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Discussion in 'Beginners Airbrush Questions!' started by Jimmyfingerz, Jul 10, 2018 at 10:35 PM.


  1. Jimmyfingerz

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    Good evening

    Cooling a skin tone down?
    My basic understanding is if you want to cool a colour down add a blue shade.

    I’m working on my black widow portrait and i want to make the skin tone using just transparents.
    I don’t want to use white, just because i want to lesrn to use the colour wheel set without white.
    I’m so so close but the tone i have made using burnt umber and red violet is just a tiny litte bit too warm for the lighter parts of tbe skin tone.
    I need to cool it down, i’ve tried to add blue, violet, blue violet.......but keep shotting over the target colour and making it too blue to use :/
    Any tips guys you will recieve much good karma and a lotta love from me :)
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    It t umber and red violet would give you a red/orange colour so a Viridian green may be where I would go, it has the green and elements of blue too :)
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    Its where id use robbys magic black method (tm) lol
    But for one time use If you absolutely cant help overshooting it (toothpick mixing) you can take some of the color you have off to the side, put a little bit of blue in it, then use that mixture to adjust what you intend to use.
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    I tried it the other day but was making small amounts so it kept going a bit sideways.
    Today i mixed up more and found I could get a good control over the drops i added and the direction the colour went so
    I’ll have another bash tomorrow and try your suggestion.
    Thanks Mac appreciated :)
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    Thanks Robby
    Overshooting seems to be a big problem for me at the mo but i’m a baby with mixing.
    Getting there slowly though :)
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    You end up wasting some paint that way, but a lot of times for me i'm not used to working such tiny amounts so its the only way i can get a small enough amount of the color i want to use to adjust in there. So it saves me the screw ups in the long run
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    Yeah i have started to have a play with mixing my hues using trans base and am having some real postive results.
    But definitely mixing small amounts one drop can change your mix drastically.
    I need to learn to use the tooth pick method to hold off and gradually change the hue/tone but this last week i feel i’m making great progress with my practice
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    I only generally mix two colours in the cup, the rest is direct on the paper using very thin coats to hopefully push it in the direction it needs,
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    I’m finding i can get much better thin coats using trans base than I can when I just reduce the paint.
    I’m quite enjoying practicing with it
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    I use just the reducer now! No tip dry ever! Just needs near perfect control!! Still have plenty of damn it moments!
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    Yeah i like the none tip dry of using reducer.
    I’m going to be really truthful here, tip dry still to this day frustrates me beyond belief lol
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    Ive been avoiding all my waterborne paint the last few weeks here for that reason.
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    I still get it with just reducer and CI....Maybe a fourth as often but its still there. Maybe its the A/c??
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    I second that! Astonishing that for 140 years since the invention of AB, nobody has come up with a real solution, and millions of users have been pulling their hairs out in rage.
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    Never needed one before waterborne AB paints.
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    Seriously I get zero tip dry 4/1 red/paint perfect every time!
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    If I run 4/1 i’d have a nice piece with spiders everywhere lol
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    ahh, I havent run CI that reduced yet maybe p1:2r
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    Just reduce your pressure to suit, you'll be surprised how much more control you will have, I reduce up to 10:1 and work under 10 psi could closer to 5 psi but using my MAC I can't actually see it exact.
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    I took my mac valve off and fitted a regulator right under my blow out pot.
    I think for now I want to visualise what air pressure i’m running at.
    Just seems a better set up for me while i’m learning compared to the mac valve but i will eventually seap back.

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