A quick description of how to create a cool splatter effect using an airbrush and a pencil for quick but effective textures!
The splatter effect is quickly demonstrated in the rock texture tutorial:The splatter effect is perhaps best known for starscape scenes using spray cans where little white dots are sprayed on a black background to mimic stars. The airbrush can be used this way also to create starscape scenes, but it can also be used to create detailed textures. You may see the splatter effect used in various tutorials as it is a simple way to add effective detail, fast.
It is performed by placing an object in front of the head assembly of the airbrush, a pencil is perhaps the most effective means, however a card can be used to equal effect. This tutorial will show how to perform the splatter effect using a pencil.
- The further in front of the airbrush the pencil is placed, the larger the splatter will be and vice versa for fine detailed splatter.
- The lower the air pressure the larger the splatter achieved.
Hold the pencil against the head assembly of the airbrush as shown above. Now use your airbrush as normal while holding the pencil in place. You may notice that moving the pencil (as show in the airbrush video tutorial) will alter your results so try to keep it firmly in the same position. For best results, make sure that you begin your splatter off the canvas so you can see the exact location that your splatter effect is hitting.
For different results you may play around with higher and lower air pressures, holding the pencil/ card at a different angle & different distances from the canvas.