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Behind the Brush

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Welcome to the first “Behind the Brush” airbrush blog and product review. My name is Richard Markham, I’m an established graphic artist in the airbrush world. I have been airbrushing for about 22 years and have tried, tested, tasted, lived, breathed, and everything else you can imagine in this field, except for movie backgrounds and effects. Why? Because living on the east coast just has never opened that door of opportunity for me yet and I have never taken the time to pursue it otherwise.

 

I do believe in trying out every door that does open and every opportunity that does come about, because after all, how do you know what lies on the other side of that door unless you open it and walk through? I have always thought if I don’t like the direction it’s taking me, I can always come back into the corridor and choose another door. Because of the many direction that airbrushing has to offer, I have taken various avenues that are out there such as painting T-shirts and apparel, cake decorating, fingernail airbrushing, body art, illustrations (for magazines such as Heavy Metal and _______ as well as poster for Spencer gifts to mention a few) and of course the one I have spent the most time doing is automotive airbrushing.

 

That is where I have made most of my connections, and met lots of great people including Don Clady, a long time friend from the automotive and car show scene. This is also how I have earned the majority of my money. I am going to be honest and up front with you so that you have a sense of me, my background, and what makes my world go around. I have no reason to lie or mislead anyone about me. I got into this field of work with the desire to be my own boss and making money being my biggest motivator.

 

Many people would think and have thought that I must be in this for the love of the art, but I am not your average artist. I do not study art or spend my weekends at museums and galleries, and comment on how this particular artist uses the source of light in contrast with the dark and blah, blah, blah … Hell no! The point I’m making is that I am lucky enough to have been blessed with a very strong sense of business and marketing which has turned out to be my greatest asset to my career and has made me a very accomplished artist in a financial sense, as well as the creative side of the brain which most artists have, and I have been able to nurture that as well.

 

I have got to say that throughout all the years and the directions I have chosen to explore in this career, I have loved the marketing the most. It is an art within itself and has yielded the most reward with the payoff I desire, which is the income and flexible schedule to work and do as I choose.

 

When I say it’s an art in itself, I mean just like composing a painting, you have to first conger up an idea and then begin to get reference or research and then execute it and get that idea out of your head to get everyone’s response. I will use the “Live” airbrush show I did for almost 8 years as an example. I first came up with this great concept of how to grab the audience’s attention and display my artwork in a way that would set me apart from the rest of the artists at the show.

 

I pictured the results in generating many new customers that wanted to get their bikes or cars painted by me, or to at least remember me for future work they may need, or to steer someone they knew my way. I then began to see it in my mind and visualize it happening and me doing it. Other people I would explain this whole concept and idea to, could not see the vision and therefore I had to just paint it out in the form of the many shows I did and then let them see what was in my head. The results I achieved exceeded way beyond what I had even imagined and doors of opportunity opened for me that I never even gave thought too.

 

I had expected for television interviews, local news, more shows to ask me to come to there event and even lots more work to come my way because of the buzz and hype, but never did I expect a Technical College to approach me and ask me to design my own program that they would represent all over the eastern coast and parts of the Midwest.

 

 

WOW! That was a large door of opportunity and it needed to be opened immediately! So being the type of person I am, I gathered my friends, ambition, excitement, anxiety, and of course my closest friend curiosity, and we approached the door.

 


 

To be continued……