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Airbrush Painting: Advanced Techniques (Motorbooks Workshop) Paperback – October 28, 2009


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Product Details

  • Series: Motorbooks Workshop
  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Motorbooks; First edition (October 28, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0760335036
  • ISBN-13: 978-0760335031
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 0.5 x 10.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #195,754 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Taking your basic airbrush painting skills to the next level will move your artwork from the ordinary to the extraordinary. The airbrush artist with the skills to create complicated murals, natural-looking surfaces, complex mechanical devices, and fantastic creatures will stand out at any show.

JoAnn Bortles, award-winning artist and author, takes the basic skills presented in her earlier book, How to Master Airbrush Painting Techniques, and adds extra layers of complexity and fine detail. Through her examples, learn how to paint natural surfaces like wood grains, feathers, scales, grasslands, and more. Learn the fine details of painting realistic faces, hands, feet, and other features. Paint cars, motorcycles, planes, and more with intricate mechanical detail. Add new effects to your nature paintings and other murals. Bortles explains the challenges and mistakes you’ll encounter and how the professionals make it look easy.

Whether your medium is motorcycles, cars, or T-shirts, Airbrush Painting: Advanced Techniques will take your skills to the expert realm.

About the Author

JoAnn Bortles is a nationally recognized and award-winning custom painter. Her work has been featured in dozens of magazines, and she has written five books on custom painting techniques for Motorbooks, including the bestselling How to Master Airbrush Painting Techniques. She lives and works in Waxhaw, North Carolina, running her own custom painting shop, Crazy Horse Painting.


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I starting painting custom cars and motorcycles in 1979. I had no previous experience and learned everything by trial and error. There were lots of errors. In fact there were times I wanted to quit and did, vowing never to paint another car or motorcycle. But somehow, I always came back to it.
After so many years of learning very hard lessons in the custom industry, it is very gratifiying to be able to pass those lessons onto others. In 2003 I had the opportunity to do so and accomplish one of my dreams. I was given the chance to work with Motorbooks Publishing and write my first book, "How to Custom Paint Your Motorcycle." I had always dreamed of being a writer. Since then I have had 6 books published, the latest being, "Advanced Airbrush techniques," and two of my books have been translated into Japanese.
In 2007 I was very proud to have myself and my work featured in Southern Living magazine. It was first time in the history of this lifestyle and design magazine, that they featured an individual who worked in the custom automotive and motorcycle industry. And also in 2007 NBC News came to my shop and filmed. This piece was shown on NBC's Today Show in July 2007 and can still be seen on MSNBC's Video website.
Another proud goal was having a car my company painted win one of PPG's 2006 Top 5 Most Outstanding Paint awards, appearing in their Vibrance product advertising in 2006. Our work has won a number of awards over the years including winning several championships.
I also work as a photo-journalist for some of the leading motorcycle magazines such as American Iron, which is the number one selling motorcycle magazine in the world. I am currently testing riding gear for Harley Davidson Motor Company, which will be a series of articles for Cycle Source magazine. And I enjoy interviewing other people in the industry and recently interviewed Kris Krome, winner of the AMD Metric Motorcycle World Championship, for Cycle Source.
Another lifelong goal was accomplished in 2004 when my own personal custom motorcycle was featured on the cover of Easyriders magazine, making me the first woman whose own motorcycle was on the cover in the history of this 38 yr old magazine.
The goal of my books, is to keep others from making the same mistakes I did. the way I see if, if I can do do. Then you can do it. I can teach almost anyone to custom paint.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By John A. Reinwald on January 30, 2010
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JoAnn did a good job of displaying the methods she uses for painting murals and designs. This book is definitely for the artist who has been painting for a while, hence the "advanced techniques" you see in the title. She also shows the use of templates and stencils extensively. Her work is very meticulous and can be time consuming.
I compliment her on the book, and on her work.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By W. Becker on March 12, 2013
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Very informative for starting in airbrushing she is down to earth on how to do stuff and the simple ways to get the job done and beautifully.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By gina taylor on April 6, 2013
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I use this with my high school students that I teach. Airbrush I and II profit from this book. Thank you again.
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