I wanted to share with you a glimpse of the great step-by-step article by John Hannukaine on weathering effects featured in the September-October issue of Airbrush Action, available next week.
In honor of Canadian Thanksgiving Day (Jour de l’Action de grâce), Airbrush Action will sponsor a free turkey dinner to all Canadian attendees, Tuesday, October 9. Usually, I’m pretty careful to avoid Holidays and special occasions (Mothers Day, Fathers Day, etc) when scheduling an Airbrush Getaway, but somehow I missed Canadian Thanksgiving. Call 732-223-7878 by September 20th to reserve your seat. I’ve always been super appreciative of the support of our Canadian clientele.
For further information about the Airbrush Getaway go to http://www.airbrushaction.com/airbrush-getaway-workshops
The airbrush community is still reeling from the death of airbrush luminary Jaime Rodriguez this past Friday night. I’ve known Jaime for years, and he was always a gentleman and exhibited a poise and a vision not commonly seen in someone so young. To further memorialize Jaime, I thought I’d share some images of his work courtesy of Ken Schlottfeldt, owner of Badger Air Brush.
I’m very sad to report that Jaime Rodriguez, one of our great airbrush artists, died last night at his home in Phoenix. He was 32. I knew Jaime for many years, and was a big fan of his work on automotive surfaces and T-shirts. In fact, he possessed one of the best, most intricate of lettering styles in the industry. In this regard, I considered Jaime a true innovator with his approach to art and inimitable style. Further details to follow. Rodriguez is survived by his wife, Crystal, and their two children: Andrea, 9, and Davian, 5. Airbrush Action requests that in lieu of flowers or gifts, to please send donations to the family:
7815 S. 5th Drive
Phoenix, AZ 85041
Memo: Crystal Rodriguez
Correspondence of condolences may be sent to Crystal at the above address as well.
It’s no secret how tough it is out there today, with so many jobs being outsourced and downsized in this troubled economy. But I’m happy to say that the art of airbrushing continues to prove a viable career across a wide spectrum of professions including automotive custom painting, body art (spray tanning, Halloween gigs, airbrushed makeup, airbrushed tattoos, etc), T-shirt airbrushing (about 30 years ago I made thousands of dollars working fairs, flea markets, and street feasts with my shirt business), portraiture and more. And that’s why I’m so proud to offer courses by some of the World’s best artists at the Airbrush Getaway workshop program, giving students hands-on instruction and a professional-caliber skill set in only four or five days.
The next Airbrush Getaway takes place at the New Tropicana Las Vegas in October 8-12, and offers 5 one-day classes, including Intro to Airbrushing class and 13 four-day classes, including Airbrush Mastery, Ultimate Airbrush F/X, and Achieving Photorealism (for the entire lineup go to http://airbrushaction.com/airbrush-getaway-workshops/vegas-october-8-12-2012). Celebrating its 24th year, the Getaway is truly a one-of-a-kind event, and the world’s best airbrush immersion program ideal for artists and non-artists seeking to learn new skills or take their art to professional levels.
The Airbrush Getaway has attracted students from all over the world and from corporations as diverse as Disney, AT&T, Boeing, Texas Instruments, Hallmark and many others, freelance artists, small business owners and students of all skill levels
Students come away learning how to make thousands of extra dollars airbrushing, and many claim that what they learn in four or five days at the workshop would take years to learn on their own. A special comradery and bond develops between students and staff at every Getaway.
If you or someone you know is frustrated by the shrinking job market, maybe it’s time to look toward a new career or lucrative side gig in airbrushing. Hope to see you there!
For those attending the Vegas Airbrush Getaway, October 8-12, prepare to be surprised! I just returned from my visit to The New Tropicana Las Vegas, and it is hands-down one of the best properties to host the Getaway, redefining the expectations of today’s traveler with a recently completed $180 million transformation into a casually elegant resort experience. In addition to a South Beach, Miami rhythm and vibe, the mega-makeover includes a fresh redesign of every best-in-class room and suite, the casino, the conference center and exhibition hall, seven new restaurants and four bars, a new poker room and race and sports book, and the recently debuted Glow®, A Mandara Spa and fitness center. First-class entertainment includes “Dancing with the Stars: Live in Las Vegas,” Laugh Factory, Recycled Percussion, the Mob Attraction Las Vegas (an amazing interactive museum), and the recently opened Bagatelle Beach & Nightclub.
Just a bit of advice to those of you who are curious or interested in my emphasis on the importance of basic drawing skills for my art. Regardless the surface (illustration board, canvas, hard board, etc.), I never begin a painting unless it’s first drawn or mapped out with a pencil. This is the most critical part of the process because it allows you to exemplify your interpretation of how the image should appear.
I believe proportion is another key and critical element to any work of art, especially when rendering the human form (and 2D and 3D art). I only use a 2H lead pencil because it leaves light lines that are easy to cover with the many thin layers of acrylic paint I use to build color intensity and depth during the course of a painting. As the old saying goes, “Draw it light until it’s right.” A “heavier lead” leaves darker lines that are more difficult to cover.
With the drawing complete, I move onto “mapping-out” the transparent colors in and around all areas of the painting, and then carefully add more layers of color until I’m satisfied. Then it’s onto cutting out stencils for the airbrush work, and moving on from there.
It’s a pleasure to share my insights with you.
With less than two months until its Airbrush Getaway workshops (October 8 -12), Airbrush Action Magazine is offering a limited number of high discount coupons to help promote its new Facebook and social media campaign. People who log on and “like” Airbrush Action’s page can register to receive a variable-rate coupon of 10%, 15%, 20%, or 25% off a Las Vegas Airbrush Getaway class. There are only 25 coupons available, and the amount received is randomly generated.
“Social media is a great way to raise awareness for our magazine and reach new artists and a wider audience,” explains Cliff Stieglitz Airbrush Action Magazine founder.
That’s why Stieglitz has recently begun dedicating time and magazine resources to all aspects of social media including Facebook, Twitter and the publication’s website blog. Postings feature everything from tips from the industry’s leading artists and professionals, to personal stories and inspirations drawn from his nearly 25 years promoting the airbrush and tattoo industries.
Coupons will be offered for a limited time and can be applied to the registration for any of the Las Vegas Airbrush Getaway courses. For more information, please visit Airbrush Action’s Facebook page, http://www.facebook.com/AirbrushActionMag, or visit Airbrushaction.com.
About the Airbrush Getaway:
“The Airbrush Getaway is a one-of-a-kind event—the world’s best airbrush immersion program,” according to Cliff Stieglitz, Airbrush Action’s publisher. “It’s ideal for artists and non-artists seeking to learn new skills or take their art to professional levels.”
The Airbrush Getaway has attracted students from all over the world and from corporations as diverse as Disney, AT&T, Boeing, Texas Instruments, Hallmark and many others, as well as freelance artists, small business owners and students of all skill levels. Students come away learning how to make thousands of extra dollars airbrushing, and many claim that what they learn in four or five days at the workshop would take years to learn on their own.
“We’ve worked hard to develop our exceptional faculty,” Stieglitz explains. “All our instructors are at the top of their field. A special comradery and bond develops between students and staff at every Getaway.”
Former Student Quote:
“I’m blown away! This is my passion. The Getaway classes make me realize how far I can go.”
—Quincy Russell, Cenla Customs, First Time Getaway Attendee
About Airbrush Action Magazine:
Founded by Cliff Stieglitz in 1985, Airbrush Action magazine is the longest continuously published airbrush magazine in the world. 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.
Here’s another fabulous top pro tip from illustration great Rick Lovell:
There is a huge variety of pre-made, hand-held masks for airbrushing on the market. Some specialty masks with specific shapes are worth paying for, but I’ve found that I can make my own masks very inexpensively that work for most day-to-day applications.
French curves are templates made out of rigid materials like metal, wood or plastic that draftsmen used to use to create a variety of smooth, precise curves. A Burmester set consists of three different templates that when used together, can create almost any compound curve you can imagine. They aren’t cheap, and they are usually found in a set of one particular size. They are also relatively thick and inflexible. Wouldn’t it be great if you could have a wide variety of sizes of French curves that were really cheap, and that could be bent and lifted off the surface for crisp-to-soft edges, or just thin enough to allow for really sharp edges that thick materials don’t allow?
Here’s how to do it. If you have a set of French curves already, use a photocopier to make copies at various sizes: 25%, 50%, 100%, 150% and 200% of the original sizes which will give you 5 sets to work with. Or, you can just go online and search for images of French Curves. Download the highest resolution graphic you can find and print it at the sizes listed above. This variety of sizes should provide you with just about any curve you will ever need to paint, large or small.
Finally, tape .005mil acetate over the photocopies or prints and carefully cut out the curves with an x-acto knife. With acetate, you don’t have to cut all the way through the material; just score it with a sharp knife, gently bend the acetate at the score line, at it will snap along the score creating a nice, clean edge. You can use Mylar, but it’s harder to cut and you have to cut all the way through; it won’t snap like acetate will. I have the 5 sets I made years ago out of acetate, and they are still good as new. I store them in a regular file folder in a flat file drawer, and when they get too opaque from lots of painting, I clean them with rubbing alcohol and a paper towel.