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Andrea Jula - Sculpting Maestro

Q&A
Earliest modelling moment

Once upon a time I built an aircraft. It was never finished because some parts were missing from the kit, so I became angry. My first totally scratchbuilt figure was an Indian warrior in 90mm. It was a really inspired work and the result is that this figure is still in the Pegaso catalogue after 13 years!!

Do you remember the first time miniatures appealed to you?

The first time figures appealed to me was when Mr. Fabrizio Prudenziati, my father Piero’s first business partner in the company ARES MINIATURES, showed us the first original sculptures he had made for production. It was three 54mm Egyptian warriors. It was a very emotional moment because they were starting to create a new company. When nobody was watching me, I took a file and I reduced the bottoms of all the figures. I’m quite sure that, even after all these years, Mr. Prudenziati does not know this episode! And more than 20 years have passed!

Who or what inspires your figure modelling

Everything. Generally I like to sculpt, so I it interesting and satisfying to render vitality into my sculptures using all the different inspirational sources I have at disposal at that moment... Friends’ ideas, books, movies, paintings... And mixed with my own creativity.

The best thing about figure modelling

Do the job you love to do. And to be happy to doing this even after years. Don’t you think is enough?

The worst thing about figure modelling

Speaking from a professional point of view, there is a big difference between the requested quality and professionalism, and the real dimensions of the market. For example, to sculpt a top level figure, one is expected to have a knowledge of human anatomy and history like a professor; the technical knowledge as a gold maker; but this big amount of knowledge finally goes to a very restricted number of amateurs...

Favourite modelling era/period

I don’t have a favourite historical period. Each period can have interesting things to be interpreted. It depends on the type or the beauty of the subject that is in front of us. Personally I have sculpted every kind of subject, in every kind of scale - from 25mm to 200mm each time having great moments of pleasure…


Pegaso Models 90-013 “Sioux Warrior”

About the Author

About Rudi Richardson (Tarok)
FROM: VICTORIA, AUSTRALIA

I'm a former Managing Editor of the Historicus Forma historical figure modelling website. While my modelling and history interests are diverse, my main figure modelling focus lies in Sci-Fi, Pop-Culture, Fantasy, Roman and WW2 German subjects. I'm a firm believer that armour and vehicles accessorise...


Comments

Is this figure of the image a next new of the Pegaso Models, also modeled by Andrea Jula? As is its scale? Greetings... ARMAGEDON
NOV 10, 2006 - 06:45 PM
Very inspiring review Rudi,its nice to have a goal to work towards even if it is a massive amount of work :-)
NOV 10, 2006 - 11:34 PM
Yes my friend and this is sculpted by Andra Jula as a Pegaso release. The figure is a 90 mm Pegaso representing a SS Sturmbannfuhrer of the artillery, 2nd SS Panzer Division “Das Reich”, France 1944 bets regards
NOV 11, 2006 - 03:54 PM
Nice interview, enjoyed reading it.
NOV 12, 2006 - 02:03 AM
Very nice interview. Thanks to Rudi and Andrea Jula, for bringing this.
NOV 12, 2006 - 01:32 PM
Besides being a Master sculptor,Andrea is really a Master cook. My wife had some advices from Andrea about Italian cuisine and happy for the results. Great interview
NOV 12, 2006 - 06:17 PM