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Airbrush: Iwata Eclipse – HP-CS
Paint: Com-art Opaque black, Opaque deep red, Transparent Ultramarine blue, Transparent Moss green, Transparent Cadmium yellow, Medium/transparent base.
Stencil: Artool “The Bird”
Frisket: The “Original” frisket
Knife: Olfa AK3tools

Source your desired photo or take one yourself. Print it out the size you would like to paint it.flag_01

Using graphite paper, trace your image. If you are not able to print it the size you will be painting it or it will be on an curved or uneven surface, then draw it as good as you can with a removable pencil.flag_02

This is basically what you will be left with. I also drew in some of the folds with dashed lines. this will distinguish between cut lines and folds.flag_03

Keep the reference nearby.flag_04

Using an opaque black and mixing it 1:4 with medium (paint:medium), you start filling in the folds.flag_05

Some lines have hard edges so you should use a shield.flag_06

Continue with all the folds keeping an eye on the reference.flag_07

Use the airbrush at an angle to get a sharp edge on the one side and a blend on the other.flag_08

Then you are done.flag_09

Cover the entire image with frisket and cut all the cut lines.flag_10

Starting with the lightest colour. In this case, the white is already done and will stay covered for the entire project. The yellow is next.flag_11

The yellow is a transparent yellow so you will not need as much medium as what the opaque black required. It is a 1:2 (paint:medium) mixture. Start building it up till you’ve reached the minimum value as per your reference.flag_12

You can then build up the other values as per your reference. Go over the black blends so that you can shift their colour.flag_13

Cover the colour you’ve just done and open the next. In this case the blue. If you are confident that the paint is dry you can use the frisket mask you removed earlier. But you have to be sure to put it back perfectly as you might get overspray if there are any gaps.flag_14

With the blue being a darker colour then the yellow, you reduce it more. In this case it was 1 paint to 3 medium. Start building up the whole surface to the minimum value on the reference.flag_15

Again, fill in the darker bits and colour the black shading.flag_16

Repeat the process with the red. Although the red is an opaque paint, it is not very opaque so a 1:1 mixture of paint and medium was fine.flag_17

Again, repeat the process with the green. The green was mixed with a bit of yellow as well. So it was 2 parts green, 1 part yellow and 4 parts medium.flag_18aflag_18b

Last steps are the black. In the reference there is no detail in the black so you have to make it up. Remember, here you are using opaque black so reduction will be more but not as much as the initial shading stage as in step 5. Use a 2:5 mixture. Again, cover the whole area and darken the shadows.flag_19aflag_19b

Remove all the masking and you are done.flag_20