Here are some really helpful FREE airbrushing resources for doing your realistic flames. These photos, images, and videos of actual fire and flames below should help you see the shapes and other details of flames that you need to airbrush paint realistic looking flames:
This line of flames makes a particularly good reference shot for airbrushing flames on a car, lowrider, hot rod, or truck hood.
Again, a very nice photo of a line of flames that would make great hood flames custom paint job on a car, lowrider, hot rod, or truck hood.
Great photo of the chaos and beauty of flames.
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ABOVE: Various real fire flames reference shots to help visualize your realistic flames for airbrushing. It seems that the mental aspect of creating the wild, weird, whipping, chaotic, asymmetrical flames is the most difficult hurdle for artists.
ABOVE: Demon flame!!! -- This is really weird -- and it's real!!
ABOVE: A humorous look at the danger of actual flames -- humorous that is as long as you're not that guy.
ABOVE: Man breathing flames in the surf.... Now that's wild stuff.
Here are some pics from Al Vaughn:
Oilfield burning photo by Al Vaughn.
Oilfield Blowout fire by Al Vaughn.
Geyser flame-out in oil field by Al Vaughn.
These FREE photos reference shots of flames as FREE airbrushing tools and resources should help you visualize your flames when airbrushing realistic flames -- motorcycles, hot rods, helmets, choppers, etc.
These YouTube free videos of actual flames in motion should be helpful for visualizing flames for your realistic flames airbrushing art custom paint jobs as well:
Notice the wild, weird shapes of the flames licks and the foggy, smokey areas of the flames as well as the contrast of sharp, well-defined edges of the flames versus the fading off smokey edges of the flames in the flame photo reference shots for your realistic flames. Also notice the wispy lines within the flames licks in the above flames photo reference pics.
Getting all of these details in you realistic flames when airbrush custom painting flames will really make your flames more realistic and stunning. These FREE airbrushing tools should be very helpful to you in visualizing and creating your realistic flames custom paint jobs.