Part 2. of the airbrush effects tutorial picks up where the first effect tutorial left off by teaching you how to airbrush the dagger stroke!
The dagger stroke is undoubtedly the most widely used of the airbrush effects & the end result of your artwork heavily depends on your ability to create them!
The dagger stroke is also what links 90% of all effects and lines in an airbrushed artwork.
So let’s take a look at how it’s done:
Begin by holding the airbrush at a slight angle to the artwork as shown here:
Now this is the same as airbrushing a line, the one major difference being that you move closer & speed up at the end of the effect.
Begin moving first and as you pull back for paint, keep moving towards the artwork at an angle – now the tricky part;
As you near the end of the effect, at the same time you push forward to snap off the paint, speed up and flick the airbrush away from the effect in the direction that it needs to go.
Congratulations! You’ve just created your first dagger stroke!
Any aspiring airbrush artist can learn how to airbrush amazingly realistic artworks all by perfecting their use of this one little magical stroke.
It is the difference between seeing that a picture is airbrushed & mistaking it for a picture.
The sooner you learn how to create this airbrush effect, the sooner you will be finishing absolute masterpieces.