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.
The often overlooked Evolution Series from Harder & Steenbeck is built with the same quality and exacting standards as the super popular Infinity Series. However, H&S is able to offer this line at a lower price point by cutting out some of the less important features (such as quick fix handle and distance cap.)
For about a year or so now you may had noticed that frisket film has been almost impossible to come by. All major brands like Artool, Badger and Grafix were completely sold out of rolls and pads and not making any new frisket at all. This is because the manufacture that made the special adhesive used in making frisket film went out of business and was evidently the single source for all the brands making it.
Grafix has finally released a frisket film using a new adhesive formula that is getting some good feed back and will most likely become the new standard. The film as always is still easy-to-cut, repositionable, translucent and wrinkle-proof.
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.
With its .2mm hand polished needle the Paasche Vision airbrush can achieve INCREDIBLE detail. Passche really stepped up their game when they released this a few years ago as they phased out the famous AB turbine airbrush. This airbrush is no joke!
💀💀💀 TGX-2F (Set) $163.22 TGX-0L (Airbrush Only) $110.57
I want this gun (airbrush) so so bad just can’t afford it right now. Man I want to spray with it. ❤️❤️❤️😱😱😱🤤🤤🤤🤤🤤🤩🤩🤩🤩🤩
I love love paasche airbrush. 🤩
I recently returned to Paasche!! I purchased the TA#2. I was stuck overpaying for Iwata parts, whenever a tip or needle would get bent!! They had me over a barrel!! But, NO MORE!!!! I started out with the VL#3, as a t- shirt artist. And, I loved embarrassing my coworkers! I could pull a finer line, with my #3 needle than they could, with the finest needle that Iwata had ta offer!! I am so, INCREADIBLY happy, now that I have the best, back in my hands!!!!! PAASCHE RULES!!! find me at docgomez6, on Instagram…
Been itching to try this bad boy…keep me posted as you use it
Wish that cup was smaller. That thing is a five gallon bucket! 😂
@airbrushgary it is rather large. Check out the Raptor if youre in to smaller cups. Might profile that one next.
oh really wow I’ve been in the dark or just blinded with iwata.
Paasche is truly awesome!! I’d pick Paasche over iwata…lol…I just did!!!
The 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.