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:


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:   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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