Monday, 26 December 2011

How to Airbrush Wood Texture

Did you even realise that wood could be airbrushed?
This texture appears so realistic that the human eye can't tell that it's fake. This means that the texture can be applied to almost any surface from cars to cotton!
The latest video tutorial demonstrates how to airbrush the basic texture and indirectly demonstrates that you can even add imperfections such as knots to bring the wood to life.

In any airbrushed artwork it's normally the imperfections that give an artwork the appearance of perfection.
This airbrush video tutorial demonstrates the wood texture on a less than ideal surface - high GSM paper.
I have even done this texture on cotton before with great results however, the best result is achieved using automotive acrylic paints on automotive surfaces such as color bond steel/ hard polymer plastics.
Try using different colors to achieve different looking types of wood, from subtle pine wood to solid oaks!
Remember to keep spreading the love - share and tell your friends!
Much love,

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Wednesday, 7 December 2011

Airbrushing Rock Textures!

The latest airbrush video tutorial from the 'getting real' series! 
This video teaches you how to create a very simple rock texture and demonstrates the 'splatter effect'. 
A simple effect done while using a pencil to impede the paint flow. 
It also demonstrates the fundamentals of making an object 3 dimensional - shadows and highlights

The Golden rule to shadows and highlights is this - 'Shadow, highlight, shadow'.
When doing freehand art, it's important to remember that every highlight has 2 shadows.
It's a very 'common-sense' way of thinking about it, but just acknowledging this rule may teach you something.
We'll go more in depth into this in later tutorials. 
Click here to continue teaching yourself how to airbrush & click the airbrush tutorials tab on the navigation bar.
Enjoy the video and spread the love!
Practise. Learn. Enjoy.

Saturday, 26 November 2011

Airbrushing Cameron Diaz

Airbrush Textures 2 demonstrated hair texture action on this image of Cameron Diaz.
The image was chosen for the same reasons discussed in a previous blog post Pictures for Airbrushing, detailing that images with good contrast and well pronounced shapes are best for airbrushing.

It has now been made available for download as a package with the template and reference supplied.

You can get it either in the new airbrush downloads section of or simply click the link below:

Cameron Diaz Airbrush Portrait - 

Share around and spread the love=)

Wednesday, 16 November 2011

Still airbrushing textures..

Bang!! Here it is after four weeks. Airbrush textures 2!
The follow up tutorial that teaches how to do hair texture and how to create wrinkles.

Good looking hair can make or break an artwork, however after viewing this video tutorial and reading up on the airbrush text tutorial you will have a better understanding of how to simply create great looking, realistic hair.
All hair is created by lines and dagger strokes done at different heights. It's important to remember to catch the detail of hair (by airbrushing close to the artwork) and to airbrush the dimension (by airbrushing far).
Be sure to concentrate first on the most obvious parts of the hair, which will be the main shapes - and to blend your textures out from this.
The size of the hair you're creating will determine the size of your dagger strokes.

Wednesday, 9 November 2011

Pictures for Airbrushing

A typical facebook picture lacking dimension and shape.
How do you know if a picture is going to look good airbrushed?

It comes down to the shapes, contrast and lightness of the image.
In general, most images won't turn out looking that great!
I hope Angelique on the left here doesn't mind me borrowing her photo from facebook, however this is a great example of a bad airbrushing reference.

It is very typical of amateur photography where overexposure or too much flash break down the shapes and contrast.
A perfect example of a great airbrush reference!
The quickest and easiest way to tell if it will look amazing is to make the picture black and white.
Is it still easy to see the shapes?
Is there much dimension?

Now take a look at this professional photo taken of my close friend Cameron Diaz here on the right.
Even in colour this image would turn out amazing - however just look at the contrast and shapes in the image when we make it black and white!
This image would turn out great and is a perfect candidate for an airbrushed portrait.

If you are wanting to find good airbrushing portraits for practise, why not try Google image search or Yahoo!'s Flickr?
For the best results - type in the name of the celebrity you want to search for and after it type in wallpaper.
E.g: Cameron Diaz Wallpaper
Wallpaper's are usually the highest resolution images and are therefore perfect as airbrush references!
Hope this helps!
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Sunday, 30 October 2011

How to create airbrush textures

The first video from Getting Real was all about the 2 most commonly used textures in airbrushing - the figure 8 & lateral textures.
So how are they done?

The picture to the right demonstrates the action that you're required to make with the airbrush. A series of overlapping figure 8's.
However, this action should be very fine, airbrush tiny figure 8's - for example - when you hold the airbrush 5cm or 2 inches from the paper - the figure 8 motion should be small enough that it would fit on your thumb nail.
You can make the textures darker by pulling back more for paint, but it's always best to simply build up the texture (as with any airbrush effect).

The end result should end up looking like the figure 8 texture shown on the left.
This texture has been created with multiple passes - the more passes, the deeper the texture becomes - the more realistic it appears.
Notice that you can't see any trace of a figure 8 as the overlapping motion is done at such a small scale & the movement so rapid.

So this all looks great and fun but where is an example of where it would actually be used?
Almost any artwork you ever do will require this texture - unless it's a baby's face.
Have a look at Robert Deniro's character Travis Bickle here on the right.
He has a whole range of textures going on here but the most predominant is the figure 8.
Look closely at the dark shape blending out from under his eye & the highlights on his nose.
If you look carefully at the highlighted areas of his face you will see the light over dark or LOD variation of this texture.
Whatever color the shape that you're blending out from, is the color you'll use to create the texture.

To learn more visit the following link at that goes into more detail about how to create airbrush texture.

Wednesday, 26 October 2011

Still Airbrushing Textures...

"the Reaper" Created by one of the world's most gifted
airbrush artists.. Ryan Cribbin.
Creating content for leaves little time for other things.
The text tutorials to accompany the getting real videos are well underway & should be uploaded to the site this coming weekend the 29th Oct.
Wouldn't it be lovely if we could just leave work and live our dreams?
Unfortunately due to everything happening around the website and not so much on it.. I can only leave you with this excellent picture that I stole from the deceased twisted arts website.

We will be getting to this level of airbrushing, but in order the reach the top of the ladder we have to climb past the bottom rungs.
Stay tuned because it can only get better from here!
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Tuesday, 18 October 2011

Airbrush Textures

Part 2 of the airbrush tutor series begins... Getting Real!
As promised this video takes a look at the infamous figure 8 texture introduced to me by a man named Paul from Make-Up Effects Group - a leading movie make-up effects company!
In order to achieve realistic results with your airbrushed artworks it is important to know what type of textures you need to create. 
The figure 8 texture is the most commonly used of all textures & perfect for creating realistic looking skin pores.

Check the airbrushtutor website regularly for free downloads & pdf templates to help you with the video tutorials.
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Friday, 14 October 2011

What did I just learn?

Hello Tutorlings. As Part 2 content of the airbrush tutor series is slowly being compiled I thought i'd take a progress shot at an opportune time.
The following image displays the difference between Airbrush Control & Getting Real perfectly. Airbrush control is about gaining the right amount of skill to be able to create any shape within an image.
If you have seen the video tutorials available at airbrush tutor then you already have the knowledge to be able to create the shapes shown on the lower left of the below image.
These shapes are the foundation of an artwork. They are the early building blocks, creating dimension & form, making the image 3D.
These shapes are what must be below every artwork and will be where you start creating every piece you do from here. Build the shape, then bring it to life.
The top right of the image demonstrates how we are beginning to create realism through our use of layers and textures. Animals require a great deal of different textures and these are things we will be looking into in Part 2.
Can you distinguish the difference between the two halves?

keep practising & spreading the love.

Monday, 10 October 2011

Airbrushing the leopard!

Part two major airbrushing project - the leopard!
Grab your free copy of the leopard template here first at the airbrush tutor blog!

We've put together this little package so any inspired beginners can keep airbrushing away!
The image has been chosen for the same reason that we chose Cameron Diaz's eye - for the excellent image quality & the well pronounced shapes.

Your homework is to download the template and transfer it onto something bigger & airbrush it.
What can you use to transfer it?
You could trace the design onto a piece of transparency paper and project it.
You could take it to a local printer and have it printed on A2 sized paper.
Attempt the image at A3 size (not recommended for beginners).

If you were able to master the eye tutorial and had good results then you'll be pleasantly surprised at how simple this image is!
Even though we haven't gone into how to create hair texture - you can take all the detail out from the image and try to airbrush only the shapes. You'll still have an amazing looking result, something else to put on your wall and when you've learnt how to do hair textures you can come back & bring it to life!

Be the first to attempt this image - download the template below:
As if receiving this cool package wasn't enough already - if you're the first artist to post your image up on the airbrush tutor facebook or twitter page, you'll receive a personal in depth assessment of your artwork highlighting the strong areas and showing you where you may need improvement. Find out how to improve your skills fast!
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Monday, 3 October 2011

Learning to airbrush textures

Learning how to airbrush textures is nowhere near as difficult as learning how to find them.
As beginners many of you will not have been taught how to sit down and analyze an image.
Take a look at the picture below - and spend 20 seconds deciding how many different textures you would need to create in order to achieve a photorealistic piece.

How many different textures can you see in this beautiful leopard's face?
How did you go?
Do you notice any textures appearing to have movement? How long are the textures? What heights would you airbrush them at? Are they sharp or soft? Focused or blurry?

Now take a look at the following picture highlighting areas of the artwork, which display different textures;

Areas of the artwork where we will need to be more creative with our airbrush 

The textures shown here require slightly different airbrushing actions. Did you notice after seeing this picture that there are at least six different textures that you would need to create? Did you also notice that at least five of them appear to be moving in a certain direction?

"Getting Real" - Part two of the airbrush tutorials is all about learning how to create different textures using an airbrush. It begins by teaching people how to find the different textures of an artwork and how to go about creating them.
It demonstrates how to create:

  • Hair textures
  • Skin pores
  • Irises
  • Feathers
  • Wood
  • Rock
  • Speckles

It also demonstrates the figure eight texture. The most common way of creating texture - used not only in portraiture but by movie makeup professionals!
Report back to the Airblog for frequent updates & for insights of what you will be learning!

Monday, 26 September 2011

Airbrushing the eye!

It's been a long time in the making. The non-anticipated wait is over!
It's finally here! Airbrush tutor presents....

Airbrushing the eye is the finale to part 1 of the airbrush tutor series known as "how to control an airbrush".
It demonstrates how to correctly apply the techniques that we have learnt up to this point and how to go about creating the foundation of any artwork.
Don't forget to grab your free professional airbrush artist reference and template here!

This is the advanced part of the basics course, from here we will move on to part 2 of the airbrush tutor series "Getting real!"
I hope you've enjoyed the tutorials as much as I've enjoyed making them.
Remember to spread the love!

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Saturday, 17 September 2011

Airbrushing the eye

The finale of the Part 1. 'how to control an airbrush' series shows you how to apply the effects & strokes that we've learnt so far.
It isn't about detail or adding realism but more about finding and airbrushing the right shapes.
If you haven't created an accurate foundation then how can you expect to add realistic detail?
Check out the artworks below and see how they are only a shape of the finished artwork.
It's amazing how good the piece can look before you've added any detail just by focusing on creating an accurate foundation.
'the eye' tutorial is to be released this week.
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Monday, 12 September 2011

Airbrush Control Finale - The Eye!

Here's a sneak peak at the production of the first major milestone in the airbrush control series;

Cameron Diaz's Eye

This eye belongs to Cameron Diaz.
The picture was chosen because of the sharp shapes, which make it an ideal beginners image.
'The Eye' video tutorial will show you exactly how to airbrush Cameron's eye, using the five techniques that we have already learnt in the airbrush control series.

This tutorial will give up a major secret to beginners of the airbrush industry & prove to everyone that you can be an amazing airbrush artist - even if you can't draw!

We're finally going to do something fun.

Don't forget - Spread the Love! -

Thursday, 8 September 2011

Toilet wall advertising!

Exciting news for airbrush tutor! One avid fan has been so helpful in the 'spread the love' campaign, they've managed to take the site a step further than we ever dreamed possible!
Now anyone who uses this water closet & looks to the left will be made aware of our great site=)

Personally, I just want to say a big thank you to the cheeky munchkin who's gone that step further than everyone else!
This is obviously getting bigger and growing more out of control than what we ever could have imagined.
We probably would prefer that any future plugs aren't done on toilet walls, maybe another place where people will be made aware of us in a well-smelling environment!
We appreciate it all the same!

Send us your spread the love campaign pics and we'll get them up on the blog front page! Keep spreading it!
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Saturday, 3 September 2011

Airbrush effects 2 Live!

Airbrush effects 2 now live!
This is the fun sequel to the helpful airbrush effects tutorial!
It delves into detail about one of the most commonly used airbrushing effects and demonstrates where it can be used.
This tutorial will teach you exactly how to airbrush a dagger stroke correctly.
It also touches on the first milestone of part 1. of the airbrush tutor series - THE EYE!
It's not yet publicly available and can only be seen here @ Airbrush Tutor!

Video tutorials are available on the home page of one week before youtube!