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November - December 2013 Contents
DANIAL JAMES By Mary Kay Linge
Danial James takes commercial art to a whole new level. Blending elements of computer and traditional artistic techniques, he produces works that can be sharply realistic, lushly fantastical, and often both. They’re the result of the unique artistic partnership he has formed with painter David Uhl, with whom he co-owns Uhl Studios in Golden, Colorado. As an official licensee for Harley Davidson, Uhl Studios works the company’s famous bar-and-shield logo and iconic bikes into hundreds of images that grace T-shirts, prints, calendars, puzzles, mugs, and more.
MEDUSA By Derek Turcotte
In this step-by-step article, Derek Turcotte shares his process of rendering a striking airbrush painting of Medusa and her snakes on a 40- by 60-inch canvas.
ROCKIN' GUITAR PORTRAIT By Eduardo Bascunana
Mr. Bascunana reveals his techniques for painting a portrait of Keith Richards on an electric bass guitar, from surface prep to finish.
WICKED MINI CHROME By Steven Leahy
‘It is in the details where the devils and angels dwell.’ Nothing pushes airbrush artist Steven Leahy harder artistically than painting on a micro scale. "Translating those nearly imperceptible nuances is what truly adds a magical life to all my work. Our job as artists is to evoke an emotion within the viewer and I have found that the best way to do that is with these details." This article demonstrates how Leahy finished some of the chrome sections of Car Jockey, the painting of a 1957 Thunderbird.
T-SHIRT TACTICS: LETTERING SKILLS PAY THE BILLS By Ken Johnson
Freehand T-shirt lettering skills, or lack thereof, can make or break your earning power as a shirt artist. "At least 95% of the shirts I paint have some form of lettering on them." While custom work gets the wow factor, it’s the everyday name design that pays the bills.
THINGS I LEARNED ON A BIG PICTURE By Piers Dowell
"Because the biggest image I’d airbrushed to date was around 400 x 300 mm (15.7 by 11.8 inches), six-by-four feet was quite a step up," explained England-based Dowell. "I pondered the many challenges facing my first proper photorealist painting, and I concluded that I must stay with as many of the tried-and-true methods and materials I’d used over the years custom painting motorcycles and helmets."
MODEL HOBBY SPECIAL: STOKIN' THE STOOGIE By Bud Highleyman
This step-by-step on the crafting of the Stoogie Wagon, an outlandish cross between a stagecoach and dragster, demonstrates how to render wood grain, wrought iron, the metallic effect, how to remove chrome plating from plastic, and much more.
2014 AIRBRUSH BUYER’S GUIDE
The process of choosing the right airbrush to meet your needs can be a complicated task, whether you’re upgrading to a better model or simply buying your first gun. To help narrow your choices, we’ve done the grunt work for you, gathering the facts and compiling them in our user-friendly buyer’s guide.
VINYL PLOTTERS 107: FLYING TIGER By Chris Johnson
Chris Johnson, the new instructor of the Airbrush Getaway's Plotter Mastery course, instructs on how to paint Flying Tiger on a metal blank from computer to plotter to airbrush to finished piece. The top pro tricks featured here are geared for beginning to advanced artists.