J.Hunter wrote:Hey can you explain the stencil stuff? I'd love to digg into that shit. I want to do some pop art iconicana and litter my gallery with it and hell maybe start some commissions this summer now that I'm out of school.
And as far as spray paint? What's really good in the hood?
The thing with stenciling is that it's incredible time consuming... the stencil for the Metropolitan that I did ended up being seven separate layers and took about 20 hours just to cut. It helps if you're familiar with the concept of working with layers in Photoshop, because laying out a multi color stencil really amounts to the same thing. A lot of people have started making laser cutters out of of old printers, but I personally think that the best way to do it is with a good ol' Xacto knife. I cut the actual stencils out of a medium gauge acetate, which you can get by the roll... it's thick enough to hold up well even with a lot of detail while still being relatively easy to cut, and since it's clear it makes it a bit easier to line up the image when you're working with multiple layers. For single layer stuff that I'm going to use on the streets, I go with thin cardboard sheets or bristol board. Check out the tuts section at http://www.stencilrevolution.com/forum/
. That forum has everything you would ever need to know, when it's not going offline for weeks at a time. But like everything else, it comes down to practice... the more you cut, the better your stencils will get (the Jerry Only stencil up above was one of my first, and looking back at it now, it pretty much blows). And the more you spray, the better your can control will get. Just make sure you wear a mask when you spray. And don't do it around anything that you value, because it will get covered in paint dust.
As for spray paint, it's the same as with graffiti... American paint is crap. Krylon is absolute garbage, the paint is thin and watery, and they've changed their cap system so you can't swap out their caps... and the chump caps they come with suck. Rusto is okay, but it's still pretty hard to work with... because the paint is so thin, you'll end up with a lot of drips and underspray. All those generic brands that are kicking around, like Walmart's Premium or Home Depot's Killz brand, are just as bad... none of them are made for art. The one exception to this might be an American brand called PlutoniumG, which is American made and designed fro graff artists... it's supposed to be a quality a paint, but I've never been able to find any so I can't vouch for it.
To get the good stuff, you've got to look to Europe. The paint there is designed with artists in mind. It's higher quality, more opaque, comes in huge color pallets, and it goes on thick and dry, meaning less drip and overspray. The three big names are Belton Molotow, Spanish Montana, and German Montana (the Montanas are separate companies, and there's been a huge ongoing debate in the graff community over the two). I'm lucky to have a store near me that carries German Montana's Gold-line of paints so that's pretty much all I use. But you can get all of those paints on the internet now. Personally, I use http://artprimo.com/catalog/index.php
and they've never done me wrong.
If you want to spray, get some paint and some caps... for big stencils it's good to use fat caps, since they'll cover more space in an even coat. For smaller, more detailed stencils, I use a medium soft cap, like a Blue Dot.
Hope that helped Hunter.