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Journey of a tiger a beginner's tail

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  1. beginner-James

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    Well this is the start of my first picture.
    I've never ever airbrushed before so this is a record of the process from Material tool's and techniques and also practice done. This is going to be a long Journey hopefully with the help from this forums and Mr J Wagner's Youtube channel this man was responsible to me starting to airbrush.

    So to start of I chose a image I would like to paint then with the aid of Photoshop I divided the image in to four by slicing the image into 4 then I turned the image into BLACK & WHITE so I could trace it a bit easier. after I printed it I realised that if I inverted the Image I could cut out one prosses of the tracking so that is what I have done.
    Material used for this Project so far is as follows
    Plywood to mount the card on £13.00 hardware shop
    Hot pressed illustration board A1 but I think it's B1 £9.00 Hot press is smother that cold press
    Low tack masking tape
    A1 tracing paper £1.50 Hobby craft UK
    HB pencil
    paper to cover my painting (Too protect it while practicing)
    well That's it for the prepping of my First image " Journey of a tiger a beginner's tail"

    I will be adding images and maybe Video's as I move forward.
    James
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    You have to start somewhere, sounds like your on the right track,and the hardpress board will hold up better to eraser and scratching in the hairs on your tiger if that's the way your using to do it.?and remember to do light passes with your paints so you don't go to dark to fast,build up your painting as you go it will help alot!
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    Yes scratch and eraser is the technique Im going to try basepaint thank you for your support
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    Good luck. I’m looking forward to seeing the progress shots.


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    That’s the way I started, jump in feet first and learn by your mistakes lol
    You’ll tear your hair out but we’re all here to help you as you go. Don’t hesitate to pop up pictures as you, believe it or not we enjoy seeing all work from all levels
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    tracing a tiger 1.jpg In no rush but I have made a start. I'm in no rush as I'm waiting for materials.
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    OK so the other day I finished my tracing and went to trace on my A1 heat formed board when I found out it wasn't A1 at all no it turned out to be B2
    this size is US at 707 x 500 where as UK is A1 size is 594x841 so in my disgust I binned it so I now have to start again this time I have enlarged my drawing to A2 to give my self some room A2 is 420x594 the app I used is this http://www.papersizes.org/a-paper-sizes.htm

    only because I had A2 tracing paper pad to hand

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    Hello just a small update and a note to myself check board size and don't convert a colour reference image to B&W for tracing as colour has a lot more easy detail to follow. Tracing has now been done and I'm just sat checking it to make sure I have all the reference point I need. I've also striped my air brush(cheap one) polished my needle with a car paint cutting compound NOT TCUT but better and finer I'm just going to oil the threads as I reassemble my brush I've also ordered some brush cleaner. I was going to use isopropyl alcohol and water but changed my mind.

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    OK so yesterday i finished tracing tiger to illustration board and after the Tennis today I will set up a practice board and set up two brushes I have and practice so filling in strokes required for laying down burnt Senna

    I hope you can see the traced Tiger in the image down loaded from my phone.



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    Photo is to big to upload from phone i will upload from laptop in a minute or two
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