face your dragon

dragonface stencil by ambush first testthe beast is out of the cage!

i’m guessing you all know the feeling when you finally finished a stencil and want to see if it really looks like what you planned… well, now i am sure this is gonna work!

this is a first try and an improvised combination of two much larger stencils.

so stand back for the beast is coming with everything it’s got… soon!

dragon stencil by ambush first test



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stay sharp

dragonface velcro and knivesthis is a tough one!

you probably know how it is to make a stencil of a face. you really want to capture the expression – while constantly having to neglect details and leave bridges where you’d rather not. sometimes that is a real brainteaser… but seeing that it works and how everything is coming together makes you keep going!

as a little trick i started using velcro-tape to avoid blisters. pretty useful this time cause the cardboard has got splashes of dried paint on it – tough surprises, but they won’t stop this!

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How to be a stencil artist

Have an idea – don’t get too picky, any idea will do.

Steal the images you need from the web – don’t worry, you’re an artist, people expect that from you.

Doodle away with your graphics software with a lot of breaks for coffee and funny videos.

Cut the stencil but take your time and complain to your friends whenever possible about the hard work.

Spray the stencil – preferably on some random stuff on the street so you can also be a street artist.

Upload a photo to all social media sites and tell everybody about it.

Relax and wait to get famous.

When you get bored, start from the top.

(that’s how i do it, please don’t tell anyone.)

barbed wire surfing how to stencil by ambush

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gone baby gone

gone baby gone bender stencil by ambushyesterday he was still sitting miserably on his rusty metal ass with a tear in his eye (or is it a raindrop?), last night somebody finally took him home!  after five days that is not too soon, because people are starting to built a house on that spot. let me know where you are now, you mechanical maniac!

think i’ll watch the video again…

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stencils i DIDN’T do

be your own critic? well, lets try that!

here are some ideas that never left the photoshop-stage. because they are boring, uninspired or plain stupid. someone might think otherwise but my art, my rules!

so here’s what i didn’t do:

stencils i didnt do Kopieideas there are many, good ones are few and the ones that work – you should do!

good cutting, mates!

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bending f’hain

letting out the bender again!

this time on a piece of discarded furniture which i can see out of my window. a nice opportunity to play with the webcam. and i can watch what happens to bender in the days to come, maybe even get that on tape… always expect an ambush!

AMBUSH STREET Bending Berlin Baby from ambush art on Vimeo.

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how many cuts

how many cutssometimes it seems so tedious picking out every little detail. wrong cuts, broken bridges, repairs and resharpening the blade again and again – but it will be worth it!

part two of the dragonface project is coming along fine.

don’t count the cuts – make ‘em count!


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