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A quick overview of the Artool “H” Stencil with Craig Fraser

“The “H” Stencil™ is a simple French-curve design that can help any artist improve their Artool® Freehand® Shield skills when airbrushing fire, smoke, dragon scales and any number of effects your imagination can conjure up. A huge advantage of the “H” Stencil™ is its specific one-handed design. By using one hand you can not only manipulate where you place the stencil, you can also change the shape of it by squeezing it together to morph an outlining edge. The outside radius on the three major legs perfectly match each internal radius, which allows the artist to create positive and negative curves such as the “inclusions” inside realistic fire and the negative space needed when rendering wisps of smoke. The gradual long curves also allow you to use the “H” part of your stencil to help shield and airbrush drop shadows on curved graphics and flames – without having to mask them off. Since it is often necessary to airbrush in different scales, the Artool® “H” Stencil™ is produced in two sizes. Do not let the simplicity of the “H” Stencil™ fool you. Remember the quote: “Less is more!” You will be surprised with the complex images you can create and complete with the simplicity of the “H” Stencil™. Good luck and let me know the various uses you find for this mylar beauty — it has become one of my favorite all-time Artool® Stencils. Keep an eye out for my upcoming articles and videos on its use!”