In case you missed them, you can read True Fire™ Basics - Part 1 & 2, by clicking the links on the side bar.
The information here is intended to help painters and artists get the best results they can when painting True Fire™ on their own projects. For detailed instructions on painting realistic fire, we recommend that you watch The Secrets of Airbrushing True Fire™ – Part 1
When painting realistic fire, it is important to be able to balance the amount of airbrushing you do freehand, versus the amount done with a template or shield. To achieve a believable fire look, it is necessary to mix it up.
Give Fire Its Shape
If one tries to paint flames entirely freehand and without any templates whatsoever, the results tend to look less crisp, and lacking in fullness and excitement.
At worst, you can end up with what we sometimes call “angel hair” fire- which can look long and stringy, and have very little of the energy that gives fire its distinct character . Using a freehand shield helps add some definition and variation to your artwork.
Some people avoid using templates or freehand shields due to the cost, but investing in the right tools for the job can really make a difference in the final artwork you create. You may be surprised at the improvement.
Have a Target- Practice Hitting It
The key to solving both of these problems starts with something we’ve discussed before- Making sure you Know Your Fire (part 1).
Arm yourself with good reference photos and a studied knowledge of flames that look like the kind you would like to paint (remember, fire has a broad range of appearances.) Then you will be better able to strike a balance in your painting technique.
If necessary, practice on scrap panels, or smaller items like mailboxes, bicycle helmets, bowling pins or cookie tins, until you feel you have your technique down. Then you can move on to larger projects like motorcycles or cars.
You really don’t want to be working out the kinks in your airbrushing process on something expensive! It’s just a recipe for disaster… Especially if you mess up on something that doesn’t belong to you.
Your Own Twist
It should be noted that this all assumes that you are trying to paint truly realistic fire.
Sometimes stylizing your flames might be desired, depending on the circumstances. But should be only if that is your goal from the beginning, not a result of poor technique.
Some people have their own “brand” of fire, their personal style. If it works for them, more power to them. But if you are doing a job for a customer, make quite sure that they understand exactly what they should expect from you when you say “fire.”
We hope you found this information useful. We may have posts about airbrush art and painting True Fire™ in the future, so stay tuned! Thanks for visiting!
True Fire™ Instructional DVDs:
The Secrets of Airbrushing True Fire™ – Part 1
The Secrets of Airbrushing True Fire™ – Part 2
The Original Killer Paint Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/THE-Original-KILLER-PAINT-INC/297040465604
True Fire™ Freehand Templates: Artool Freehand Airbrush Templates, True Fire Template Set
House of Kolor Official Website: http://www.houseofkolor.com/