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Distractions can bring a project to a complete stop, but only if you allow them to. Some artists let the smallest obstacle stop them dead in their tracks.In the worst cases, distractions can also prevent you from moving your whole artistic career forward. Don't become mired down in drama, criticism, negativity, worry, or other people's problems. Accelerate your goals, and...

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“If you find yourself asking yourself (and your friends), "Am I really a writer? Am I really an artist?" chances are you are. The counterfeit innovator is wildly self-confident. The real one is scared to death.” ― Steven Pressfield, The War of Art    Creative types can and often do find themselves questioning their abilities. Whether it be due to...

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  To the chagrin of many clean freaks out there, it must be understood that disassembling and reassembling your airbrush after every painting session will cause more damage than just about anything short of downright dropping it. The wear and tear of taking your airbrush apart between sessions will strip down the threads and result in loss of air-tightness around...

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 Your audience is subject-driven, not technique-driven!I am always trying to improve my technique, since that is the vehicle that delivers my artistic vision. Sometimes I succeed, other times I fail… miserably. The problem is that I will focus so much on technique that I will forget to spend the necessary time required to create stimulating content. It’s easy to forget...

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GIGO. It took me a over decade to learn this... I suppose it was because I thought at the time that I knew what I was doing. However, it finally dawned on me that if I start out with a bad reference, I will most likely end up with a bad painting. It's far better to start out with a...

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Mistake 12:  Beware of airbrush gimmicks. It's a commonly held belief that simply throwing money at something will make it better. However, when it comes to airbrushing, this is rarely the case!The internet has made it easy for anyone to purchase a wide variety of items to trick out their airbrush. Artists will often throw money at a new product...

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Ever wonder what separates a good airbrush artist from a great airbrush artist? I've had the privilege of teaching airbrush art to over 6000 students, and I've been able to follow their success both in and out of the classroom. The single ingredient that makes an artist great can be summed up in one word: tenacity. It is the willingness...

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Putting lubricant in the air valve assembly. Just don’t do it! Nope. Never. Most lubricants will just leave a residue that will make your airbrush sticky in the long run. Dry is good. Residue is bad. If you feel that you HAVE to use a lubricant (and there really is no good reason that you would ever need to), use...

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In the upcoming months, anyone who has signed up for the free newsletter will start receiving tips, tricks, and mini lessons to help you achieve your artistic goals! The upcoming year will feature exciting new workshops, including classical portraiture, textures, monochromatics, celebrity portraits, makeup, body painting, cake decorating, aircraft nose art (on a real aircraft!), automotive art, blacklight painting and...

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