Frequently Asked Questions
Q: How do I operate an airbrush?
A: Operating an airbrush depends on the trigger mechanism.
* Single Action: Depressing the trigger starts the air. Control the amount of fluid being released by adjusting the fluid adjustment knob open or closed.
* Double Action: Depressing the trigger starts the air. Control the amount of fluid being released by moving the trigger backward for more fluid and forward for less. Note: You need air to make the airbrush spray the fluid – hold down the trigger while manipulating it back and forth.
* Trigger Action: Pulling back on the trigger starts the air. Pulling further back controls the amount of fluid being sprayed. This system is used on spray guns.
Q: Are there instructional books and videotapes available on the airbrush and spraying techniques?
A: There are many books on airbrush technique, particularly those that discuss basics, as well as an assortment of videotapes and DVDs. Iwata-Medea offers a full array of instructional videos, DVDs and books. Check your local art materials supply store for availability. A basic introductory course in airbrush technique is online at www.airbrushtalk.com.
Q: When is it appropriate for me to use an airbrush in my own work?
A: Anytime, but particularly when you want to achieve a soft look with no visible brush strokes. It can be used in conjunction with other media as well. Airbrushes make a nice addition to watercolor, acrylics, pastels, etc.
Q: Can I control the amount of air to the airbrush using the trigger?
A: You shouldn’t. The proper method of controlling the amount of air to the airbrush is to use a pressure regulator. A lot of people with in-house air systems will hook a regulator up to the bottom of their airbrush or spray gun and control the pressure from there. Airbrush users also tend to like having a pressure regulator near where they work (MAC Valves on Custom Microns and Hi Line brushes serve this purpose too).
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