In the finale of our interview series with the winners of the 2016 edition of the Sparmax International Airbrush Competition, we feature Ivan Drond, 3rd place in the Hobby / Model category.
Ivan is from Russia and took up airbrushing to complement his passion for building scale models. You can check out his work on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/artarmorstudio
Sparmax (S): Can you give us a little insight to your background?
Ivan (I): My name`s Ivan Drond . I`m 36 years old.
I was born in and grew up in Moscow. I like military stuff since I was a child. One day I was walking around town and saw the local scale model shop, I decided to go in, saw a complete model of a tank and thats where it all started. Some time later I find out about airbrushing techniques and how it works well on AFW models. Then I bought my first airbrush and compressor and started to pick up techniques and tricks from the internet and DVD tutorials.
S: What inspired the creation of the model, and how long did it take?
I: The work was inspired by historical chronicles and photos of WWII. Model of tank T-34 isn`t the most difficult model and so it took about two weeks to complete.
S: What inspires you to continue airbrushing?
I: My inspiration I take from many sources – historical literature, documentaries which shows armored vehicles. Looking at pictures or footage I imagine how I would build my next work. Also, works of Miguel Jimenez and others is a good motivator for me to get better. Airbrush is an indispensable tool for me and thousands of another modellers around the world.
S: What are your goals / objectives for airbrushing? What do you want to achieve?
I: I can`t say surely about final target, I’m just doing what I like to do and airbrush is my only friend and helper. However, the important thing for me is easy-to-use and usability.
S: What does airbrush mean for you?
I: It`s a day by day routine work that brings me a pleasure through the painting process andof course, the final result when you see a completed model.
S: Any tips for beginners who want to start airbrushing?
I: The more time you spend to understand how it works and what it gives to you, the more you’ll get in final.
My advice – do not be afraid of this amazing tool.