Airbrushing Does Not Have to be All Disappointment,
Heartache, and Bloody Hard Work!
A smart, but irritating man once told me that Airbrushing did
not have to be all blood, sweat and tears. If only I had someone
guiding me back in those hard, frustrating and sick in the
stomach days of airbrushing, I wouldn't have wasted all that time
So here you are. You are new to airbrushing. You are excited.
You are pumped up. You want to know everything you can about
airbrushing. And you want to learn it now! And that's my friend,
is where you need to separate the good from the bad...the wheat
from the chaff.
When starting out in airbrushing, the most difficult and
frustrating part of the hobby is getting started. When I write
that, I mean, the hardest part for a newbie is where to find the
Consider this question. You may find airbrushing information,
right under your nose!
Learn from your friends
"How did you get the idea of airbrushing?" If it's because
your friends have been doing it, the chances are that you may be
surrounded by people who can teach and help you along the way.
Good for you! Get them to show you the basics. If they are good
friends, get them to teach you more.
Tip : As airbrushing is an art, make sure you get good artists
to show you the basics. Learn the right way from the start. Bad
techniques take longer to correct than learning the right way to
What if you have no one to show you the basics? For the
beginner who has no one to show them the ropes, prepare yourself
for a rollercoaster ride. The path to airbrushing can be slow and
extremely frustrating. Did I say frustrating? But today, it
doesn't have to be like that. Here are a few ways to help you
along the beginner's path.
If in doubt?check the internet!
Now if you do not have a group of friends to teach you the
basics, then the internet is the perfect place to find
information. It is red hot with airbrushing information. It is
the bee's knees. How to articles, clubs, forums and everything
else can be found there. And who will you find on airbrushing
sites? Well they will range from the airbrush "champion of the
world" to the beginner just like you. There are some really good
people with years of experience who will help answer your
questions. You will find information and tips to get you up and
Tip : Google or Yahoo is a great starting point. Search the
keywords, airbrush tips or airbrush lessons and you will see a
number of sites to help you.
Another question that you should ask yourself is this.
"So what do you want to paint with your airbrush?" For many,
this will be one of the first questions you will think about.
Will it be t-shirts? Or bikes? Or helmets? Or cars? Or even
portraits? The airbrush is so adaptable that you might be
interested in a number of mediums. Don't worry if your heart is
set on only one. The chances that you will try painting on other
mediums with your airbrush will be incredibly high.
Tip : Before buying an airbrush, check around the internet and
see what others are saying. Sometimes, an airbrush that a
manufacturer may say is good, may only be good to smash in
pieces. For quality advice, there is no better place than to
visit an airbrush forum. Read reviews and don't be shy to post on
Stick with the medium you first thought of
And there my friend is another problem where most beginners
will find frustrating. Wanting to be good at all mediums may
cause you lots of heartache. As the saying goes "Jack of all
trades, master of none." In fact, not sticking with one medium to
practise on may result in you being just "jacks@$*t"! So my piece
of advice, "don't lose focus". Stick to the medium you chose to
paint at the beginning. Learn and give it a go for a while. That
is why you decided to buy the airbrush in the first place! If
after a while, you don't like it, then change.
Tip : If you are unsure of an answer to a question you have
(even if it may sound like you live on Mars), ask it on a forum
related to your medium. More times than not, you will have 100
other people too scared to post it. Guess who will answer it too!
Yes, the airbrush "champion of the world"!
In my early days of airbrushing, I searched and searched for
the mystical book that was going to answer all my questions and
show me the best possible way to airbrush. I remember I searched
every library and every bookstore. What did I find? Confusion!
Yes, in every book there seemed to be a different way to paint. A
different way to prepare. A different way to mask. What did I do?
Like every other male does when he sees trouble?Run!
No, running away from a difficult situation is something you
should not do. Treat it like a challenge and you will head down
the road of airbrushing success. Be persistent. Whatever you do,
don't give up. If you think that it is all too hard and want to
give up, remember the "eBay shuffle".
What's the eBay Shuffle you ask?
Well, it is the "shuffling" of goods from you to another
through eBay. Yes, look at eBay and see how many other "so
called" airbrush artists are selling their equipment after only a
few weeks of taking up the hobby. The numbers are scary! Don't be
the one spending all this money on equipment and then selling it
eBay, or any other place.
Tip : eBay is a also a great place to pick up airbrush
equipment for little money. There are so many "flavour of the
month" artists that you will pick up their equipment for next to
Don't get caught up in theory!
So what should you do to stay on the path of airbrushing?
Practise and take massive action. Yes, what is the use of
doing the theory, if you do not take action? And if you did not
understand that, let me say it again. The key to airbrushing is
practise and massive action. With the information on the internet
about airbrushing, the beginner's path to airbrushing can only be
an enjoyable process.
Article by Stan Rivers. Copyright 2004. For Airbrush
Stan Rivers has been an airbrush enthusiast for a number of
years. Based in Australia, he spends most of his weekends,
airbrushing. Stan is a special contributor to Airbrush
Information, where his articles can be read at http://www.airbrushinformation.com
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