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Hello my name is Rafa Moral Campayo, I am 45 years old and I’m from Valencia (Spain) where I live with my wife and two daughters. I’m a technical computer engineer and I have been working for twenty years in a technology services company as a programmer analyst for a Microsoft ERP.
I would define myself as a serious person but fun at the same time, passionate, responsible, demanding, perfectionist and I try to give my own style to everything I do.
I share my free time with family and friends, and I always leave something for the many hobbies I have and are passionate about. Sports, travel, gastronomy, music, photography... and of course beads!!!
I discovered the beads back in 2015 when a friend told me about them as a craft that he does with his son. I remember that he told me "I don't know how but there are people who manage to do things in 3d with this"...
at that moment I didn't give much importance to the comment, I got a basic kit and started practicing with simple 2d things to learn the ironing technique.
I stumble upon the world of 3d beads by chance without having seen anything before. I'm passionate about soccer and one of the first things I feel like doing is the grass of a field with various shades of green and white stripes (I promise that's all I intended to do).
When have it done and before ironing it, occurs to me that in some way I could put a ring around as stands like a small stadium. And at this point why not a second ring and it would be more realistic.
And already why not do it with the shape and colors of Mestalla, the centenary stadium of my beloved Valencia C.F. Inspiration comes to me, I do some small tests to see if it is possible and decide to jump into the void to see how it turns out.
Without realizing it, I had just settled in my head the bases to use the beads in 3d format, now I had the challenge ahead and the difficulty of figuring out how to achieve it technically.
I am inspired by monuments/buildings, my favorite sports and objects. Always on a proportional scale that allows to see the most characteristic details, looking for different solutions to make it as real as possible.
At the beginning I only used graph paper to make the 3d sketches through “plan + elevation + profile” and then transfer it to an Excel grid for easy handling and modification, calculate the necessary beads and write down changes that I make on during the process.
Now I know and use 3d design tools such as Magica Voxel that allow me to model the entire piece and then break it down into individual layers.
Almost all my 3d works are made with midi size beads, only the Ferrari SF 1000 is made with mini size beads and I consider it the most difficult so far due to the design and the added complexity of size.
Of course I don't only do 3d, here I show you a sample of some 2d works with my own designs.
For this I usually use mini size and sometimes combine midi+mini to add twice the detail in the same size.
For the 2d pieces usually vary the final format presenting them in plain squares, squares with a background, refrigerator magnets... many possibilities.
I like to keep the 3d models in methacrylate urns that I order customized, that way they are well protected both from dirt and from possible “accidents”.
I have been self-taught until 2020 when José and Rosa from @fanartfusebeads contact me and inside their beautiful project I know other great artists of the beads and friends like them.
all of them have given me knowledge and advice that allows me to develop and grow both in handling beads and in handling and presence on social networks.
I hear talk very well of Artkal brand and I decide to try it for the first time when I make the Adidas soccer ball, thank you Alina for your excellent attention.
I am very happy with the quality of the product and with the final result, it allows ironing on one side very well and they melt great, leaving solid layers respecting the original height of the bead.
Quality that makes them ideal for 3d work, I recommend them 100%. The wide variety of colors available in various sizes is another of its attractions.
I believe that the key is in the balance between technique and creativity.
Creativity allows you to do different and original things that capture people's attention, and technique is vital to be able to tackle complex jobs with a good final result. But without a doubt the most important thing is to enjoy and have fun with the beads in any of the forms and complexities that they allow us.
I invite you to see in detail everything I have done and my future works on my Instagram profile.
If you have any questions contact me and I will try to help you in any way I can. Thank you and greetings.