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Vladimir Demchenko - Interview with a master

Q: Most prized award ever won in modelling competitions?

A: I took part and won awards in many Russian shows and competitions and also on-line competitions. But I don`t attach great significance to it. It`s just pleasant, but nothing more. But I like to see jobs of another sculptors and modelers.

Q: Your favourite modelling purchase/figure?

A: In the last years I didn’t buy any figures. But sometimes I caught my mind that I want to buy some Dragon figures sets only for Ron Volstad box-arts.

Q: What does it mean for you or how do you define the miniature figure?

A: I love it.It`s my passion ,my job and real part of me.As for me ,I never try to sculpted “figure”,I try to sculpted little “person”,little story. I hate figures what look like uniformed mannequins.

Q: How do you evaluate the present situation of the figures and its future?

I think that modelling and military miniature escorted poeple since ancient time and will be do it always. If people don`t lose interest for militry miniatures during thousands years,means they`ll be interested it in future. It`s human nature.

Right now I`m with great interest to look at 3D modelling of figures.I think that it`s very progressive technology with nice potential...but it never be compared to live sculpting by hands.Also as a computer can never paint as a real painter .

Anyway,I don`t think about far future,maybe people will create special 3D printer and every can “sculpted” any favour figure in own home...and may be special printer for paint figures with photographic quality... I don`t know.I`m living here and now and making what I like.

Q: How do you evaluate the effect of the internet on figure modelling and its future?

A: I can say only one thing .Internet is the greatest invention of our era (may be most greatest and important) and without Internet I never get that I have now. Inet gave another level and another rythm of modelling ,community and bussiness. I can not imagine modern modelling without it.
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About the Author

About Engin Kayral (Graywolf)
FROM: IZMIR, TURKEY / TüRKçE

Born in 1962,married and having 2 sons. I started modelling about 8 years old building USS Fletcher with mom. It was a model dad brought from USA., I think in those days only a few people in Turkey had info on scale model kits. Grown as an AF officer son , I built many aircraft models in years. Som...


Comments

Terrific read, Vladimirs figures are like a breath of fresh air in the figure modelling world,. if only he could be persuaded to do some British/Commonwealth figures.
NOV 13, 2009 - 10:39 AM
Great interview. It's always terrific to get to know a bit more about the folks that bring us all those great figures. Fantastic to see Kitmaker's original Artist Q&A back again Rudi
NOV 13, 2009 - 06:57 PM
What a great interview! Even with his not super English he conveyed exactly what he was meaning with each response. Good stuff Brad
NOV 19, 2009 - 07:17 PM
Excellent interview. Over the years I've seen quite a bit of Vladimir Demchenko's work online and I had often wondered who he was and where his diorama talent came from. Reading his philosophy on sculpting and motivations make viewing his work all the more interesting. Thanks for posting the interview and thank you Vladimir Demchenko for providing us with your insight into your niche of this hobby. Cheers, Charles
NOV 20, 2009 - 02:52 AM