Drew Struzan’s Advice on Flesh Tones

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

Great Tip For Achieving the Perfect Tack For Frisket.

From the archives of www.airbrushaction.com, here’s a fabulous tip from illustration great Rick Lovell that he discovered at an Airbrush Getaway for providing the perfect tack for frisket: “For working wet with sponges and spattering, I apply 1 part two-coat rubber cement, 2 parts one-coat rubber cement, and 2 parts Bestine thinner to Canary tracing paper.  This mixture provides the perfect tack for frisket, and in combination with Utrecht’s Canary tracing paper, it’s waterproof and will not allow wet media to seep under the cut areas.”  To see how this method was applied go to: http://www.airbrushaction.com/airbrush-tips-and-tricks/75/how-airbrush-brick-and-stone-part-i.

 

Learn How to Pinstripe from Jeff Styles at the Airbrush Getaway

October 8-12, 2012 in Las Vegas, NV

Artist Has a Real Passion for Fine Lines

The ultimate hands-on art courses, Introduction to Pinstriping and Pinstriping Mastery, taught by Mr. Styles, gives students from around the world the chance to learn the strokes necessary to becoming a skilled pinstriper. The one-day class (October 8) provides an excellent foundation for the subsequent four-day Airbrush Getaway workshop classes held October 9 through 12 at the NEW Tropicana Las Vegas, 3801 Las Vegas Boulevard South in Las Vegas, NV.

Jeff Styles

Mr. Style’s exceptional talent comes through in all his work—in this case, as a wonderful instructor. His teachings will provide artists with an important foundation toward pinstriping mastery. Detailed information on the paints, brushes, solvents, tapes, and surface preparation necessary for proper pinstriping, as well as the practice and completion of basic designs with and without a pattern, will be covered. Students will also learn both primary styles: nostalgic dagger and scrolling.

In addition to Airbrush Action, which regularly showcases his fine work, Jeff has been published in leading auto industry magazines, Hot Rod, Classic Trucks, Truckin’, and Street Rodder. His TV work includes Overhaulin’, Rides, the Speed Channels’ Street Tuner Challange and a Magnaflow Exhaust commercial.

Jeff also credits his “mentor” Butch Tucker for “taking him under his wing and teaching him everything he knows about pinstriping.” Like most artists, Mr. Styles had an eye for one thing in particular and that is flames. “The days of doodling flames on all my school books paid off,” he explains. Now a Southern California resident, he operates Styles Pinstriping where he has built an impressive gallery of work.

Airbrush Getaway workshops have attracted students from corporations as diverse as Disney, AT&T, Boeing, Texas Instruments, Hallmark and many others, as well as freelancers, small business owners and students of all skill levels.

The cost for this one-day class is $150, and includes all supplies and equipment. Other one-day courses include Introduction to Airbrushing, T-Shirt Lettering Bootcamp, Airbrush Tattoos, Intro to Murals on Steel, and Intro to Automotive Graphics. Four-day course include Airbrush Mastery, Ultimate Airbrush Effects, Automotive Graphics, Achieving Photorealism, Power Portraits, Automotive Murals on Steel, and others. For discounted room reservations, call 800-634-4000 and mention “Airbrush Getaway Workshop, group code SAIR10.” For more information, call 800-876-2472 (international callers: 732-223-7878), or visit www.airbrushaction.com.

Former Student Quote:
“It’s hard to get quality instruction like this. They’re not going to put you down if there’s something you don’t know.”
—Chris Doak, Intro to Automotive Graphics Student

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“Our Getaway is the world’s best airbrush immersion program.”
—Cliff Stieglitz, Airbrush Action’s publisher

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About Airbrush Getaway:
“The Airbrush Getaway is a one-of-a-kind event—the world’s best airbrush immersion program,” explains 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.” Students from all over the world 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.”

About Airbrush Action Magazine:
Founded by Cliff Stieglitz in 1985, Airbrush Action magazine is the longest publishing airbrush magazine in world history. 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. For more information, Airbrushaction.com or contact Cliff Stieglitz, Airbrush Action magazine publisher, at ceo@airbrushaction.com.

 

Learn How to Airbrush from Icon Terry Hill at the 24th Annual Airbrush Getaway

October 8-12, 2012 in Las Vegas, NV

Airbrush great Terry Hill, one of the most recognized names in T-shirt airbrushing, captivates students

A Chinese proverb holds that “the journey of a thousand miles begins with the first step.” Similarly, an old airbrush proverb holds that “the quest for airbrush mastery begins with a class taught by a legend.”

The ultimate hands-on art course, Introduction to Airbrushing, conducted by airbrush icon Terry Hill promises to accelerate the skills of new airbrush artists and provide an excellent foundation for the subsequent four-day Airbrush Getaway workshop classes held October 9 through 12 at the NEW Tropicana Las Vegas, 3801 Las Vegas Boulevard South.

Terry Hill

Hill is a true pioneer in the airbrush T-shirt industry, and as head instructor he’ll put students through the paces with drills, introduction to the various types of airbrushes, maintenance, air sources, safety issues, painting surfaces, preparation, and much more.

Mr. Hill transcends T-shirt airbrushing, and he’s one of the most recognizable names in the industry. Based in Destin, Florida, he has been airbrushing for more than 30 years, and is a frequent contributor and editor to Airbrush Action magazine, and a vital fixture of the esteemed Airbrush Getaway workshop program. Cheryl Vaughn, Hill’s assistant, is a skilled airbrush make-up and T-shirt artist.

The workshops have attracted students from corporations as diverse as Disney, AT&T, Boeing, Texas Instruments, Hallmark and many others, as well as freelancers, small business owners and students of all skill levels.

The cost for this one-day course is $150, and includes all supplies and equipment. One day courses include Introduction to Airbrushing, T-Shirt Lettering Bootcamp, Airbrush Tattoos, Intro to Pinstriping, Intro Murals on Steel, and Intro Automotive Graphics. Four-day course include Airbrush Mastery, Ultimate Airbrush Effects, Automotive Graphics, Achieving Photorealism, Power Portraits, Automotive Murals on Steel, and others. For discounted room reservations, call 800-634-4000 and mention “Airbrush Getaway Workshop, group code SAIR10.” For more information, call 800-876-2472 (international callers: 732-223-7878), or visit www.airbrushaction.com.

Former Student Quote:

“It’s so professional, so well done. I’d never held an airbrush before, but these folks instill the confidence.”
—Ray Meckel, Rosenthall Signs and first-time Getaway attendee

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“Our Getaway is the world’s best airbrush immersion program.”
—Cliff Stieglitz, Airbrush Action’s publisher

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About Airbrush Getaway:

“The Airbrush Getaway is a one-of-a-kind event—the world’s best airbrush immersion program,” explains 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.” Students from all over the world 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.”

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After the Funk and the Slump, The Airbrush Action Blog is Back

I gotta be honest.  I was in a deep slump for more than a month and I’m happy to report that I’m back physically (the shoulder’s doing very well) and mentally.  It was a combination of a number of things: the shoulder surgery, Holiday funk, a brutal winter, and the enormous stress of publishing the January-February Airbrush Action, which, I believe, is one of our best.  Did I actually experience post-partum depression from the issue?  The more I think about it, the more it makes sense.  The 90-minute airbrush instructional DVD (a huge success, by the way, and an effort I’m very proud of) we included ran late and over-budget at the replicator.  As a result we had to pay exorbitant rush fees, and overnight the shipment (for Saturday delivery no less!) to Wisconsin from Brooklyn, New York for a whopping $3,900!!! 

Also, this issue was, to be candid, good by accident.  We really had no great airbrush cover feature, and had to put our best foot forward because of a $10,000 promotion we committed to that better penetrated the Canadian market (Wal-Mart Canada, 7-11, Macs West, and others).  Ah, the price for airbrush evangelism.  I turned to my biggest weapon, airbrush pin-up artist, Olivia, and she was generous enough to help out last minute.   Historically, all Olivia covers sell out.  She and her husband, Joel, are wonderful people, and I love ‘em to death for always being there for us, and for their dear freindship.  By the way, many of our strongest issues have come via serendipity. 

As the leader of my company, I’m certainly responsible for motivating my employees, but there’s really no one to give me a boost when I need it.  For anyone going through this, all I can advise is work through it and know that you’ll rebound.  It’s a difficult process, but you’ve got to tough it out and have faith. 

Again, as always, I thrive on your feedback about Airbrush Action, and airbrushing, and wish to know how we can make it a better airbrush publication for you.  Airbrush on.

SEMA 2010

I reluctantly attended the SEMA Show last week in Las Vegas.  Reluctant because I had covered it for so many years that it started to become a drab experience for me.  Alot of the custom painted vehicles started to look the same year after year, and frankly, in this economy, I strongly predicted SEMA’s worst year for attendance and far fewer eye candy to photograph.  Also, this would be the first time in five years that HOK, Anest Iwata, Artool, Coast Airbrush, Iwata, and Airbrush Action magazine did not sponsor the usually hotly anticipated Airbrush Confidential party.  The grudge, however, quickly evaporated.  I was most pleasantly surprised to experience an oddly fresh show with a much higer than expected attendance, and some really cool cars, trucks, and bikes to shoot for Airbrush Action and this blog.  For the second year in a row, House of Kolor’s booth was, in my opinion, the best-of-show with an amazing display of over-the-top art on skateboard decks, cars (Jon Kosmoski’s was extraordinary), canvas, a refigerator, the ever popular carbon fiber (or is it fiberglass?) bombs, and more.  Featured artists included Mike Lavalee (his new series of fine art, skelebrities, was worth the price of admission alone), Craig Fraser, Eddie Davis, Steve Vandemon, Javier, Soto, Armando Serrano, Steve Driscoll, and other greats I just can’t think of at the moment.  Major kudos to HOK’s Nick Dahl for staging such an immense and impressive effort–once again–and to Fraser for recruiting a knock-out team of great talent–once again.  Other standout booths belonged to Anest-Iwata/Iwata, and Badger Air Brush for their displays of art and artists.  I discovered some new talent this year, caught up with “old” industry friends, and on the overall had a highly productive show and learned that, from now on, I should never even consider missing it. Look for extensive coverage in  the January-February issue of Airbrush Action.
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Mark Rush, Legendary T-Shirt Artist, Shot in the Head

I’ve known Mark Rush, renowned T-shirt artist, for nearly 30 years, and I was shocked to hear that he was shot in the head recently at his home in Panama City Beach, Florida.  T-shirt airbrushing gained a super boost in popularity from Rush’s cover feature in the now defunct Airbrush Digest in 1982. The following is an excerpt from an online report:

August 2, 2010
PANAMA CITY BEACH — Seconds after a trespasser put a gun between his eyes, 57-year-old Mark Rush shoved the gun up and it went off, slicing through his skull.  “It felt like a branding iron going through the top of my head,” Rush said Monday from his hospital bed. “I immediately put my hand up there to see if my brains were hanging out.”

But the struggle between Rush, a Panama City Beach resident, and an as-yet-unidentified suspect, did not end with the first shot. As Rush was down from the gunshot wound, the suspect, who had entered Rush’s yard uninvited, was now in his house and going through his things.  “He was twitchy as hell the whole time,” Rush said. “He kept yelling like he was on something.”

For Rush, who was bleeding heavily, the situation looked dire. “I thought, ‘No shit, this is it.”  And the trespasser was not done.  “He said, ‘I shot you once; I’ll shoot you again,’ ” Rush recalled. “Then he shot another round. He missed me.”

Despite his injury, Rush managed to tackle the trespasser. “I figured, if I can get ahold of his gun again, I can turn it on him. It’s my only chance,” he said.  After a subsequent struggle, Rush, who has a concealed carry permit and owns several guns and other weapons, the assailant fled. “I didn’t follow him out ’cause I figured he could shoot at me again,” he added. At that point, Rush called 911. His harrowing Sunday afternoon that began with a strange visitor in his yard ended with a trip to the hospital.

“The neurosurgeons today said I was really, really lucky,” Rush said. He has 50 stitches in his head and blood on his brain, he added.

The Bay County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the incident. They say the suspect is a white male in his mid to late 20s, about 6 feet tall, weighing 150 to 175 pounds, and has big ears, bad teeth and a thin face. He has medium-length dark hair, a tattoo on his left arm of a sword or a cross, and possibly a tattoo on his right leg. Authorities said a reward likely will be offered for information leading to the arrest of the suspect.

We at Airbrush Action wish the best for Mark’s recovery and future.

Sneak Peak at a New Getaway Course

I’d like your opinion of Down to Business, Kent Lind’s new Airbrush Getaway course (please e-mail ceo@airbrushaction.com).  Here’s the description:

Down to Business with Kent Lind
Learn how to substantially boost your productivity and bottom line!
Whether you airbrush as a hobby or professionally, this new and groundbreaking course will teach you how to be successful as a full-time artist. According to Lind, “I’ve observed many artists who seemingly spin their wheels year after year, with no real set of goals or road map on how to get where they want to go. I’m ready to share my 20-plus years of experience by pointing students in the right direction, and show them what they want and need to know.”
You’ll learn:
• How to optimize your displays
• Types of venues
• How negotiate a contract (percentage versus straight rent)
• A basic understanding of equipment and airbrush techniques
• Specific design execution of lettering and cartoons
• Inventory tracking
• When and how to advertise
• Who to contact when scouting for a location
• High profit ancillary items: lanyards, knit hats, trucker hats, can coozies and keychains
• Vendor sources for T-shirts, specialty shirts (beaters and cap sleeves), lanyards, can coozies, license plates, knit hats, trucker hats, equipment, supplies, and more
• How to successfully work bar/bat mitzvahs, birthday parties, and special events (including how to market yourself and the event)
• Extensive understanding of Createx, Wicked, and Auto Air colors.
• Specific outline of types, quantity, and composition of display
• How to negotiate for a location, including insurance.
• How to find and hire artists
• How to scout for a location
• Examples of set-ups at amusement parks, outside venues requiring travel, and store fronts and kiosks.
• And much, much more.

(A prior basic understanding of the airbrush is recommended but not necessary.)

The New & Improved AirbrushAction.com

I’d like to thank those who have commented on my blog.  It’s easy to run out of things to write about, so by all means let me hear your suggestions (ceo@airbrushaction.com, if you wish to e-mail me directly) on various topics.  Also, we invested tons of time and effort (major, major kudos and a standing ovation to Erin Bennett, our webmaster and designer) revamping www.airbrushaction.com and would love your critical feedback.  I’m pretty thick-skinned, so let me have it, so to speak.  I need to hear the good and the bad because we’re more committed than ever to evolving the site, and, ultimately, making it the way you want it.  Airbrushaction.com will only work if it caters to your needs and wants; it exists to serve you.  Some plans include free and cost-based video streaming, more artist links (you may link back to your bio on airbrushaction.com from your site), much more free editorial content, downloadable books, and more.  Whether you know it or not, your opinions have helped shape Airbrush Action magazine, and I know they’ll make all the difference here.  Sock it to me, guys.

Great Student Feedback

For me, one of the greatest rewards in producing the Airbrush Getaway is knowing that we impact people in a positive way.  I understand that attendees pay good money (especially in these hard times) to attend the program, so it’s very important, critically so, that it works for everyone.  Feedback, good and critical, is always solicited and welcome because nothing is perfect and I’ll always view the Getaway as a work in progress that requires constant tweaking, improvement, and growth.  And, unlike some forums, I won’t censor your views and opinions.  At the recent Las Vegas Airbrush Getaway, the overall response was excellent, and I really appreciated the following e-mail from Chad Buhler.  It always means alot to me when someone takes the time to write, especially when I know it’s from the heart.

Hello Cliff,

I just wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed the Vegas Getaway. This was my first Getaway, and I was in the Intro to Pinstriping and Pinstriping & Lettering Mastery classes. Every instructor there was very open and accessible, and willing to talk to me, even if I wasn’t in the class they were teaching. The staff was great, and made me feel very welcome and made me feel right at home.

Having Brian Lynch there to show all classes how to use spray guns, and give us hands-on demonstrations was great. I was especially grateful to him for helping me with my ‘special’ project of painting and flaking my half mannequin in preparation for pinstriping. I learned a lot working with him and was thrilled to get a chance to work one on one with him.

I would also like to let you know that Jeff Styles and Jen Hallet were awesome instructors. They made the class very informative, but still were able to maintain a relaxed and easy environment to learn and ask questions. They were always available, and did all they could to help me advance my abilities and give me as much knowledge as I could handle about the business. I am so happy with my experience and what I was able to learn from this class that I cannot even express to you in words, even though I am trying now. Jeff Styles has even responded to me personally on some questions I had after the course, which was amazing to me.

So again, thank you for putting on such a tremendous experience. I know I am not the only one who enjoyed the week!

Thanks again!

Chad Buhler

Thanks, Chad, for allowing me to post this.  By the way, as an aside, Jeff Styles deserves special acknowledgment as one of the classiest acts in the industry.  He’s a true professional in how he conducts himself in business and as a teacher.  Post Getaway, Jeff always e-mails his thoughts on the workshops and to thank me when he’s the one who deserves the appeciation for a super job.