You know that feeling that you get when you are in the zone? I mean that magical state when no matter what you do, your painting just seems to go beautifully? Suddenly your artwork seems more natural and flowing, like you have tapped into something inside yourself that is whispering gently in your ear exactly what to do....
It’s a great feeling, but unfortunately, it is not always that easy to get there. In fact, by definition, it's impossible to make it happen.Fortunately it is possible to create the conditions that make that experience more likely!One way to do that is to try some fun improvisational techniques.
Some artists might hate to admit it, but learning basic technical skills can be very important. Knowing the basics frees you up to create art that you want to without having to think about everything and re-invent the wheel every time. Fortunately, it can be super fun to learn basic skills if you are studying something fascinating and magical.
Check out this amazing improvisational airbrushing jazz!
This is the right way to get the
best of both worlds. You learn some amazing skills that let you improvise like
a master in a short amount of time. And oh, the best part, hardly anyone knows
how to do this stuff! Yes, it will take time and practice, but mastering the
basics of this new airbrush technique will give you the mojo to paint quick
landscapes, oceans, space scenes, underwater paintings, waterfalls, portraits,
illustrations and more. You will not only gain the ability to enter the flow
state more often, but also some amazing confidence at being able to improvise
For natural flow, it is hard to beat the air-brush. It will take some time and practice to master it fully but it is well worth the effort. Airbrushing can lend a more natural looking feel to your work – where in nature do you see brush strokes? It can also be used for creating dramatic effects and magical landscapes.
When you do this new wet-on-wet airbrush technique, you will be using thin layers of wet paint. These layers then get modified. You will have some control over the process, but many of the cool things happen all by themselves. That is the real magic.
Learn how to airbrush like Bob Ross!
To start off with, you need to trust your paint. You will be working with wet-on-wet colors which will often blend together in cool ways. Learning these new techniques means letting the paint do half the work for you! But to make that happen, you need to be patient at times when you just want to keep working. You have to learn to resist that urge, especially when painting galaxies and waves! When working with very wet paint, you will see the most beautiful whirls and swirls developing quite naturally. If you overwork these, before they dry you’ll end up disappointed later.
Working with these techniques is like an artistic koan. Since we can't completely control what's happening with our colors, the logical side of the brain gets confused and turns off and your more creative side can take charge. That is not to say that you have no control, only that you are going to learn to let go a bit. Trust me, it feels amazing.
This may feel a bit scary or weird at the beginning, especially if you are used to having complete control and working with a tiny brush, but try to let the fear go. Remember what it was like when you were a kid and got your first set of finger paints? You saw the world your way – the sky could be green or purple or whatever color you felt like – you weren’t inhibited.
Airbrushing allows you to access that inner child again and, if you embrace it, your work will be truly magnificent.
Alisa Amor teaches amazing cutting edge airbrush techniques that any artist can master. Check out Airbrushing techniques, spray paint art style or Spray Paint Art Secrets Techniques And Tutorials Lessons to get a free lesson and start having fun!