Rocktopus Guitar! By Mary Kay Linge
What do you call a guitar with eight fretboards, killer paint, and a molded octopus motif? Rocktopus, of course! The innovative Justin Stone shares his grueling process in the making of an anomaly of music.
Biomech Xbox By Sean Cahill
Sean Cahill shares how he converted an ordinary Xbox 360 shell into a killer Biomech-themed work of art with the aid of AirSick Stencils.
Resto-Tricks 101 Part II By Steve Vandemon
Mr. Vandemon demonstrates how to restore brass tags found on all sorts of vintage machines, appliances, military equipment, etc., dating back to the mid 1800s through the early 1950s.
Kirk Lybecker By Mary Kay Linge
Kirk Lybecker, master artist, employs paintbrushes, airbrushes, spray guns, oils, acrylics, and watercolors—whatever tool or medium will best capture the particular detail he envisions—to paint amazing photoreal images. “My proviso is to use the tool appropriate for the job at hand.”
How to Render Chrome By Javier Soto
Although baking bread requires a few simple ingredients (yeast, flower, water and perhaps a pinch of salt), it’s easy to screw up, as many a poor soul will attest who produced a paper weight versus something edible. The rendering of chrome presents a similar challenge, but with only one ingredient: color! The process is seemingly elementary, but it can, and does, get botched by beginning, and yes, even advanced artists.
T-Shirt Tactics: 3 on a Match By Eddie Davis
Skullmaster Eddie Davis instructs on the rendering, under-painting, texturing, and lighting of a new painting in his Kamikaze series. The subject is based on a pre-World War 1 superstition about the dangers of smoking. Legend has it that it’s a fatal mistake to light three soldiers on one match: the initial flash would telegraph the position and range to a lurking sniper; the lighting of the second cigarette would allow the sniper to calculate the windage, and the third man on the match was the killshot.
WATERCOLOR AIRBRUSH By Kirk Lybecker
Kirk Lybecker demonstrates the finer points, and advantages, of painting with watercolors. According to Lybecker, “The main problem with watercolor is that it’s extremely difficult to get a complex wash to come out right. The color fades dramatically when the wash dries so you have to grossly over-paint a wet wash. And like other forms of seeing into the future it has more than a few pitfalls... “
ANNUAL PROJECTOR BUYER’S GUIDE
If you wish to achieve perfect size and scale of an image in record time, digital projectors are the way to go. Airbrush Action guides you through the models, features, and nuances of this very necessary equipment.
Melding Mediums to Create a War Machine By Mike Hoekstra
Warhammer 40K, a table-top war game, has gained great traction over the past few years, inspiring the Golden Demon and Crystal Brushpainting competitions. Mike Hoekstra’s commission of a miniature armored combat vehicle required skulls, flying reapers down both sides to mirror each other, and much more.