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Airbrushed Corvette

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I started doing the live Airbrush show about 10 years ago, and it has turned out to be a very successful adventure for me. I have gotten to do a lot of traveling and even built up the interest at shows to be a public draw at such shows as Carlisle all truck nationals and sport compact, some of the Hot Import Nights, and some of Motor Trends Magazines, national auto shows.

Well the first thing I do when I’m getting ready for a live airbrush show is to map out and design exactly what I will be doing for a design and get the customers approval. Then I will scuff the entire area of the vehicle were the artwork will be going, just as if I was doing it at a body shop. The only difference is that when I am ready to paint, all the masking is removed so that the vehicle looks good on display while I am painting it.

I am using the Auto Air Colors paint so that there is no odor, low over spray and I can wipe off any overspray that may get were it’s not wanted, such as the headlights, mirrors, or tires, etc.

Once the car is already then the real show begins.

 

corvette airbrush tutorial.jpgSTEP 1 

The first step is to layout some low tack masking paper, which has a nice paper surface to it so that I can do all my sketching and erasing if necessary until I get the layout that I’m happy with. I want to cover the whole area in which the artwork will be.


 
corvette airbrush tutorial.jpgSTEP 2

To get the lines consistent and straight I use some masking tape as a ruler to make nice, clean, accurate lines.

 


pic2a.jpgSTEP 3

Once the whole deign is layout and the lines are all cleaned up and accurate, I use a brand new razor blade and cut out the whole shape of the graphic, revealing the inside that is to be painted.

 


pic3a.jpg
STEP 3
 

I will then take a gray mixture of black and white and cover the entire inside of the graphic shape.

 


pic3b.jpg
STEP 4
 

Once the gray is laid down evenly and dry to the touch, you can go over it with a tack rag to remove any loose overspray or small debris that we don’t want in our final product.

 


pic4.jpgSTEP 5

Once I make sure the paint is fully dried, I then cover the whole design with another pass of the masking paper. I then outline the whole design so that I can see were the edges are, which will help me in laying out the inside edges.

 


pic5.jpgSTEP 6

To layout the inside edge of the graphic I will use a piece of masking tape. This will once again be used as a ruler to give me an accurate and even line throughout my graphic design.

 


pic6.jpgSTEP 7

Once the whole inside bevel of the blade is masked and sketched, I can begin to cut and remove the area in which I want to paint to create the illusion of the sharp edge.

 


pic7a.jpgSTEP 8

I will peal and paint them one at a time while keeping in mind were my light source is so that the top edge has light and the bottom edge has dark shadows. I do this by spraying a wide spray across the opening from a distance, letting the edge of the spray fade off in each direction.

 


pic9.jpgSTEP 9

When painting the edges of you blades, you may want to get close here and there and add a couple thin lines. This will add great character to your blade later when you see it unmasked.

 


pic10a.jpgpic10b.jpgSTEP 10  

After you have finished all the beveled edges of you blades, you then want to go back and re tape some of the beveled edges so that you can use a wide spray and go across the flat inside surface area of your blade giving it some surface glares and more character.

 


pic11.jpgSTEP 11

You want to use alternating black and white glares to achieve this look.

 


pic12.jpgSTEP 12

Now when you have created the whole bladed, effects to your graphics, you need to apply the shadows to create the illusion of one blade going over or under the other. To do this and achieve a very realistic look to your shadows I use the edge of my hand. This technique will give you a defined edge to you shadow, but at the same time also gives a soft edge rather than sharp.

 

pic13after.jpgSTEP 13 

Once all the shadows are applied, your final all complete and you can unmask your graphics. This graphic looks very sharp over the soft free flowing flame graphic I had applied to the Corvette about 8 years ago.

 

Airbrushed corvette materials

1. med. gray

2. transparent black

3. transparent white

4. artist masking

5. Ultima-TG

6. hose

7. quick connects/ male and female

8. paint bottles

9. fire paint set

10. fire video



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