This chapter on airbrushes covers the types of airbrushes you are likely to
find in a Graphics shop. The double-action airbrush, the most common
brush, is explained in detail. Information on component parts associated with
airbrush use, their assembly, and maintenance should help the novice set up
and maintain an airpainting system. The DM will also find helpful, the
sections on even tones, graduated tones, and different effects possible with
the airbrush. The chapter ends by outlining procedures for creating effective
pictorial renderings, technical illustrations, and photographic retouching.
Less than half of the shops in the fleet have airbrushes. Many shops have
bits and pieces of airbrush paraphernalia but no longer have a complete
system. If your shop has potential airbrush capabilities, it is worthwhile to
develop the skills to use them. Airbrush art appears on license plates,
motorcycle gas tanks, ballcaps, t-shirts, and just about everything. Airbrush
art is everywhere and is a lucrative business in the civilian marketplace.