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Whether you want to custom paint graphics on the hood of your hot rod, the tank of your motorcycle, a fine-art canvas, or a T-shirt, mastering the art of airbrushing is the key to bringing your vision to life.
Expert custom painter and author JoAnn Bortles takes the beginner through the first steps of becoming an airbrush artist with How to Master Airbrush Painting Techniques. She starts by explaining how to choose and buy equipment, how to master strokes and air pressure, and the materials and accessories a painter will need. And when you’re ready to move on to portraits, metal effects, complex stencils, landscapes and more, Bortles gives you the tools to tackle more difficult projects.
Drawing on years of expertise and writing in a laidback style, JoAnn Bortles eases you into the world of airbrushing like no other instructor can. So if you’re intimidated by the thought of that first pull of the airbrush trigger, How to Master Airbrush Painting Techniques is the place to start.
Airbrush painting is an art like any other, requiring talent and skill; but it is also a technology that, more than other art forms, calls for technical mastery of equipment used in the process. JoAnn Bortles, one of the top airbrush artists in the United States, has developed a teaching curriculum for mastering both the technology and techniques needed to be a successful airbrush artist-an approach that frees her students to develop their own airbrush art. How to Master Airbrush Painting Techniques presents this curriculum in a logical, step-by-step fashion. Along with guiding readers through a series of projects, Bortles also provides all the knowledge needed for developing projects. Not only does her book explain what to do in a clear, easy-to-follow way, it explains why.
Clear, step-by-step lessons from the master in the technology and techniques of airbrush art for any vehicle or surface.
JoAnn Bortles, one of the top airbrush artists in the United States, shares her curriculum for mastering both the technology and techniques needed to be a successful airbrush artist. In a linear, step-by-step fashion, Bortles guides you through a series of projects, and provides all the knowledge needed for developing projects of your ownalong the way explaining not only what to do, but why. Unlike other books about airbrushing, this one is not confined to particular kinds of vehicles or surfaces; it covers all types of cars and motorcyclesany canvas” the aspiring airbrush artist might choose to paint.
About the Author
JoAnn Bortles is a nationally recognized and award-winning custom painter. Her work has been featured in dozens of magazines, and she has written five books on custom painting techniques for Motorbooks, including the bestselling How to Master Airbrush Painting Techniques. She lives and works in Waxhaw, North Carolina, running her own custom painting shop, Crazy Horse Painting.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: The Basic Equipment
Chapter 2: The Basic Tools and Supplies
Chapter 3: Airbrush Theory and Preparation
Chapter 4: The Basic Movements: Learning to Use Your Airbrush
Chapter 5: Using Frisket Film and Other Tricks
Chapter 6: Metal and Surface Texture Effects
Chapter 7: Working With Stencil Layers
Chapter 8: Airbrushing a Wolf
Chapter 9: Creating a Vector Drawing and Using a Plotter
Chapter 10: Using Complex Stencils: Airbrushing on a Guitar
Chapter 11: Using Liquid Frisket or Spray Mask
Chapter 12: Airbrushing an Eagle
Chapter 13: Painting Skin Tone and the Human Face
Chapter 14: Troubleshooting and Care of Your Airbrush