Preparing to Airbrush, Continued
Steps in airbrushing follow a logical sequence. The following table lists a
series of steps that will assist you in developing airbrush illustrations.
To airbrush illustrations:
Prepare a comprehensive thumbnail sketch indicating desired color
Prepare a full sized illustration on a suitable substrate.
Cover areas you do NOT want painted with masks or friskets.
Mix pigments to proper consistency and strain out lumps or
imperfections. Test the mixture on a piece of scrap paper.
Adjust your work center. Arrange your table so that you hold the
airbrush at a 90° angle to the work surface and sit upright.
Place the airbrush in your hand and begin air painting. The painted
areas should dry almost immediately. If paint runs, blow dry with
airbrush held approximately 10 inches from the painting surface.
The first coverage of paint should be light. Build up tones
gradually using successive layers of paint.
Allow the paint to dry.
Remove masks and friskets.
Remove residual adhesive from the friskets.
Touch up areas disturbed by the frisket.
Add small details by hand with brushes or other tools.