You come across a stage in every artwork where you lose confidence and it becomes a battle to continue as you lose faith in the outcome. You don’t see a baby till it’s born, a car isn’t released until it’s built – so why do we judge our unfinished pieces?
A little more persistence, a little more effort, and what seemed hopeless failure may turn to glorious success.
– Elbert Hubbard
The semi finished Result:
As my time in this industry ticks away, especially being on the orange airbrush forum we see people come and go. The only difference with this industry however, is that people always come back!
While you may momentarily lose the drive to keep painting and keep practising – after a sufficient break, you always want to get back into it and test your skills again!
The same goes for any inidvidual artwork – you begin the artwork with some sort of false confidence and a plan of attack, however you arrive to a point where you think to yourself; This looks horrible and I have no idea how it will ever turn out.
That’s this point:
The key to getting past this point is persistence.
If you have a solid and consistent plan of attack, then after a series of artworks you begin to see a pattern in how the artworks should be looking at any given stage. The artwork above looks horrible because there is still alot of white on the arwork surface, it makes the base colours jump out much more than they will at the end of the piece. Simply continue to concentrate on individual strokes and getting your individual effects right, moving forward to your darker and more transparent colors..
Masking up the lips:
You keep moving forward, taking care with each step and instead of looking at the bigger picture, always look at the smaller picture and just take breaks. What I mean by this is to concentrate on sections of the artwork at a time! The photos demonstrate that the hair was done first, I then moved onto the skin colors and textures, then the lips, individual eyes and finally simply shifting colors and finishing touches with transparents.
Airbrushing the eyes:
Concentrate on the individual sections, so if you’re airbrushing the right eye, get every effect correct for the color you’re applying, focus on creating accurate textures and move on to the next color. When the hour is up you can take a step back, take a break and then look at the bigger picture!
You’ll see that you’ve created a nicely executed eye, while blending your smaller section into the bigger picture:
This artwork was done on an unknown cold press illustration board with a combination of createx illustration colors and com-art paints.