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					 04/07 October/November/December      English Online Issue Euro 4,00
                                                                     German Print Issue Euro 7,90
                                                                                    ISSN 1863-7426


 Fantasy Illustration by Frank Stahlberg

 Science Fiction Series by J. Kremecek

 How to become self-employed

 The Custom Painting Classic using
 Analogue and Digital Techniques

 Sensual and Swashbuckling Illustration
 by Kalli Haun

Readers’ Gallery | Tips from the Experts | News | Shopping Guide | Tests | Reports | Scene
   STEP BY STEP – The Destruction of Shak
                                                                  STEP BY STEP

   Mastering the airbrush technique and accurately replicating motifs via photo templates is an art form
   unto itself. Creating one’s own individual worlds, histories, characters and motifs, and harmoniously
   bringing one’s ideas to life on paper – is definitely an art form that few airbrush artists have been able
   to master. Frank-Martin Stahlberg not only creates his own worlds through airbrushing, he also brings
   entire scenarios to life through his fantasy books and illustrations, which span numerous volumes and
   In this issue, Frank-Martin Stahlberg reveals the developmental process behind illustrations from the
   23rd chapter of the first volume of his Shaktyri fantasy series. The dark brotherhood of Darrak suc-
   ceeds in destroying large portions of the city. To find out the dramatic, adventurous and exciting steps
   along the way and also to find out what comes next, you’ll have to read the book.

                          ARTIST PROFILE
                          Frank-Martin Stahlberg
                          Frank-Martin Stahlberg is an author, simulation designer and painter. His main focus is in the area
                          of illustration. Fantasy and fairy tale motifs are especially inspiring to this artist. This, in addition to
                          other motifs, led to the complete illustrations in his fantasy novels: the “Lila” series, the children’s
                          book “Anna wants to go Home” and the new “Shaktyri” cycle, whose first book “Shaktyri – The Dark
                          Brotherhood”, has recently been released. Frank-M. Stahlberg has also designed book covers for
                          other artists. In addition to fairy tale and fantasy themes, his pictures also deal with serious and criti-
                          cal topics and have been featured in exhibits and expos, nationally and abroad, since 1999. For more
                          details about his books and artwork, you can visit his homepage at        

Airbrushes:           Rich AB 200 (0.2mm), Haider-Brush I (0.2mm), Infinity (0.15mm), Toricon H-2 (0.2mm)
Paints:               Schmincke: azure, cyan and magenta, sapphire blue, umber and golden sand, sienna, yellow,
                      ocher, sepia, brazil, burnt sienna, fire red. Primacryl tube paint in a variety of colors.
Additional Materials: Highly transparent drawing paper, 100/105 g/m² by Schoellershammer, scalpel, eraser,
                      curve template, paintbrush
Base:                 Schoellershammer 4 G wide

                                                                                           04/07 AIRBRUSH STEP BY STEP 7
   SCIENCE-FICTION-STORY – Popcorn in Space
                                                               STEP BY STEP

                            ARTIST PROFILE
                            Jaroslav Kremecek
                            Jaroslav Kremeck is always on the go. Actually, the Czech-born artist has been living in Switzerland
                            for the past 25 years. For the last two years, he has been running his own studio and airbrush sup-
                            ply shop in Prague. Jaros’ artistic career began at the age of 17. As an electrician’s apprentice he
                            made his first pencil drawings, made oil-paintings and later studied at an art school in Brünn/Czech
                            Republic. In the late 90s, he began using airbrush techniques within the framework of his Pop-
                            corn series and since then, he’s exhibited his work regularly in shows in Germany, Switzerland,
                            the Czech Republic, Belgium and the USA. Since 2000, Jaroslav Kremecek has been working ex-
                            clusively as a freelance artist and lecturer. In 2006, he organized the first Airbrush Art Festival in

              he idea that popcorn could
           travel about through space first
     occurred to the Czech artist Jaroslav
 Kremecek many years ago on a beautiful
summer evening, while playing on a balcony
 with a bowl of popcorn and his then 4-year-
  old daughter, Martina. A set of drawings
   came from the game; from the drawings,
   stories were created and from the stories illustra-
   tions. By drawing the individual pictures, the
   concept was completed and a short time
   later the entire narra-
   tive, POPCORN IN
    SPACE, came to

                                                                                         ntil now,
                                                                                     Jaroslav Kre-
                                                                                  mecek has only
                                                                          presented his story at
                                                                         exhibitions and his pri-
                                                                   vate social circle. The plan to
                                                        publish the narrative, along with his 16
                                                    illustrations, in book form had gone unre-
                                                   alized until recently. Airbrush Step by Step
                                                    translated “Popcorn in Space” for the first
                                               time into English, and is publiching it together
                                with the impressive popcorn illustrations. In this issue, you’ll
                                      be able to read the first 9 chapters of the story. The last
                                seven chapters will be printed in the next issue. Additionally,
                                    Jaroslav Kremecek will show us some insight into the cre-
                                ation of the popcorn illustrations and give us access to previ-
                                     ously unreleased photos and sketches – he’ll also explain
                                 what exactly led to his fascination with painting popcorn in
                                                                                      outer space.

                                                                         04/07 AIRBRUSH STEP BY STEP 17
   STEP BY STEP – The Pirate Princess
                                                                 STEP BY STEP

   Dear Readers, I must confess: this illustration isn’t exactly tailor-made for inexperienced airbrushers.
   Nevertheless, I decided to create a Step by Step for my pirate princess, because experience has taught
   me that even the most seemingly miniscule tips can help one proceed further in their art. Oftentimes
   all it takes is a little push to get that “Aha-Effect”. For this painting, I’ve even included the mixing ra-
   tios for the necessary colors, which isn’t something that I typically do.

              For this motif, my first inspiration came from the model. Xarah had seen some of my work and
                                            critiqued it as being “great”. This led me to her homepage www.
                                         to inquire about the possibility of collaboration. Af-
                                                    ter a few email exchanges and a telephone conversation,
                                                      we came to an agreement.

                                                           When collaborating with a professional model, you
                                                           should always keep a model release agreement in mind.
                                                         In this type of contract, the copyright terms, among other
                                                      things, are set.

   Airbrushes:           Iwata HP-B, Iwata CM-B
   Paints:               Holbein Aeroflash, Schmincke Aero Color, Badger White
   Additional Materials: Da Vinci Brush Size 40, 10 and 5/0; Lukas Acryl Studio Payne’s grey, Van Gogh colored pencils,
                         Faber-Castell watercolor pencils, a variety of erasers, scalpel, matte masking film, adhesive,
                         Lascaux transparent lacquer 2-UV (Matte)
   Base:                 Schoellershammer 4 G wide, 60 x 40

   Mixing Ratios for Skin Tones ( = Brush Tip, Dr. = Drop)
   Tone 1:                 40 Dr. Badger White, 1 Burnt Umber, 1 Burnt Sienna, 1 Scarlet, 1 Magenta
   Tone 2:                 40 Dr. Badger White, 1 Sepia, 3 Scarlet, 1 Magenta, 1 Burnt Sienna,
                           1 Cobalt Blue
   Tone 3:                 like Tone 2, except additional 2 Sepia, 1 Cobalt Blue
   Tone 4:                 40 Dr. Badger White, 3 Dr. Burnt Umber, 3 Dr. Sepia, 2 Dr. Carmine, 1 Black, 1 Cobalt Blue
   Tone 5:                 like Tone 4, but with additional 2 Magenta, 2 Dr. deep Alizarin Red (Aerocolor by Schmincke)

Kalli Haun

Kalli Haun was born in
1967 in Cuxhaven and
now lives and paints
in Aachen. In 1989, he
got his hands on his
first airbrush, which he
put to use in his artistic
work for the first time
in 1994 at the IBKK.
He studied at the IBKK
until 1998, in order to
be able to work for
two years with an es-
tablished product il-
lustrator. From 2000 to
2004 he was co-owner
and partner of an ad-
vertising agency.

Since the end of 2005,
he’s once again been
working as an illustra-
tor, wherein people are
the focus, but where
other subjects also re-
ceive attention.

                             04/07 AIRBRUSH STEP BY STEP 29
   GUIDE – Part 2 How to become self-employed

  STEP BY STEP to becoming an independent
   AIRBRUSH-DESIGNER                                             Tips and Tricks for your full- or
                                                                 part-time airbrush business

                                                                                    It’s like the saying goes: “The journey
                                                                                       is your reward”. For most airbrush-
                                                                                        ers, the most fun part of painting is
                                                                                         the creative aspect. And if there’s a
                                                                                          way to earn a bit of money doing
                                                                                           something you love, well, there’s
                                                                                           no harm in that either. If you make
                                                                                           the decision to work as a full- or
                                                                                            part-time airbrush designer, you
                                                                                            should plan this road carefully
                                                                                             and really consider the condi-
                                                                                              tions and requirements of be-
                                                                                                ing a self-employed artist.

                                                                                                 Airbrush Step by Step ex-
                                                                                                  plains the most important
                                                                                                 questions regarding get-
     Part-Time Job:                                                                           ting started in this field.
    Airbrushing for “Pocket Money”
   In the past year, over 220,000 applications to
   register part-time business operations were filed in Ger-
   many. Every employed person has the right to also take up a part-time job,
   just so long as this occupation isn’t competing with one’s own main em-
   ployer and that it doesn’t interfere with the regular work duties (e.g. missed
   time at work). It could be a bit problematic for persons already employed
   full-time as painters or lacquerers to take up part-time airbrushing jobs as
   this could come in conflict with their employer’s business. It’s recommended
   discussing it with your boss beforehand.

                                                     From Hobby to Part-Time Job
                                                     As soon as you start considering trying to make some money from your
                                                     “hobby”, you must first register your self-employed/professional occupation
                                                     with the tax authorities after applying for a tax number.
                                                     Using this tax number, you can write invoices, charge tax and deduct costs
                                                     from your taxes.

                                                     If a self-employed person continually accumulates more losses that profit,
                                                     then the tax office can declare this “business” to be merely a “hobby activ-
                                                     ity”. He is then no longer required to pay taxes for the money that comes in;
                                                     however, expenditures for supplies are also no longer deductible.

   STEP BY STEP – Bones & Skulls
                                   STEP BY STEP

                                      You see it
                                      on motorcycle
                                     tanks, on helmets, on
                                     car hoods and in numerous
                                     illustrations – each time from another per-
                                        spective and format. We’re talking about
                                         skulls. This fascinating form is composed
                                          of around 25 bones and bone frag-
                                           ments conjoined by seams. Perhaps
                                            the fascination lies in the fact that
                                            this is where the brain, our distribu-
                                           tion center, resides and how it repre-
                                           sents a person’s “personality”. Maybe
                                            it possesses a type of special magic,
                                            because it’s the last remaining piece
                                          of evidence of a person’s life, long af-
                                         ter they have passed to the other side.

                                          In the following step by step, we’ll
                                            show you how you can create this
                                             – admittedly easy to change – hu-
                                              man skull in analogue and digital
                                              airbrush form.

Picture 01
Digital: Open up Photoshop and load the sketch
from the ASBS-Members’ Area. You can also use your
own sketches or photos of skulls to do this illustration.
Scan your sketch into Photoshop or transfer the contour lines
   from a photo on to an extra layer in Photoshop. You will also find
                      additional skull photo motifs in the Members’ Area...

                              Analogue: There are, of course, a vari-
                                ety of ways for you to brush a skull.
                                   A quick way to create this motif
                                     is by using stencils in differ-
                                       ent formats. Depending on
                                         your painting background,
                                         you can use a loose or a self-
                                        sticking mask. A preparatory
                                       drawing for transfer to your
                                      painting background can be
                                    found in our Members’ Area.

                                    In order to get sharp edges and
                                 clearly distinguish from the back-
                               ground, stick some masking film over
                             the preparatory drawing and cut in the
                           outer contours of the skull. Remove the
          subsequent inner mask, so that only the background is pro-
tected. If you want to cover up the skull later, in order to create the
background, then you should re-stick the cut-out skull mask back on
to the masking film backing paper.

                                           Basic Equipment BONES & SKULLS:
                                           Digital:                Wacom Cintiq 21 UX or another graphic tablet,
                                                                   Adobe Photoshop, Grip Pen
                                           Analog:                 Airbrush with a 0.2mm nozzle, electric eraser, scalpel,
                                                                   masking film, Hansa or Schmincke paints, drawing
                                                                   cardboard by Schoellershammer (Size e.g. A3)

High resolution pictures of the individual steps for the sketch, the finished picture, as well as further reference material is
available in our Members’ Area under

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