Get to know our Painters – Interview with Ula
This is the beginning of the series of articles in which you will have opportunity to get to know our team.
Today we want to introduce you to Ula. She was awarded during Kontrast Festival 2023 with a Bronze Throphy in Masters >54mm category. Without further ado we’re going straight into the interview! 😀
Do you remember your first figurine that you painted? What are your memories associated with it?
They were three Wookiee models for Star Wars: Legion, and I was terrified by how small they were xD
Which of the painted figurines (that stood out to you) brought you the most joy during the painting/creative process and why?
From the ones that stuck in my memory:
He was a joy to paint, everything came together perfectly on that model. I also experimented with using oil paints on the wings and started dry brushing, which turned out to be a great idea.
I have fond memories of those miniatures; they had interesting designs, and I had a special attachment to that project at the time.
It gave me a lot of satisfaction, even though I panicked a bit while working on it. But overall, it was a rewarding experience, and I could experiment with some wing patterns.
The dragon that came in the box was a challenging project, but it allowed me to do things I usually can’t, so it taught me a lot.
Working with the nebula scheme on the vehicles was something new and exciting.
What are your favorite painting techniques, and how do they influence your artwork?
Brushwork! I love smooth transitions, distinct contrasts. If I can achieve something with a brush, I prefer using it over an airbrush. The models have to be clean without any graininess. Sometimes I like to experiment with oil paints, but the results can be hit or miss. As for how they influence my artwork, I feel that my painting style reduces the need for extensive touch-ups because it’s a clean painting approach.
If you could paint any model without time constraints, what would you choose?
I have no idea, XD, but probably a larger-scale model with more intricate details where I have greater freedom to work. It should have elements like skin, clothing, maybe some armor. However, I do prefer painting more “human-like” characters, although I had a great time painting the dragon, so it’s hard to say definitively.
Do you draw inspiration from specific artists? Whom do you follow on Instagram?
I follow a lot of different artists on Instagram, but some well-known ones include Sergio Calvo, Giraldez, Kaha, and Elminiaturista. Frisoni also has some really cool work. In general, I follow many artists, but I don’t always remember their names because when I see something I like, I save it, and that’s it, LOL 😀
And here is a M.O.D.O.K. that was awarded with Bronze trophy during Kontrast Festival: