The most watched of the airbrushtutor tutorials – this tutorial describes the basic function of an airbrush and how to use it correctly!
In this tutorial we look at the most important aspect of airbrush control – double actioning.
When you use a double action airbrush the correct way, you will find that you are in fact painting dots – which is what you will also learn in this tutorial.
Follow this tutorial closely, practise & with a little time you will be double actioning and airbrushing the correct way!
What is double actioning?
The correct way to control a double action airbrush is… by double actioning!
This is quite simply where you push down on the trigger for air, keep a continuous airflow, pull back on the trigger to release paint, push forward to cut off paint, then and only then do you release the air.
Practising this double actioning is what will give you complete control over your airbrush.
If you were to do this while aiming the gun at your canvas, then congratulations! You’ve just created a dot!
The most important thing to remember is to constantly hold the air down.
The reason for this is to avoid paint drying on the tip of the airbrush.
If paint dries on the tip of the airbrush it increases the chance of ‘skipping’ – where you are airbrushing but the paint doesn’t flow smoothly and will begin to create broken lines.
Other reasons to double action correctly
Another side effect of incorrect double actioning is ‘spitting’. This is where you cut off the air flow while still pulling back for paint, in which case a little bit of paint will be on the tip of your airbrush. As soon as you push down for airflow this paint will spit off and onto your artwork.
If this occurs as you are doing the bottom edge of an eye… well it wouldn’t help would it.
Practise good technique by double actioning and you will reduce paint dry and spitting.
Double actioning is one of the best lessons i can teach here – luckily it only takes one or two days to learn.