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

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

New Needles from Harder Steenbeck!

New! Stronger, Better, Easier Needles installed in Harder Steenbeck airbrushes

The new V2 needles are made from a material 1/3 harder than previous needles.

The design has improved too with a double taper right where the paint breaks free from the needle. Making it optimal for detail work and better flow.

Plus! They also now have notches shaped on the back of the needle which indicate size, making it easier to change sizes.

Airbrush Step By Step Magazine

With Airbrush Action on hiatus for the time being, airbrushers are left looking for a new publication to be inspired by and kept you up to date on all things airbrush. Enter Airbrush Step By Step magazine, the international publication that’s bee around for years but mainly served a European audience with both its German and English versions.

Alberto Vargas

Image result for alberto vargasThe master of pinup art Alberto Vargas would thin out watercolor paint (they didnt make airbrush paint back then) and spray it through a Paasche turbine airbrush to make his perfect gradations. His mastery of the airbrush is acknowledged by the founding of the Vargas Award, awarded annually by Airbrush Action Magazine, which was named after him. However you wont find too many photos of Vargas using an airbrush. That’s because in his day, the airbrush was a trade secret that establishment artist thought of as cheap and looked down they’re noses at. A Peruvian born son of a photographer, Vargas, moved to the United States in 1916 after studying art in Europe. He started his career making movie posters in Hollywood and eventually became a regular contributing artist for Esquire and Playboy magazine. Numerous Vargas paintings have sold and continue to sell for hundreds of thousands of dollars. They have an amazing collection of original paintings by Vargas and other commercial artists of his time at the Paasche Airbrush Co. factory.
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Friday the 13th Halloween Art Show

Sideshow Gallery, Midwest Airbrush Supply and Revolution Brewery have put together an art show guaranteed to scare the hell out of you! Or, at least impress the hell out of you with some bad-ass artwork from some extremely talented airbrushers and other artists alike.

Feast your eyes on some ghastly nightmare clown portraits from Christian “Crispy” Pena,  peer into the twisted mind of airbrush wiz Ron “Brutal” Jordan or just have your final breathe taken away by the deeply disturbing and masterful ink renderings of gore mag master “Putrid” Matt Carr. Plus, get shocked and horrified by some dark-sided 3D custom airbrush projects by Jesse Lopez and Damon Rowley. And if that weren’t enough to lure you in, come see a creepy collection of art by airbrush icons Javier Soto and Steve Driscoll.

So why not test your luck this Friday The 13th and stop by for some libations and browse an incredible selection of original artworks and prints!

Where: Sideshow Gallery 2219 N Western Ave Chicago IL

When: Friday October 13th 7PM to 11PM

HR Giger

H.R. (Hans Ruedi) Giger may be the most famous artist to prolifically use an airbrush. The vast majority of his early paintings were done with thinned acrylic paints  sprayed through an airbrush. He was very creative in finding objects to use as stencils such as machine parts and templates that he would use in a repetitive manner to create his fantastic and often frightening bio-mechanical creatures and landscapes.

 

Man Ray

One of the pioneers in bringing airbrush into the world of fine art was an avant-garde artist by the name of Man Ray. Man Ray worked in a variety of materials and was a contributor to the Dada and Surrealist movements. He loved the airbrush for its ability to produce an industrial like appearance with no brush strokes. Around 1919 he produced a series called “Aerographs” in which he used hand made stencils as well as household objects as stencils.

Seguidilla 1919

Early Airbrush Stigma

This amusing illustration for a paper advertisement is by William Addison Dwiggins. It pokes fun at airbrush artists of the time. It depicts of a weary artist, slouched in an armchair, using an airbrush to create a painting while a servant operates the hand-pump compressor and a monkey holds up a stencil for him. Many artists looked down their nose at those who used airbrushes and especially stencils. There was resistance to this new “machine” being intermingled into art and illustration. This stigma somewhat still exists today and most fine art schools still do not teach airbrushing.

The compressor depicted is actually somewhat realistic in that back then compressors for an airbrush were hand pump as were early vacuum cleaners.

 

“The New Ideas in Illustration” advertisement by S.D. Warren & Co. (Print, vol. V, no. 4, 1915). Illustration and lettering by W.A. Dwiggins (1914)

The complete airbrush apparatus with air pump and connections. Detail from The Manufacturer and Builder vol. XXII, no. 5 (May 1890), p. 98