Wednesday, 9 May 2012

Where am I?

Getting time to update this little bloggy blog can get tricky, but it's not fair for those of you who check back regularly! So I thought I'd give you a little insight as to what I've been doing and what you can expect to see in the coming months.

Ebook/ Dvd courses are coming! These are a little while off still as I'll be offering a four part series! The first part is almost finished, however it's aimed mainly at complete beginners - so much so that you shouldn't even have an airbrush when you begin reading it.
It offers insight as to the best and safest ways to set up your airbrush space, the best compressors to buy and the pitfalls to watch out for, what airbrush paints to look for and how to decide on the right airbrush.
airbrushed eye project
Your very first airbrush project!
After all of the information cramming and airbrush buying on your behalf, it will take you through your very first airbrush exercise using stencils and templates, which you will cut out yourself!

Here's a sneak peak at your first airbrush project.

This chapter of the courses will be mainly reading, however I will also be offering a free tutorial and walk through of the eye.
The best thing for all of the followers out there is that I'll be offering this first chapter for free as it's aimed mainly at those wanting to get into airbrushing, but who have a million questions on where to start. Hopefully this book/ course will eliminate some of those questions!

'Yeah great, so you've done some silly book!! - WHY haven't you been BLOGGING??'

On top of the book, airbrushtutor is also expanding, along with the addition of recent tutorials and video tutorials we also have the growing forum which demands quite a bit of attention. The airbrush forum is really starting to uncover some amazing talent and offers great advice especially to beginners. Strongly recommend you check it out: the airbrush forum

'Yeah and what else?'

Recently on the forum I made a (not very) heartfelt post about my biggest weakness in airbrushing, my achilles heal. True fire.
I just can't do it, I don't understand it, I've practised for hours and it just seems to take forever to get better.
I don't find any tutorials that demonstrate how to create the shape - the colors are fine, that's the easy part but the shape?! Can someone teach me how to do that?
Well if you're asking that question then stay tuned because I'm developing what I believe could be one of the most helpful true fire tutorials out there.
I've been doing alot of reference study, I even nearly burnt down my garage capturing slick pictures of burning flames.. all in the interest of art.
See the fry pan in the picture? at the bottom?
No my girlfriend didn't see it either, but still managed to cook a mean sunday morning eggs with it.

So that's why I haven't been blogging.
But ask yourself this.. have you been spreading the love??
As always, much love and warmth to all those who take time to read this rant, peace and happiness to all.
Airbrush tutor

Monday, 16 April 2012

Airbrush Art

Here's a few pics from back in the day when Chris Edwards, Ryan Cribbin and myself were working at 'Twisted Arts Factory' - a custom paint and airbrush art workshop where I spent some of the best hours of my life, and some of the hardest!

This was a customer's BMW, which he had two-toned and wanted us to
break it up with a graphic. So that's exactly what we did.
The car took 2 of us around 6 hrs to complete the car from drawing the design to the last pinstripe.


The piece below was done as a promotional work, showcasing a wall mural. This piece took approximately 4 days for myself to complete, which was longer than we would have liked.
From a commercial standpoint you should aim to have a portrait complete in around 3 hours, but getting to this stage takes years of practise. I obviously hadn't had the years of practise.. Still a very nice result!
A wall mural done at a building and house improvement company


This is a body board I painted for a competition around 6 years ago. The week prior to painting this body board I had spent airbrushing a bonnet for a competition. I spent around 40 hours within 3 days to finish the bonnet and after that time I quickly airbrushed this body board!
The bonnet was technically very difficult but I won an award for the board because the judge really liked 'the bright colors'.


The AirbrushTutor site will start teaching different aspects of automotive work in the 3rd quarter of this year.
It's best for people to learn about color theory, how to build portraits, airbrush shapes and textures with water based paints before moving into the automotive scene. The method of airbrushing stays the same but everything else changes to require absolute perfection.
Enjoy the pics!

Saturday, 10 March 2012

Airbrush Exercises!

1 of 5 Airbrush Exercises - Script Loops!
I guarantee you won't find any airbrush exercises this helpful available for free on the internet.
I'm extremely proud to offer the most useful tutorials made by airbrush tutor to date - Airbrush Control Exercises!
These two new tutorials demonstrate how to gain excellent airbrush control, increase speed and confidence in airbrushing.
You've been shown how to create lines, dots and blends but the airbrush exercise tutorials show you how to practise, improve and fine tune these techniques.
It's not only about being able to airbrush the technique, it's about being able to airbrush them at different heights and different intensities.
Mastering these techniques is an ongoing process whether you're a beginner artist or a true professional, but to this day I myself continue practising these exercises. You will notice an increase in  your confidence and accuracy after just 1 hour practise with these exercises, which in turn will increase your speed.
Let me present to you:
Airbrush Control Exercises!!


Be sure to follow the link at the end of the video to view 'Airbrush Control Exercises 2!'
Here is the link where you can download the exercises:
Airbrush Exercise
Remember if you find these exercises and tutorials useful, then share them with your friends and fellow airbrush artists!
Spreading more love everyday,
Airbrush Tutor

Thursday, 1 March 2012

New Airbrush Forum!


We're very excited to announce the opening of the world's newest airbrush forum!
Airbrushtutor.com has expanded and has delivered a simple and resourceful airbrush forum catered especially to beginner airbrush artists and professional's alike.

There are many great airbrush forums out there already, however the new forum offers a simple design, the same as airbrushtutor.com with black text on white background for ease of use and reading and was a response to questions and comments from the social media channels such as twitter, facebook and youtube.
This forum can capture those questions and comments and build up a database of searchable topics for anyone having similar problems or questions in the future.
Feel free to use the forum as a resource for any airbrush related questions you may have, troubleshooting, if you're looking for inspiration, general airbrush discussions and a place where you can post your artworks and get some constructive criticism!
So come and join this amazing new community!
Thanks for being a part of airbrush tutor!

Spreading the love..

Thursday, 16 February 2012

Airbrush

Check out the first cinematic airbrush video for airbrush tutor:


Just follow the link at the end of the tutorial to learn how to airbrush the leopard!
A reference and PDF package will be uploaded to airbrush tutor shortly to make it as fast as possible for you to prepare the piece.
If you learn anything out of this project then please spread the love and share it around with your friends!
Follow the link and click the downloads section at the bottom of the page!
Airbrushing the leopard
Airbrush Tutor

Monday, 13 February 2012

Airbrush Hand Stenciling

There are often times in an artwork where the use of a stencil would be helpful but it would mean stopping, putting the airbrush down, picking up the stencil.. it pains me to write further i'm so lazy.
If you are as lazy as me - then have a go at using your hand as a stencil.
It is a common technique, used by many good airbrush artists and offers a few advantages:
  • Your stencil line won't be as sharp as a laser cut stencil
  • It is much faster to simply put your hand in the way
  • You have great control over how sharp your lines becomes depending on the opacity of spray and the height at which you are creating your effect.
Have a look at this video by Ace Kustoms - the webmaster of airbrushanswers.com - you will notice the speed that he gains by hand stenciling.


You can practise this technique by using individual fingers and checking the results, pushing your thumb down hard and spraying close to the surface, and moving your hand along with the airbrush to create long stencilled lines.
Practise and enjoy!
Airbrush Tutor

Sunday, 22 January 2012

Airbrush Blog


Have you heard of Airbrush Doc?
You should have - it's the number one ranking airbrush blog on google!
I've recently returned from holidays which is the reason for no new posts, however I promised myself that as soon as I returned I would let everyone know of the great site I discovered.
I did a search on google for 'airbrush blog' and the first listing that came up was Airbrush Doc!
I had a look around the site and thought it was perfectly aligned with what airbrush tutor is trying to achieve.

I continued viewing the site and decided that joining the mail list was well worth the free stencils that you can get access to also.

It's a very helpful resource that also offers airbrush reviews for complete beginners, tips and tricks, frequent posts from amazing artists, a neat gallery and an online shop!
I will be referring to this blog in future as it is a fantastic airbrush resource - check it out and remember to download your free airbrush stencils!