Learn the most fundamental of all airbrush exercises. These exercises are the best practise to increase speed, control and ultimately confidence.
This airbrush tutorial consists of the most useful airbrush exercises that you will ever come across.
They are the most accurate representation you can get of your ability to control an airbrush.
They are the core foundations of airbrushing and make up every effect that you will ever have to airbrush.
By practising these exercises over and over again you will notice a fast increase in accuracy and confidence with your airbrushing.
If you were looking for a way to improve your airbrushing fast – then pay careful attention.
This exercise has horizontal lines running across the page.
You are to airbrush a series of dots between each pair of lines, which will force you to gradually move closer to the paper to achieve smaller dots.
This exercise will teach you how to airbrush while double actioning correctly. Remember to always keep the air down, as long as you are intending to put paint on that paper, then you should be holding the air down!
As your dots improve you may begin to challenge yourself by changing the intensity that you are airbrushing your dots.
First create a series of 3 dots at 100% intensity, then 50% intensity and lastly 15% intensity. If you can achieve lighter dots than this, then you are doing extremely well.
Once you are confident that you can create consistent 15% dots on the smallest lines, then you are ready to move on to the next exercise.
This exercise has vertical lines running down the page.
Your first goal with this exercise is to airbrush a line exactly the same as shown in the bottom example on the template.
You should pay close attention to start on the furthest left line, and finish on the furthest right line.
The best piece of advice here is to let you know that you should be moving past each of the furthest points. Before putting any paint down simply practise the movement, moving from one side of the paper to the next.
By moving first, this eliminates the chance of you getting dots on either side of your lines.
When you are comfortable with your movement, then begin to start and stop the paint on the lines, taking control of your airbrush.
When you are confident that you can start and stop your lines wherever you’d like, then try moving closer to the paper. How fine can you get your lines?
When you are comfortable with your motion and how close you are getting, then see how lightly you can spray the dots.
If lines are becoming easy for you, then challenge yourself by starting and stopping at irregular intervals along the vertical lines of the page as shown in the example.
You may want to try this exercise with the paper rotated 90 degrees for you to practise your own vertical lines.
The same rule applies here as with the other effects – the lighter and closer that you can do these effects, the better you are controlling your airbrush.
Following the examples shown on the template, start on the very top lines and airbrush 2 blends, one blending up, the other blending down – both at 100%.
Your blend should end just as it touches the opposite line.
If you aren’t confident with your blends then continue to practise them at 100% intensity until they look exactly like the examples shown.
Getting these blends perfect is not something that happens on the second attempt, so be prepared to spend hours getting this effect right!
Such effects are commonly used in portraiture and tend to make up about 80% of shapes on a face – so it is very important that you can confidently airbrush these!
When you gain confidence with your blends, test yourself and see at what intensity and height you can do your smallest blend.
Practise these on the bottom lines. Try to create a series of blends at only 15% intensity, while holding your airbrush only a few centimetres from the paper.
To challenge yourself further, rotate the page 90 degrees.
Once you are getting consistent results, move on to the next exercise!