Ultimate Airbrush Handbook

Ultimate Airbrush Handbook


$20.09 $24.95 Save 19% Current price is $20.09, Original price is $24.95. You Save 19%.
Eligible for FREE SHIPPING
  • Get it by Thursday, March 29 ,  Order by 12:00 PM Eastern and choose Expedited Delivery during checkout.


Ultimate Airbrush Handbook by Pamela Shateau

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780823055746
Publisher: Potter/Ten Speed/Harmony
Publication date: 01/28/2002
Pages: 160
Sales rank: 314,449
Product dimensions: 8.54(w) x 11.01(h) x 0.42(d)

About 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.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1Nuts & Bolts11
Basic System Components12
Air Sources13
Canned Propellants13
Electric Air Compressors13
Compressed CO[subscript 2] Tanks15
Air Lines15
Airbrush Options16
External versus Internal Mix16
Single versus Dual Action17
Feed Styles18
Airbrush Holders19
Choosing Your Airbrush System22
Setting Up to Paint23
Taking It on the Road23
Small Studios23
Medium-Size Studios24
Large Shops24
Essential Supplies26
Art Supplies30
Masking Supplies31
Chapter 2Operating Your Airbrush35
The Basics36
Getting Ready: Setting Up Your System36
Spray Patterns and Overspray37
Single-Action Airbrush Exercises38
Dual-Action Airbrush Operation41
Dagger Strokes42
Working with Masks45
The Jigsaw Puzzle Approach45
Demonstration: Sun and Rays45
Demonstration: Desert Landscape: Pamela Shanteau46
Working with Blended Color50
Demonstration: Apple: Pamela Shanteau50
Cleaning Your Airbrush54
Reassembling the Airbrush55
Using an Airgun56
Cleaning Your Airgun56
Chapter 3Developing Images59
Reference Materials60
Taking Photographs61
Transferring Images63
Demonstration: Transfer By Graphing: Pamela Shanteau63
Chapter 4Textiles65
The Basics66
Textile Airbrush Paints66
Textile Airbrush Mediums67
Airbrushing Textiles and Leather68
Demonstration: Canvas Tote Bag: Beach Scene at Sunset: Mark Rush68
Chapter 5Murals & Signs71
Airbrushing Interiors72
Surface Preparation72
Essential Equipment72
Working with Stencils74
Demonstration: Sheaf of Corn: Sheri Hoeger76
Creating Shadows81
Masking Your Work Area81
Demonstration: A Trompe L'Oeil Geranium: Sheri Hoeger81
Special Effects for Signs & Other Uses86
Chapter 6Body & Fingernail Art91
Body Art92
Temporary Tattoos92
Essential Supplies92
Stencil-Style Tattoos93
Demonstration: Butterfly Stencil: Pamela Shanteau94
Transfer-Style Tattoos95
Demonstration: Tribal Design Transfer Tattoo: Pamela Shanteau95
Freehand Body Art96
Demonstration: Tiger Girl: Pamela Shanteau96
Nail Art97
Choosing the Right Equipment97
Mediums and Supplies97
Airbrushing Nails99
Demonstration: Sunset: Laura Morgan-Glass99
Professional Tips from Laura Morgan-Glass102
Chapter 7Scale Models & Crafts105
Scale Models106
Essential Supplies106
Airbrush Effects for Scale Models110
Demonstration: Star Blazers Gamalon Battle Carrier (Bandai): Tom Grossman112
Demonstration: Skin Tones: Musette: Tom Grossman113
Airbrushing Woodcraft Items114
Demonstration: Birdhouse Bag Dispenser: Lindy Brown114
Chapter 8Fine Art & Illustration117
Creating Reflective Effects118
Demonstration: "Passing Time": A. D. Cook118
Airbrushing Watercolors:
Kirk Lybecker122
Combining Flat and Gradated Color126
Demonstration: La Veneziana: Andrea Mistretta126
Airbrushing on Scratchboard130
Demonstration: Faeries Wear Boots: Pamela Shanteau131
Airbrush in Mixed Media134
Demonstration: Oil and Water Do Mix: Richard Sturdevant134
Demonstration: Mixed-Media Mascot: Richard Sturdevant136
Portrait Studies141
Of Cows and Cowboys: Robert Anderson142
Chapter 9Automotive Airbrushing145
Surface Preparation146
Automotive Painting & Masking Techniques147
Masking Materials and Techniques148
Demonstration: Indian Princess Motorcycle Mural: Pamela Shanteau149
Demonstration: 57 Chevy Mini Funny Car: Pamela Shanteau152
Source Directory156

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See All Customer Reviews

Ultimate Airbrush Handbook 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.