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:
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?
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?