clothes pin, thereby deflecting/bouncing the spray.

Using the same color, stippling was accomplished by airbrushing onto the end of a clothes pin, thereby deflecting/bouncing the spray.

Stippling continued. . . .

Stippling continued. . . .

Stippling complete.

Stippling complete.

Wicked Yellow was airbrushed.

Wicked Yellow was airbrushed.

The name in Wicked black.

The name in Wicked black.

The downstrokes were thickened.

The downstrokes were thickened.

Voila.

Voila.

A Wicked Violet drop shadow was applied lightly

A Wicked Violet drop shadow was applied lightly

Wicked Opaque Blue was used to accent the centers of the letters.

Wicked Opaque Blue was used to accent the centers of the letters.

Wicked White highlights were added to the letters, and the design was complete.  Even watching Troy airbrush this relatively simple design was still a big treat. His airbrush, teaching, and people skills are truly amazing.

Wicked White highlights were added to the letters, and the design was complete. Even watching Troy airbrush this relatively simple design was still a big treat. His airbrush, teaching, and people skills are truly amazing.

top-feed airbrush for  teaching, and people skills are truly amazing.


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KILLER AIRBRUSH Q&A: My Air Compressor’s Air Really Smells!

Q: I have the Terry Hill Silentair air compressor (6-gallon pancake model). Although I drain the compressor daily after every use, the air coming out smells. How do I fix that? I changed out all the moisture traps. I have a 25-foot air hose running from the air compressor to my manifold. The compressor and hose are at least 10 years old. I change the oil at least once a year. Could it be the compressor hose getting old and breaking down from the inside? Any suggestions?SilairCompressorSilairComp2

A: The smell is common to all silent air compressors and due mostly to the compressor overheating or running very hot. The smell is actually from the scorched oil, so I would suggest changing the oil as well as the air intake filter. Don’t use any other oil than the stuff from Silentaire. I’ve tried oils from other companies but Silentaire has the best. The compressor has a fan built in to cool it but I usually add a second fan to keep mine extra cool when I know I’ll be pushing the compressor hard.

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FREE VIDEO: HOW TO TROUBLESHOOT YOUR AIRBRUSH, OPTIMIZE YOUR AIRBRUSH’S PERFORMANCE with Terry Hill

Work faster, smarter, and more efficiently with a perfectly performing airbrush! Airbrush legend Terry Hill reveals how to maintain and troubleshoot your Iwata airbrush for maximum performance using Createx paints. Subjects include tip dry, clogged air hole, top- and bottom-feed airbrushes, how to protect your needle, why paint with a “bare” needle, tansparent vs opaque colors, and more.

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Glen Weisgerber’s Orlando Airbrush Getaway Panels

WeisgerberMagicLOWeisgerberMagic2LOWeisGuinessLOWeisLeather16LOWeisPanel2LO WeisPanel3LOThe following panels (and wallet and visor) were all painted by PINSTRIPING & LETTERING MASTERY instructor and legend Glen Weisgerber at the ORLANDO AIRBRUSH GETAWAY, May 5-9. Mr. Weisgerber was most generous by painting on many of the attendees’ smartphones, computers, wallets, lighters, etc, and working tirelessly late every day. A big thanks to Glen for his great efforts and class. To view free pinstriping demos by Glen Weisgerber, click on the following links:

Round-Hand Lettering: http://bit.ly/1gS7TOk

Single-Stroke Lettering or Funny Car Casual: http://bit.ly/1kbyJ8x

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AIRBRUSH KILLER Q&A: How is airbrushing done on black T-Shirts?

Generally textile airbrush paints, with the exception of white, are not opaque enough to stand out on dark fabrics. The most effective way to airbrush onto dark T-shirts is to spray a few layers of white paint for a base, wait for the paint to dry, and then apply the colors.

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KILLER AIRBRUSH Q&A: I have a compressor that has been running well for four years. Then it got hot and would not restart. A clicking noise could be heard when I tried to start it. I let it cool down and it started and cycled normally but would not build up pressure. What’s wrong?

A. First thing to do is check for air leaks. In this particular case, upon investigation, the questioner found that there was a crack in the moisture filter that allowed enough air to leak so that pressure would not build up. A new moisture filter solved that problem. Note: Silent compressors are protected by a thermal circuit breaker that will shut off the compressor when there is an electrical overload or if the pressure relief line and pressure relief valve in the pressure switch fail to unload the pressure in the pressure line from the compressor to the tank. It will click when it breaks the motor circuit and click when it makes the circuit.

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KILLER AIRBRUSH Q&A: What, if any, are the advantages to a multiple airbrush system for shirt airbrushing, where you have an airbrush for each color?

For optimal efficiency and results, a multiple airbrush system is the way to go, if you can afford it. Shirt artists usually spray as many as 14 colors in a 10- to 15-minute time span, and with a single gun system a lot of time is wasted in cleaning out one color for the next. The problem is further compounded by muddied colors if the previous color is not flushed thoroughly. With a multiple airbrush system, the time wasted in purifying colors is eliminated. Your colorAirbrushFleetLOs are always their most vibrant, and white, the most difficult color to keep pure with a single gun is always, well, white. Designs that normally take 15 minutes with a single gun, are reduced to 10 minutes or less with multiple guns. And saving even just five minutes per shirt can be significant. However, the major drawback is price. For a 12-gun setup, depending on the brand and type of airbrush used (double-action airbrushes with a medium spray nozzle are recommended), the cost can range between $920 and $1 800, including airbrushes, air hoses, and a manifold. But in shirt airbrushing, time is money, so the advantages of a multiple airbrush system justify the investment. Another disadvantage is maintenance. Needless to say, the more airbrushes used will magnify the burden of cleaning and clog prevention and troubleshooting. Therefore, a full-blown system is recommended for experienced airbrushers who are well versed in repairs and maintenance. A multiple gun arsenal can quickly become a nightmare for the novice. The next best consideration is a three-airbrush system, using one gun for white, one for black, and one for the rest of the colors. This will keep your white trouble-free and pure and your black from being a muddy influence on the other colors.

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“Alien” Artist, Surrealist H.R. Giger, Dies at Aged 74

Swiss surrealist artist H.R. Giger who designed the monster and revolutionary sci-fi sets for the film Alien has died, his museum said on Tuesday. He was 74.

Giger, who was born Hans Rudolf in the eastern Swiss town of Chur in 1940, died on Monday in Zurich from injuries he obtained after suffering a fall, an employee of the H.R. Giger Museum said, confirming reports in Swiss media.

Famous for creating the otherworldly creature in Ridley Scott‘s 1979 horror film Alien, Giger was awarded an Oscar for Best Achievement in Visual Effects in 1980.

The son of a chemist, he studied architecture and industrial design in Zurich, and first experimented with ink drawing and polyester works before moving onto large freehand airbrush works showcasing nightmarish dreamscapes.

His work explored the relationship between the human body and the machine, and he created surrealist images of humans fused with industrial parts, a style he described as “biomechanical“.

One example of this was his 1973 record cover design for “Brain Salad Surgery” by English rock group Emerson, Lake and Palmer’s which depicted a human skull encased in a machine.

“My paintings seem to make the strongest impression on people who are, well, who are crazy. A good many people think as I do. If they like my work they are creative… or they are crazy,” Giger said in an 1979 interview with Starlog magazine.

In 1975, Giger endured tragedy when his partner Swiss actress and Li Tobler, who served as a model in several of his works, committed suicide. He married Mia Bonzanigo in 1982 but the couple later divorced.

Giger was also known for his sculptures, paintings and furniture and many of these works are on display at his own museum in a medieval castle in Gruyeres, central Switzerland, which is run by his second wife Carmen Maria Scheifele Giger.

The museum, which opened in 1998 also houses Giger’s private art collection, including works by Salvador Dali.

Giger was featured in Airbrush Action magazine and was a recipient of the Vargas Award.  Cliff Stiegiltz, Airbrush Action’s publisher, visited the legendary artist at his home in 1988.  “Giger actually picked me up at the airport, and we toured Zurich and his amazing home, and had lunch where I sat under a Picasso Giger6LOGiger2LOGiger4LOGiger5LOGiger7LOGiger8LOpainting,” Stieglitz recalls. “I remember his kitchen had a bath and a life-size replica of the now classic alien creature.  The dining room walls were covered with Giger murals; absolutely gorgeous in person. And his Oscar award was clearly on display.  The chairs, tables, and even the outside pavers were custom-made with his elaborate and macabre concepts. At one point he invited me to see his backyard garden, which seemed like something you’d see on the Adams Family. Giger was a great host, even though he nodded off a couple times at lunch.  It was a truly memorable experience.”

(Reporting by Caroline Copley Editing by Jeremy Gaunt)

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When airbrushing, I maintain my air pressure at about 25 psi as directed by the dealer where I bought my airbrush and compressor. Is maintaining a constant psi critical? Sometimes, my airbrush clogs when I spray thicker paints.

Airbrushing at a constant 25 psi (pounds-per-square-inch) would be similar to driving your car at a constant 25 mph. You can as long as you drive a straight road, but stopping or turning sharply is a chore. Likewise, pressure set at a constant 25 psi works great for a certain specific set of circumstances, but that’s about it. Analogies aside, air pressure regulation is probably one of the least understood, most underrated aspects of attaining success in airbrush art. Air pressure is highly dependent on two things: the viscosity of paint, and your type of substrate (automotive surfacesPierceProgressLO, T-shirts, canvas, illustration board, etc). For example, I use 50 to 70 psi when airbrushing T-shirt paint straight from the bottle, which is ideal to siphon the paint, atomize it correctly to achieve a complete range of lines and shading, and to force the color into the fabric.  For fine line work with a thinner medium, such as a transparent ink or an aniline dye, onto a paper or board, the air pressure should be lowered to about 10 psi, giving more control and preventing any “spidering,” where the paint spreads in all directions on impact. The pros adjust air pressure to as low as 1 psi and as high as 90 psi. If your airbrush is clogging with thicker paint, try increasing the air pressure until the problem stops. Experimenting with air regulation is one of the most important aspects of airbrushing. Controlling the air pressure is key to performing various textures and spray patterns.

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Cliff Stieglitz to Teach Facebook Marketing at Las Vegas Airbrush Getaway October 6-10

Cliff Stieglitz, Airbrush Action magazine’s publisher and founder, surprised attendees this past week at the Orlando Airbrush Getaway with a flash Facebook Marketing seminar. Conducted at the Doubletree by Hilton Orlando at SeaWorld hotel, Stieglitz shared how he grew Airbrush Action‘s Facebook page, AirbrushActionMag, into the industry’s most successful, taking it from about 4,000 ‘Likes’ to more than 182,000 and growing.  As a result, future Airbrush Getaways will offer this half-day class that will include: how to get started in Facebook, how to post, how to develop and optimize Facebook ads, split testing, how to grow ‘Likes,’ ‘Shares,’ and engagement, posts that work, demographic filtering, how to better market yourself as an artist (or any profession), how often to post, and much more. “Originally, I had no interest in our Facebook page, or any social media channel for that matter.  I out-sourced a woman in India to make daily posts, which consisted of nothing more than non-airbrush-related puzzles, riddles, and sayings” Stieglitz explained. “Then, I realized that she substantially overcharged for her services.  That really got my attention, to say the least. I started fiddling with the page, got hooked, and have been very committed to it since.”  In the beginning, Stieglitz sought advice from a couple of consultants, “but they didn’t really have the insight for it.  They didn’t quite understand our audience, and in many ways I seemed to know more. For example, one “expert” who worked for an established social media agency in Manhattan didn’t agree with posting more than one image at a time, yet I found time and again that multiple images of art in a single post receive the most ‘Likes,’ views, and engagement. In the three or four days he took charge of the page, my views dropped by more than 50%!  He then withdrew himself and his bill.” Ted Stoler, Airbrush Getaway alum, attended the Facebook Marketing seminar and concluded that “What I learned from Cliff’s presentation alone made the entire Airbrush Getaway worth it.” Stay tuned for details on Stieglitz’s seminar at the Las Vegas Airbrush Getaway, October 6-10, at the Tropicana Las Vegas Hotel.

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Cliff Stieglitz explaining the finer points of Facebook at the Orlando Airbrush Airbrush Getaway, May 5-9 at the Doubletree by Hilton Orlando at SeaWorld Hotel.

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