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Scorpion Hayabusa Tank

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Scorpion Hayabusa Tank

 

Scorpion Hayabusa Tank Airbrush Tutorial by Richard Markham

STEP 1

First thing I do is lay transfer tape out everywhere my artwork will be covering. Then, I am going to transfer my sketch onto the transfer tape. I do this by tracing the pencil lines that already have been drawn out on the opposite side. This is a technique similar to using carbon paper. The lead therefore transfers onto the masking, while adding lead to the side I am tracing. I then flip the sketch over and trace the second side the same way.

 

Scorpion Hayabusa Tank Airbrush Tutorial by Richard Markham
STEP 2

I then carefully cut, (with a brand new sharp razorblade) and remove the opening side of the masking where the artwork will be.

 

Scorpion Hayabusa Tank Airbrush Tutorial by Richard Markham
STEP 3

Then using Auto Air Medium Gray reduced about 30%, I lay in the base coat of the artwork, concentrating most of my spray in the center of the cutout areas and avoiding the edges of the masking to reduce the edge build up.

 

Scorpion Hayabusa Tank Airbrush Tutorial by Richard MarkhamSTEP 4

Then using a 50-60% reduced Auto Air Transparent Black mixture, I start to shape, shadow, and create texture to the artwork. Note: Make sure you don’t overdo it on your shadows and make them too dark because they won’t stand out as much when unmasked against the darker background.

Scorpion Hayabusa Tank Airbrush Tutorial by Richard MarkhamSTEP 5

In this step, it is very important that you reduce the Auto Air Transparent White about 60-70% or even more, to create the nice, fine, detailed highlights. Reducing the white down is the key to achieving the fine detail, but you have to take your time and work up your details slowly and not rush it, which could cause splattering. If you have the control and patience you will enjoy and get lost in this step creating detail. If you don’t have the control yet, it could be very frustrating and discouraging. There’s only one way to get the control though, and that’s practicing it and time on the gun.

Scorpion Hayabusa Tank Airbrush Tutorial by Richard MarkhamSTEP 6

It was hard to capture this step in a photo because it shows more when the clear is applied. I have removed the   masking, and put a shadow on the bottom side of the artwork.

 

Scorpion Hayabusa Tank Airbrush Tutorial by Richard MarkhamSTEP 7

This photo shows both sides completed and ready for the inside mural of the scorpion and his lair of burning bones.

Scorpion Hayabusa Tank Airbrush Tutorial by Richard Markham STEP 8

I used a clear frisket film to cover the artwork so that I could see accurately to cut exactly on the edge. Then I covered the rest of the tank with the transfer paper, so as not to get any overspray on the rest of the tank while all the rest of the stages were being worked on.

* Once the existing artwork has all been covered, I lighten up the whole center area a bit so that I can have a base to start my mural.

Scorpion Hayabusa Tank Airbrush Tutorial by Richard MarkhamSTEP 9

In this step I am transferring my image over to the tank by tracing the front side of the drawing onto the tank (the back side has been covered with lead, by simply scribbling on it with a soft lead pencil.) This is creating a quick and simple, homemade carbon paper.

Scorpion Hayabusa Tank Airbrush Tutorial by Richard MarkhamSTEP 10

Once I have got the image transferred onto the tank, I take a 50% reduced mixture of the Auto Air Transparent White and lighten up the main subject of the mural. This way it will stand out a bit more than the rest of the painting.

Scorpion Hayabusa Tank Airbrush Tutorial by Richard MarkhamSTEP 11

Then going back to the Transparent black mixture again, I shade, shadow, and create detail in the scorpion the same way I did the detail in the side surrounding graphics earlier.

Scorpion Hayabusa Tank Airbrush Tutorial by Richard MarkhamSTEP 12

Once all the detail has been created in the scorpion and some background bones have been added with the same black mixture, I can then start creating all the highlighted areas and build up the glowing areas of the fire I will be adding. I am using my very thinned down white mixture for these steps. Remember to keep the mixture shaken up occasionally because it will tend to settle very quickly when its this thin.

Scorpion Hayabusa Tank Airbrush Tutorial by Richard MarkhamSTEP 13

After all my highlights and glowing areas of my fire have been created, I then will go over most of the scene with Auto Air Transparent Red Oxide, leaving some light areas for the yellow to illuminate in later steps. You will want to work this on in layers, drying in between until you get the color your looking for.

 

Scorpion Hayabusa Tank Airbrush Tutorial by Richard MarkhamSTEP 14

Here I am adding even more detail to the scorpion and the fire in which I want to really stand out when the yellow is applied. This will help build up layers and depth in your painting because your eye will focus on the lighter areas first. Keep this in mind when you are high lighting so you only brighten what you would like to stand out.

Scorpion Hayabusa Tank Airbrush Tutorial by Richard MarkhamSTEP 15

Finally, in this step you will apply a generous amount of Auto Air’s Transparent Yellow over all of the artwork drying and building it up slowly, so as not to apply too quickly and make it run, look fish-eyed, or uneven.