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Air, paint and water

Airbrushing on a car like a posh woman from high society – many think about owning it, but few can afford it. Those who are still decided, cause admiring attention from others. Is always.

In the Middle Ages, the most skillful masters of the brush worked in temples, creating masterpieces of painting in the Name of God. Modern artists more often bring their art to another altar.

Airbrushing on a car like a posh woman from high society – many think about owning it, but few can afford it. Those who are still decided, cause admiring attention from others. Is always. It doesn’t matter who gets a painted car: a teenager, who before the first car will have to sit out a couple more school classes, passed by the life of a party from cars to a bibliophile retiree or a traveling oligarch. Look around, everyone will appreciate without exception. High-quality drawing on the car – at the same time demonstration of own taste and business card of a successful person. From the bad life of the drawings on your car do not order.

History of one invention
The technology by which paint is applied to a car was invented and patented by the American jeweler Ebner Peeler in 1878. From several old pipes, a sewing needle and an improvised manual compressor, he made the first spray of water-soluble paint and as a rest from the mess with diamond chips and gold chips in his workshop he painted the landscapes of his native Iowa state with this tool. The rights to his invention were bought by Liberty Walkup, which in 1884 took up the promotion of a new method of painting, called airbrushing, and the sale of the first models of sprayers, called the airbrush. Soon, photographers around the world actively used airbrush to retouch or color black and white images.

Moreover, the “contactless” paint application technique made it possible to get both clear and thin, and blurry outlines and lines, thanks to which the drawings made by an airbrush were very close in perception to the quality of real photographs of that time. Some photo salons even offered clients services such as adding new details to a photo or completely changing the background.

The real aerography boom began in the early twentieth century. The airbrush was then for the artist the same fashionable and useful tool as a laptop for a businessman today. Using the “air brush” painted ads, posters, posters and illustrations in magazines. Almost all the drawings that required the transfer of photographic quality images were made using the airbrush method.

The first airbrush images appearing on cars had an exceptionally utilitarian function — they were numbers on the bodies of racing cars. Then the sides of sports cars began to decorate the names and logos of sponsors, as well as images of conquered cups. The next step in the evolution of “sports airbrushing” was already artistic drawings – various symbols, fire flashes, running animals or flying birds. Over time, motor racing became more and more popular and professional, the number of sponsors increased, and every inch of the surface of the body of a racing car became an expensive item. Therefore, the “non-commercial” images soon abandoned motor racing. However, the artistic painting of cars did not die, but continued to grow rapidly in the private sector. Already in the 40s, special companies appeared in America and Europe, putting simple images on cars consisting of no more than two or three colors, and after another ten years numerous airbrush studios offered car owners drawings of any complexity of photographic quality.

Automotive airbrushing reached Russia only by the mid-80s, but in just a few years went through all the stages of maturation and development, from spraying monochrome dragons through a stencil to full car decoration using professional airbrush equipment worth several thousand dollars. Overseas technologies of turning cars into living pictures became available to everyone and turned out to be not sacred magic (as many domestic car owners in Soviet times thought), but quite an acceptable means to emphasize the owner’s personality.

Sleight of hand and a little imagination
Painting the car begins with the choice of the theme of the picture. Any good master always has a base of different images at hand, from which the car owner can choose the right one. Viewing catalogs and albums with photos always takes a lot of time, but typical drawings almost never choose. Or choose with a lot of changes, because here as nowhere else the uniqueness of the future pattern is important. Then begins the most difficult process, in particularly tragic cases, which can last for many months. Artists make sketches and coordinate them with the client. The formula for the reconciliation stage is as follows: the difference in perception of the same pattern.

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