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Discussion in 'Beginners Airbrush Questions!' started by HiraMahi, Mar 8, 2017.


  1. HiraMahi

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    Hi there, i have one more new (stupid) question for the forum.

    I am a beginner, i see in lot of video people airbrushing free hands.
    At the course i just learn to work with frisket.

    Whem you work on free hands, you work completly free hands, or first is better write the draw on the support where i paint?



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    Might need to re work the question. Most often people are following an image they have drawn on the medium they are painting rather than just spray "blind". Regards support, it is a good practice (but not the only way) to use two hands on the brush while painting, often using the non-trigger hand as a guide and support.
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    it is like Mark said , I draw the portrait with all the details I want or need to the substrate and use it as a guide for the painting . I never use frisk or stencils but I do use some shields if I need a sharp edge
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    It all depends on what a person is meaning by the term freehand airbrushing. When I say I am working freehand I am doing what Ron is saying, but for me I usually don't use shields or masking or frisket. I personally don't care to have such hard edges, but that is also determined by my subject. If you are more comfortable with using shields and frisket the use them. I don't like frisket because I tend to be heavy handed and press too hard leaving lines in the substrate that show up in the piece. Also when I have repositioned frisket I end up with gaps where there is no paint and then I have to do touch up work. Most of the time my work ends up static and unnatural looking. Now to paint straight away on your substrate with no under drawing is hugely difficult unless you ability to correctly draw detail, perspective and proportions with Accuracy is very rare. I have done so in the past, but never with complete success. There is always something that ends up off. Most people when they say freehand are not talking true freehand. Now doing beach scenes on a t-shirt is different. I do these freehand, but I am not working in a photorealistic situation rather more impressionistic.

    I wouldn't be to concerned with the whole issue. Do what you feel comfortable with until you get some experience under you belt.


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    When i say freehand i mean without mapping out using a printed reference or a precut stencil.
    I still draw the basic shape first but try to achieve an image without the aid of masks or hard edges.
    If it needs a hard edge then so be it. Im no expert and would normally use masks and at least two references printed out or a traced copy of my pencil drawn image to cut up and make the shapes needed.
    I find i have control spraying horizontally or vertically. But spraying in certain directions i struggle and my lines will be wavy.
    Its down to muscle memory i suppose and when you can spray consistently in all directions its another string to your bow.
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    Thank you all for having me removed these doubts and explained to me how you do. :)



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    I want to learn to paint "free hands" with out frisket or similar.

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    Use whatever you need to use. I don't know why people need to try and impress by saying they dis a piece freehand. True freehand is when you can do a painting without having sketched it out first. I've never seen anybody do a portrait that way. Skulls I have seen plenty as it is a generic shape and does not need to look like any specific one.
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    Just do it, it's a simple case of enough practice, that is the main point of your dots, lines, daggers, blends and fades practice, go back to basics for a few days and leave the artwork attempts until you aquire enough muscle memory and confidence, how sharp your edges will be will depend on distance to substrate or as we say "up close for detail" the tutors videos will help you immensely, combine your practice with scratch and erase techniques and you can mage without stencils or Shields, especially when you observe what effects distance has.
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    What @AndreZA said. Some people (rare on here) talk about the ability to paint "Freehand" as the epitome of painting... that is just snobbery on their part. If you want photo realism you will need to learn all the tools.
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    Use whatever you can for results. I find stuff all the time to use as shields/masks. Whatever it takes....
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    Whos trying to impress:poo::poo::poo:
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    I say use whatever you need to use to get the job done. I used to use a lot of masking when I started, then when I got more confident I used it less and less. I still use it now and again, but now find it quicker and more natural looking (depending on the subject) to do it freehand. Plus I like the challenge of not using it at times. Other times not so much lol.

    I think as you progress you will naturally move away from frisket, but there are times it has its uses. Keep practising all your different stroke exercises, and you will build the muscle memory for freehand, and rely on frisket less as you go along.

    As long as you're enjoying airbrushing, and are happy with the end result, is all that matters :)
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    I dont want photo realism, i just want learn airbrush, i ask this, becouse i read some post, not here, who talcking about frisket ecc is only for beginner and stupid airbrusher's...
    So i ask about free hands...
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    ...i continued with frisket for the moment, and mask...
    Also try to pratice with "free hands", thank you all for the answer! :)
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    Wiggly line are do to moving just your hands. It is easier to keep the line steady if you move with your shoulders and arms rather than just hands.


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    No, frisket, masks and shields are the tools of the trade. Don't take advice from people who make silly claims such as that. Check out the work of Dru Blair. Not a beginner or a stupid airbrusher... :)
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    Im slowly getting the jist of this. Its was counter intuitive to me when i started to airbrush to lock my wrists and use my body. As ive mainly used pencils b4 airbrush im used to using my wrists.
    Another thing is the more crucial or important the line is the more nervous and locked up i become.
    Almost shaky. Scared of making a mistake. But i have noticed that the more relaxed i am when i spray a line the better the outcome.
    Thats why i thought id try a couple of " freehand " pics to aid my muscle memory and help me relax when doing a detailed accurate piece.
    Certainly not so i could " impress " someone lol
    I advocate using anything and any technique to get to where you want to be.
    I,d draw the line at lsd thougho_Oo_O:malicious::thumbsup:
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    I have heard that a nip or two of your favourite alcoholic beverage helps to relax, and minimise nerves that cause wiggly lines.
    transfer some lines onto your surface and paint away. use whatever shield / masks you think you need to use. be careful not to over do 'hard edges' (very distinct edges between different areas.
    above all , relax and enjoy. don't stress. you will get there with time and a bit of practise.
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    Here is a great example of the use of free hand, masks, stencils, all in the same picture... certainly not a beginner...
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