Alan Pastrana

Alan Pastrana was born and raised in New York City. Alan attended the Fashion Institute of Technology (F.I.T.) in Manhattan where he majored in Illustration. He’s proficient with a variety of media, such as oils, watercolors, acrylics, pen-and-ink, and most of all, airbrushing. Alan has an extensive background in life drawing, painting, and portraiture work, and plies his skills to create outstanding artwork on automotive surfaces (motorcycles, cars, etc), and fine art commissions.

Alan has been airbrushing for over twenty five years, and he runs a reputable and successful business as lead artist and owner of Pastrana Unlimited Airbrush Studios, LLC. , of Plainville, Connecticut. Pastrana Unlimited specializes in automotive airbrushing and custom graphics, painting everything from custom choppers and hot rods, to canvas illustrations. Alan’s artwork has been seen in many publications, including Createx workbook, Easyriders magazine an on Airbrush Action Magazine covers. He has also published how-to DVDs, is teaching in various countries and is featured at coastairbrushtv under the name of ”El Padrino“.


Alan Pastrana at the International Airbrush Days 2017


Custom Painting Portrait
Learn about Alan’s fast and effective portrait techniques for automotive painting.

Skull, smoke and flames
Work on a typical Alan Pastrana artwork: Skull with stylized smoked flames.


How to sketch with an airbrush
Alan shows you how to draw gesture and simple objects as well as how it relates to more complicated subjects, establishing light and shadow, building three dimensionality.

Eagle illustration
Look how Alan creates an amazing eagle illustration.