Most of you reading this like to build models. Some of you build them out of the box adding more or less different after-market parts. Some of you are building from scratch, using blueprints and photographs of original machines. But not too many people do scale modeling as a visual art and build things that have never existed in the first place, using their imagination instead of historically accurate references.
I do not think many of you have heard of the name Michael Fichtenmayer. Somehow we do not pay attention to one’s name, but do notice their work. Michael’s work cannot go unnoticed. Some of us know his models from different postings on the internet or directly from his site www.fichtenfoo.comand some of us are familiar with his creations thanks to MIG Productions.
But who can tell us about the artist (or the modeler) better than he can himself? So here is the interview with Michael Fichtenmayer:
Michael, would you please tell us a little bit about yourself and your background?
Well, I'm a 36 year old web and graphic designer from Pittsburgh Pennsylvania in the United States. I've always been artistically inclined with an interest in all things science fiction. As a child I wanted to be an astronaut, but later realized that art was my real passion. I would spend hours alone reading comic books and drawing. I also was very into cartoons. After high school I went to the Art Institute of Pittsburgh with the desire to be an illustrator or comic book artist, but soon realized that if I wanted to eat and not be homeless I should find a job in graphic design. My first design job in 1994 started off quite boring with little pay working for an industrial news magazine which soon after decided to jump on the internet. I taught myself web design and have been doing that ever since either full-time or on a freelance basis.