Custom Airbrushed Xbox 360 Modern Warfare

airbrushed modern warfare xbox 360Gamers are a group that love to stand out from each other and show some flair.  It’s fun to customize an Xbox 360 by grabbing an airbrush and painting video game cover artwork on it.

On this 360, I painted the cover artwork from Modern Warfare 2 in the Call of Duty franchise.

I’m not including a step by step how to paint tutorial for this because I didn’t have the presence of mind to record my steps (I didn’t have this blog when I painted this).

Word of advice: before you begin airbrushing your 360, it would be a good idea to carefully remove the case from the inner electronic components — just so you don’t get paint inside the machine.



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Inspirational Quotes Help to Keep Me Moving, to Inspire Me

Determine never to be idle. No person will have occasion to complain of the want of time who never loses any. It is wonderful how much may be done if we are always doing.  ~Thomas Jefferson

Thomas Jefferson was one of the chief architects of our freedom here in the United States.  He was also one of the greatest sources of awesome quotes.  He never ceases to amaze me on how many great, inspiring, or just plain wise things he came up with and shared with the rest of us.

I think we all should read inspiring quotes daily by some of the most influential people in history.  There is a reason people have recorded their words for all posterity.  We should use these quotes to inspire, motivate, or just to keep us on the “straight and narrow,” or remind us that mistakes are human.

I’m not necessarily a feel-good kind of person, but wise is wise, and smart people are the best people from which to learn. Well, sometimes, dumb people are, too – but the smart people should be your first model.

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Still Life Painting with Apples and Developing Your Art Style

I think a still life painting can be one of the most boring things to look at in the art world.  Why?  Because a bowl of fruit is kind of boring to look at in real life.  Everyone has seen a bowl of fruit, not everyone has seen a photo of a crucifix in a glass of urine ***(if you are offended by an artist’s right to expression, don’t click on the link).

Okay, the last example is truly one of the most controversial in the artistic spectrum, I’d say.  A bowl of fruit is, well, not controversial.  It doesn’t tell a story, it doesn’t evoke an emotion (unless you want to evoke hunger).  It just lies there, on the table.

Despite this, I think a bowl of fruit is almost PIVOTAL to the art world.  Why?  It keeps an artist working, and it can be a serious means to sharpening one’s technical skills.  Painting and drawing are skills that should be honed – like a musician practices scales, a bowl of fruit still-life is a painter’s scales.

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Now, we can talk about art, and what constitutes art, ’til we’re blue in the face, but I truly believe that, as an artist, you NEED to always improve–and your technical and compositional skills should be on that list, in my humble opinion.

I wrote a post last week about needing to have creative heroes, and perhaps I should have added Picasso into the post (FYI, I think I will be adding more heroes as we go).  Do I enjoy Picasso?  I can’t say I always enjoy his style, but what I DO appreciate about Picasso is that he had solid technical and classical skills BEFORE he moved into exploring his style–his brand of art.  I specifically remember a pitcher of pears that he did.

I saw it when my lovely aunt took me to see a Picasso exhibit at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.  As I looked at his work (I was a teen), trying hard to appreciate his expression, his motives, his style, his message, I found some of his earliest works and was amazed at how close to traditional artists’ stuff it was– and something clicked.

Picasso had mastered the skills and he had consciously moved into exploring his vehicle for expression.  He didn’t just draw weird because he couldn’t draw!  Wow, what a revelation that was to my teen mind.

picasso still life with pearsDon’t get me wrong, I don’t necessarily think you or I need to MASTER our technical skills to explore our expression.  But, sometimes having skills helps you to fully understand that you are extending yourself past, and freeing yourself of it on a conscious level.  I think this is why it’s important to paint a bowl of fruit (how’s that for a long route to “paint an apple a day”).

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Liquitex Acrylic Paint Is the Best

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Liquitex acrylic paint set on Amazon

I’ve decided that I am now the unofficial spokesman for Liquitex Acrylic Paint.  Granted, I am a very unconventional spokesman, because I don’t think the paint itself is even close in superiority to other brands, like Golden Acrylics, but it does have something going for it — it is decently priced for beginners.

pet portrait with Liquitex Acrylic Paints

I painted this pet portrait with Liquitex Acrylic Paints

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If you’re thinking about learning how to paint with acrylics, this paint can be found so cheaply that you can afford to be experimental and screw up multiple times.

As you may have noticed in some of my other posts, I have learned most of what I know through trial and error — and that means “screwing up and experimenting.”

Liquitex can produce nice paintings, don’t get me wrong–it just isn’t a premium paint.  It’s student grade.  But that fine for most folks just starting out, and, in fact, it is ideal.  I believe you should make as many mistakes as you can — as long as you learn from them.


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