The Art Form of Airbrushing

For years now, airbrushing has transcended into an art form used by many, as well as a method of painting that is used, greatly. By use of an airbrush, paint, ink or a special form of dye stored within a reservoir is forced out through a tube and made to atomize by pressurized/compressed air. By doing so, paint splashes on any material one intends to paint. Its application is endless, and can be used to paint cars, comic book figures, toy models, and many more. Mostly, airbrushing, as an art form makes painting be more realistic and achieve finer details than any other form of panting. Be that as it may, airbrushing is a technique that takes time for one to hone, due to its high level of precision and patience.


Techniques of airbrushing

Depending on the airbrush you are using, single-action or dual-action, the techniques that you want to use vary. The dual-action type allows for more precise techniques, though. One of the airbrushing techniques you can use is the pre-shading and base-coating technique. Basically, pre-shading allows you to paint using a certain shading effect that makes your work look desirable and unique. To perform this technique, the psi of the airbrush is reduced up to 15psi and whatever you want to pre-shade, for example lines are made on the desired area. After this, then comes the base-coating technique, which employs suitable color shade for coating on top of the pre-shaded area.

Another technique suited for airbrushing entails pressing down on the trigger, rather than pulling back on it. Pressing down on the trigger, unlike the latter, makes dry air to come out of the airbrush. This comes in handy, specifically when you want the paint to dry up faster, i.e. painting a certain section first, then using the dry air to dry the paint, instead of waiting for the paint to dry up on its own. Remember, controlling the psi of your airbrush allows you to get finer details while you paint, for example, when you reduce the psi below 30psi, you are able to draw thin lines according to the way you want.

Also, airbrushing, as an art form to design and perform layering work, takes a lot more than just pressing down on the trigger. Consequently, you need to learn to control the amount of air coming of your airbrush, how much you pull back on the trigger, as much as taking care of the distance of the brush from your model or work. All of these contribute towards building your skills while using airbrushing as a painting technique.

Stencils versus freehand

When it comes to airbrushing, you can either opt for free hand technique or employ the help of stencils. However, the real skill comes in when you go freehand. In fact, a lot of artists make use of free hand more than they do using stencils. Stencils, however, make the whole task easier, which make them a perfect addition to any airbrush artist’s equipment. In addition, stencils can be used on a variety of surfaces, including the skin and automobiles. Free hand, nonetheless, perfects the technique of airbrushing, so if you intend on becoming better at it, that’s the way to go.