About Mitya Ka
First place winner of Fine Art Fantasy category
Mitya Ka was born in 1983 in Ukraine to the artist's family. Since childhood, he has wanted to create unusual, realistic paintings. Through the paintings the creator conveys the beauty and harmony of this world its divine majesty, multidimensionality and love. The paintings inspire people to open their hearts to light. To love the nature of this world, to love the planet Earth.
The paintings are painted in acrylic, airbrushing, watercolor, oil and pencil techniques. The author's paintings are in private collections around the world. He is a participant in international art exhibitions.
1. Can you tell us a little bit about yourself, what is your background? When did you start airbrushing and what was the learning process like for you?
I was born into a family of painters. My father preferred pastosely oil painting. But sometimes he worked with a Soviet airbrush "Eton". I became interested in airbrushing back then. I've been painting with different materials since I was a kid. Now I paint mostly acrylics and watercolors with airbrush. I taught myself from videos on the Internet by trial and error.
2. Can you tell us a bit more about your winning entry piece? How / why did you choose it? How long did it take, and what inspired you?
I wanted to draw a fantasy painting of "Enigma of the Dragon," but to make it look hyperrealistic. A mystical character, the Spirit of the Forest, who magically transforms from flowers to a small dragon, is in Love with a girl, the Goddess of the Forest. He looks like a pet and the girl caresses him with her gentle hands.
I painted the painting for six months, with some intervals.
3. What does airbrushing mean to you and what drives your passion for airbrushing and creating art? Also, how do you find the ideas for your other works?
For me, airbrushing is a tool that gives me the opportunity to show the world the beauty and evolution of art. Ideas come in different ways - it can be photographs, paintings by masters, nature, people, movies, dreams. Sometimes an idea takes a long time to come up in the fall, sometimes instantly.
4. What are your goals / targets for airbrushing? What do you want to achieve?
I like the process of creating a picture: smooth tonal and light transitions sometimes combined with sharp and curved lines. Above all the airbrush allows to create airiness and lightness of images and forms. I believe that in art there is no final goal, but only a way and spontaneity.
5. Do you specialize or prefer to work on a specific surface?
I work mostly on canvas and paper, sometimes pre-creating acrylic backing and texture.
6. How would you describe your style(s) in airbrushing?
I prefer to work in fantasy realism, hyperrealism.
7. Any advice to beginners looking to start airbrushing?
For artists who want to try their hand at airbrushing, I advise them to buy a quality tool first of all. Learn to paint with an airbrush and use your own mistakes and successes to achieve success.