Candy Pigment Colors vs Candy2O

A lot of customers have asked us about the difference between Auto-Air Candy Pigment Colors and Candy2O colors are. It can be kind of confusing because they are both called candies.

Candy pigment colors are actually the same as Wicked Detail Colors. They are very transparent and use fine pigments. Perfect for fine detail art such as automotive muraling.

Candy2O colors use dye for coloring instead of pigment. So they are super transparent and yet very bright. They are very thin and flow like water. These colors are typically spray over a metallic base for that true candy look and used primarily for graphics and even entire paint jobs.

New! ProAiir Solids Water Resistant Makeup Pallets

The all new ProAiir Solids alcohol/water based cakes work great in combination with ProAiir Hybrid Airbrush colors!

Activated by ProLong to keep the rich pigment color. For more transparent effect use 91%+ Alcohol. Cracking & air bubbles may be present due to the absence of phthalates (soft plastic). SOLIDS are a heavy dried pigment and may require extra brush working the pigment into desired consistency. May have to scratch the surface on Neons expecally.

Each 6 color Palette includes a 1 ounce bottle of ProLong.

SOLIDS are Phthalate-Free (Contain no Plasticizers). Also Gluten Free, not tested on animals, and skin safe. This formula is similar to powdered mineral makeup. Contents are not flammable and non-combustible.

Do not use on sunburned skin or open wounds. ProAiir is manufactured and packaged in USA.

Ken Johnson Airbrush Workshops – Updated!

Plenty of happy students at the Next Level Airbrushing Workshop and every ones dragon turned out great! Hope to see everyone next time. Photos by Jose Art.

All equipment and materials are provided!

Both workshops will be held at Midwest Airbrush Supply Co. located at 860 N California Ave Chicago IL. For those coming in from out of town, we’re about a 9 minute Uber or Lyft ride from the Robey Hotel in Wicker Park and about a 20 minute ride from most hotels downtown.

Intro to Airbrush with Ken Johnson Saturday November 16th 10am to 4pm

Learn fundamental airbrush techniques from a pro! Perfect for the absolute beginner or anyone wanting to brush-up on their skills. No experience necessary.

Saturday November 16th 10am to 4pm $99

Next Level Airbrushing with Ken Johnson – Sunday November 17th 9am to 5pm

This workshop is for the intermediate to advanced student who wants to take their skills to the next level. Whether you want to new learn tips and tricks to maximize profits as an artist for hire or just want to improve, this is an amazing opportunity to learn from one of the best airbrush instructors in the industry!

Sunday November 17th 9am to 5pm $149

For more information call 872-829-2275

Photos from Demo Day at Midwest Airbrush Supply Co.

Team photo: Greg, Chirs, Mira, Rob, Sol, Ludwig, Chep
Chriss Messer aka Futuristic Facepaint getting started.
Ludwig Tanchez aka AirLu throwing up a quick T-shirt demo.
Chep of Chepscustoms stays focused on his panel work.
Double duty! Chep also does some face painting on his girlfriend.
Jerry Chingas gets in tight with some scroll style pinstriping.

Chuck Close

'Big Self Portrait', 1967-68 (acrylic on canvas)

Chuck Close is best known for his photo-realistic giant portraits. As the name suggest, the intent of a photorealistic painter is to make the painting exactly like a photograph and Chuck Close was one the greatest of all time at doing do. To create his uncanny duplicates of photographs, Close put a grid pattern on the photograph and on the canvas and proceeded to duplicated it cell by cell. His tools for this included an airbrush, rags, razor blade, and a home made electric eraser which he fashioned by mounting an eraser onto a power drill. His first painting with this method was created in 1968 titled Big Self Portrait; a black and white enlargement of his face onto a 9 by 7 foot canvas. It took three months to create.

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Image result for chuck close airbrushChuck Close at work in the 70s

Prehistoric Airbrushing

These “airbrushed” hand stencils have been found throughout the major Paleolithic cave painting sites of Indonesia and Europe, as well as throughout Aboriginal Australia. The ancient paintings were accomplished by blowing paint through hollow bones, yielding a finely grained distribution of pigment, similar to that of an airbrush.

Cave painting from about 30,000 years ago.

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This illustrates how the ancient people used bird bones as mouth atomizers.

The Hieroglyphic Sanskrit Hand Stencils of Tewet Cave, Indonesia

Learn more about it here.