The decision was made not that long ago that I was going to learn something of value this summer. What that value will be is still in the works, but the skill chosen was airbrushing. I plan on learning not only art airbrushing, but cosmetic as well, and have taken the first few steps into that world. The first and most important step was coming up with an airbrush, compressor, and way of learning.
Enter the Iwata Airbrush Beginners Set. (Recently released!)
Cracking open the box you find a little of everything you need to get started.
The Iwata Ninja Jet Compressor, which is very small and easy to transport. Surprisingly very durable as well. (This one has been knocked around a bit already) It states that the maximum pressure is 30 PSI and you have a nozzle to adjust your pressure as needed.
The Iwata NEO CN Gravity Feed Double-Action Airbrush. It states in the literature that this brush was designed to work well at lower pressures for when you are using a portable compressor. I’ve found that it is a narrow channel brush, which means it does work well with all varieties of paints, but some you would expect to use need to be diluted to get the results you want. (And not clog the nozzle)
They’ve thrown in the Iwata Table-Top Airbrush Cleaning Station, which was a lifesaver for me, as I would readily be spraying out into cloths (and into the air) to clean my brush.
“Basic Airbrush Techniques: Book by Robert Paschal. Decent book, not terribly in depth on most things, but it explains friskets, pressure, and all the basics you need to get started airbrushing.
5 – double sided excersise sheets
2 – 1 fluid ounce Com-Art Airbrush paints (black & red)
1 – 1 fluid ounce sample of Medea airbrush cleaner
8 – sheets of Artool Frisket Film
Iwata art knife (to cut Frisket film)
Impressive to me is that they really have gone to great lengths to ensure that this would be a catch-all for the beginning airbrush artist. They’ve given you the most basic tools needed, simple and easy to follow instructions, something to clean your brush with, which is vital, and projects to get you started.
I will soon be embarking into a journey towards fantasy and gore with my airbrushing. You can pick up this kit at Chicago Airbrush Supply (an official Iwata dealer) for its regular price of $330. You could always pick up a Ninja Compressor and NEO airbrush and start on your own without instruction.
Couple of tips on cleaning? Why not, before we go. I picked up a cheap set of brushes and bottle of Windex to supplement my cleaning supplies. I could use the more expensive specially formulated cleaning solutions that all brands offer, but as I was told by a professional, why waste? Windex window cleaner works just as well. And cleaning my airbrush is the bane of my existence. (Next to traffic jams)