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Old 09-19-07, 01:53 PM   #1
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Airbrushing/body art

Just randomly curious... how hard is it for someone who barely knows which end of an air compressor is which to learn the basics of airbrushing (mainly people)?

Anyone here well versed at the basics of airbrushing?

I have looked at the basics on various websites, but wondering if anyone has any personal info/tips to share, for example what brands of compressors/nozzles to get, and what to avoid.
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The surfaces need to be properly prepped, or the paint will not adhere very well. Excess oil is your enemy (unless you want to work on something multiple times).
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I don't know, but I'd like to see your work when you try. PM pics if necessary.
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Just randomly curious... how hard is it for someone who barely knows which end of an air compressor is which to learn the basics of airbrushing (mainly people)?

Anyone here well versed at the basics of airbrushing?

I have looked at the basics on various websites, but wondering if anyone has any personal info/tips to share, for example what brands of compressors/nozzles to get, and what to avoid.
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Paasche and Badger make decent, affordable brushes for getting into the hobby. Make sure you get a double action brush (allows you to control both paint flow and air flow on the fly). You'll also want a compressor, pressure regulator, and water trap (though I can't really recommend brands here, as there are lots that will work). After you have acquired these items, practice, practice, practice. It's not as easy as you probably think. Paasche brushes come with a neat little beginner's practice guide.
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I know it takes time to get decent, and its that way with pretty much anything, but I think I may have a vict... er canvas for what I plan to do soonish.

The reason I ask about airbrushing is that its one of those "ask 3 people, get four answers" question. One person says its impossible to learn unless you spend $20,000 in equipment. Another says that less than 1/20 to 1/40 of that can get one started.

If it does work out, I may have some interesting artwork for Foo. Good airbrushing skills + a patient female friend + renfaires = lots of fun.
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$20,000 is absurd. A decent brush and compressor can be had for $500-$1000 easy. Perhaps not pro-level, but enough to learn good technique and do some seriously good looking art if you work hard.
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I don't know, but I'd like to see your work when you try. PM pics if necessary.
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The real challenge to airbrushing is to make the masks (frisket). This takes most of the time. You can also buy premade masks (If you like skulls!) and templates at an airbrush store.

If you have had some art training, and understand shading, airbrushing is a complete joy!

Since you don't need too many SCFM for airbrushing, a large compressor is not necessary. I've seen small ones for less than $100. If it's noisy, get a longer hose.

One friend of mine made due with a scuba tank with an regulator on top!
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