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!
Airbrush Tutor

Click the following link to learn more about how to airbrush!