Questions & Answers
Your earliest modelling moment-the first time you met models?
I was a kid (now that is a long way back down memory lane ) like all of us, who saved most of my little pocket money, to buy the airfix, heller and matchbox aircraft kits, assemble & paint it in an hour and have it displayed in my room which I shared with my two brothers. I remember that we (my brothers included) used ALL the decal sheet for every airplane we made really a hilarious & crazy thing to do.
Do you remember the first time miniatures(figures) appealed to you?
Well honestly speaking, I do know how to draw/sketch naturally, and was always top of my class where any diagram or sketch was involved. However the urge/itch to draw on canvas never left me and even more when I thought I know more then my Father (we all think that way don’t we when are kids) and refused his offer to attend art school to sharpen my natural talent .
As I said earlier, my first ever models were aircraft, maybe a tank and some cars. However when I joined SSM and found out that some members did paint figures, that childhood urge to paint on canvas returned even more stronger as now I could combine modelling with figure painting. It was in the early 90’s when Verlinden emerged on the scene and offered an easier and affordable way to paint figures, that I got hooked up and never looked back on anything else.
Who or what inspires your figure modelling?
Many artists, each on his/her merit inspired and inspires me still. I have to mention that Shep Paine the Godfather of our hobby performed magic with his books, followed by Bill Horan at that time. In recent years as I said there are many artists, whom I try to learn from at every opportunity I get, both visually from various photos on the net and on magazines, and also “in the flesh” if/when I encounter them at some show or another.
The best thing for you about figure modelling?
Well… the best thing for me is that I can stop time while I’m at my work bench and turn that time into something my brain is thirsty for, ALL of the time.
The worst thing for you about figure modelling?
Yes, definitely when I dry fit a sub assembly a million times, paint it, and when I arrive to the point of assembly after ALL is painted, IT DOES NOT FIT . I really feel like crying as I try not to swear as I would surely feel worse after everything is finally in place and properly touched up.
Your favourite modelling era/period?
I do not have a favourite modelling period per se even though I adore the middle ages all through the reneissance . As long as the figure is anatomically correct and catches my eye, I will paint it, from stone age till WWII. I have not painted anything after WWII honestly. Recently I crossed the bridge to the dark side and gave Fantasy a try , loved it and enjoyed it just as much as a historical piece and I am determined to get an annual fantasy piece done no matter what .
It really refreshens and recharges your brain (hope it does not gnaw even more at my brain cells with the infinite imagination. )