Airbrushing Torn Metal Ant Bike

Airbrushing Torn Metal

Airbrush torn metal tutorial Lee will take us step by step thru airbrushing torn metal and the rest of the design in his great looking ant bike project. This is part one of three. Written by Lee Diaz, his web site  brought to you by Airbrush Technique Magazine

Airbrushes used:

Iwata: HP-BC, HP-BC+, HP-C+, HP-BH, HP-CH, HP-BCS, Eclipse G6, CM-B
A dear friend of mine from Ohio asked me to do some artwork on his Kicker5150 mini-chopper. Naturally with a name like Piss ant the theme wasn’t hard to come up with. He just wanted an ant on steroids on the tank and the rest I should come up with. So I decide to go with an ant’s head coming out of the top of the tank with the paint tearing out around the head. This is the process and I hope ya dig it!

 Airbrushing Torn Metal Ant Bike
Harley Tank
 Airbrushing Torn Metal Ant Bike
prep and scuff

First I start buy cleaning the freshly based black surface with a water based wax/grease remover.

 

 

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masking the tank

Next I partially wrap transfer tape around the tank and cut in areas without making any contact with the surface to get it to lay flat.

 

 

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masking

Then mask whatever parts at the bottom of the tank that the transfer tape did not cover.

 

 

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drawing the design
 Airbrushing Torn Metal Ant Bike
cutting design
 Airbrushing Torn Metal Ant Bike
pulling masking off
 Airbrushing Torn Metal Ant Bike
ready for paint

Now I start to draw out the edge of the tears with a fine line sharpy and then start to cut it out very carefully with a hobby knife blade. I always make sure that the blade is brand new and when it starts to get a little dull I change immediately. The pressure you put on the blade should only be enough to score the transfer tape and not the painted surface.

 

 Airbrushing Torn Metal Ant Bike
spray silver
 Airbrushing Torn Metal Ant Bike
spraying silver

Next I start to spray the color of the tear graphic. I chose the color silver because the metallic look it gives off.

 

 

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spraying blue
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start airbrushing 1

I then take a reduced transparent blue and spray over the silver to give it a slight hue of blue. Now I start to come in with black to give the tears their folds, creases and shadows. I also come in with white for highlights.

 

END PART ONE

 

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