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Dragon Slayer Truck Hood

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The Art of Richard Markham

 Step by Step Warrior woman and dragon

 After wet sanding the hood with 1500 sandpaper, I wipe the whole hood down with water, dry, and wipe once more with an automotive precleaner, then my canvas is prepared.

 

Warrior Woman and Dragon Airbrush Tutorial with Rich MarkhamSTEP 1

Using an opaque white in a full size automotive gun, and an opaque projector, I lightly sketch the picture on to the hood.

(Tech Tip 1: using a tack rag, tack off overspray often during your painting, so artwork doesn't get rough.)

 


 

Warrior Woman and Dragon Airbrush Tutorial with Rich MarkhamSTEP 2

Warrior woman:

Using a mixture of tinting white, translucent red oxide, brown, and translucent indo yellow , I over reduce (about 5 to 1) and begin coloring in and shaping the skin tone of the warrior woman.

 

Warrior Woman and Dragon Airbrush Tutorial with Rich MarkhamSTEP 3

With a mixture of violet and magenta, I create the dynamic shaping of the body, start some of the shadows, and shape the woman's armor and outfit.

 

Warrior Woman and Dragon Airbrush Tutorial with Rich MarkhamSTEP 4

With a mixture of phalo blue-green and black, I give shape to the cliff landing to which the woman is standing on, leaving the highlighted spots for the glow of the flame colors which come later.

 


Warrior Woman and Dragon Airbrush Tutorial with Rich MarkhamSTEP 5 

Now with a phalo blue straight translucent toner, I cover the entire outfit of the warrior woman, working from the darker shadows, to the light highlighted areas.

 

Warrior Woman and Dragon Airbrush Tutorial with Rich MarkhamSTEP 6

With opaque white over reduced (about 8 to 1 for highlighting) I finish up the last stages of the woman's outfit and flesh tones.

 

Warrior Woman and Dragon Airbrush Tutorial with Rich MarkhamSTEP 7

Then, using a clear masking, (either frisket film, contact paper, or clear transfer paper) I cover the entire woman, cut out around her, and prepare for painting a background behind her. (The masking will prevent overspray on your subject and create a very dramatic contrast between foreground and background.)

 


 

Warrior Woman and Dragon Airbrush Tutorial with Rich MarkhamWarrior Woman and Dragon Airbrush Tutorial with Rich MarkhamSTEP 8

Now for the Dragon:

With a mixture of translucent red oxide and deep violet, I shadow and shape the menacing monster.

(Tech Tip 2: Using the edge of my hand gives me some of the softest, and most realistic shadows.)

 

Warrior Woman and Dragon Airbrush Tutorial with Rich MarkhamSTEP 9

With translucent indo yellow, I coat the entire beast.

 

Warrior Woman and Dragon Airbrush Tutorial with Rich MarkhamSTEP 10

Then using the violet toner and a tinting black mixture, I shape the dragon's body further, leaving the belly, eyes, and palms of the claws the yellow base.

 

Warrior Woman and Dragon Airbrush Tutorial with Rich MarkhamSTEP 11

I repeat the masking procedure for the dragon and then begin with the red oxide (in a full size automotive gun) to shape the background inferno.

 

Warrior Woman and Dragon Airbrush Tutorial with Rich MarkhamSTEP 12

Using the same size full gun, I overlay and blend the indo yellow into the flame, creating vibrance.

 

Warrior Woman and Dragon Airbrush Tutorial with Rich MarkhamSTEP 13

Now I have the basic overall shape of the flame.

 

Warrior Woman and Dragon Airbrush Tutorial with Rich MarkhamSTEP 14

I then add and detail smaller flames throughout the scene, using opaque white to create the shape, and indo yellow to give the vibrant color.

 

Warrior Woman and Dragon Airbrush Tutorial with Rich MarkhamSTEP 15

Once the background is complete and I unmask the two characters, it's time to deal with those dreadful edges.

(Tech Tip 3: I get rid of some of the edges before I blend the background and foreground together by using 2000 grit sandpaper or even scraping the edge of a razor to knock the edge down, (very carefully!)

 

Warrior Woman and Dragon Airbrush Tutorial with Rich MarkhamSTEP 16

Once again, using the opaque white to create the flame, and translucent indo yellow to color it, I cover and blend the background and foreground together where necessary.

 

Warrior Woman and Dragon Airbrush Tutorial with Rich MarkhamSTEP 17

Finally the hood is ready to wrap it up with a high quality clear coat and buff.

 



Equipment used in this airbrush tutorial:


Airbrush: Ultima-TG

Air Source: Ultima Airbrush Air Compressor set between 40 and 65 PSI

Paint media: Choose from Ultima Air's large selection of Airbrush Paint Products.

Surface media: Paint on anythiung and everything, from cars to canvas!

Projector: Airtograph Super Prism