Ultimate Airbrush Handbook

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While airbrush is the medium of choice for creating advertising and fantasy illustrations, it?s also popular for decorating T-shirts, cars, and motorcycles with high-gloss, hyper-realistic imagery; creating dramatic body and fingernail art; and even embellishing decorative objects, fabrics, and interiors.

Now a nationally known airbrush artist and instructor covers the essentials of all these airbrush applications in one indispensable handbook. Readers will discover practical ...

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While airbrush is the medium of choice for creating advertising and fantasy illustrations, it’s also popular for decorating T-shirts, cars, and motorcycles with high-gloss, hyper-realistic imagery; creating dramatic body and fingernail art; and even embellishing decorative objects, fabrics, and interiors.

Now a nationally known airbrush artist and instructor covers the essentials of all these airbrush applications in one indispensable handbook. Readers will discover practical guidance and expert advice on equipment and mediums, airbrush operation, studio setup, and more. They’ll also learn no-fail techniques for developing original source material, as well as tips for operating a successful airbrush business. What’s more, everything is presented in a clear, non-technical, and easy-to-understand format.

Whether the reader is a veteran artist or a novice wishing to increase his or her airbrush skills, this one-stop sourcebook provides a treasury of professional tips, tricks, and techniques.

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Library Journal
Surprisingly, airbrushing goes back to prehistoric caves in the south of France,where erstwhile artists blew pigments through hollow bones onto cave walls. This terrific book on the subject is not only imaginative but just plain fun. Nationally known airbrush artist Pamela Shanteau takes us into the realms of fantasy illustration, advertising, decorative T-shirts, cars, and motorcycles, producing high-gloss, hyper-realistic imagery with input from fine artists, craftspeople, illustrators, and sign makers. Her comprehensive volume is a slightly larger and more creative manual than Jose M. Parramon and Miguel Ferron's The Big Book of Airbrush Basic Techniques and Materials. Whether you are airbrushing a 1957 Chevy or doing freehand body art, the results will turn heads. Recommended for popular collections. Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780823055746
  • Publisher: Potter/Ten Speed/Harmony
  • Publication date: 1/28/2002
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 479,513
  • Product dimensions: 8.54 (w) x 11.01 (h) x 0.42 (d)

Meet the Author

The work of Pamela Shanteau includes fantasy and science fiction art, commercial illustration, automotive embellishment, and body art. She teaches workshops throughout the US and is a member of the advisory board of the American Airbrush Association. She lives in Swanton, Ohio.

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Table of Contents

Preface 9
Chapter 1 Nuts & Bolts 11
Basic System Components 12
Air Sources 13
Canned Propellants 13
Electric Air Compressors 13
Compressed CO[subscript 2] Tanks 15
Air Lines 15
Airbrush Options 16
External versus Internal Mix 16
Single versus Dual Action 17
Feed Styles 18
Airbrush Holders 19
Airguns 20
Choosing Your Airbrush System 22
Setting Up to Paint 23
Taking It on the Road 23
Small Studios 23
Medium-Size Studios 24
Large Shops 24
Essential Supplies 26
Paints 26
Surfaces 29
Art Supplies 30
Masking Supplies 31
Chapter 2 Operating Your Airbrush 35
The Basics 36
Getting Ready: Setting Up Your System 36
Spray Patterns and Overspray 37
Single-Action Airbrush Exercises 38
Dots 39
Lines 39
Gradations 40
Dual-Action Airbrush Operation 41
Dots 41
Lines 42
Dagger Strokes 42
Gradations 43
Working with Masks 45
The Jigsaw Puzzle Approach 45
Demonstration: Sun and Rays 45
Demonstration: Desert Landscape: Pamela Shanteau 46
Working with Blended Color 50
Demonstration: Apple: Pamela Shanteau 50
Cleaning Your Airbrush 54
Reassembling the Airbrush 55
Using an Airgun 56
Cleaning Your Airgun 56
Troubleshooting 57
Chapter 3 Developing Images 59
Reference Materials 60
Taking Photographs 61
Transferring Images 63
Demonstration: Transfer By Graphing: Pamela Shanteau 63
Chapter 4 Textiles 65
The Basics 66
Textile Airbrush Paints 66
Textile Airbrush Mediums 67
Finishes 67
Airbrushing Textiles and Leather 68
Demonstration: Canvas Tote Bag: Beach Scene at Sunset: Mark Rush 68
Chapter 5 Murals & Signs 71
Airbrushing Interiors 72
Surface Preparation 72
Essential Equipment 72
Working with Stencils 74
Demonstration: Sheaf of Corn: Sheri Hoeger 76
Color 78
Composition 80
Creating Shadows 81
Masking Your Work Area 81
Demonstration: A Trompe L'Oeil Geranium: Sheri Hoeger 81
Special Effects for Signs & Other Uses 86
Chapter 6 Body & Fingernail Art 91
Body Art 92
Temporary Tattoos 92
Essential Supplies 92
Stencil-Style Tattoos 93
Demonstration: Butterfly Stencil: Pamela Shanteau 94
Transfer-Style Tattoos 95
Demonstration: Tribal Design Transfer Tattoo: Pamela Shanteau 95
Freehand Body Art 96
Demonstration: Tiger Girl: Pamela Shanteau 96
Nail Art 97
Choosing the Right Equipment 97
Mediums and Supplies 97
Airbrushing Nails 99
Demonstration: Sunset: Laura Morgan-Glass 99
Professional Tips from Laura Morgan-Glass 102
Chapter 7 Scale Models & Crafts 105
Scale Models 106
Essential Supplies 106
Airbrush Effects for Scale Models 110
Demonstration: Star Blazers Gamalon Battle Carrier (Bandai): Tom Grossman 112
Demonstration: Skin Tones: Musette: Tom Grossman 113
Airbrushing Woodcraft Items 114
Demonstration: Birdhouse Bag Dispenser: Lindy Brown 114
Chapter 8 Fine Art & Illustration 117
Creating Reflective Effects 118
Demonstration: "Passing Time": A. D. Cook 118
Airbrushing Watercolors:
Kirk Lybecker 122
Combining Flat and Gradated Color 126
Demonstration: La Veneziana: Andrea Mistretta 126
Airbrushing on Scratchboard 130
Demonstration: Faeries Wear Boots: Pamela Shanteau 131
Airbrush in Mixed Media 134
Demonstration: Oil and Water Do Mix: Richard Sturdevant 134
Demonstration: Mixed-Media Mascot: Richard Sturdevant 136
Portrait Studies 141
Of Cows and Cowboys: Robert Anderson 142
Chapter 9 Automotive Airbrushing 145
Surface Preparation 146
Automotive Painting & Masking Techniques 147
Paints 147
Masking Materials and Techniques 148
Demonstration: Indian Princess Motorcycle Mural: Pamela Shanteau 149
Demonstration: 57 Chevy Mini Funny Car: Pamela Shanteau 152
Source Directory 156
Index 159
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 21, 2004

    Terrific Book

    I just started airbrushing, and I found this book an incredibly useful starting point. If you're interested in the airbrushing world, I would suggest getting this before you buy anything else. It has great tips on how to choose the right airbrush and what other equipment you'll need. It covers every aspect of airbrushing from beginner skills to advanced techniques. There are plenty of big colorful pictures of completed artworks as well as step-by-step procedures for creating some really great stuff. This book will get you started in every type of airbrushing from crafts, to automotive work, to fine art. I'm sure there's a ton more I could say about it. Basically, if you're beginning or experienced, this book is worth owning. It has information for everyone, and you'll find yourself looking back through it all the time.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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