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.
I was pleasantly surprised by, and grateful for, the strong and positive response to yesterday’s blog, Is Print Dead? The State of the Airbrush Union. Your generous comments and supportive positions really motivated me. More comments are coming, of course, but if what I read is a fair sample of the collective thinking of Airbrush Action‘s readership (which I believe it is), then I’m stoked. Thank you.
What I failed to mention, though, is that in the September-October and November-December 2011 issues we eliminated about four pages of house ads (some were downsized or consolidated), and in the upcoming September-October issue we will remove about three more pages. This was and is being done largely in response to your feedback, and in an effort to trim the fat for more content. We have never rested on our laurels, and always strive to publish a quality magazine.
Now, as you can probably imagine, trying to come up with new ideas, artists, applications, etc., about airbrushing can be challenging (frankly, I’m amazed we’ve been able to do it for nearly 30 years!), and to prevent staleness (which, admittedly, can and does occur with such a vertical subject) I sometimes try to shock, which is partly what the July-August issue is about (the other aspect is that it’s a fabulous image painted by one of the greatest pinstripers, ever). I knew it would turn heads, be slightly controversial, and make people ask (which they already have, believe me), ‘Why pinstriping on the cover of an airbrush magazine?’ Inspiration and the promotion of a synergistic art form as a possible new way to make money is the answer. The Pinstriping course at the Airbrush Getaway does well simply because airbrush artists want to learn how to pinstripe. Also, I did envision “skinstriping” as a new art form that could gain traction. Ultimately, all can win here, especially with an open-mindedness to expand our arsenal as artists.
I wish everyone a great weekend.
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 (email@example.com) with any issues, questions, or comments you may have about Airbrush Action.