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Discussion in 'Airbrush Control & Exercises' started by paul11, May 6, 2017.
Another hours practice.
Those dots are looking pretty good, especially the larger ones. You see how on the bigger ones you have those nice fade out kind of halo's around them because of the overspray? Well that look is when overspray is your friend (there are plenty of times it isn't ) So when you are doing your fades, you are basically wanting the same effect. I think you are holding the gun too close to the surface, if you pull back farther as you do with the larger dots, and angle the brush a bit so you are directing the overspray in the direction of the fade it will help. I also think you could maybe reduce the paint a little more . Keep up the good work.
Thanks for the quick reply and you are right I never had the airbrush at an angle, getting control of this is going to take a long time .
Large dots are just perfect. Follow Squishy's advice, do some more sheets and post your progress. You are developing your talent very well.
Cheers now don't you wish you had a wall of art like this and please don't look at the eye I did yesterday or you will turn to stone. Had another go at the blend and it's getting better.
Your doing alright. That eye looks good from here. When a few of us started in the 80's there was nothing to help us, it just takes time and practise. Oh and then some more practise.
Yes there is a lot more info available now.
Write the date on those sheets. At the beginning when there's lots to learn you can sometimes lose sight of how far you've come. I know I've hit a wall now and then, and feel like I'm not progressing. If you date your work, it will give you a visible record of how you are doing/ how you've improved etc. Then if you have a frustrating day, or feel like you are a bit stuck you can compare and see how far you've come.
It's also a good way of identifying anything you need to focus on in particular. Mine was dagger strokes. It took me so long to get them where I was happy, but I could see where I needed to improve, and gave it extra practice (and swears and hissy fits and general tantrums ).
It can take a while to learn. Some people pick it up quickly - I am not jealous of them. At. All. Not. In. Any. Way. You may have guessed, I am not one of those people. I am a pretty slow learner, but I am very pig headed, and don't know when to quit - even when my family ran to take cover just in case I actually exploded. But repetition although, a bit boring at times, really builds muscle memory and trains the brain. Even for me the moment came when I realised I wasn't thinking how to do it, I was just doing it. That moment will come much quicker for you I'm sure. Just keep practising, and it will come together.
Yes I will date it and thanks for all the great advice and I expect I will struggle with the dagger stroke as well.
hey ... I to have a wall that looks like yours... ... I started about 2 weeks ago and hundreds of dots and then the lines... ... I feel ya... and I have a hard time with those daggers, they frustrate me to no end... ... I practice and I get 1 good one out of ten tries... so I giggle and do more dots and lines.... ...
keep trying and don't get agitated. just unload a few dots on a page and you'll feel better...
I'm glad it's not just me, it must take years to get good at this.
I am amazed at some of the pieces I have seen on this forum... truly works of art
I will practice and then practice some more. in hopes to be a fraction of that good.
I hope your having as much fun as I am learning this
So am I amazed at the artwork on here, I'm looking at the Works In Progress as we speak and I know I will never be able to do anything like it.
practice and more practice. anyone can do anything if they work hard at it
Your right, we didnt pick up an airbrush and were able to paint photo realistic portraits straight away, it started with crappy thick wobbly lines, black outlines around things, awful shading, the list goes on. It does take practise but once you get it its like riding a bike. You always keep the basic skills of riding but need to do a few laps around the block to get back in the swing of things, the more you ride the better control you have.
You just described my wall of art .
You will! Once you have these exercises licked, they are the foundation for everything you will do with an airbrush. And once you put it all together, its just a case of refining techniques, finding the surface you are most comfortable with etc. You will be amazing yourself before too long.
People look at something awesome someone has done and thinks Wow! That wow can go two ways, 1 - that's amazing, what an inspiration, I'm going to keep going and maybe one day I can get that good, or 2 - I might as well give in, I'm never going to be that good. Believe me, I've felt like the second option quite a few times. It happens. But at the end of the day, admire what people do, and get inspired by it, but don't measure yourself against it. Airbrush for your own enjoyment, and just keep doing it. The more you do, the more you improve. Those guys that are getting the Wows, all came from where you are now, and earned their skills doing exactly what you are doing, practicing and learning. Some take months, some take years, but we all start in the same place.
There is one very important word to add to your statement......
No, you won't be able to do some of the amazing photo realistic art work you see here ......YET.
everything is one step at a time. Olympic athletes don't win gold in there first year - it takes time to be at the upper end of anything. Don't knock yourself down before you've even started.
If you seriously want to get 'there' (where ever that is for you) then we will help you.
Your doing great for how long you have been airbrushing,I started Airbrushing Because I like making my own Fishing lures and let me say those first two or three (dozen ) looked really bad,Now after a few years doing it I have people send me lures to paint for them!! It will take some time but it will be at your pace not anyone else's so Enjoy the ride and most of all have fun!!
Very wise words from you all, thank you, as has been said my dots are not to bad now I just need to get my blends and lines going a bit better. I've only had the Airbrush a couple of weeks and most of that was using it with Stencils, I've only had a few hours using it freehand.