Last year I was a bad girl.
I let all three of my airbrushes fall into disrepair. I have three so that I always have a back-up one if one of them is broken, but, apparently that only works if you send the for repair when the need it. Whoops!
In the past, when my airbrushes were not functioning well, I was always able to get them up to snuff myself. Thorough cleaning and soaking usually did the trick. But not this time. I done some major damage over the years to them – seals were leaking, one needle was damaged, and I More >
You guys have to see this cool time lapse camera! So wicked! Me want!
With my new 2012 commitment to post a YouTube video every Saturday, I have been exploring options for creating time lapse videos. I wanted the time lapse aspect for three reasons:
- time lapse is really entertaining to watch – it’s almost like performance art
- I paint slow … much slower than the 15 minutes YouTube gives me … so for you to ever see a full piece it has to be sped up
- time lapse is incredibly satisfying to me … there’s something about watching yourself paint something that More >
I just have to share this because it is FUNNY!
I sat down to with the intent of painting a strawberry and decided that I was going to use my liquid frisket to mask off the seeds in the flesh. So, I pull it out and shake it dilegently, open it up and look what I got!
It was one huge solid mass and it was the consistency of a marshmallow. The worst part was when I tried to put it back in the container to throw it out without stinking up my “studio”, it burped, bubbled and farted. I laughed and More >
All three of my airbrushes were recently broken
Don’t ask how this came to be, let’s just chalk it up (is that right? Chalk?) to stupidity and move past that point.
Anyway, as I was packing them up to send them off for repair I was lamenting over the fact that I would be brushless for a number of weeks and had a brilliant idea…Why not buy a NEW airbrush to use while I waited!
(I love ridiculous logic).
Normally I make all my airbrush purchases when I am at airbrush conferences or training because they usually have a rep from the More >
In case you didn’t see, on Monday this week I attempted to make a “How to Airbrush Clouds” tutorial and it was a HUGE FAILURE. Blobs of white on a blue background does not a cloudy sky make (that’s my yoda impression in case you were wondering).
This time, I have taken a different route and had much more success. (more…)
Even though I author this website about airbrushing I want to remind you guys that I too am somewhat of a beginner. I may know a bit more than you do at this point (or maybe not) and I may be able to show you how to paint some pretty nice stuff … but I want you to know that that is not always the case.For every GOOD painting, there are at LEAST THREE DUDS.
Yup. That’s right folks. I suck at painting somedays too.
For instance today. I sat down with the intent of making a tutorial about how to More >
I know that most of you who come to this site are, like me, relatively new to airbrushing… but I wanted to deal with the topic of criticism early in your artistic endeavours because I can guarantee that somewhere down the line, someone, somewhere is going to have something unpleasant to say about your art.
As a person who does not handle criticism well due to my fragile ego I wanted to share a few strategies that work for me.
1. Acknowledge That Criticism Stings
It is inevitable that when someone has something critical to say about anything that you have spent hours More >
There has been a lot of talk over on the airbrush-guidance facebook page about airbrush compressors lately which leads me to believe that people are confused by all the options that are out there.
While I can’t talk specifically to every single compressor on the market (because there are a bajillion) I can certainly try to address the different categories for you so you know what your getting into. Also, as always, I will add my personal opinion on each type and, if possible, my experiences…
I’ll do this over a number of posts to keep the post length to a minimum …. More >
HAPPY NEW YEAR!! Welcome to 2012 …. the perfect time to discuss airbrush reference photos (you’ll see why in a second).
I few years back I went to an airbrushing class where the instructor stated that “In order to be a good artist, you must split your drawing into thirds. One third is drawing from a reference photo, the second is drawing from real life, and the third is to draw from your mind”
While this is excellent advice and I am sure that the intent was great … this ain’t ever gonna happen for me. I need reference photos. Every single piece More >
One of the hardest things about being an airbrush artist is setting realistic expectations of how skilled you can become and how fast you can get there. I know for myself that I had HUGE dreams. I wanted to be able to paint amazing canvases with fine art, super detailed cars, and be able to whip out t-shirts with beautifully scripted names at a mile a minute. But then I got a dose of reality. You can’t be awesome at everything all at once so I chose to focus my attention on the fine art goal – and so far More >