Control of the airbrush is a matter of practice. After you learn to paint even
tones, begin practicing the techniques for applying graduated tones.
Graduated tones have colors that vary in density. The colors may go from
light to dark, dark to light, or fluctuate back and forth. Air paint graduated
tones working from dark to light.
To airbrush graduated tones:
Prepare a simple paper mask.
Using masking tape, tape the mask to the paper surface allowing
the tape to overlap onto the paper by 1/8 inch.
Working from left to right, begin airbrushing dark values at the top
of the page working into light values at the bottom of the page.
Return stroke from right to left. Allow the paint to fade off
completely before reaching the light areas at the bottom of the
Continue to airbrush, starting this time from the bottom of the page.
Proceed up the page stopping just short of the first pass.
Continue to airbrush from the bottom of the page stopping short of
each of the previous passes each time. Builds up values by
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