Interview with Holly Hughes – 2016 International Airbrush Competition

Our next interview is with talented artist, Holly Hughes from Australia, winner of third place in the Automotive Art category. She offers some insight into the making of her winning entry: Star Wars Car, and also delves into her experiences with airbrushing. Be sure to check out her website: http://www.2hartistry.com, and Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/HollyHughes2hDesignsAirbrushing

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Sparmax (S): Please provide a brief background about yourself; including, when you started airbrushing and what the learning process was like?

Holly (H): I began airbrushing in 2010 and fell in love from the first day. Even though I have spent most of my youth experimenting with art mediums and techniques, I found airbrushing both challenging and fascinating, which has fueled my desire to go further ever since.

 

S: Can you tell us a bit more about your work? How / why did you choose it? How long did it take, and what inspired you?

H: After I had a couple of years experience and a qualified course under my belt I became eager to try my skills on automotive projects so I turned to my own vehicle. I had always nicknamed my car the Yoda Mobile as it was a small, reliable, green machine so I decided to give it more character. I began with just the bonnet and a couple of years later continued the design around to the drivers side. Unfortunatly I couldn’t finish the whole car as I had run out of time but eventually the whole body will be complete. So far I have clocked up 75 hours on the artwork (not including the prep or clear coat) with many more to come.

 

S: What inspires you to continue airbrushing?

H: I am constantly trying new projects that challenge me, whether it be fine art, body art or automotive. This keeps the world of airbrushing interesting –not that it could be boring- and it still has a certain ‘wow’ factor to the audience who don’t have an artistic knowledge. Almost like a ‘magic trick’.

 

S: What are your goals / targets for airbrushing? What do you want to achieve?

H: Everyday I see new goals on the horizon but I don’t have one that stands out in particular. Mostly they are focused on improving techniques, whether it be portraiture, body art, or combining contemporary art with the medium.

 

S: What does airbrushing mean to you?

H: Airbrushing allows me to create super realistic paintings that I struggled to create using traditional paints such as oils and acrylics.

 

S: Any advice to beginners looking to start airbrushing?

H: Doing classes and courses really helped my skills improve rapidly. It’s always fun to experiment and make your own mistakes but having a teacher pull you up on bad habits and provide small tips that you may not have thought of even considering definitely helps in the long run.

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Interview with Steve Gathercole – 2016 International Airbrush Competition

In our next interview, we learn more about Steve Gathercole, 3rd place winner in the Fine Arts category of our 2016 competition. Steve only took up airbrushing a few years ago and has been mostly self taught, so he offers some very helpful advice for newcomers and people thinking about taking up airbrushing! Visit his website, www.stevegathercole.co.uk, to see more of his work!

Sparmax (S): Please provide a brief background about yourself; including, when you started airbrushing and what the learning process was like?

Steve (SG): Although I had always been able to draw I had never tried painting but often wondered about the art of Airbrushing , then at the grand old age of  55 my wife bought me an ‘Airbrush Kit’ for Xmas. My first painting (a skull), was a mess I had no control, no idea about paints or reductions, didn’t realise the effect different media had and felt very confused over Opaque and transparent paints. I soon started searching the Internet for every free video or tutorial I could find, slowly but surely I started to get better.

Soon after I discovered http://www.airbrushtutor.com and eagerly attempted the free tutorials. Now in my third year of Airbrushing I am still self-taught through Youtube videos and help/advice from the excellent airbrushtutor forum.

My main subjects are wildlife but also like to attempt the occasional portraits, I have also attempted T-Shirts and a little Automotive work. After trying several paint supplies I settled with ETAC Efx and ETAC Private Stock, (Private Stock for T-Shirts and Automotive work) all water based paints. Just lately I have been experimenting with different media such as Synthetic paper, MDF coated with Gesso, Canvas and Metal, I still however prefer Claybord or Schoellershammer G4 paper, for overall versatility with regard to erasing and scratching.

 

S: Can you tell us a bit more about your work? How / why did you choose it? How long did it take, and what inspired you?

SG: I made friends with an amateur photographer in my village and asked if I could use any of his photographs for references. He was more than happy to give me permission, this particular shot was taken at the wildlife sanctuary on the edge of my village, I chose it as a challenge due to the water effect and the different levels of focus, I wanted to try and reproduce the feeling of depth. It took me 20 hours to paint, in five, 4 hours sessions.

 

S: What inspires you to continue airbrushing?

SG: There is always something new to learn, a new paint to try, different media or a new technique. I am continually trying to achieve better detail, I can see improvements but then I look at fantastic artwork from one of the professionals and think ‘Wow I want to paint as good as that ‘.

 

S: What are your goals / targets for airbrushing? What do you want to achieve?

SG: My goals are to achieve greater detail and paint photorealistic paintings, whilst my main interest is wildlife I would like to progress further with colour portraits and attend a professional portrait class.

 

S: What does airbrushing mean to you?

SG: Airbrushing to me is an escape from the real world where I can focus my mind and body producing artwork for my own and other people’s pleasure. Airbrushing rewards me with a feeling of relaxation and pleasure.

 

S: Any advice to beginners looking to start airbrushing?

SG: I started with the no name Airbrush supplied with the kit, this was not ideal for learning, don’t make the same mistake, a poor airbrush will hinder your development without you realizisng it, buy the best you can afford form the start. I quickly upgraded to a Badger Krome and immediately had more control, then finally last year I was bought an Iwata Custom Micron SB, the micron paired with ETAC paint is a match made in heaven. Research all the free video tutorials you can find and join a good forum, where you will find plenty of advice and help, such as http://www.airbrushtutor.com.

Interview with Milan Radulovic – 2016 International Airbrush Competition

Next up in our interview series is Milan Radulovic from Serbia, who won 2nd place in the Hobby / Model category in the 2016 competition. A photographer by trade, Milan has been building scale models for the past 6 years. You can check out his work on his website: http://www.artradulovic.com.

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Sparmax (S): Please provide a brief background about yourself; including, when you started airbrushing and what the learning process was like?

Milan (M): My name is Milan Radulovic. I was born in Cuprija, Serbia in 1972. I studied photography, and for the past 20 years that is my profession. My interest in aviation began in elementary school and continues to today. For the past eight years my primary interest is modelling and Aviation Art.

 

S: Can you tell us a bit more about your work? How / why did you choose it?

M: Building scale model kits is one of my hobbies for past six years. My interest is mainly for Jet Aviation, especially for the the Cold War era.

When I got, as a child, my first model airplane I knew what would be my hobby in the future. Unfortunately, it was a long time until the conditions are met for that but it is important that I have achieved my goal.

 

S: What inspires you to continue airbrushing?

M: Magnificent effects that I can achieve as well as constant improvements of my airbrushing skill that I can get with each new project looking at other fellow modelers works and experimenting with techniques are the main things that keep me going.

 

S: What are your goals / targets for airbrushing? What do you want to achieve?

M: My main goals while using airbrush during my work on scale models are to try to achieve both realistic and artistic look for my models in one. Airbrush is definitely the tool that gives me opportunity to achieve this goal.

 

S: What does airbrushing mean to you?

M: Airbrush is a special tool that gives me the opportunity to express my creative ideas.

 

S: Any advice to beginners looking to start airbrushing?

M: My advice to others using the airbrush: “Practice make’s it perfect” don’t be afraid, just try, experiment and don’t be afraid to pursue the ideas that you have yourself.

 

S: Do you have a website or blog?

M: Besides modelling, I have another hobby and that is Aviation art. So far I have finished over 60 drawings, mainly using, pencils, colored pencils and ink pen. Except drawings of Serbian AF, I have given a lot of attention to the Hellenic Air Force. Some of my drawings  you can see on my site www.artradulovic.com.