How to Become an Airbrush Artist

Written by

George D. Baker


August 14, 2014


What does an airbrush artist do?

Airbrush artists edit and improve a variety of photographs such as removing imperfections and restoring faded and damaged images. They edit photographic prints and negatives. Airbrush artists also color or shade to drawings with an airbrush to give them a photographic appearance. They use a variety of chemical, computerized, and mechanical techniques. They also use special equipment and paint that allows them to perform a variety of tasks. Airbrush artists often work for many different magazines to edit images and create an attractive and eye-catching image. They often use a variety of graphics and special effects to make pages stand out and catch the attention of the reader.

What kind of training does an airbrush artist need?

Airbrush artists typically need at least a high school diploma or GED. Most employers prefer candidates that have experience in the field of airbrushing. Many airbrush artists learn their skills through on the job training. Some complete courses in photography, film processing, and other related areas from colleges and universities, vocational and technical schools, community colleges, and private trade schools. Most employers provide intensive on the job training where new artists learn the procedures, policies, and expectations of the employer and learn how to use the machines and equipment. Airbrush artists must stay up to date on the current advancements in the field and constantly update their skills. They often participate in training seminars and attend workshops and conferences.

What are the prospects for a career as an airbrush artist?

Employment of airbrush artists is expected to decline rapidly, decreasing 45% through 2016 (1). The advancement of technology will drive employment decline.

Job prospects are expected to be fair. Airbrush artists that have advanced training and extensive experience as well as experience working with digital technology will have the best job opportunities.

How much do airbrush artists make?

As of this year, the average annual salary for airbrush artists is $27,000; average annual airbrush artist salaries vary greatly on location, industry, company, education, experience, and benefits (2).

For anyone considering whether and how to become an airbrush artist, this is a great choice for people with a strong interest in editing a variety of photographs using airbrush techniques. Airbrush artists must have manual dexterity, good color perception, good vision, and excellent eye-hand coordination. They must be detail oriented with excellent creative and artistic skills. They must have an open mind and be able to perform a variety of repetitive and unique tasks. Airbrush artists must be patient and be able to effectively work independently as well as part of a team. They must be able to work under stress and pressure to meet strict deadlines.

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Becoming an Airbrush Artist Requires Skills & Training Start Today

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Written by:  George D. Baker

George D. Baker is a long-time contributor to College Mouse. Now retired, Mr. Baker volunteers at adult education programs in his local community.

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