ORLANDO AIRBRUSH GETAWAY COUNTDOWN: BEGINS NEXT MONDAY, MAY 5! 

SEATS ARE STILL AVAILABLE FOR THE WORLD’S BEST ALL HANDS-ON AIRBRUSH WORKSHOP PROGRAM. Bring your imagination, we provide everything else!
“Your Airbrush Getaways are THE BEST!! So many world class artists that are world class people all in one place at one time!! A wonderful experience all the way around!! Kelly Lynn Everill, Airbrush Getaway Alumnus

TO LEARN THE COOLEST AIRBRUSH, PINSTRIPING, & ART TECHNIQUES ON THE PLANET, ATTEND THE ORLANDO AIRBRUSH GETAWAY MAY 5-9 featuring 20 classes (http://www.airbrushaction.com/airbrush-getaway-workshops or call 800-876-2472 or 732-223-7878).
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KILLER AIRBRUSH Q&A: Where can I get a tabletop spray booth?

Safety First

Where can get one of those hood-like things that are placed around the drafting table to absorb the overspray?  I no longer see them advertised. – David Spinney

You may have to seek them out, but SprayBoothWearing a respirator mask and keeping a window open for air flow will do in a pinch, but for big jobs or any situation where overspray is considerable, take steps to protect yourself.

Companies like Spray-Tech make tabletop booths that collect and vent overspray while protecting your workspace’s surroundings. Along with the necessary filters and other accessories, they cost about $300 and up from online retail sources. Also, Airbrush Action magazine has an inventory of used Artograph tabletop spray booths in great condition and at an excellent price.  You may contact them at 732-223-7878.

You can also go the DIY route and make a  simple overspray redirection system out of a box fan, an air-conditioner filter, and good old duct tape. Tape the frame of the filter to the back of the fan. Position the fan on the far side of your work surface and set it so that it will blow air away from you. (You should be able to see the filter, but not the fan blades, from your side of the setup.) Switch on the fan, and it will whisk the paint particles away from you and trap them in the filter.

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KILLER AIRBRUSH Q&A: I’m looking for a paint that will give me a ghost effect on silver base … preferably in the red range, but not pink. Customer does not mind flip or flake. Any suggestions?

AIRBRUSH KILLER Q&A: Ghosting Effect

Looking for a paint that will give me a ghost effect on silver base … preferably in the red range, but not pink. Customer does not mind flip or flake. Any suggestions? – Anonymous

Super-transparent candy colors are commonly used for ghost effects. Add layers in selected spots to deepen the color, and voila, some areas pop and others fade away.

However, a true ghost effect—an element that totally disappears when viewed head-on, but emerges when glimpsed at an angle—can’t be achieved with color layers, says Terry Hill.  Instead, he’ll use texture instead of color for ghosting. “For example, a coarse-grain metallic along with a medium-grain metallic, both in the same color but one only in certain areas. Then the effect happens because of the textural layering. At a side angle it’s very prominent, but it’s invisible head-on.”

Another option is to work off the color values of an iridescent paint, one that flips through several tones as the viewer’s perspective changes.  Lay down a red base color and choose an iridescent product whose middle tone matches the base shade. “You paint the design with the iridescent paint, and then that top layer will disappear into the base color when you look at it head-on,” Hill says. “When you look from the side, you see the other tone, and the design emerges.”

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NEWS! The May-June 2014 29th Anniversary DIGITAL Edition of AIRBRUSH ACTION Magazine is now available!!

NEWS! The May-June 2014 29th Anniversary DIGITAL Edition of AIRBRUSH ACTION Magazine is now available here:

FOR ALL THINGS AIRBRUSH:

Airbrush Getaway Workshops: http://bit.ly/1kvcNaE

Congratulations to Jonathan Pantaleon for providing such a great image for our 29th Anniversary cover.

Congratulations to Jonathan Pantaleon for providing such a great image for our 29th Anniversary cover.

Airbrush Action Magazine here: http://bit.ly/1gGWzny

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/airbrushaction

Airbrush.TV: http://www.airbrush.tv/ for the largest selection of online instructional videos on airbrushing.

NEW Blog: http://www.airbrushaction.com/blog/

KILLER Q&A: Do you require money down before you begin a paint job? If so, how much or what percentage?

Do you require money down before you begin a paint job? If so, how much or what percentage? – Amy Kesler

Down-payment policies vary, but the important thing is to have one in place and make it clear to your client from the get-go. “We require a 50% down payment before starting the project and then expect the rest to be paid upon completion,” says Ryan Loucks of The Art of Design in Elkhart, Indiana. T.A.O.D. specializes in huge projects with steep price tags, like power boats and RVs, so it’s essential for them to get some serious buy-in from every customer.

Others don’t ask for money down. “I only work on new helmets, so I see them kind of as collateral,” says Bartziokas. “Clients send me a helmet they bought, then they pay me in full once I tell them the paint job is finished. If I don’t get paid I can just sell the helmet. So I’m not too stressed about getting a down payment.”

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Killer Airbrush Q&A: Painting on Matte, Neon Shirts

Airbrush Q&A

Got questions? What airbrush artist doesn’t? Gear and equipment, materials and additives, techniques and tools—the options are legion, and keeping up with it all can be overwhelming. Fortunately, when you’re confronted with a puzzle, Airbrush Action has got your back! We’ve asked top artists to help us get answers for these readers’ questions. Log on to our Facebook page to pose some of your own, or e-mail ceo@airbrushaction.com, and we’ll answer them here, and in future issues.

On the Matte

Can you airbrush over matte black? Or matte finish? – Donte Adams

Absolutely. But it’s a good idea to test the paint you plan to use on a scrap piece of the material before you get down to business. “Sometimes paint of different manufacturers has a different sheen,” notes photorealistic painter Kirk Lybecker. “It happens a lot in artist colors. If you are not intending to put a clear coat or varnish coat on the work, this is going to matter. One of the laws of airbrush survival is to try it out before you screw up someone’s motorcycle.”

In general, though, “You can airbrush on anything that will stand still for it,” Lybecker says. “I don’t recommend trying this out on the cat, for reasons that I don’t care to explain.”

Neon Knights

Has anyone ever worked on color shirts (neon green, yellow, and pink)? Do I prep as black shirts? – Albert Avila

Neon shirts, a major fad in the 1980s, are making a comeback. “There’s no prep needed, really, you can paint right on them,” says Terry Hill, master of T-shirt airbrushing. But you do have to keep that background color in mind.

“The majority of T-shirt paints are transparent, so the shirt color is going to come through the design,” Hill explains. “If you spray blue on a neon yellow shirt, for example, what you’ll see is green.” Color contrast is affected, too; fluorescent paint on a neon shirt won’t pop the way it will against a white background. So it’s important to think the design through carefully before you start.

“Fluorescent shirts make very nice backgrounds for sunset designs and such,” Hill finds. “You just have to create your design and make your stencil with the color of the shirt in mind. It can still be contrast-y enough to look great.”

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SNEAK PEAK: ROD FUCHS’ CREATING KILLER SKULLS Airbrush Getaway Class Project is the Bomb! May 5-9

Rod Fuchs is clearly the bomb (I know we’re beating this pun to death, but I couldn’t resist!) when it comes to airbrushing amazing skulls onto any surface.  Here’s a sneak preview of one of the great projects Mr. Fuchs’s has in store for his  CREATING KILLER SKULLS class at the ORLANDO AIRBRUSH GETAWAY May 5-9.  Seats are still available for this incredible opportunity to learn airbrushing, all hands-on, from one of the World’s best. INTRO KILLER SKULLS, the 1-day class, will take place May 5, followed by the 4-day KILLER SKULLS, May 6-9. All supplies and equipment included. To register call 800-876-2472 or 732-223-7878. Airbrush Getaway Sponsors: Createx, Iwata, Anest Iwata, Artool, FBS Tape, Airbrush Action Magazine

Here is one the great projects that students will airbrush at the upcoming Orlando Airbrush Getaway, May 5-9.

Here is one the great projects that students will airbrush at the upcoming Orlando Airbrush Getaway, May 5-9.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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GREAT TIP: HOW TO PROTECT YOUR HELMET

Anybody have experience with flex additives? I’m painting a skating helmet and want to make sure my paint doesn’t crack if it’s dropped by accident. Do they come in a rattle can? Anonymous

AIRBRUSH PRO ANSWER:
A little spritz of spray-on clear won’t protect your work. The paint job on a skating helmet has to be tough enough to stand up to hard hits. That’s why the pros pour a small amount of liquid flex additive into their paint before they work. “I’ve used Elasto-O-Actif by Sikkens as a flex additive for years,” says hockey helmet painter Jason Bartziokas, whose creations were seen on the ice at the Sochi Olympics this year. “I add 10 percent to both my clear coat and my primer.” Watch for new products on the horizon, too. One of the latest is Tamco’s Hi-Impact Clear, specially formulated for use on sports gear.

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Happy Easter from Airbrush Action. Featured artist: Jerry Ott

Happy Easter from the Airbrush Action family to yours. Enjoy this gift, a new and amazing painting by fine artist Jerry Ott, one of the great photorealists of the modern era. To see more of Mr. Ott’s work, go to http://www.jerryott.com/

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Also, check out http://www.airbrush.tv/ for the largest seleJerryOttBction of online instructional videos on airbrushing.

AIRBRUSH ACTION’s 29th Anniversary Cover Revealed Here First!

A big congratulations to Jonathan Pantaleon for making the 29th Anniversary’s cover (May-June) of Airbrush Action magazine with his spectacular art. What’s more exciting is that you can actually learn from Jonathan, in person and hands-on, at the Orlando Airbrush Getaway, May 5-9 at the Doubletree Hilton Orlando at SeaWorld.

LEARN AIRBRUSHING FROM THE WORLD’S BEST: THE ORLANDO AIRBRUSH GETAWAY, MAY 5-9
Attend airbrush great Jonathan Pantaleon’s MURALS ON STEEL class at the ORLANDO AIRBRUSH GETAWAY, MAY 6-9 (1-day MURALS, May 5) (http://www.airbrushaction.com/airbrush-getaway-workshops or call 800-876-2472 or 732-223-7878). More than 20 courses offered!!

Also, check out http://www.airbrush.tv/ for the largest selection of online instructional vid

Congratulations to Jonathan Pantaleon for providing such a great image for our 29th Anniversary cover.

Congratulations to Jonathan Pantaleon for providing such a great image for our 29th Anniversary cover.

eos on airbrushing.