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!

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