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The Ultimate Airbrush Handbook by Pamela Shanteau

The Ultimate Airbrush Handbook by Pamela Shanteau
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Author: Pamela Shanteau 
Published by: Watson-Guptill Publications (2002) 
Format: Soft back 
Number of Pages: 160

Cover notes: 
Renowned for its high-gloss, hyper-realistic imagery, airbrush is the medium of choice for commercial illustration and fantasy art and for decorating T-shirts, cars, and motorcycles. But airbrush is also used to create dramatic body and fingernail art and to embellish scale models, decorative objects, and interiors. The Ultimate Airbrush Handbook covers all of these applications and presents basic information on equipment and mediums, airbrush operation, essential exercises, studio setup, and how to develop original source material, all in an easy-to-understand style and format accessible even to beginners. Also featured are special demonstrations by such airbrush luminaries as A. D. Cook, Sheri Hoeger, Kirk Lybecker, Andrea Mistretta, Mark Rush, and Richard Sturdevant. Experienced airbrushers who have—or who want to start—their own businesses will appreciate the wealth of professional tips, tricks, and techniques that are revealed throughout.

The work of Pamela Shanteau encompasses a wide range of applications, including fantasy and science fiction art, commercial illustration, automotive embellishment, and body art. She teaches workshops at her studio and throughout the United States, has published how-to articles in many trade magazines, and is a member of the advisory board of the American Airbrush Association. Her work can be viewed on the Web at www.PamelaShanteau.com. She lives in Swanton, Ohio.

Contents:

Chapter 1: NUTS & BOLTS

  • Basic System Components
  • Air Sources
    • Canned Propellants
    • Electric Air Compressors
    • Compressed CO2 Tanks
    • Air Lines
  • Airbrush Options
    • External versus Internal Mix
    • Single versus Dual Action
    • Feed Styles
    • Airbrush Holders
  • Airguns
  • Choosing Your Airbrush System
  • Setting Up to Paint
    • Taking It on the Road
    • Small Studios
    • Medium-Size Studios
    • Large Shops
  • Essential Supplies
    • Paints
    • Surfaces
    • Art Supplies
    • Masking Supplies

Chapter 2: OPERATING YOUR AIRBRUSH

  • The Basics
    • Getting ready: Setting Up Your System
    • Spray Patterns and Overspray
  • Single-action Airbrush Exercises
    • Dots
    • Lines
    • Gradations
  • Dual-action Airbrush Exercises
    • Dots
    • Lines
    • Dagger strokes
    • Gradations
  • Working with Masks
    • The Jigsaw Puzzle Approach
    • DEMONSTRATION: SUN AND RAYS
    • DEMONSTRATION: DESERT LANDSCAPE: PAMELA SHANTEAU
  • Working with Blended Color
    • DEMONSTRATION: APPLE: PAMELA SHANTEAU
  • Cleaning Your Airbrush
    • Reassembling the Airbrush
  • Using an Airgun
    • Cleaning Your Airgun
  • Troubleshooting

Chapter 3: DEVELOPING IMAGES

  • Reference Materials
    • Taking photographs
  • Transferring Images
    • DEMONSTRATION: TRANSFER BY GRAPHING: PAMELA SHANTEAU

Chapter 4: TEXTILES

  • The Basics
    • Textile Airbrush Paints
    • Textile Airbrush Mediums
    • Finishes
  • Airbrushing Textiles and Leather
    • DEMONSTRATION: CANVAS TOTE BAG: BEACH SCENE AT SUNSET: MARK RUSH

Chapter 5: MURALS & SIGNS

  • Airbrushing Interiors
    • Surface Preparation
    • Essential Equipment
    • Working with Stencils
    • DEMONSTRATION: SHEAF OF CORN: SHERI HOEGER
    • Color
    • Composition
    • Creating Shadows
    • Masking Your Work Area
    • DEMONSTRATION: A TROMPE L'OEIL GERANIUM: SHERI HOEGER
  • Special Effects for Signs & Other Uses

Chapter 6: BODY & FINGERNAIL ART

  • Body Art
    • Temporary Tattoos
    • Essential Supplies
    • Stencil-Style Tattoos
    • DEMONSTRATION: BUTTERFLY STENCIL: PAMELA SHANTEAU
    • Transfer-Style Tattoos
    • DEMONSTRATION: TRIBAL DESIGN TRANSFER TATTOO: PAMELA SHANTEAU
    • Freehand Body Art
    • DEMONSTRATION: TIGER GIRL: PAMELA SHANTEAU
  • Nail Art
    • Choosing the Right Equipment
    • Mediums and Supplies
    • Airbrushing Nails
    • DEMONSTRATION: SUNSET: LAURA MORGAN-GLASS
  • Professional Tips from Laura Morgan-Glass

Chapter 7: SCALE MODELS & CRAFTS

  • Scale Models
    • Essential Supplies
    • Airbrush Effects for Scale Models
    • DEMONSTRATION: STAR BLAZERS CAMALON BATTLE CARRIER (BANDAI): TOM GROSSMAN
    • DEMONSTRATION: SKIN TONES: MUSETTE: TOM GROSSMAN
  • Airbrushing Woodcraft Items
    • DEMONSTRATION: BIRDHOUSE BAG DISPENSER: LINDY BROWN

Chapter 8: FINE ART & ILLUSTRATION

  • Creating Reflective Effects
    • DEMONSTRATION: "PASSING TIME": A. D. COOK
  • Airbrushing Watercolors
    • KIRK LYBECKER
  • Combining Flat and Gradated Color
    • DEMONSTRATION: LA VENEZIANA: ANDREA MISTRETTA
  • Airbrushing on Scratchboard
    • DEMONSTRATION: FAERIES WEAR BOOTS: PAMELA SHANTEAU
  • Airbrush in Mixed Media
    • DEMONSTRATION: OIL AND WATER DO MIX: RICHARD STURDEVANT
    • DEMONSTRATION: MIXED-MEDIA MASCOT: RICHARD STURDEVANT
    • Portrait Studies
  • Of Cows and Cowboys: ROBERT ANDERSON

Chapter 9: AUTOMOTIVE AIRBRUSHING

  • Surface Preparation
  • Automotive Painting & Masking Techniques
    • Paints
    • Masking Materials and Techniques
    • DEMONSTRATION: INDIAN PRINCESS MOTORCYCLE MURAL: PAMELA SHANTEAU
    • DEMONSTRATION: 57 CHEVY MINI FUNNY CAR: PAMELA SHANTEAU