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Choosing between airbrush sets

Discussion in 'Beginners help' started by Pascal-A, Apr 16, 2021.


  1. Pascal-A

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    Hi,
    I registered previous year on this forum and already placed my introduction topic, but then I had to stay away for a while because personal reasons.
    Now a lot of my other work is done, I try a new attemt to make work of my airbrush goal: starting with airbrushing.

    So far I mostly made comics with pencil, pen and paper, later I switched to a digital drawing tablet (Wacom Cintiq) and I also made 3 wall drawings with pencils and markers.

    I never seen any airbrush equipment in real life, but it always fascinated me.
    Price was what always kept me back.

    Now I have saved some money and thought monts about it, I decided to go for it.
    I think my drawing skills are good enough by now.
    I want to use it for wall drawing and for paper.

    The sets I am interested in are:

    https://www.airbrushwinkel.nl/nl/airbrush-startersets/airbrush-set-3/a-654-13

    https://www.airbrushwinkel.nl/nl/airbrush-startersets/airbrush-set-5/a-656-13

    https://www.airbrushwinkel.nl/nl/airbrush-startersets/airbrush-set-7/a-930-13

    Which one would you advice and why?
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    Keep in mind I am noob, but if I could pick one of those, I would pick third set. Why? Cause I never seen anybody complaining about Iwata Eclipse HP-CS. And I don't know anything about Sparmax airbrushes.
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    I would recommend checking out the Creos mr hobby airbrushes 0.3 nozzles and look for a compressor with a good tank as a basic set up and forget about any "beginner sets"
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    If you’re wanting to go with a pre packed set like that then I would put in a second vote for “Set 7”. The Iwata CS is a fantastic brush that you won’t grow out of. It’s reliable and pretty resilient to beginner errors and damage.
    If you decide to buy everything separately, then Ron’s suggestion is also a great way to go.


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    There's the possibility to buy it separate, but then it becomes more expensive.
    I can see if there are parts that can be changed. I'm a starter for airbrushing but airbrush set 7 looks professional and high quality. But correct me if I am wrong.

    What does 0.3 nozzles mean?
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    I'm not a newbie ;) and will say you will be hard pressed to find a better setup than the Eclipse with the Sil-Air 20A. Both are items that can last a lifetime. This is about as close as you will get to finding a professional set up in one bundle. The other two sets are very modest introductory hobby sets that will net mixed results.
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    I've got an HP-CS and couldn't be happier with it :thumbsup:
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    Thank you very much. Then I think I go for that set.
    But doesn't need the set a container? Or is it build in the compressor?
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    There is a tank built into that compressor. For individual brush use, it is among the very best available :thumbsup:. Dead quiet when in use, with the exception of when the tank reaches full pressure, and the valve shuts off. Top quality unit.
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    All the elements of that kit are great. Sil Air compressors have a great reputation. The Iwata CS also and ComArt paint is very user friendly. Honestly I wish I saw that kit when I was buying my first setup.


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    I also recommend option 3 it is the best setup, professional quality airbrush and compressor. The compressor on its own is €350+

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    I would definitely go for the 3rd set. The compressor is one of the best.
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    I go for set 7 (Iwata Eclipse and Sil Air 20 A
    Still a few question

    - can I make an entire wall drawing in pencil first and then airbrush it so the pencil drawing is not visible anymore? I want to end with the airbrush look only without seeing pencil lines trough it.

    - Is it possible to set the pressure very low for subtile gradients?

    - do I need different pistols for color drawings?

    - Is airbrush paint toxic?
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    -" can I make an entire wall drawing in pencil first and then airbrush it so the pencil drawing is not visible anymore? I want to end with the airbrush look only without seeing pencil lines trough it."

    In general, most airbrush paints tend to be somewhat transparent when applied, especially when fading colors and doing blending, because you apply such light layers of paint. Pencil lines can, and will show through unless you take measures to cover them intentionally. You can use a very hard pencil so that the lines are lighter, or use a color, like a light blue, or pale gray, etc, that will blend in better with your final piece.

    - "Is it possible to set the pressure very low for subtile gradients?"

    subtle gradients are not really about pressure, but rather trigger control and technique. Once you pick up a brush, you will figure it out - so, the answer is you will achieve that which you are after with practice.

    - "do I need different pistols for color drawings?"

    You will be able to change colors in the airbrush in just a few moments time. So, one brush will do the job in thousands of colors...

    - "Is airbrush paint toxic?"

    Depends on the type of airbrush color(s) you use. Solvent based colors are almost always listed as toxic; water base colors are almost always listed as non-toxic. None of them should be breathed in any kind of quantity, so the use of a mask, even a dust mask, is a good idea. You can check each manufacturers material data safety sheets to find recommendations.
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    Thank you very much.
    Besides the set and a mask, is there something essential I need?
    For example cleaning products? A pipette to put the paint into the pistol?, ... Something else?...
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    Some will depend on the paint you decide to use. The com-art that comes with the kit you mentioned, reduce and cleans easily with water. You may add alcohol, like isopropyl (rubbing alcohol) to help break down acrylic paint. You can also purchase airbrush "cleaner" for most brands available - mostly water can be used, then finished off with the cleaner. A few small, soft paint brushes, which you will use for both swabbing out the color cup between color changes, as well as mixing paint and reducer (water) in the color cup. With paints like com-art, that have a dropper top, you can just add directly to the brush.

    your individual tool kit will grow as you experiment to find what works best for you - So, I would not really worry too much about it up front.
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    Thank you.
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    And today I received all the airbrush equipment.
    Everything was in one big box. Very heavy. The compressor at itself already weights 17 kg / 37 pounds.
    But very happy that I have it now :)
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    congrats. That is a good news for sure :thumbsup:

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