Carrying on from the first round of the most helpful airbrush exercises, this time we cover the ‘reverse dagger stroke’ and ‘script loops’!
Reverse/ Dagger Strokes
This exercise is designed to teach you how to create dagger strokes and reverse dagger strokes (formerly a blending dot) at different angles.
The lines on the page stay the same length but become thinner in width forcing you to create these effects at different angles.
Your aim is to airbrush the effects from the right angle and height to fit within the shapes shown. You get bonus points if you can finish/ start your effect on the very tip of the shape.
Practise these effects until you can confidently start and finish where you intend too and consistently create different sized effects at the same instensity below 50%
This is the most difficult of all the airbrush exercises.
You should be very confident with your ability to control your airbrush by now and this exercise is going to fine tune your new-found control!
There are a series of horizontal lines going across the page – you are to airbrush a series of loops that are thinner on bottom than up top.
This means that you will need to begin airbrushing the loop closer to the page, moving further away while pulling back more for paint as you reach the top of the loop and reversing this process as you come around and complete the loop.
It was all of the t-shirt artists on youtube who inspired me to add this to the control exercises and I believe it to be the best exercise to tweak your airbrush control.
If you are able to airbrush these script loops @ 15% on the bottom line of the page.. then you can do anything in the airbrush world.