Acrylic on Illustration Board
18″ x 24″
This is a completely freehand airbrush painting of a young daughter of a friend of mine. The painting was done from a photoshoot I had done with the little girl and was airbrushed over the course of 5 hours as a demo I was doing at a local camera store. Over the past 18 years I have done thousands of hours of public demo paintings. The very first portrait I had airbrushed was done on stage at a coffee house in the town I was living in in 1997. Ever since that first public experience I have always loved painting where people can literally look over my shoulder and watch me airbrush. This painting was done on hot press illustration board using Com-Art transparent black paint thinned down almost 30-1 with water. The final dark blacks are done almost full strength from the bottle. I work transparently when doing portraits and build up dozens of layers of thinned paint very lightly until I achieve the proper values. In between layers I will use electric erasers, stylus erasers, kneedable erasers and x-acto knives to pull out the highlights and textures.