3 Question Interview with NightEyes Leather

Leather purse tooled and painted by Caitlin McCafferty aka NighEyes Leather

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1) What is a typical day like for you as a professional artist?

Most days involve a lot of spacing out, looking for the tool I just put down for about an hour and then finding it on the ground by my feet, petting my cat and possibly a mini cat photo shoot, and of course making art/ leatherwork.  This is often fueled by too much caffeine and I am typically listening to a podcast or have a David Attenborough nature documentary on in the background.  

2) Who are your favorite artistic influences?

  It is a bit unconventional but Nature is my number one artistic influence. Nothing beats the beauty and the terror that you see in Nature. Akira Kurosawa’s film Yojimbo has also been a huge influence on my work.  There is an absurd scene right in the beginning of a dog running with a severed human hand that I love and have referenced a lot.  Some more “traditional” artists that I am fond of are Raymond Pettibon, Mike Kelley, and David Shrigley because I love the humor in their work. 

3) How did you get into airbrushing?

  I swear I am not getting paid to write this, but if it wasn’t for Midwest Airbrush Supply Co.  I probably would have never gotten into airbrushing.  They are such a great resource if you are trying to enter into the world of airbrushing.  Not only do they have affordable starter kits that come with air compressors but the owner is super helpful if you have any questions.  Airbrushing has totally changed the trajectory of my leather work.  I still have a TON to learn when it comes to airbrushing but am super into the sick fades I’ve been achieving lately.

Tools of the trade: Paasche Talon TG and Paasche Talon TS

Intro to Handpainted Lettering with Ken Johnson – Friday April 24th 4pm to 8pm

Learn the fundamentals of hand-painted lettering the Ken Johnson way! Perfect for the absolute beginner or anyone wanting to brush-up on their skills. (Pun very much intended.) No experience necessary.

All equipment and materials are provided!

All workshops will be held at our store located at 860 N California Ave Chicago IL.

Scale Model Painting Workshops with Bryant Dunbar

Model Aircraft Airbrushing Workshop with Bryant Dunbar – Saturday March 21st, 11am to 3pmRegular price: $76.00Sale price: $75.00MAABS

Learn valuable model painting techniques from award winning model builder Bryant Dunbar!

In this comprehensive workshop sponsored by Grex Airbrush Company and Mission Models Premium Hobby Paints you’ll get some hands on experience and walk away with a painted aircraft.

The coarse will cover:

-Proper Airbrush Technique
-Hobby Paints Tutorial
-Paint Preparation
-Pre-Shading Panel Lines
-Single Color Camouflage Scheme
-Post Tinting
-Multi-Color Camouflage
Model Railroad Airbrushing with Bryant Sunday February 22nd 11am to 2pm

Learn valuable model painting techniques from award winning model builder Bryant Dunbar!

In this comprehensive workshop sponsored by Grex Airbrush Company and Mission Models Premium Hobby Paints you’ll get some hands on experience and walk away with a painted aircraft.

The coarse will cover:

-Proper Airbrush Technique
-Hobby Paints Tutorial
-Paint Preparation
-Weathering
-Post Tinting

New! Scale Model Workshops

Learn model painting skills from an award winning model builder!

All equipment and materials are provided! Sponsored by Grex Airbrush Co. and Mission Models Premium Paints.

Workshops held at our store located at 860 N California Ave Chicago IL.

For those coming in from out of town, we’re about a 9 minute Uber or Lyft ride from the Robey Hotel in Wicker Park and about a 20 minute ride from most hotels downtown.

Basics Airbrushing Seminar with Bryant Dunbar – Friday March 21 – 6:30pm to 8:00pm FREE!

Learn the basics of airbrushing from an award winning model painter!

Bryant Dunbar will be demonstrating:

-Basic Airbrush Techniques

-Breaking Down and Cleaning the Airbrush

-Selecting an Airbrush Based on Applications and Function

Sponsored by Grex Airbrush Co.

Model Aircraft Airbrushing Workshop with Bryant Dunbar – Saturday March 22, 11am to 3pm – $75

In this comprehensive workshop sponsored by Grex Airbrush Company and Mission Models Premium Hobby Paints you’ll get some hands on experience and walk away with a painted aircraft.

The coarse will cover:

-Proper Airbrush Technique
-Hobby Paints Tutorial
-Paint Preparation
-Pre-Shading Panel Lines
-Single Color Camouflage Scheme
-Post Tinting
-Multi-Color Camouflage

Model Railroad Airbrushing with Bryant Sunday – February 23nd 11am to 2pm – $60

In this comprehensive workshop sponsored by Grex Airbrush Company and Mission Models Premium Hobby Paints you’ll get some hands on experience and walk away with a painted railroad boxcar.

The coarse will cover:

-Proper Airbrush Technique
-Hobby Paints Tutorial
-Paint Preparation
-Weathering
-Post Tinting

Sponsored by Grex Airbrush Co. and Mission Models Premium Paints

Candy Pigment Colors vs Candy2O

A lot of customers have asked us about the difference between Auto-Air Candy Pigment Colors and Candy2O colors are. It can be kind of confusing because they are both called candies.

Candy pigment colors are actually the same as Wicked Detail Colors. They are very transparent and use fine pigments. Perfect for fine detail art such as automotive muraling.

Candy2O colors use dye for coloring instead of pigment. So they are super transparent and yet very bright. They are very thin and flow like water. These colors are typically spray over a metallic base for that true candy look and used primarily for graphics and even entire paint jobs.
 

New! ProAiir Solids Water Resistant Makeup Pallets

The all new ProAiir Solids alcohol/water based cakes work great in combination with ProAiir Hybrid Airbrush colors!

Activated by ProLong to keep the rich pigment color. For more transparent effect use 91%+ Alcohol. Cracking & air bubbles may be present due to the absence of phthalates (soft plastic). SOLIDS are a heavy dried pigment and may require extra brush working the pigment into desired consistency. May have to scratch the surface on Neons expecally.

Each 6 color Palette includes a 1 ounce bottle of ProLong.

SOLIDS are Phthalate-Free (Contain no Plasticizers). Also Gluten Free, not tested on animals, and skin safe. This formula is similar to powdered mineral makeup. Contents are not flammable and non-combustible.

Do not use on sunburned skin or open wounds. ProAiir is manufactured and packaged in USA.

Ken Johnson Airbrush Workshops – Updated!

Plenty of happy students at the Next Level Airbrushing Workshop and every ones dragon turned out great! Hope to see everyone next time. Photos by Jose Art.

All equipment and materials are provided!

Both workshops will be held at Midwest Airbrush Supply Co. located at 860 N California Ave Chicago IL. For those coming in from out of town, we’re about a 9 minute Uber or Lyft ride from the Robey Hotel in Wicker Park and about a 20 minute ride from most hotels downtown.

Intro to Airbrush with Ken Johnson Saturday November 16th 10am to 4pm

Learn fundamental airbrush techniques from a pro! Perfect for the absolute beginner or anyone wanting to brush-up on their skills. No experience necessary.

Saturday November 16th 10am to 4pm $99

Next Level Airbrushing with Ken Johnson – Sunday November 17th 9am to 5pm

This workshop is for the intermediate to advanced student who wants to take their skills to the next level. Whether you want to new learn tips and tricks to maximize profits as an artist for hire or just want to improve, this is an amazing opportunity to learn from one of the best airbrush instructors in the industry!

Sunday November 17th 9am to 5pm $149

For more information call 872-829-2275

Photos from Demo Day at Midwest Airbrush Supply Co.

Team photo: Greg, Chirs, Mira, Rob, Sol, Ludwig, Chep
Chriss Messer aka Futuristic Facepaint getting started.
Ludwig Tanchez aka AirLu throwing up a quick T-shirt demo.
Chep of Chepscustoms stays focused on his panel work.
Double duty! Chep also does some face painting on his girlfriend.
Jerry Chingas gets in tight with some scroll style pinstriping.

Halloween Pizza Party – Airbrush Demo Day!

This is a can’t miss event! Airbrush demos, pinstriping demo, face painting demo, custom airbrushed trucker hats, spooky caricatures, pizza and more…The party starts at 7 but the demos start at 6 because we just couldn’t pack it all in!

It’s all happening at our new store location:
860 N California Ave Chicago IL

Schedule could change or be added to. Follow us and we’ll keep you posted!

Demos:
6 pm – Face Painting Demo with Cheps Customs -Free
6:30pm – Pinstriping Demo with Jerry Chingas – Free
7pm – Airbrush T-Shirt Demo with AIRLU.Inc – Free
7:30pm – Illustration Airbrush Ink with Robert Parish – Free

Other Fun Stuff:
7pm to 8pm – SCAREicatures by Solomon Bovey – Free
8pm to 9pm – Custom Airbrush Trucker Hats by AIRLU.Inc – $10 Each