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Air Brush Practice

Discussion in 'Beginners' started by Jon Heller, Jul 10, 2020.

  1. Jon Heller

    Jon Heller New Member

    I am looking for some assistance in getting started in trying to do two fish replicas that I caught. Using a Paasche H series air brush. I have found many different paint schedules for lacquer paints for Large Mouth and Small Mouth Bass and getting really confused. I am also looking for practice paper stencils of LG and SM bass. Any recommendations or guidance?
  2. Westcoast

    Westcoast Active Member

    I recommend that you get a solid training DVD to watch and replicate. You are going to get too many different opinions on here that will pull you in too many different directions. Airbrushing fish replicas is not rocket science and it’s really not even taxidermy. It’s more like automotive painting on a smaller scale. Get a training video and follow it
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  3. Frank E. Kotula

    Frank E. Kotula master, judge, instructor

    First off there’s nothing confusing about different paint schedules for fish. As time goes on you’ll be able to develop your own and throw them away and look at your references as all fish artists should be doing and painting your clients fish to match his fish. Remember this , like us humans they come in all different shapes , sizes and colors depending on their environment and food.
    As for good practice, find a good pic on the net , copy it ( as long as it’s not copyrighted) make it black and white. Now paint this. Print off a whole bunch of them. This way you can compare how your skills are improving. Also painting a repro is also great but you’ll be stripping it a lot and won’t know how your improvements are coming along.
    Now the brush you have is a very basic one and not good for detail work as it depends on air pressure to push your paint out to whereas a top fed one uses gravity to let the paint flow out and air dispenses it .
    Make sure you thin your paints with lacquer or acetone ( I like acetone) and a drop or three of retarder in your paint to get a good flow.
    It’s going to take time and practice to learn it
    Here’s a good read on airbrushes Good luck
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  4. romared403

    romared403 New Member

    Last edited: Jul 17, 2020
  5. Westcoast

    Westcoast Active Member

    Frank, why do you prefer acetone over lacquer thinner to thin down your paints?
  6. Frank E. Kotula

    Frank E. Kotula master, judge, instructor

    It breaks down the molecules in the paint ( example jaw breakers O that size add acetone and you get . that size) to which gives you a better flow through your gun . I hope that explains it
  7. Westcoast

    Westcoast Active Member

    Explains it enough that I understand, thank you for the information
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