Airbrush vs handpaint

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  • #1537605
    LZ
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    I wanted to try doing a PYO, but have no experience using an airbrush. It is possible for a PYO to look good using just painting by hand? Is that not recommended? Will the brush strokes stand out too much against the sculpted details?

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    #1537606
    etruscan
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    Almost all the PYOs you see in these threads are hand painted.

    #1537607
    Kyla
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    If you go to my gallery, Kyla- all my PYO are done with acrylic paint.  I do not know how to use an airbrush.  I am addicted to the PYO’s.  Do one every winter.  Enjoy!!!!

     

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    #1537608
    Mika
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    I have a personal airbrush at work and I use it to paint over a large area (almost always underbelly scales) so it’s nice and smooth. The rest is painted by hand.

    The store has PYO muses if you want something to practice on since they have a bunch of different textures.

    #1537616
    Prezaurian
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    Don’t let the fact that the production pieces are mainly airbrushed stop you from considering other ways of painting the PYOs.  There have been many beautiful PYOs created by forum members using a lot of different methods of painting.  There has been a forum member who used a dip method, some have used pastel powders, some pearl ex powders, some ink and many have used acrylic paint in washes or completely undiluted.  I believe Melody (if I remember correctly) once did a piece (production piece I think) in gold leaf and a PYO in edible stains (tea, turmeric, etc).  All of these pieces have been beautiful and amazing to look at.

    Don’t hesitate to play around.  And if you really want to try airbrushing, that’s great too!  Look around the forum and pick the style of painting that attracts you the most and that you think you’ll have the most fun with.  Its all a learning process to have fun with.  🙂

    #1537617
    Kujacker
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    The photos in my gallery were all painted exclusively with pastels (the exception being the mask on the kitsune).

    I’ve used an airbrush in the past on pyos. I find them messy, and too time consuming to properly clean. While it made the paint smooth with a nice transition, I didn’t feel it was worth it in the long run. I ended up throwing away two airbrushes.

    #1537622
    Bodine
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    My gallery shows acrylic,air brush and pearl-ex powders w/acrylics.Any questions don’t hesitate to ask.

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    #1537628
    Landipan
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    Like most other PYO painters here, my pyo gallery is filled with pieces that were hand painted with acrylics. I definitely would love to try out airbrushing someday, as it seems like it would be SO much easier to do smooth color transitions, but as of right now I’m fine sticking to hand painting, since it’s definitely the cheaper method xD. Hand painting smooth transitions can be time consuming and frustrating at times(and not always seamless), but it’s good enough for me at this point.

    I think the only sculpt I’ve had trouble with brush strokes showing up is the PYO Sushi cat, as it doesn’t have any fur, feathers, or scale texture to hide brush strokes, they’re just super smooth. You just have to try and keep your paint layers thin so that as they build up there won’t be TOO many visible brush strokes.

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    #1537630
    Ela_Hara
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    I don’t have an airbrush either and mainly hand paint. I sometime also use canned spray paints – which I’ve used to paint multiple colored/transitional base colors on some PYOs. I need to add my pieces back into my Gallery, buy you can also view some of mine from my deviantArt account.

    Try it! It’s really fun and you’ll get LOTS of encouragement from all of us!

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    #1537776
    bayoudragon
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    I have an airbrush, but I rarely use it.  I only use it to prime larger pieces like the griffin and keeper.  Everything else is completely hand-painted.  And I agree with Landipan… on the smoother sculpts just go thinner with your paint.  I have pieces in my gallery as well if you want to take a look.

    #1537806
    Melody
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    I wanted to try doing a PYO, but have no experience using an airbrush. It is possible for a PYO to look good using just painting by hand? Is that not recommended? Will the brush strokes stand out too much against the sculpted details?

    Hand painted things look FANTASTIC! You need to choose a type of paint that is fluid, so the brush strokes don’t show. The kind of acrylic paint that comes in a tube is usually designed to mimic oil paints, and it really shows the brush strokes. The liquid  liquid stuff  works better for hand painting,  I think.

    #1537832
    LZ
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    I’ve only ever done oil painting, but very few of my paintings show dimensional brushstrokes due to thicker paint because I personally don’t like seeing them (which irritated my painting teacher in college, who preferred seeing thick paint). I saw on another thread on here, though, to not use oil on the Windstone PYOs. I just ordered a kirin, so we will see how that goes.

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    Sitting young oriental dragon koi gold and white

    #1537838
    Kujacker
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    Yeah, don’t use oils on a pyo. The gypsum needs to breathe. Basically everything else is a go, though.

    #1537886
    LZ
    Participant

    What about using enamel? I have a box full of Testors and others from when I was doing costume accessories.

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    Sitting young oriental dragon koi gold and white

    #1537891
    Zexious
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    What a cool thread; sounds like you should purchase a few and get experimenting! 😉

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