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ASBS 01/18

ASBS 01/18


Which is the airbrush of your choice?

Two brand names are catching the eye on the cover of this issue: Iwata and Harder & Steenbeck. Those two have been ruling the airbrush industry in Europe at least for the last 20 years. If you flip the pages of our magazine and browse the material lists of the how to’s and the readers’ gallery, you will mainly find either Iwata or Harder & Steenbeck airbrushes being used to create the artworks. To put it bluntly: We as editors don’t have or take any influence on which materials the featured artists are using. So our magazine is in some way just a mirror of the artists’ studios all over the world.

Sometimes, artists even make their device the main topic of their artwork, such as Spanish artist Rafa Garcia Cano. He created the cover artwork showing his working space and materials and he also painted on an Anest Iwata spraygun. Also, three more artists from this issue trusted an Iwata airbrush for creating their artworks: Erik Smeets rendered a ram skull with the characteristics of a candle holder. Rob Foster from the US painted a photorealistic woman portrait featuring lots of hair and fabric textures. German artist Very Sistig experimented to create a monkey portrait on a heater.

Looking at the article about Tatjana Bösl’s custom painted car featuring wolves and snowy landscapes, you’ll find that she used the Colani airbrush by Harder & Steenbeck. This extraordinary device combining the features of a spraygun with those of an airbrush was designed by Harder & Steenbeck owner Jens Matthiessen. The stunning message: A few months ago, he has sold his company to the Anest Iwata group! What the hell — you might think. This is exactly why the ASBS team approached Jens as well as the new general manager Will Naemura for an interview about the reasons and the aims of this historical acquisition.

Whatever airbrush device is your favorite – just keep on creating amazing artworks! We wish you a wonderful holiday season and all the best for the new year.

The Airbrush Step by Step team




Green Forest – Illustration

The American artist Rob Foster is looking for challenges in photorealistic portrait, featuring depth of fields as well as hair and fabric textures.

Iwata meets Ferrari – Illustration

The Spanish artist Rafa Garcia-Cano created an artwork for the Anest Iwata booth at Motortec Madrid, that was dedicated to the designers of Pininfarina. They created the design of the Ferrari car as well as Iwata spray gun LS-400.

The Trophy – Illustration

The ram skull of Dutch man Erik Smeets is a nice variation of common skull designs, because he has redesigned hin motif into a candle holder trophy.

Infrared Monkey – Heater design

How often do you see a gray-shanked douc painted onto an infrared heater? German artist Vera Sistig just loves pepping up boring rooms and items.

Making of Wolves and their Environment – Custom Painting

When an automotive painter paints his/her own car, it definitely has to be a complexe topic. German Tatjana Bösl decided on wolves, that are now covering her car all over.


Iwata acquires Harder & Steenbeck
When competitors become partners…

It is one of the biggest news in airbrush history. The new and former managers tell how and why this has staken place.


Airbrush News

A bit of everything: Compressors, paints, stencils, books and more

Readers’ gallery

Portaits and animals are highly in demand


Airbrush Artist Day and Sparmax competition