The following article will explain to you in an understandable and exemplary way why you need templates and stencils, especially as a beginner. They are actually tools that will accompany you even later as a professional again and again. Which templates are also available for beginners will also be discussed.
Why are airbrush templates helpful for beginners?
As an airbrush beginner, templates are essential tools for learning and progressing within the airbrush technique. They may have a comparable effect that you knew as a child with the pictures “paint by numbers.” Here, you slowly worked your way up to the overall image using the respective number areas.
In this way, not only did a beautiful picture come out, but you also understood more about how individual body parts look and how light and shadow affect the respective motif.
The airbrush images with templates work similarly. They are just much more detailed and, therefore, even more realistic.
Especially in the beginning, you should use the templates to get the feeling for the airbrush technique, including gun and color mixing. If you start without the templates, you will quickly reach your limits and thus unnecessarily lose the desire.
With the templates, you will also learn to transfer what you have learned to the technique and the motif to other motifs or even the freehand technique.
Which airbrush motifs, images, and templates are suitable for beginners?
Especially in the beginning, you should first concentrate on the airbrush basics motifs. They are simple and easy to create. They also give you the first sense of achievement you need and the first praise that outsiders provide you with.
Start with fruits and simple vegetables. Take an orange or apple picture as a first template. Then move on to the banana, which is already a bit more complex.
You should start with simple flowers like tulips or roses, stylistic palm trees, and trees in the nature section.
Choose zodiac signs, the simplest flames, or a skull symbol if you like tattoo motifs.
Only then do you increase with more complex and even more realistic motifs and templates, in which you increasingly work with light, body, and drop shadows.
Airbrush stencils as templates
Airbrush stencils can be used as a template and basis for the first images. They create the sharp edges you need for many photos and motifs. In addition, you will now find many stencils in different areas.
Among them, there are realistic or more stylistic stencils. The motif skull, flames, or simple tattoos are the most common stencils in this airbrush accessories area.
In addition, there are small to large circles or arcs, which you then need for parts of a motif. Especially angles are always ideal, for example, to successively build up clouds or waves on the water to represent.
You can also calmly realize that in the future, depending on the type of design, you will always have to fall back on stencils and even make your own if there are none available yet.
Because not everything can be sprayed freehand. Exceptions are, on the contrary, that this technique will belong to your personal style.
But even the best airbrush artists and photorealists use purchased and homemade stencils for the desired surface. Often very specialized or sophisticated to create, for example, a skin effect, a surface texture of a desert floor, leather, or a marble surface.
Therefore, for you in the future, even as a professional, the addition of stencils will be your constant companion, and your stock with them will grow larger and larger.