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!