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!
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?