Dims – Interview with Pascal Rooze

The Masters of Miniatures series is about to return! And instead of yet another interview with a painting celebrity I think it is time to interview some lesser gods, painters like you and I, but with some important achievements under their belt. First up is Pascal Rooze, a painter from the Netherlands and winner of the prestigious Games Workshop Lowlands Painting Competition. Pascal will tell you all about this competition and more about himself in this interview.

Dims - Interview with Pascal Rooze
Pascal Rooze

Gerrie: Hello Pascal! First of all thank you for taking the time for this interview. Can you please introduce yourself a little? 

Pascal: I started this hobby around 20 years ago thanks to a friend of mine, but I was a gamer mostly back then. It was until I came to do an internship with a hobby store, that some people started to recognize some talent and pushed me to improve my game. That was when I took some more interest in the painting hobby. In a short time I read a lot of articles on the net, watched work from others, and dabbled in techniques I was unfamiliar with. I was pretty much teaching myself by example. I entered the occasional local painting competition, but nothing really heavy duty. Around 2010 I really set out to get out of that comfort zone and in 2011 I tried my luck at the Lage Landen Schildercompetitie (Lowlands Painting Competition), and later that year at my first Golden Demon (first Germany, later UK). The successes and failures there have opened not only my eyes, but also doors to keep on improving. I am meeting and befriending painters that inspire me greatly to go beyond the range of Games Workshop, and see all sorts of models, styles, themes, and competitions (like the Scale Model Challenge); I am following master classes (recently did my first with Mathieu Fontaine), and so forth.

Gerrie: For those who don’t know this Lowlands Painting Competition, can you tell us a bit more about this?

Pascal: When the first Lowlands Painting Competition was hosted, Games Workshop in the Netherlands and Belgium wanted to do a high level painting competition without it being a Golden Demon Contest – at least, that is how I perceived it. The formula is as follows: first every participant enters a preliminary round  in one of the GW stores. On that day, each store nominates the three best contestants in each category to go to the finals one week later in Amsterdam. So on a local level a lot of young and upcoming painters have a chance for a bit of fame and encouragement, which is nice. You could compare this round to the finalist cut at a Golden Demon. In the week after that, all nominees are invited to assemble in Amsterdam (GW Store – which can get a bit crowded!) and final top-three’s are being picked in each category. These categories are roughly the  same as in a Golden Demon contest – hey, it’s GW, right?

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Space Wolf vs Horror

The first year (2011) was an obvious start-up: the level of contest was mainly great table-top qualities (which is not bad in itself though!). I racked up a whooping 7 finalist places there. I guess after this it urged other great painters that did not enter that first time to enter now – and indeed: last year the level of competition was awesome. I was positively blown away, earning ‘only’ a gold and two silver. But I was very happy, because this meant the level of competition would be taken very serious from now on. I will definitely try to enter next year again. Just like I intent to enter the Golden Demon, and the Scale Model Challenge, and …who knows?

Gerrie: With a handful of exceptions, The Netherlands isn’t particularly well known for its miniature painters. Why is that do you think? How big is your national and local community? 

Pascal: First of all, I think it is all a matter of statistics. If you’d take the number of great well known painters in, let’s say, Germany and compare that to the German population, I think the average would be more or less the same as here in the Netherlands, where we have a far lower population! But there could be another aspect to this as well, and that is the lack of support for high level painting skills. Like a well connected community, or serious painting competitions. The  latter is being remedied now somewhat with the Lowlands Painting Competition, and I think that the community will grow from that. Already after the 2012 Lowlands Painting Competition I met some like-minded painters to try to increase that level of commitment, that sense of community, by setting up a focal point for painters to refer to. A form where everyone could and should learn from each other. Well, it’s all quite in start-up mode actually, but the mindset is there.

I hardly ever come into a games store nowadays – I order my  supplies mostly on the net. But the local shop in my city is owned by a good friend, so I visit him now and again. I get to meet the hobbyists there, which is always fun. They often ask me for advice, and I help them mostly by setting their mind to a more self-criticism state, so they can improve on their own level. Nothing is as useless for a beginner to ask a better painter “What do you think of this mini?”. I always answer: “Compared to what? My work? Or the work of a Slayer Sword winner? Then it is crap. But compared to  your own work, did you improve since your last  model?”. Often they realize they asked the wrong question, which should be:”What should be the next thing I should focus on?”. In that way they have a goal to aim for. These guys actually know where to  find information on techniques, or color schemes, or whatever. What they lack is a hand to guide them to  the next step, to demand a higher level than before, to put the dots on the i’s, so to say.

And there’s the sad thing I noticed in the Dutch community: there is a group of well performing painters, that have some sense of secrecy about what they do. They feel they need to protect what they have learned themselves, and not share it with the newbies in fear of copycats. Hell, I think it is an homage to your work if kids want to copy you! Are they afraid they are going to ‘steal’ their ideas, schemes or prizes away from them? Which is stupid. For starters, that kid will probably never pull it off as good as you did. And if he could, he would not be bothered by copying your old work, but would want to make name for himself by creating his own work. We should support the kids, just to have more great painters out there!

Gerrie: You almost exclusively paint GW miniatures, right? Any other brands which find their way to your painting table?

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Chaos Lord on Juggernaut

Pascal: Actually I am starting to cut myself off of GW models more and more. Obviously, if I want to win a Demon, I need to use those. And I started out as a gamer in the first place, so I still do some army painting. But I am seeing so many gorgeous models from other companies, that my shelves are lining up with models I want to do (but will never come round to probably hahaha). I don’t have a favorite brand. If I like the model, I want it. And sure, one brand has more of those than others. At the moment, I am rather fond of Studio McVey (these models tell great tales), Freebooter (there is something about the aspect ratio’s of their female models), and Kingdom Death (these are awesome and painting female skin is a challenge).

Gerrie: What about wargaming?

Pascal: I started out as a big Warhammer Fantasy player, and later picked up Warhamer 40K as well. But the latter mostly just to have some fun with friends, rather than to be really good at it. When I found that this was actually why I want to play anything at all, I lost a bit of interest in gaming itself, and cared more about fun with friends. So nowadays I play about three games a year, hahaha. Seriously though, I often have painting ideas for whole armies, but I am starting to distance myself from those, as I want to spend more time on single, display quality models. Still, I have two armies I want have finished (Skaven and Necrons). Which is the hard thing: I really need to ‘tone down’ my own level of skill, to do the armies. No one in their right mind would paint armies the way you should paint display models. But I feel that each time I ‘tone down’, I will pay for it in my ‘up-game’. But maybe that’s just bull. Anyway, I tend to interchange my pace of painting to put things in perspective. If I am doing table-top quality for a long time, I really set myself to do one awesome piece. But if I get tired of that, I ‘loosen up’ a bit by getting back to the armies.

Gerrie: You told me the Lizardmen Stegadon which got you gold in the monster category of the 2012 Lowlands Painting Competition took more than 100 hours to complete. How do you keep yourself motivated during such a project?

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Lizardmen Stegadon

Pascal: I must honestly say that it is not 100 hours of painting. There is a lot work done in preparation and sculpting. But yeah, if the piece is something you really, really like, that makes up for a lot of it. In this case, I had a really cool idea (the transparent portal) that I wanted to see if it worked. I only had to work up past the Stegadon itself, which at first I hated, but later on I started to love because I saw it work. But really, if you are having fun painting it, you hardly notice time passing by. I loved doing the Gold NMM, since I set myself to try to blend those colors better. And if you see it working, that’s a great motivator. But once in a while I find myself lacking the energy, so that’s when I need to step out. I start working on something else. My girlfriend is a great motivator too: she is such a hard but fair critic. She has absolutely no affiliation with the hobby, but she has a great sense for color, composition and quality. And she knows what I am capable of, and expects it to show in the piece. Or even better.

I find inspiration in everything: in paintings, other people’s work, but also in everyday life, in stories I hear or read. I always look for passion in what other people do. Did they create their piece with passion? Even in what people have to tell: do they talk about it with passion? I believe that it shows, and that is what inspires me to show my passion.

Gerrie: What are your favorite online hobby resources?

Pascal: I visit CoolMiniOrNot a lot. Just to look at the pictures. I love to see the creative solutions some have to tell a story. Or to see how colors make the piece work. Or just to be baffled and have a goal to want to work to. But weirdly enough I hardly visit the forum there. I  have never really felt much for participating on forums – I think because there are too many people there who tell you a lot but hardly say anything useful. It sometimes overshadows those people I want or need to hear. So if anything, I mostly am a lurker.

I do have a blog that I infrequently post on, just to show what I am working on. Which is contradictory to the forum-thing, I know. But yeah, I don’t know, it may be a fear-thing or something. Considering online painting communities, I pretty much resemble a hermit with Twitter I guess, hahaha!

Gerrie: How do you see yourself progress as a painter?

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Emperor’s Wrath

Pascal: I have no illusions that I will be a pro-painter one day – if by ‘pro’ you mean ‘earning my living with it’. I lack the guts to take such a step. So I am content with it being a hobby. But I will always strive to be better with each new piece: try something new, try something challenging, work on something I am afraid of making a mess of, or even do a challenge as a dare. And nowadays I am very interested in following painting master classes that are able to kick up my level a notch (thank you Mathieu Fontaine). I do intent to win a Golden Demon once. That would be awesome. Should be doable, I think. But I know myself: once there, I will set my eyes on the next goal – a Slayer Sword, Gold in the Master categories on the Scale Model Challenge, maybe even Crystal Brush?

But those are goals of winning. Foremost, I want to enjoy. Enjoy the painting itself, the process of learning, enjoy the beauty of a model, enjoy the passion of another painter, and your own. This, I feel, is the most important thing. if you cannot enjoy your own work, you will not give your best, you will not see your own growth and thus you are not improving. Which is okay if you are happy with where you are at. But I am not. I always see, and seek, room for improvement.

Gerrie: Thank you again for this interview!

Bragon – Interview with Jeremie Bonamant Teboul

Bragon – Jeremie Bonamant Teboul.
Born in 1980 in Lyon, this well-known French painter says that his life has been much like a scratch-built model: entirely composed of bits and pieces which have been fastened together with a string. Some time ago Illusionrip interviewed Jeremie. Here are the answers he gave to our miniature painting forum members’ questions.

Bragon - Jeremie Bonamant Teboul
Bragon – Jeremie Bonamant Teboul

I: How long have you been painting miniatures?

JBT: Since 1994

I: What made you interested in this hobby?

JBT: I wanted some manual work, creation of something with my own hands.

I: Do you still remember your first painted miniature? Do you still have it?

JBT: My first miniature was a plastic space marine, whole painted in red. Unfortunately I don’t have it in my collection any more.

I: Have you ever tried gaming in addition to being an „artist”?

JBT: I am not a gamer, nor an artist. I don’t think our passion deserves to be called art.

I: Do you have any favorite manufacturers of miniaturers? If you do – why? (Allan Kraken is not taken into consideration 😉 )

JBT: I am not a fan of particular brands but of sculptors and painters. The best ones often represent various brands.

I: What helped you in making the biggest improvement in your painting technique?

JBT: Meeting other hobbyists and the joy I have from painting. I believe that joy releases creativity. Try to avoid anything which frustrates you, eg. the wish of perfect execution, rivalry, or endless comparisons to other painters.

Ad Majorem Imperatori Gloria by Bragon
Ad Majorem Imperatori Gloria by Bragon

I: What made you start sculpting or converting?

JBT: I wanted to execute a project from scratch, to use my imagination and especially try something new, instead of resting on my laurels of already achieved abilities.

I: What would be more fun to you: creating a new miniature and having it painted by somebody else, or painting an unconverted miniature sculpted by somebody else?

JBT: The only criterion of my choices is the fact that I like the particular project (concept), and the rest doesn’t matter.

I: Do you have any favorite brands of paints or brushes? Which ones and why?

JBT: Surely Raphaels brushes, series 8404. Good combination of volume, precise tip, and length of bristles. Just perfect for the technique I use…

Jeremie Bonamant Teboul - caricature
Jeremie Bonamant Teboul – caricature

I: What advice would you give to painters and forum members of Chest of Colors?

JBT: Paint for fun, avoid rivalry and comparisons of various executions – such approaches only cause frustration and complexes.

I: Layering or wetblending? Which is your technique of choice and why?

JBT: I don’t care much about techniques, the most important thing is fun of using them. Even if a technique is more efficient, I often choose a different one – the one which I more enjoy.

I: Are you going to this year’s Golden Demon? (say NO, please – we’ll have at least any chances 😉 )

JBT: Why not? I’ve felt like visiting your country for many years – I am especially interested in visiting Oswiecim (Auschwitz) of which I read a lot.

I: Which miniature are you the most satisfied with?

JBT: Unfortunately I don’t have a favorite miniature.

Lans Quenelle De Barback by Bragon
Lans Quenelle De Barback by Bragon

I: Do you have any artistic education? Do you think it’s useful in our hobby? (for example I am a butcher ;))

JBT: In my opinion education in itself isn’t all this important, it’s more about one’s manual skills and creativity.

I: Have you ever been a modeller before you got into painting and sculpting?

JBT: I’ve loved drawing and assembling models since I was a child!

I: Who is your current favorite painter? Whose works attract the most of your attention?

JBT: The person whose influence is the strongest is obviously my flatmate – Allan Carasco, but it’s more about everyday life than painting. Painting is a result of my experiences, lifestyle, and it’s where my ideas and subject come from.

I: Could you point us to a few new artists, who – in your opinion – can join the ‚world-class league’ of painters?

JBT: Of course, I am watching many young authors, who are able to use the experience of their older friends to the fullest, and on the other hand they are very spontaneous at presenting their own visions and personalities.

I: Do you think there are currently any trends in miniatures painting?

JBT: There are a few talented painters, who present new motifs and in some way have influence on others, but it’s not enough to be talking about trends or fashion.

Grallapoussah De Barback by Bragon
Grallapoussah De Barback by Bragon

I: Is painting your hobby, or maybe your source of income?

JBT: I am combining my passion with my way of living, indeed…

I: Has it ever happened that you sold a contest-winning miniature?

JBT: Of course, painting gives me much fun, but after finishing a miniature I don’t need it for anything else, so I don’t have any problems with parting with them.

I: How much time per day do you spend painting?

JBT: I think it would be 8 hours daily in average.

I: Do you listen to music while painting? What are your favorite musicians?

JBT: Of course, as I am typing this I am listening to Berurier Noirs (French rockband). Then I also like French light and alternative music. I often listen to cultural programmes on the radio.

Jeremie Bonamant Teboul: Less professors, more cops
Jeremie Bonamant Teboul: „Less professors, more cops”

I: Would you like to add anything to the community of Chest of Colors?

JBT: I hope we’ll be able to meet during some contest, exhibition, etc.

I: And now, at the very end, one more but more precise question: Jeremie, could you explain the term „Saturation of color”?

JBT: Saturation is the proportion of grey (black, white, or combination thereof) we have in a particular miniature – playing with saturation allows to achieve visual effects like contrast, etc.

– 2007

Razza – Interview with Darren Latham

Razza – Darren Latham.
Born in 1980, started painting miniatures when he was 11 years old. He finished school with two A-levels diploma in art and design. At the age of 21 he started his first work in Games Workshop store in Leicester as an shop assisstant.

Razza - Darren Latham
Razza – Darren Latham

Since that he travelled through other GW stores, pass an internal GW course the ‚Eavy Metal Academy and went to Warhammer World as a resident painting expert. From there he quickly promoted to an Eavy Metal studio where he works for six years now (at the time of the interview). He’s also a Golden Demon judge but he has never been awarded such trophy!

Szary: How your adventure with miniature painting has started? How long it goes now?

I always practiced painting space marines when I was younger, I think this helped me with my neatness and sharp lines. When someone asks me „how do you paint neat?” I tell them to practice on marines, you are not allowed to be messy with them!

Darren Latham: All in all I’ve been painting for 17 years but 7 years as a professional. My brother got me into it when I was at high school, I liked the painting a lot more than the playing games.

Sz.: So what was first – painting or gaming?

D.L.: Both really, I painted the miniatures from HeroQuest and Space Crusade then got more and more, I did play a lot of Warhammer when I worked in the Games Workshop retail stores but I’ve not played for years now.

Sz.: Can you remember the first mini you have painted? Do you still have it?

D.L.: My brother let me paint one of the goblins from HeroQuest (it was his game). Then he let me paint more because I didn’t mess it up that bad! I don’t have it any more, its probably in a garden somewhere!

Sz.: Have you ever thought that painting miniatures will be your way of earning money?

D.L.: When I was at school the only thing I wanted to do was to paint figs, but my parents always said that it was silly and I had to get a proper job (whatever that is!). It was only when I seen the Eavy Metal team that I realised that it could be a job.

Sz.: So what your family and friends thought when they heard that you gonna paint miniatures as your primary job?

D.L.: I got a few different reactions, some thought it was cool some thought it was silly and it wasn’t a ‚real’ job as I wasn’t stacking shelves or something. But it was what I wanted to do so I went for it.

Sz.: How have you learned to paint miniatures? What helped you the most?

D.L.: Mr Mcvey helped the most when I started, I had no Games Workshop near me so other than painting guides I had to teach myself. When I joined the Eavy Metal team I got a lot of help from Neil Green, he showed me loads of new techniques that I didn’t know about.

Darren Latham - Razza
Planning is very, very important

Sz.: From an interview with you from WD332 we know that you have diploma both in art and design. That education help you much in miniatures?

D.L.: It has helped in terms of colour theory and designing banners and freehand but other than that miniature painting is its own skill/craft and it has its own requirements.

Miniature painting is its own skill/craft and it has its own requirements

Sz.: If we talk about this special craft, your personal style of painting is exceptional and easy to recognize. How you achieve so sharp and crisp colours? What kind of undercoat do you use?

D.L.: I mostly use a black undercoat to start. I suppose my sharp and clean painting comes from the old school painting that influences me. I always practiced painting space marines when I was younger, I think this helped me with my neatness and sharp lines. When someone asks me „how do you paint neat?” I tell them to practice on marines, you are not allowed to be messy with them!

Sz.: Can you unveil some facts from your workshop? What paints and brushes do you use? Do you have any your own tricks?

D.L.: I use citadel paints! And use the Masters Brushes. The other things interesting I use are Micro Set for transfers (when I use them) and the best invention in the world is Daler-Rowney Matt Glaze Medium which I use quite a lot for ink flow and glazing.

Sz.: So thats the secret! And by the way, you have just topple the common gossip that in EM you paint with GW brushes.

D.L.: Yes, they are the Citadel Masters Brushes we use.

Sz.: Aren’t they the Winsor & Newton series 7 line under GW brand?

D.L.: erm….. ahhh….. erm…. maybe?:)

Sz.: Can you tell us how you match colours? Is there any process of planning your colour palette for miniature?

D.L.: Most of the time the miniatures I paint already have a set colour palette, but I always look at art and imagery for inspiration when planning a miniature. Planning is very, very important.

Sz.: In interview which I talked before you have said, that you plan everything, right?

D.L.: Yes, and I try to ask the other Eavy Metal members to do the same.

Sz.: Painting in Eavy Metal studio is a great challenge. As you see new models first, you don’t have any other source for reference. From what do you take an inspiration?

D.L.: We always talk to the games developers first as they will tell us the background and what they should look like etc. and then the artists will be working on their work at the same time as us so we will communicate with them, it’s very important for us to do this. Also other peoples miniatures inspire me when I’m starting something new.

Sz.: So it is a huge process involving people from different design stages at GW?

D.L.: Yes, we all rely on each other a lot, take one piece away and the process will not work.

Sz.: In your opinion, what is the most important thing in painting miniature to make a splendid effect? Some artist says that everything depends on atmosphere of miniature. Do you agree?

D.L.: Atmosphere comes at the end, most important to me is composition and contrast, if you get these right then the finished miniature will have a pleasing look to the eye.

Sz.: Do you feel satisfied with your painting works? Or you still feel insufficiency?

D.L.: No, I’m not satisfied yet, I’m still learning and trying new things with painting and I don’t think I will ever stop learning, thats the beauty of it!

Sz.:Yes, indeed. But maybe you have painted something that you are proud the most?

D.L.: The Caradryan that I painted is my most proud painting but I’m right in the middle of something that should blow that out of the water!

Caradryan by Razza

Sz.: Wow, that sounds great. Can you show us some of the wip photos? You never shown unfinished mini before I guess.

D.L.: I dont have any yet but it will be finished by the weekend so I can get you some finished pics then. And then for sale on ebay…. again…

Sz.: You don’t have to sell it, right?

D.L.: erm…yes, but I have a family to support and my wife always wants new things! Ha,ha!

I paint for about 8 to 10 hours a day and spend around 3 to 4 days on a single character miniature

Sz.: Oh, that makes things clear. If we talk about painting speed… How much time per day you usually spend on painting? And how much you approximately spare on single mini?

D.L.: I paint for about 8 to 10 hours a day and spend around 3 to 4 days on a single character miniature.

Sz.: It’s a pure passion to work or great stamina?

D.L.: Both, it really helps that I love the job but it takes some getting used too.

Sz.: From time when Mike McVey was teaching painting miniatures all the hobby has developed a lot and today we can easily name some styles of painting minis. Especially after NMM revolution painting went in many directions. Have you ever tried to paint in different manner?

D.L.: I do like painting in different styles, I always try NMM on my own work to see what effects I can get, my own work always seems to come out clean and crisp and I guess thats my style, some painters try to emulate other painters but I think that its very important to have your own style, don’t get swayed too much by others.

Sz.: One of your marks are magnificent freehands. Do you use any magnifying glass? Can you advise some tips for freehands?

D.L.: No, I never use magnifying glasses (yet!) as I said I always practiced to be neat and I guess that it has given me a very steady hand, the only other thing is to use a decent brush…oh, and PLAN what you are painting in freehand first.

Sz.: But let’s get back to EM. Because of company guidelines you are usually limited in your work. But how do you cope as a team to paint the whole range of miniatures so similar in style? It’s almost impossible to recognize who painted what.

D.L.: Now that we have been given a bit more freedom within how we paint. You can recognize some styles mainly on characters or colour variants. When we paint a unit together we match the ‚house style’ of Eavy Metal, this is neat clean sharp and it must show the product at its best.

Sz.: So it’s obvious for painters, that they must ‚fit’ within those borders and paint in standards?

D.L.: Yes, its very important to meet the standards! If it doesn’t it has to be changed or it gets rejected mwhahahah!

Prince Yriel
Prince Yriel by Razza

Sz.: You are naturally related with Games Workshop products. Do you paint miniatures from other manufactures? I found just a few in your gallery.

D.L.: Yes, I have done a few in the past but mainly for commission work, I mainly try to stick with G.W products now as after painting other miniatures I really believe that ours are the best in quality.

Sz.: So rethorically asking – your favourite miniature manufacture is Games Workshop?

D.L.: erm… yes!

Sz.: Have you ever painted something which took you a lot of work and effort and nobody saw that?

D.L.: Nearly, the Avatar that I painted was not going to be shown but luckily it made it into White Dwarf.

Sz.: Except painting, have you ever tryied your skills in sculpting?

D.L.: Yep. I’ve done some sculpting but its not really for me, I can do bits and bobs but I don’t have the passion for it like miniature painting.

The painters work I like the most are: Seb Archer (automaton), David Rodriguez (karaikal), Mike and Ali Mcvey, Martin Footit and Jakob Rune Nielsen. A couple of painters to look out for are Joseph Tomaszewski and Anja Wettergren.

Sz.: Do you have any idols? People or works you admire the most?

D.L.: The painters work I like the most are: Seb Archer (automaton), David Rodriguez (karaikal), Mike and Ali Mcvey, Martin Footit and Jakob Rune Nielsen. A couple of painters to look out for are Joseph Tomaszewski and Anja Wettergren, some very very good work coming from them now.

Sz.: And how about you – do you think of yourself as an artist?

D.L.: In a way, I’m qualified as an artist and apply some of it to my work but its a grey area weather it is art painting miniatures. You could say I’m a 3D artist!!

Sz.: You rarely show in miniature communities over internet, last time it was Spanish forum. Is that because you evade such forums?

D.L.: I just stick to CoolMiniOrNot really, it seems to be the centre of things, and you need to have time to go onto other forums and thats one thing that I don’t have, my two sons drag me kicking and screaming to play Xbox Live with them! (its a hard life).

Sz.: If we talk about kids. Have you tried to get them in hobby also?

D.L.: Not yet, in a few years when they are older and only if THEY want to, I’m not going to push them.

Sz.: Do you have sometimes those days when you are thinking about leaving all this work, you are bored of it?

D.L.: No, I love it! And what would I do? I’m very lucky to have a job that I have a passion for, its a rare thing to find.

Sz.: That’s a thing that we can only envy. But If you wouldn’t paint minis as a job what would you do?

D.L.: I always wanted to be a teacher, so I guess it would be that.

Sz.: Maybe miniature painting tutor? That would be great!

D.L.: I kind of am, I’ve just recently been made senior figure painter!

Harlequin by Raza

Sz.: Congratulations for that! What help you to mobilize and concentrate? For example, do you listen music while painting?

D.L.: Yes, lots of music and audio CDs.

Sz.: What’s your favourite kind?

I just stick to CoolMiniOrNot really, it seems to be the centre of things, and you need to have time to go onto other forums and thats one thing that I don’t have

D.L.: I like older music like The Beatles and movie sound tracks, the best audio CDs are The Sherlock Holmes ones!

Sz.: Do you play any miniature game? Have any army?

D.L.: I used to have a few armies but now I only fit in a game of Blood Bowl in every so often, its a great game!

Sz.: Good rumble isn’t bad, right?

D.L.: Right!

Sz.: Do you have any other passions except miniatures?

D.L.: I know it may sound sad but my family and miniatures is pretty much my life…oh, and Halo 3 on Xbox Live!

Sz.: The day has only 24 hours, not everything can be done. Many young adepts dream to be one day amongst the best in Eavy Metal. What should they practice the most to have a chance to join you?

D.L.: Neatness consistency, colour composition and contrast.

Sz.: This interview will be published on Polish website. Do you know any Polish miniature artists?

D.L.: Kind of, Joe in the Eavy Metal team has Polish parents so if that counts then yes! Also Ana from cool mini is she Polish?

Sz.: Yes, she is. More of that – She and her husband are founders of our painting studio and website.

D.L.: Oh great , very nice work, very nice! The drune raiders are awesome that she did.

Sz.: What would you advise to anybody who start his adventure with miniatures and want to be as good as you one day?

D.L.: If you want it go for it! Practice practice, before school, after school, weekend etc. It all adds up and will get you what you want in the end, listen to advice and ask questions from others but don’t be put off by critics everyone has their own opinion. Oh, and plan your work!

Sz.: I think that would be all for now. It was a great pleasure to talk with you. I love your works, keep that going my friend and thanks for your time.

D.L.: Cool, thank you for your time also. Great interview!

May, 26th, 2008