On a regular basis, MiniPaint.art will have the pleasure and honor to chat with a non-professional hobby painter. Not all hobby painters are world-known artists but MiniPaint.art thinks that all enthousiasts deserve the possibility to share their passion with the most.
Today, the painter under the lights is Martin Wyatt from England – instagram.com/martin.wyatt.mini.
Who are you? Where do you live?
My name is Martin and I live in England working as a Web Developer.
Why & how did you start painting miniatures?
I started pretty early on at age 13. Fascinated by the details of the sculpts and admiring the paint jobs I would see in White Dwarf and online. I love to see the fantasy worlds brought to life. Being quite an introverted character myself, the activity of painting spoke to me on many levels.
I was on and off for many years, but in the last couple of years got the bug and for the first time started to paint every single day (I’m now 31 years old).
What is your paint style and inspirations?
I’m not sure what my style is; perhaps I am still finding it! Greatly inspired by Tamer Widerspan (the.meth.of.cooking.art on instagram), Scott Walter (Miniac on YouTube), Gareth Nicholas (nicholas.gareth on instagram) and Ben Komets (benkomets on instagram).
What is your favourite moment when painting a miniature?
When fully immersed in a project I’m passionate about with my favourite music mix. A satisfying feeling!
What paint projects are you working on right now?
I found a very old Skaven unit which I will be working on next. Sometimes I dig out my very old miniatures and give them the best paint job I can. Some people enjoy these as there is a lot of nostalgia for the sculpt.
How many time do you spend on the hobby each week ?
About an hour each morning and a couple each day on the weekend. 7-9 hours.
What paints & brushes are you using?
Mainly Vallejo Model Colour. I have dabbled with GW and Scale75 but prefer Vallejo. Mainly Raphael 8408 0/2, 1 and 2 brush sizes. I use a Windsor & newton size 1 a lot also. Got an eye on the Artis Opus ones but not sure yet.
Any hobby painter hints & tips you want to share with us?
Yes, I think it is important to know that there is no fast and easy method to get good results in this hobby. Pick a time to paint each day and ensure it is in a place which only takes you moments to get going again. Brush control and technique will come with time, patience and practice. Everything is there online, go find it!
Do you have a blog? Youtube, Instagram or Facebook?
My instagram is: https://www.instagram.com/martin.wyatt.mini/
Anything else you want to say to the readers?
Keep painting and don’t forget to enjoy doing it!