How to Airbrush The Leopard
Welcome to part 1..
..of the Leopard Tutorial! Today I’m going to be showing you how to create
the foundations of an artwork. I always like to start with the hardest part
of the artwork, which in this case for me is the eyes..
.. Because it builds your confidence for the rest of the artwork.
Sometimes in detailed parts of an artwork You’ll need to use a stencil, but what i have
on me, is my hand. The advantage of using your hand as a stencil
is that it doesn’t become as sharp as a laser cut stencil.
Second thing we’re going to do to this artwork is go around and create all of the major shapes.
A good example of shapes in the reference is here on the nose or all of the leopard’s
black spots. So i’m going to go in and I’m going to paint
all of those shapes without adding any detail. Pay close attention to what height you’re
doing your shapes at, these shapes here are done much closer than these shapes down here.
That’s what gives you focus and a sense of perspective in the artwork.
All we’re doing is getting a base down so that we have something to paint over with
the white. The white colour is what we goign to use to
add textures and create realism. Now I was just airbrushing here and i could
feel that my hand was getting a little bit wet..
.. so i looked at my moisture trap and there’s the problem!
Too much water in your moisture trap, means that there’s too much water in your compressor
tank.. so you should empty it out! But that right there.. that’s not water my
friend. That’s pure laziness.
When you’re in the first stage of your artwork, such as now,
one of the hardest things is recognising the softer shapes.
The best example is this large shape here on the nose.
Pay attention to what height you’re doing this effect at and what intensity.
It’s exactly the same for the rest of the shapes throughout the artwork.
So I’ve taken a few steps back and i’ve looked at –
Excuse me! – How my reference is looking compared to
my picture. it looks good, we’ve created all of the darker shapes, we’ve created all of
the softer shapes, there’s one last thing that i can do before i move on to adding textures.
I’m going to take a step back, very softly dust one coat of this black colour over almost
all of the artwork. So the leopard’s looking really good and it’s
starting to take shape, but we haven’t even started to create detail yet. So if you want
to see how to really make this artwork pop and add true realism to it with airbrush textures,
then click on the link for the next tutorial! spread the love!