Dru Blair: Airbrush - Female Portrait-April 2-5, 2020





Step By Step Instructions

Dru Blair shows you how to create a photorealistic portrait from start to finish.


Virtual Workshop

Now you have the option to follow the course on your computer at home in real-time as a virtual interactive workshop.

Guaranteed to Improve your Art

Tuition $995 USD | Virtual $795  | Nov 12-15, 2020
Held near Charleston SC

Are you totally
satisfied with
your paintings?

Perhaps you realize that you are
capable of greater paintings, but
you haven’t quite figured everything

Feeling like your portraits could look better?

You aren’t alone. Most artists reach a certain level, but don’t know where to go next. You try experimenting, hoping to stumble across real answers, but you aren’t satisfied.

Slow growth?

Eventually, you realize that it's going to take years to figure everything out, and with NO guarantee of success. In the meantime, you STILL aren't getting paid what you are worth.

Do you want your portraits  
to be true to life?

Perhaps you are tired of seeing all the amazing art posted on social media, and want to create something equal to or better than, the best that’s out there.

Welcome to the Next Level

Imagine being able to paint whatever you want, as realistically as you please, with perfect color matching. Introducing the most comprehensive airbrush workshops ever.


It's time to raise your game.

We make portrait painting simple, easy and clear. That's one of the many reasons we are considered the best airbrush school in the world.

Imagine what you will do when you have had the right training!

Without training, you could spend years (or more likely, decades) trying to unlock all the secrets of realistic painting. Now it’s possible for you to reach your artistic potential in a fraction of the time that it would take if you tried it on your own.

Color theory that solves all your color matching challenges

Learn all about Color Buffer Theory, Perceptual awareness, 21 elements of vision, Transparent vs Opaques,10 rules of Realism, Dot of Death recovery exercise, and how to begin a portrait... and that's on the first day!

Everything you need: provided

We aren’t just limited to teaching you all about the airbrush. We include a variety of other art tools to help you make your present and future artwork the best possible.

What you will learn


The 21 elements of photorealistic painting

In order to re-create reality, we must first be able to see and understand reality. Most of how we see is unconscious and subject to misinterpretation. This makes it difficult to observe reality as it actually is. Fortunately, we will show you techniques that will help you overcome those limitations.


The 8 differences between Opaque and Transparent

There are a lot of opinions as to which is better. The answer is that each possesses unique characteristics which need to be considered first. You will learn all the differences, and when and why to use each.


Color Buffer Theory

Our original theory was initially conceived in the eighties and is now practiced in some form all over the airbrush world. This is a practical approach to color and color mixing that actually corresponds to the way paint behaves. It is comprehensive in scope, yet simple and easy to understand.


How to use the Color Wheel

The color wheel is a compass. We will show you how to choose the right color wheel and how to use it correctly. It can be your best aid when mixing and matching colors.


Tired of painting in shades of gray?

Color can be intimidating, but fear of color will be a thing of the past after we show you how to match a color dead-on every time.


Understanding simultaneous contrast and the role it plays in your paintings

Simultaneous contrast is the illusion that colors close to each other seem more different than they actually are. We will show you how to identify and harness this problem with color discrimination and turn it into one of your most powerful assets.


Your 5 choices when you make a mistake

Sooner or later, we all make painting mistakes. If you don’t know how to repair a mistake, your painting will be compromised. We will teach you several ways to repair a mistake, so you will always choose the correct one for your painting.


5 methods to transfer the image to your painting

We will show you how to maintain your proportions when transferring your photograph to the painting surface. Learn which ones are most effective.


5 different ways to use a shield

Some edges are soft, some are hard, and some are in between. You will learn the shield techniques you need to create every type of edge.


Creating the Eye

We will take an in-depth look at the eye, and how to best render it. You will learn several different techniques to create lashes too, as well as the “magic” paint formula for lashes and brow color.


When to use the bounce method

There are several ways to utilize a hand-held shield. Here you will learn to add subtle changes with the bounce method while using masks.


Tool introduction

We don’t limit your training to just the airbrush. There are many tools that complement the airbrush, and we want you to be able to enjoy having them in your arsenal. You will also learn the results for each tool, so you will know which tool is best for each situation.


3 eraser techniques that will make a difference in your art

The eraser is a versatile instrument, and when properly used, it can blend softly or cut like a knife. We will show you how to get the most out of your eraser.


Using the blade correctly

The blade can be a wonderful ally, but it will destroy your painting if you don’t use it correctly. Here we will show you exactly how to hold it, and how to use it on different surfaces.


6 rules to make hair look real

Follow these rules when creating hair for great results. Also you will learn some extra tips for greater realism.


4 differences between Frisket and paper

Frisket can be one of the best tools for creating crisp edges, but it can also cause problems with your painting surface. Paper has its advantages and disadvantages as a mask too. You will learn all about both types.


Managing edges and transitions

The trickiest part of airbrushing is controlling edges. Adjusting existing edges is often necessary, but can be a bit tricky. We will teach you how to change the sharpness or softness of an edge, even after you’ve created it.


5 masking techniques that work

A mask can be used in a variety of ways. For example, you could use split paper/frisket techniques, shield reveal or shield conceal methods to create a line. You will learn which masks are best for any given situation.


How to create skin texture

Skin is a complex, translucent, and textured surface. We will show you several ways to quickly achieve photorealistic skin.


Buffered Contrast Reduction, and how to use it

Contrast, along with proportions, and edges, can make or break a painting. Controlling contrast is simple using Buffered Contrast Reduction. We will explain what it is and how to use it.


How to find and fix problems in your paintings

Sometimes you can’t see the forest for the trees, and often mistakes go unnoticed. We will show you a simple technique that allows you to quickly spot problem areas that you would have otherwise overlooked.


How to develop observation techniques to expand your visual discrimination

Its difficult to paint anything accurately until you can really see it. We will teach you how to visually dismantle an object, then reassemble it on the painting surface.


Selling your work

Learning about the business of art and marketing allows you as an artist to earn money for your creations. You will learn about pricing, galleries, copyright, prints, giclées, originals,  artist representatives, and most importantly, how to negotiate.

What students are saying

I attended Dru's workshop with the hope of learning to paint, I left with the ability to "see" and a system that allowed me to develop my own understanding of painting and colours. Your system has given me the freedom to explore my own creativity.

Paul MacDonald

(Airvengers) Australia

Dru's teachings showed me how to create great detail and gave me the ability to achieve PHOTOREALISM in my artworks. Thank you for pioneering the world of photorealism in airbrushing, I doubt I would have got here without your long nights and many experiments .

David Naylor


Dru's workshop influenced the way I paint and gave me some new concepts, knowledge and skills to implement into the way I worked today I recommend it!

Mitch Lowther

(Airbrush tutor) Australia

Why should you take this class? Consider your options:

Option 1. You could give up on your dreams and continue doing what you are doing, but let's be frank. No one wants to spend the rest of their life wondering "what if?" You are here because you believe that you deserve to be a better artist than what you are now. You aren’t the kind of person who’s going to settle for mediocrity.

Option 2. You could try practicing on your own hoping to figure it out someday. It's very difficult and time-consuming without all the shortcuts that we could show you, but it's an excellent choice if you have all the time in the world.

Option 3. Enroll in this course and enjoy the benefits of step-by-step guided instruction. You get what you need without wasting years or possibly a lifetime of guessing. If you don’t have time to travel to our workshops, try our Classroom in a box series and learn from home.


We are so sure that we offer the best airbrush course in the world that we are willing to offer you tuition money back if you don’t notice an immediate improvement in your art, and in the way you see color after taking this course.

Creating true-to-life portraits

You will learn a lot of techniques in your workshop, but the most valuable lesson gained is for you to better understand and see the world differently, especially when it comes to color. We will give you the power to create or re-create reality with stunning photorealism, and at a level no other airbrush workshop in the world offers. A photorealist painter can easily paint in any style, from abstract to impressionist, and even mimic the old masters' paintings. The choices are limitless. As artists, we take our inspiration from the visual world around us and re-create it on board, metal, or canvas. At the Blair School, we would like to show you how to do it more successfully.


Our new school does not feature on-site lodging and meals. However, we can suggest the Tru by Hilton for the budget-minded,  and the Hyatt House Charleston / Mount Pleasant

Virtual Workshop

We offer a virtual online option for this class via Zoom available during this workshop. We have an amazing presentation camera that transmits the lesson up-close in high definition so you can follow every step of the way. Click here for more info about the virtual courses.


Charleston and Mount Pleasant are both known for their incredible restaurants. Since meals and lodging are not included in the tuition, students will have access to a variety of choices of restaurants in the area. Also the Wyndham Garden Hotel has a bar that serves good food. At least one night we will all dine together. Families invited!

Getting here

The class will be held at the Blair Center for the Arts, 1125 Bowman Road , Unit #100, Mt Pleasant, SC 29464.

Charleston has a wonderful airport with easy access, and is about a 20 minute drive from the school and hotel. If you plan on doing some touring before or after class, we recommend UBER or taxi service, as parking can be bit tricky in the historic town. If you have questions about this class, the direct line to the school here is 843-936-6351.


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