AirBrush Needed?

Submitted by John on 3/29/05 at 8:06 PM. ( )

I don't have an airbrush rightnow and I was wondering if I really need one when I am just starting out on deer. If I don't need one which type of paint would be best to use on different parts of teh deer.

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This response submitted by Mr. T on 3/29/05 at 10:43 PM. ( )

If you are just starting out, and you want to do it right, get an airbrush and make it part of the project on every deer you do. Get a video on mounting and finishing by Dennis Behn. (sp) He will show you how to paint and what basic colors to use. But don't try to do halfass mounts, especially while learning. The first one or two deer wont matter, but if this is going to be something that you like to do, GET AN AIR BRUSH!

Bull you dont need an airbrush for deer

This response submitted by John C on 3/29/05 at 11:26 PM. ( )


Thats bullcrap. You can do everything with an artist brush and artist oil poaints, then a spray can to gloss the nose.

Hell you can even do fish with an artist brush. and gloss with a can.

The brush is nothing more than an extention of your mind. learn to use them. on deer I never use an airbrush.

Plus if you use water based or lacquers you tend to get the deer head a glossy look where it should be soft.


This response submitted by Steve D on 3/30/05 at 6:13 AM. ( )

I started out 24 years ago using oil paints and a brush and within a couple of years found that an airbrush was the way to go John C is right you don't NEED an airbrush and im sure that allot of people still use oil paints. But I think in almost any video ive ever seen the person mounting and finishing the mount uses an airbrush, why because its easier to tone the fish deer bird ect and get a more uniform overall coverage, and it really is faster with an airbrush, and to easy to make the item look painted with the oil paints. You only want to tone mounts when finishing them not paint them, allot of places will need to be almost transparent when done (ears, fins, webbing ECT). Things like toning the inside of a hair filled deer's ear is allot easier to do with air rather than a brush. Do your self a favor if you're just starting out get an airbrush and do it that way, you'll be glad you did. Is it a matter of preference? Probably, but look in books, videos, talk to other taxidermists you'll find that most people prefer airbrushes. Im sure that the oil paints work great for John C and others but air is much easier and faster (which really counts in commercial work) to use. Just my .02cents

Try it both ways.......

This response submitted by Jer on 3/30/05 at 11:44 AM. ( )

and decide for yourself.Its only paint, if you don't like it you can always remove it and try a different approach...You don't NEED to use an airbrush but you will likely find that you prefer the airbrush for some of the finishing and go to the bristles for other finishing.

dont use air brush either

This response submitted by paul e on 3/31/05 at 7:26 AM. ( )

by the time i got a air brush
i had adjusted the whole process so minimal painting was needed
then over time i got better abd better
use good hide paste like Epo-Grip
tuck everything in place for a couple of days
flesh and shave thin i mean real thin all around the eyes and nose
and mouth area
use a little skin so soft around all exposed areas of nose
eyes and lip
you can use oil for this also
get as good as you can with as little painting in mind
and youll find less and less painting needed

painting the ears

This response submitted by abfishmonger on 3/31/05 at 10:42 PM. ( )

I tried paint the ears with oil and a brush and I sure made a mess I wish I wouldn't have cause they look better plain. If I had to do it again what is the correct way?

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