Can someone tell me what it is he is using around 3:00? Just curious, I've seen several artists use this plastic sheeting which they airbrush across next without damaging the image below. Can anyone tell me what it is/the process happening here? Thanks
Disclaimer: Not a pro..
To me it just looks like he's just airbrushing onto a sheet of mylar/velum/tracing stuff to boost the darks a bit.
Whatever he is using the overall effect is from all of them overlayed and not any individual bit. It wouldn't work without the drawings underneath. All the complicated stuff is done and he's just fading out some shadows.
Sorry, not terribly helpful but he's not doing anything fancy that I can see...
Frisket film: plastic film with a lo-tac adhesive which is standard airbrushing equipment.
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Until commercial frisket sheets were readily available that were any good, the ax guys would use tracing paper, non-waxed sandwich wrap, and even cleaners' bags with a coat of rubber cement applied and dried as friskits.
A number of really deft types often used stiff mylar or estar sheets cut with various shapes and corner angles without adhesive, using light pressure to hold the plastic in place and being careful with the direction of the air spray.
I often used the lighter shades of a plastic coloring film called Bourgis--beautiful and dependable, but no longer made.
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I must say, that man in the video has some incredible skill!
--edit-- I know nothing about airbrushing, except that I've heard it requires frequent cleaning of tools.
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Aha! So its intended to work like masking fluid in painting I'm assuming? Keeping either already completed work or other areas excluded from your current painting/working surface until its peeled off?
Thanks everyone for your help! Good to know exactly what its called, have been looking for something that would help in backgrounds for illustrations done in mixed media like this.
Yes, the best part of the sheet frisket however is that you can carefully put the piece back when the paint is dry and lift another piece to work on a different area. That doesn't work with the liquid version, which is mostly sold for watercolour and which I always had bad results with :/.
I've still got a bottle of that somewhere, it was one of those "I'm sure it'll come in handy sometime" purchases that I used twice..
I'll dig it out tomorrow for science..
Edit: yeah, it's solid.
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