Every year, more and more people discover the beauty and joy of airbrushing. Like any craft, it takes a delicate balance of skill, patience, practice and commitment to get good at airbrushing, but it’s not too difficult to get decent at it in a short amount of time.
Depending on how much time and money you’re committing to your practice, you can check out a number of books that will help you get ahead of the curve. Combine these books with a solid beginner airbrush kit and you’ll have a recipe for success, whether you’re just looking to dabble or wanting to pursue airbrushing as a more serious hobby.
We’ve rounded up some of the best books for airbrushing beginners, including:
- The Art of Airbrushing: A Simple Guide to Mastering the Craft
- The Ultimate Airbrush Handbook
- Airbrushing: The Essential Guide
- All About Techniques in Airbrush
- Don’s Airbrush Tips
The Art of Airbrushing: A Simple Guide to Mastering the Craft
As a self-taught artist, Giorgio Uccellini shows readers a clear path toward becoming an airbrush extraordinaire. His book The Art of Airbrushing: A Simple Guide to Mastering the Craft offers easy-to-follow directions and plenty of images, text and breakdowns of how to get started in airbrushing.
Uccellini’s book goes even further than other books, however, by offering 20 actual projects that readers can follow to get practice and time under the old airbrush. Reviewers find the book easy to follow with great details and explanations that make it easy to understand not just how to airbrush but the artistic and physical principles behind the art.
The Ultimate Airbrush Handbook
If you like illustrations and a focus on the basics, you’ll likely enjoy Pamela Shateau’s The Ultimate Airbrush Handbook. Shateau is an award-winning artist who imparts her expertise and advice to readers with ease, and many reviewers find the book a nice introduction to airbrushing as an art.
Shateau focuses on the practical side of airbrushing, but also goes over more intermediate skills and applications as well. For those looking to build a solid foundation for a great hobby, this book is hard to beat.
Airbrushing: The Essential Guide
Author Fred Crellin runs an art school, and his book Airbrushing: The Essential Guide proves that he is a strong educator. The book covers all the basics you can expect, as well as a range of applications with which to apply your new skills.
The reviews are stellar for Crellin’s book, and many readers have found the information extremely accessible while still pushing one in the direction of progress and further learning. It allows readers to find their voice within the craft while perfecting skills and practices that will help them improve in the future.
For a comprehensive look at airbrushing, Fred Crellin’s manual is one of the top choices for its informative yet approachable content.
All About Techniques in Airbrush
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Though most of the books in this art series by Parramon are focused on artists and readers with at least intermediate skills and experience, this book on airbrushing techniques works perfectly for beginning artists as well.
The techniques covered in the book allow students to go over everything from high-level concepts like perspectives and angles to smaller, minute concepts like line details and effective color mixing.
With nearly 75 percent of all reviewers giving the book 5 stars, it’s no wonder why Parramon’s guide has become a staple of airbrush learning since it was published in 2002.
Don’s Airbrush Tips
Sometimes good information comes in a simple package. That’s the case with Donald Wheeler’s Don’s Airbrush Tips, a no-frills guide to airbrushing from retired Manufacturing Engineer Don Wheeler.
The guide has more than 50 percent of its reviews given 5 stars, and reviewers note that the guide is simple, easy to understand and an excellent overview for beginners.
It’s one of the top 50 selling Kindle ebooks in the crafts and hobbies section, and at less than $3, it’s a great bargain for those looking to limit their learning expenses.