Friday, November 05, 2010

Carl Thompson Air Brush Artist

Although I was completely knackered after another day on the market I couldn't miss the chance to see Carl Thompson in action doing his airbrush art at the Ludlow Art Society monthly meeting.
I had met Carl earlier this year at the Craven Arms Art Walk-his work is absolutely stunning.The Detail is amazing and I was intrigued to see just how he achieved it!
Carl started his demo by explaining how the airbrush works and how he mixes the inks and acrylic he uses--he then did a demo of his portraiture by doing part of an Elvis picture in sepia tones  -it was amazing to see it taking shape so quickly.
He then went on to take a simple leaf he had photographed and went through how he got the exact colour he needed-and how he built up the colour through lots of glazes rather than a solid block of colour.It was very interesting to see the drop of water being created -it loos so realistic-even if poor Carl ran out of time before he could finish it properly! It certainly gave us all something to think about ---Carl gave me the leaf picture he was working on to bring home-and Ive come to the conclusion it would take a much longer time to do using oils or acrylics than airbrushing, though I know Carl spends days and days on his paintings.Take a look at his website and see his work for yourselves--its amazing stuff.

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