Yudi Marton lives in Haifa, Israel and is a treasure of the 3Doodler Community. No stranger to creative curiosity, Yudi was among the first to explore the world of computer generated digital artwork more than 25 years ago. This same instinct is what initially piqued his interest in our original Kickstarter campaign over a year ago. One thing led to another, and Yudi is now one of our most prolific 3Doodlers out there, using multiple pens to produce incredible sculptures that often take several days to complete.

We were fortunate enough to speak with him this week to gain some insight into his creative process:

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3Doodler: How long have you been 3Doodling?

Yudi Marton: I've been using the 3Doodler for just over a year. At this point I have three of the original pens and my EarlyBird 3Doodler 2.0, which I am excited to be working with. I just turned 61 and I've been an artist for as long I can recall. For most of that time I worked with ball point drawings or sculpture using wood, soft stone, or clay. The 3Doodler is a natural drawing tool for me, it allows me to both draw and sculpt, transitioning into using it was an intuitive motion.

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3D: How much time do you spend on each piece?

YM: I think on average I spend about 30 hours creating most of my figures. This is the reasoning behind having multiple pens, it allows me to switch them out during longer sessions without losing momentum. 'Seated Couple' actually took almost 60 hours in total.

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"Seated Couple", Almost three straight days of combined 3Doodling efforts!

3D: What kind of challenges have you run into?

YM: I build each project from many different parts which are then fused together. These parts are often made up of series of rings which are combined to create a wireframe of the intended character. More often than not things don't always go as I planned and I need to break, bend and twist before getting the forms correct. For instance, "The Jump" was done by breaking the figure many different times in order to achieve the sense of movement in the final product.

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"The Jump"

3D: Do you have any advice for other Artists interested in or just beginning to use the 3Doodler in their work?

YM: I became comfortable with my technique mostly through experimentation and persistence. You need to have a lot of patience, but even the learning process is fun and ultimately rewarding.

3D: What is the next project on the horizon for you?

YM: Right now I'm working on finishing the Horse with Rider. I'm planning on creating a dancer to place on top of that, who will be swept up by the wind in mid-stride, arms out and hair flying.

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"Horse with Rider" Currently in progress

3D: You mentioned an exhibition, has that happened yet? Is there any more you can tell us about it?

YM: Yes I'm planning on having an exhibition that will be a combination of my ball point drawings and my 3Doodling. I need at least five more sculptures before I'm ready, and it is going to be in Tel Aviv - hopefully sometime next year. It will be a large exhibition, so I have to plan it very carefully.

To stay current with Yudi's upcoming work and exhibition be sure to check out his homepage:

http://www.ymarton.com