Today's interviewee is Michael Kontraros. Thank you for sharing in.
Spotlight are short interviews to introduce some of the artists here at Putty&Paint.
Who are you? Tell us a bit about you.
My name is Michael Kontraros, I reside in my birthplace of Athens, Greece where I was born in 1980. I have acquired a bachelor’s degree in graphic design and a Master’s degree in art and design/visual communications and interactive media at the age of 23. I have my own business and have been working as a freelance graphic designer for some time now. But what has really won me over is miniature sculpting (not painting).
Eight months ago, I decided to start a company of my own, a company dedicated to producing and selling high quality figures for collectors, sculptors and painters, “Michael Kontraros Collectibles” will offer sculpts and figures in a variety of scales basely for fantasy enthusiasts. You can visit the online store at: www.mkontraros.com
What are your favorite tools, and why do you use them?
I use AB, AVES green, DURO, Super Sculpey and a lot of materials such us wire, plastic rods etc.
...and these are my favourite tools
How would you describe your own style?
I don’t know if I have a specific style. I just want my miniatures to be part of a story…
Show us your workspace. Do not clean it.
Who influences your work and what inspires you?
I have been influenced and inspired by the work of Kostas Kariotelis, Raul G. Latorre, Andrea Jula. I have also been influenced by the style movie directors such as Tim Burton and Zack Snyder.
What’s your current favourite music/movie/series you enjoy while working?
Favourite music: rock, hard rock, heavy metal
Favourite movie: LOTR, 300, Edward scissorhands, Headless Horseman, Prometheus, Alien 1&2 and many more…. I am a movie maniac
Favourite series: Game of Thrones, Big Bang Theory, Walking Dead
Show and tell us what you are currently working on or what you recently finished?
I am working on a lot of projects. Some are for collectors and some are commercial pieces. Here is a detail from one (I don’t know when it will be released)