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The Airbrush

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Video: The Airbrush

The Airbrush Pen is a specialty stylus aimed at replicating the ergonomics of a traditional dual-action airbrush. Traditional airbrush technique utilizes a choreography of airflow, color volume, and distance. The Airbrush Pen replicates this style of control, which requires practice to become proficient. It's a little bit like patting your head and rubbing your stomach at the same time. Let's go ahead and take a look. Now this is the pen itself, and you'll see it is a rather unusual shape, and you may be asking why does it look like this with this little porpoise-like appendage on it.

The Airbrush

The Airbrush Pen is a specialty stylus aimed at replicating the ergonomics of a traditional dual-action airbrush. Traditional airbrush technique utilizes a choreography of airflow, color volume, and distance. The Airbrush Pen replicates this style of control, which requires practice to become proficient. It's a little bit like patting your head and rubbing your stomach at the same time. Let's go ahead and take a look. Now this is the pen itself, and you'll see it is a rather unusual shape, and you may be asking why does it look like this with this little porpoise-like appendage on it.

A traditional airbrush typically will have an extension in the way it's built, so that it can handle the connection of a typical air hose, and it also often will have a receptacle here so that you can attach a small container containing either ink or paint. The other thing that's unique about the Airbrush Pen is that it has this little wheel on it, and what this wheel does is emulates a traditional airbrush's needle valve, which works in concert with the fact that you have this air blowing through it and by creating a slight vacuum, it's able to start sucking up the spray of the paint, and it atomizes and sprays it out into a very fine mist pattern.

But what the needle valve does is, as you close it, it more and more closes up the flow of the paint, and as a result, you can go from no paint all the way to full open paint, and then you have all of the variability in between that. So, that's basically what this does. Let's take a little look at how this works. So, I've got my pen here and at first it looks very normal, and we'll just spray a little bit here, and like a traditional airbrush, to emulate distance from the surface as I press down more and more, I'm emulating the distance from the surface, and that may look like a very fine line, but you literally can get an airbrush so close that you literally do reduce it down to that narrow of a line.

The other thing that we were talking about here was the actual wheel. As I adjust this wheel, you can see how I can subtly slow down my spray till it's completely gone. The third thing, and this is probably the most interesting property of this, is that using tilt, you can see how that shape is going from just a perfectly circular spray pattern, I'll do a little bit here, to a very elliptical pattern, and that kind of falloff of density is very, a signature look of traditional airbrush art, because what's happening is, the closest part of the airbrush is applying the most amount of spray.

But as you get farther and farther, you start to get less and less of a spray pattern until it tapers off to nothing. So, this ability to use this tilt becomes very germane to the way an actual airbrush will work. Another important point is that the standard Grip Pen uses tilted pressure, which is quite capable of controlled airbrush technique on its own. The airbrush pen is aimed at a very specific audience. If you are a member of that audience, you'll appreciate this stylus. Most artists, however, are not going to find this style of control life changing.

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  1. 4m 4s
    1. Welcome
      1m 46s
    2. Why use a tablet?
      1m 30s
    3. Exercise files
      48s
  2. 19m 18s
    1. Intro
      44s
    2. Drawing freehand
      2m 37s
    3. Tracing an existing image
      3m 17s
    4. Vector illustration
      4m 11s
    5. Using the tablet as a photo-retouching tool
      4m 28s
    6. Expressing yourself through painting
      4m 1s
  3. 12m 52s
    1. Intro
      25s
    2. A short history of the computing input devices
      2m 17s
    3. Understanding relative versus absolute positioning
      1m 47s
    4. Introducing the six axes of motion
      3m 15s
    5. An overview of the Wacom product line
      5m 8s
  4. 13m 52s
    1. Working with the Intuos: Symmetric and asymmetric placement
      2m 11s
    2. Using multi-touch on the Cintiq
      3m 41s
    3. Working with multiple displays
      3m 28s
    4. Going wireless
      4m 32s
  5. 36m 3s
    1. Intro
      27s
    2. Using the Wacom property pane
      2m 26s
    3. Setting up the tablet for handedness
      2m 20s
    4. Taking advantage of ExpressKeys
      5m 12s
    5. Utilizing the stylus side switch buttons
      5m 39s
    6. Using Precision mode
      3m 12s
    7. Improving application interaction with the radial menu
      6m 9s
    8. Using the Touch Ring
      5m 30s
    9. Saving multiple settings with the Wacom Tablet Utility
      5m 8s
  6. 17m 7s
    1. Intro
      25s
    2. The standard Grip Pen
      3m 40s
    3. The Art Pen
      3m 49s
    4. The Airbrush
      3m 30s
    5. Utilizing the eraser tip
      2m 23s
    6. Nibs: Tires for your stylus
      3m 20s
  7. 13m 0s
    1. An intro to tablet calisthenics
      44s
    2. Tablet calisthenics: Beginner exercises
      3m 16s
    3. Tablet calisthenics: Intermediate exercises
      3m 58s
    4. Tablet calisthenics: Advanced exercises
      2m 38s
    5. Tablet calisthenics: Master exercises
      2m 24s
  8. 12m 35s
    1. Setting up the Cintiq
      2m 57s
    2. Positioning the Cintiq for your working style
      2m 7s
    3. Optically aligning the Cintiq
      2m 44s
    4. Color calibrating your Cintiq display
      3m 32s
    5. Utilizing the hardware keys
      1m 15s
  9. 40s
    1. Next steps
      40s

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