I am going to continue my stroll down memory lane by showing another "first" illustration from school. This is also the first traditional airbrush I ever did! There was an actual physical illustration board, actual bottles of water-based paints, actual stencils I cut out with an exacto knife from a wax-like sheet (think contact paper)...and an actual gas mask to keep me from breathing in the aspirated paints from the airbrush!
I would learn just how difficult airbrush was when I had to use multiple paint colors in one illustration, for as you see this one is monochromatic. For my second airbrushed piece, I had to blend a rose color with a yellow to make a skin tone. What I ended up with was a red and yellow striped baby....!
Thank goodness for the invention of Photoshop, and my incredibly talented medical illustrator friend John Harvey, who basically taught me how to use it! Though mishaps were still in my horizon, there were no more yellow and rose-striped babies to come!
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