Interview with Rico Pahlig – 2018 International Airbrush Competition

Our next interview is with Rico Pahlig, who placed 2nd in our Fine Art (Realism) category with his entry: Rausch. Read about how he mastered his hobby and combined it with his other hobbies and interests. You can also check out more of his works from his website: www.aloha-airbrush.de

Rausch

Sparmax (S): Can you tell us a little bit about yourself, what is your background? When did you start airbrushing and what was the learning process was like for you?

Rico Pahlig (RP): It began in march 2010. My girlfriend, and now my wife, gave me a one-day airbrush course gift. A few months later, in summertime 2010, I bought my first airbrush kit. I started the first steps with not a lot of success. In autumn 2010 I had an entry at the IBKK in Bochum. I began with a weekend study in airbrush design. I received the Diploma – exam in April 2016 and finished with Master-Title in December 2017. Everything is a hobby. I have a fulltime job in a factory as a draftsman and programmer for Laser-cutting.

 

S: Can you tell us a bit more about your winning entry piece? How / why did you choose it? How long did it take, and what inspired you?

RP: The picture “Rausch” is based on a photo from me. It originated last summer during a photo shoot with a friend of mine. I am interested in Fantasy and medieval things and so we produced some photos in this style. To make pictures is another hobby of mine. So I try to combine these things. The next reason is that I don´t hurt copyrights and I never must ask another person if I can use his / her pictures. I like portraits and so it was a challenge for myself, to paint such a big picture. All the years I painted with glazed /varnish colors and now I change to the covering / glazed technique. It was my third painting in this technique. It took around 150 hours. The inspiration was my passion for my interests which I wrote on the top.

 

S: What does airbrushing mean to you and what drives your passion for airbrushing and creating art? Also, how do you find the ideas for your other works?

RP: For me, airbrush is a non digital art in a faster world. When I am painting, I have time to go in the picture, I can relax and sometimes it is meditative.

I can integrate some of my ideas that are not in a photo. My aim is to paint a photorealistic picture. With every painting I want to become better.

When I was a teenager, I saw an artbook from Luis Royo. I was fascinated. I saw the beautiful wives, the badass monsters and the landscape. I love the details in his work and the technique. That was the reason to start with airbrush. But it takes a lot of time to start.

 

S: What are your goals / targets for airbrushing? What do you want to achieve?

RP: I would be happy, if I can earn some money with my art.

 

S: Do you specialize or prefer to work on a specific surface?

RP: I work with Schoellershammer-carton. That is my favorite surface. Sometimes on canvas. Smaller things on metal are ok. Other surfaces I haven’t tried yet.

 

S: How would you describe your style(s) in airbrushing?

RP: Far too exact and too slow.   🙂    I learn all the time and I try some new things with every painting.

 

S: Any advice to beginners looking to start airbrushing?

RP: Don’t give up and start slowly. Start with easy things and simple structures. You´ll grow up with your paintings. Stay steady at work.

 

S: Do you have a website or blog? How can people reach you on social media?

RP: Interested people can follow me on my page. You can find it at:  www.aloha-airbrush.de   Or you can take a look at Instagram:   aloha_airbrush_aloha_pictures.

On both sites are a mix of paintings and photos.

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Interview With Ivan Drond – 2018 International Airbrush Competition

Our next interview is with Ivan Drond, First Place winner of the Hobby / Model category. If parts of his interview looks familiar, it’s because he was also ranked in our 2016 competition! We also asked some different questions this time round to learn more about his airbrush techniques and preferences, and see how he continues to win the decision from our judges! Another stunning entry for sure!

Egyptian army tank b

Sparmax (S): Can you tell us a little bit about yourself, what is your background? When did you start airbrushing and what was the learning process was like for you?

Ivan Drond (ID): I am 38 years old. I was born and raised in Moscow. I have been fond of airbrushing since childhood. Accidentally passing by the store for modeling, I saw a tank and I wanted to try to collect it myself. At first it was just a hobby, but gradually I began to engage in modeling professionally. After a while I learn about the technique of airbrushing. Then I bought my first airbrush and compressor and started picking up techniques and techniques from the Internet and DVD lessons.

 

S: Can you tell us a bit more about your winning entry piece? How / why did you choose it? How long did it take, and what inspired you?

ID: I am attracted to colorful equipment with a lot of operational effects involved in conflicts in the East. The work took about six months, as I wanted to do it as efficiently as possible.

 

S: What does airbrushing mean to you and what drives your passion for airbrushing and creating art? Also, how do you find the ideas for your other works?

ID: I take my inspiration from many sources-historical literature, documentary, which shows armored vehicles. Looking at the photos or video, I imagine how I will build my next work. Besides the works of Miguel Jiménez and others, it is a good motivator for me to do better. Airbrush is an indispensable tool for me and thousands of modelers around the world.

 

S: What are your goals / targets for airbrushing? What do you want to achieve?

ID: My goal is to become the best in airbrushing and I hope to achieve it.  I do what I like and the airbrush is my best friend and helper.

 

S: Do you specialize or prefer to work on a specific surface?

ID: I mostly work with military equipment, especially tanks from the second world war.

 

S: How would you describe your style(s) in airbrushing?

ID: I prefer the art style. The game of color and shadow, it is more picturesque compared to realistic style.

 

S: Any advice to beginners looking to start airbrushing?

ID: My advice – do not be afraid of this amazing tool. Having mastered it, you can get the best results and great pleasure from the process. The more time you spend, the more professional you will get.

 

S: Do you have a website or blog? How can people reach you on social media?

ID: https://www.facebook.com/artarmorstudio

 

 

 

Interview with Emanuele Diletti – 2018 International Airbrush Competition

Our next interview is with the winner of the Fine Arts (Fantasy) category, Emanuele Diletti, from Italy. He talks about his passion for art and ultimately how airbrush became the perfect fit as the conduit for his creativity! You can see more of his work from the links at the end of the interview:

ST3_3800 copiaSparmax (S): Can you tell us a little bit about yourself, what is your background? When did you start airbrushing and what was the learning process was like for you?

Emanuele Diletti (ED): Hi, my name is Emanuele Diletti, I am 27 years old and I live in Rome. I started airbrushing when I was 20. At the beginning, I learned airbrushing as autodidact, then I attended some courses near Rome, specifically the Marissa Osterlee’s one who taught us how to make a portrait, and a custom painting one.  I have always enjoyed painting and since I was a child I drew a lot, most of all animated cartoons such as Mickey mouse or Donald Duck. Even though I love art, I did not attend an artistic school, one of the thing I regret. I bought my first airbrush, an Iwata Revolution, because I liked the effect of the airbrush more than any brush.

 

S: Can you tell us a bit more about your winning entry piece? How / why did you choose it? How long did it take, and what inspired you?

ED: I have chosen “real in wood” because I wanted to link two subjects I like a lot. Usually when I start a painting, I try to think about subjects I like and this time I imagined an elephant and an oak, two natural elements which shares a lot in common, like size and longevity. It took me about 4 months, working on it about 10 hours a week during my free time.

 

S: What does airbrushing mean to you and what drives your passion for airbrushing and creating art? Also, how do you find the ideas for your other works?

ED: I consider airbrushing the form of art which fits the best for me, and I can make shades better than brush for example. I can make better works with airbrush than any tool, and I am more satisfied with the final result, colors and expression, I can make more details and playing with colors. I like the sound too! I catch everything around me and I try to invent, and link the ideas I get, finding a way to paint them. If I see something attractive I want to paint it immediately.

 

S: What are your goals / targets for airbrushing? What do you want to achieve?

ED: My goal is working as an airbrush artist, not just an activity during my free time. It is a passion and I want to live for it. I imagine my future with my airbrush in my hand.

 

S: Do you specialize or prefer to work on a specific surface?

ED: I prefer painting on paper and canvas because I can make effect of light better than other surfaces. Since I attended my first course I got into realism, painting portraits of famous and pretty subjects. But I like surrealism too, in order to free my mind and link subjects that could not have been linked, usually.

 

S: Any advice to beginners looking to start airbrushing?

ED: For the ones who want to start, I would say not to discourage, at the beginning it could be difficult, but the it is only habit! And results will see soon.

 

S: Do you have a website or blog? How can people reach you on social media? 

ED: Here is my web site: http://www.dilettiemanuele.it. You can see my facebook page diletti aerografie too or on instagram.

 

Interview with Jordon Bourgeault – 2018 International Airbrush Competition

Next up in our interview series, First Place winner of the Automotive Arts category, Jordon Bourgeault, talks about the deep meaning behind his entry, the path that led him to becoming an airbrusher, and the experiences that set him up to being an ‘everything guy’ when it comes to airbrushing! Be sure to check out more of Jordon’s amazing works in the links at the end of the interview!

Sparmax (S): Can you tell us a little bit about yourself, what is your background? When did you start airbrushing and what was the learning process was like for you?

Jordon Bourgeault (JB): I would draw a little bit as a child but then stopped during high school getting into drumming and skateboarding. One of my first real jobs was automotive / industrial painting, where my coworkers suggested since I had a bit of an art background I should get an airbrush. I did and I watched some videos and bought a book, but mostly I would just learn from trial and error. I painted a few things for myself, family and friends and eventually got a job at a large prop making company in the paint shop. We would make and paint large scale props and art pieces like dinosaurs for museums, parade floats, movie sets etc. I did that job for a year and was still doing jobs on the side till eventually I had enough jobs piling up that I started doing it full time. That was about 8 years ago and have been working as an airbrusher out of my garage ever since.

 

S: Can you tell us a bit more about your winning entry piece? How / why did you choose it? How long did it take, and what inspired you?

JB: This piece is entitled Blue Eyed Angel and it is a memorial piece for a woman who lost her 3 year old daughter to a car accident. This was a very heavy theme and I did not take it lightly and struggled throughout trying to make every part of it as good as I possibly could. I worked completely organically on this job, and by that I mean I did not have a drawn up design or an idea of what the product would look like at the end so I just started with what I knew I wanted and worked from there, letting what happened next and the design process progress naturally as I worked.  The design includes portraits (or memories) of the girl painted in sepia tones bordered in filigree with her favourite types of flowers. A blue sky background with the girl as an angel is the focal point on the front fairing, as well as marble and frost accents that signifying strength and innocence are also featured throughout the design. This was one of the most difficult pieces I’ve done, both in its technicality and it’s concept. This job took me around 300 hours making it one of the most time consuming jobs I’ve done as well as one I’m most proud of, all these reasons combined are why I chose to enter this particular piece as my only entry in this competition.

 

S: What does airbrushing mean to you and what drives your passion for airbrushing and creating art? Also, how do you find the ideas for your other works?

JB: Airbrushing is one of many passions and hobbies of mine, and I am grateful that I get to have my passion become my job. I think what inspires me the most is my customer, I generally only do commission work and I really try and get myself into the head of my client, after all it is their piece and they are the person you are creating this for. This is what allows me to be the most creative, the customer brings me an idea, and I get to go from there, a lot of the great concepts I’ve been able to work on were not originally my idea, but I got to take them and shape them into something more and put my twist on it. That as well as the technical side of always trying to learn and try new techniques is what keeps pushing me.

 

S: What are your goals / targets for airbrushing? What do you want to achieve?

JB: I just want to keep growing and learning, I feel like if I keep getting better and keep challenging myself I will constantly feel rewarded and stay interested in the craft. I feel like the achievements and recognition come from time to time but those are secondary, or the result of the hard work, but not the aim of it. I just wanna keep getting better and expand my skill set, any success will come naturally as I progress.

 

S: Do you specialize or prefer to work on a specific surface?

JB: I’ve sort of set myself up as an ‘everything guy’ in that I’ve painted large murals, shoes, helmets, masks, cars, bikes, even body paint… I’m kind of willing to tackle any challenge. However lately I’m wanting to put my focus on detail. In the near future I am aiming to try and make every piece high detailed and as crazy as can be.. The simple jobs that don’t challenge me are becoming of less interest and want to set myself up in the niche of extremely high detail. Whether it be body paint, a car, a goalie mask… The medium can be anything, as long as the art and the challenge interest me.

 

S: How would you describe your style(s) in airbrushing?

JB: Well definitely a detail guy, I like realism as well and portrait work, however I don’t think I’m confined to any of those things. Again I would probably put myself as an everything guy, especially because I’m working on commissions, rather than pieces for myself.

 

S: Any advice to beginners looking to start airbrushing?

JB: My advice is just to simply learn as much as you can and grow always, even if you think the price you quoted is too low, or you’re losing your shirt because you are spending to much time.. It’s temporary, if the work is good, the reward will come in time. I truly believe that.

 

S: Do you have a website or blog? How can people reach you on social media?

instagram: @jboairbrush https://www.instagram.com/jboairbrush/?hl=en

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jboairbrush/

Web: www.jboairbrush.com

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCx2vasPBBfUsVB9HG-9DbHg

Twitter: https://twitter.com/jboairbrush