If you've ever wanted to discover the airbrush secrets and techniques used by H.R. Giger, this is it. Dru has spent time studying Giger's original airbrush paintings, and is ready to share the techniques Giger used.
Giger airbrushed in ways that aren't well-known today.
Famous for his depictions of Aliens from the movie franchise, HR Giger's style is unmistakable. Dark, sinister, and haunting biomechanical figures seem to hover between reality and imagination.
Besides creating an intentional color shift in his work, Giger used a number of unconventional approaches in his work, and we will explore them all in this class.
Giger layered his work in such a way that it can be challenging to deconstruct, but in this hands-on workshop you will learn exactly how he painted in a step by step progression.
Are you ready to
push your art to the next level?
Imagine being able to create paintings like this, or create your own artwork in the same style.
This class will improve both your portrait and texture skills.
Featuring content not offered in any other workshop, period.
Welcome to the most comprehensive Giger workshop on the planet
You could spend years (or more likely, decades) trying to figure out how Giger created his amazing works. Now it’s possible for you to raise your artistic level in a fraction of the time that it would take if you tried it on your own.
Learn Biomechanical texture techniques that allow you to paint in the Giger style.
Learn all about Biomechanics, stencils, shifting colors, Transparent vs Opaques, and how to take your skills to the next level!
Everything you need
It's all provided. What's more, we aren’t just limited to teaching you all about airbrushing. We include a variety of other tricks used by Giger to help you make your present and future artwork the best possible.
What you will learn
Advanced Layout and composition
Giger planned his paintings carefully. This is the most important foundation of any painting, yet it is the most often overlooked.
Advanced Opaque and Transparent methods
Since opaque and transparent paint behaves so differently, we need to know how and when to apply each to our painting, because each possesses unique characteristics which need to be considered first.
Learn Giger's stencil patterns and why he chose them. We'll use the same patters in class!
Advanced transparent flesh
Giger created transparent flesh to reveal structures beneath. Here we will show you how to create them.
Using the Color Wheel
Learn about the benefits and limitations of using the color wheel
Creating effects with stencils
You know how stencils work, but did you know how Giger used them differently?
Most people wouldn’t believe that a simple chemical can be used to make texture. We will show you the best way to apply it.
How to dial in the color on your reference photo
You can't trust your computer monitor for color, and as a result printed reference photos often have color casts that go unnoticed by everyone. Dru will show you how to combat that problem.
Advanced shields techniques
There is more to using a hand shield than just holding if over your painting and spraying. Here we will show you advanced shield techniques.
Using the color shift for effect
Most people consider the blue shift a liability. Giger used it to his advantage. We will show you how and why.
How to soften hard edges.
Giger's hallmark was a slightly softened look to his work. Imitators often fail when trying to recreate his work, because they don't manage the edges well. We'll show you how to do it properly.
Creating repeating textures
Here we will introduce you to Giger's alternative techniques that allow you to make great textures.
Advanced layering techniques
Take what you already know about layers and add to it. We will show you how to get even more out of layering.
Extending your bladework
Here you will learn advanced methods with the blade.
Extra techniques for more realistic metal
Giger used lots of metal motifs in his work, but some metals are are more difficult to render than others. We will show you what you need, as well as some extra tips for greater realism.
Taking stencils to new levels.
Many people believe that the proper way to use a mask is to lay it and spray it. However, that's now how Giger did it.
Some complex transitions are a bit tricky to navigate. We will show you how to manage them.
How to create advanced skin features, grunge and folds
Giger's skin is a complex, translucent, and textured surface. We will show you how to quickly render the look he achieved.
Buffered Contrast Reduction
Learn how to use this technique to create subtlety. We will explain what it is and how to use it.
How to find and fix the worst disasters in your paintings
Sometimes we make horrific mistakes. The trick is knowing how to deal with them, and hide them in the finished product. We will show you how.
Alternative ways to match colors
It's 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.
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.
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 .
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!
(Airbrush tutor) Australia
Why should you take this class? Consider your options
1. You could give up on your dreams and continue doing what you are doing, but let's be frank. You would not have continued reading up to this point if you wanted that. 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.
2. You could try practicing on your own hoping to figure it out someday. Its very difficult and time-consuming without all the shortcuts that we could show you, but its an excellent choice if you have all the time in the world.
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 the ability to travel to our workshops, sign up for our virtual class, or 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 the world after taking this course.
Enroll for Virtual or In-Person Workshop
Our new school does not feature on-site lodging and meals. However, we have made special arrangments with the Tru by Hilton in Mt Pleasant, which is offering a special rate for the Giger workshop attendees. Click Here to reserve your room.
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. Class materials will be mailed to you.
Dru also will record and upload the daily classes so you can review them for 2 weeks after the workshop concludes. All you need is an airbrush, air hose, compressor, and paint. Click here for more info about the virtual courses.
Meals and lodging are not included in tuition for Charleston workshops. Breakfast is free for those staying at the Tru by Hilton hotel. For lunch and dinner, Charleston and Mount Pleasant are both known for their incredible restaurants, and many are located a short distance from the school.
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 a 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.
This is a 5-day workshop from Wednesday through Sunday afternoon. Class hours are 9 am to 5 pm (Eastern Standard Time) with a 1 hour break for lunch from 1 to 2 pm.