Portraits are among the most popular motifs among airbrush artists. The aim is to depict skin tones and textures as realistically as possible and, of course, to emphasize the person’s character. Airbrush Association member Ralph-Torsten Kolmer from Kaufbeuren is a specialist in expressive portraits. The airbrush artist and instructor also demonstrates this in his instructions, which appeared in the current issue of Airbrush Step by Step magazine. The emotional image of the screaming woman impressively shows how filigree and detailed the airbrush technique can be used.
Due to the current corona situation, the board, in consultation with the association office, has decided to cancel the general meeting scheduled for November 7, 2020. Although the event is likely to take place as an association meeting in Lower Saxony, Germany, under strict regulations, under the impression of rising infection figures and general contact restrictions, holding the meeting did not seem appropriate.
Based on the law regulating measures in association law to combat the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic, which was passed in March 2020, the planned vote without a general meeting of members will take place within the framework of the so-called circulation procedure. In preparation, all members will be invited to an online info meeting on November 27 to provide information on association activities and discuss new plans for the coming year.
The board is very excited about this new way of exchange and voting and is looking forward to numerous participation of the members.
In the first half of 2020, 8 new members joined the Airbrush-Fachverband e.V.:
|Mario Brand, Berlin||www.airbrushdesign.berlin|
|Sandra Zimmermann, Marienheide||www.sz-airbrush.de|
|Ulrich Lenz, Calberlah|
|Bas Maatjes, Garbsen||www.klamottenkustomizer.de|
|Harry Heffels, Willich||www.fineart-airbrush.de|
|Anja Tiltmann, Dortmund|
|Wolfgang Gerstemeier, Bochum||www.woge-airbrushdesign.com|
|Ramona Vörös, CH-Au/ZH||www.bodypaintingswiss.ch|
The airbrush industry is also not immune to the measures to contain the corona virus. Trade fairs and shows like Creativa in Dortmund or Wonderworld of Airbrush in Rosmalen/NL have been postponed or cancelled. Specialist shops will have to close and airbrush courses in particular are currently not allowed. But especially for those who are at home a lot at the moment, the occupation with the airbrush technique is ideal.
We would like to point out that many airbrush dealers continue to sell their products through their online shops and are also available by phone and e-mail for questions and orders. You can find telephone numbers and weblinks in our manufacturer/dealer list. Please support the specialized trade – not only in view of the current crisis, but especially because of the professional advice and service as well as the high-quality and reliable product range, which will benefit you as a user.
Artists will also continue to be available to you for commissioned work. Commissions can be coordinated by e-mail and telephone. Provided that the recommended precautions and hygiene measures are observed, the handover of painted objects or objects to be painted can also be carried out without any problems. Telephone numbers and weblinks can be found in our list of artists.
Instead of an airbrush course, specialist books or journals currently offer initial orientation and assistance with airbrushing. Youtube videos can also be helpful – make sure that the videos are from experienced and qualified artists. Unfortunately there is also a lot of misinformation and dilettantish things to see in the videos.
The Airbrush-Fachverband e.V. is also available to answer your questions about airbrushing at any time. Mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us: Phone +49 (0)4151 8960922.
On the photo: Airbrush-Fachverband member Nadia Balzer
An art advisory board is to ensure the artistic quality in the airbrush association in the future. This was decided by the general meeting of the association in November 2019. Its tasks include, above all, the evaluation of membership applications as well as the selection and decision-making in artistic matters, e.g. in competitions, exhibitions, book projects and similar activities of the association. The Art Advisory Board consists of the first chairman and two other members elected by the General Assembly of Members for a period of two years. In addition to the first chairman Roland Kuck, the Berlin artist Marcus Eisenhuth and Roger Hassler, editor-in-chief of „Airbrush Step by Step“ magazine, were elected to the first art advisory board.
At the general meeting in November 2019, the members of the Airbrush-Fachverband e.V. voted by a clear majority to stop holding the Airbrush Expo in Leipzig with immediate effect. The reasons for this are mainly the cost structure of the airbrush exhibition, the organisation of which the Airbrush-Fachverband had taken over in 2015. In recent years, the event has recorded fewer and fewer exhibitors, while costs and effort have remained virtually unchanged.
The Airbrush-Fachverband e.V. has a new board: Members voted for the popular artist, teacher and author Roland Kuck to become the new president of the association. He is taking the position from Jörg Warzyceck, CEO of Createx GmbH, after being in charge for 10 years. Warzyceck had taken the position right after establishing the association in 2009 and has now resigned by his own request.
Steve Beckmann of Tropical Airbrush, the Berlin airbrush specialist dealer, will retain his 2nd chair in his second term of office. Marcus Eisenhuth, freelance artist also from Berlin, takes over the office of treasurer.