Gouache and Airbrushing: A Step-by-Step Demo

In this free excerpt from “Introducing the Airbrush” in The Artist’s Magazine (May 2013) by Daniel K. Tennant, he describes how he painted Apple and Strawberry (gouache, 8×10) using a traditional brush, in combination with an airbrush, for a flawless finish.

Demo:

Daniel K. Tennant demo with Gouache and Airbrushing

1. Underpainting: I applied the gouache underpainting with a traditional brush. The colors are flat and there’s hardly any detail or shading.

 

Daniel K. Tennant demo with Gouache and Airbrushing

2. Stenciling: Once the underpainting dried, I traced the apple on tracing paper and then put the tracing over a piece of newsprint. With an X-Acto knife, I cut out a newsprint stencil whose entire perimeter extended ¼-inch beyond that of the traced apple. (When cutting stencils, you may want to secure the tracing paper and newsprint to the glass with masking tape.) I attached the stencil over the underpainted apple and then used thin drafting tape to cover the ¼–inch border around the apple. This enabled me to apply a crisp, controlled airbrush spray and also helped keep the stencil attached to the painting.

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Daniel K. Tennant demo with Gouache and Airbrushing

3. Freehand Spraying: After removing the stencil of the apple, I used freehand spraying to create the cast shadows of the strawberry and apple, as well as the shading on the strawberry.

 

Daniel K. Tennant demo with Gouache and Airbrushing

4. Detailing With Brushes: With watercolor brushes I added details—leaves, apple stem, highlights and some lighter accents in the background—thus finishing Apple and Strawberry (gouache, 8×10).

 

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