Rendering illustrations with an airbrush produces very fine tonal gradations
resembling photography. There is a definite procedure or sequence of
actions to follow to successfully render imagery in airbrush.
Pictorial rendering with an airbrush requires advance planning and
meticulous preparation. Generally, you air paint light tones first, working
toward the darkest. Work the illustration starting in the background, then the
middle ground , and finally, the foreground. Details and highlights almost
always require the use of a hand brush.
To airbrush pictures:
Work out shading and detail on a comprehensive thumbnail sketch.
Draw out the image on illustration board. You may draw the image
on paper and transfer it to illustration board by covering the back
side with graphite and tracing it to the board (figure 6-37).
Place a frisket over the drawing and expose the background area.
Apply tone starting with the lightest area and progressing to the
darker tones (figure 6-38).
Use a hand brush to add details. Allow to dry.
Cut away the frisket over the middle ground.
Cover the background with a partial frisket.
Apply paint to the middle ground starting with the lightest tones
and progressing to the darker tones (figure 6-39).
1 Use a hand brush to add details and allow to dry thoroughly.
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