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Juan Civera: CG artist interview

Spanish CG artist Juan Civero works on projects for Big Lazy Robot VFX, and creates personal work in his spare time inspired by cyberpunk and science-fiction aesthetics. Find out more…

Juan's website

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Tell us a little bit about yourself: Who are you, what do you do, and where are you located?

Juan

Hi! My name is Juan Civera, I'm a Spanish CG artist and I live in Barcelona. I work professionally in VFX for commercials and small productions at Big Lazy Robot VFX, on projects like commercials for Audi, Chevrolet, Three Mobile, Absolut, and Amazon. And also in studio projects like Keloid and Idiots.

In my spare time I work on my personal projects; small original pieces for my portfolio that help me to improve my skills, to be able to assume more complex projects like the Null Teaser Trailer below.

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What was the workflow behind your latest gallery image? Where did the idea come from?

Juan

Raven, like the rest of my concepts, was born of my two passions: cyberpunk and science fiction. I love cinema and I've grown up watching movies like RoboCop, Blade Runner, Terminator, and Alien, among other titles that have influenced my work. In this project I did all the design in ZBrush, from the first rough concept to the final model. I have painted the textures in Substance Painter and finally, rendered it in Redshift.

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Do you use any other software, either for work or personal projects?

Juan

I have worked for many years with 3ds Max as the main 3D software, and Photoshop is always a powerful ally in any workflow. I love Marvelous Designer to design and simulate clothes, and After Effects is my favorite composition program. I'm also starting to discover Blender, the new v2.80 looks really amazing, it's a super complete 3D software.

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What are your artistic ambitions?

Juan

I studied Directing and Cinematography because, like I said, I love cinema. My biggest challenge would be to tell complex stories with my work. The best way I know to accomplish this, is working hard to continue to improve my skills, be multidisciplinary, taking advantage of the existing technology that facilitates the creative process, and be in constant contact with the community.

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Who are your favorite artists, traditional or digital, and can you explain why?

Juan

It's hard to choose only a few of them. I love Syd Mead: he is a creator of formidable worlds. The illustrations of Frank Frazetta transmit a force and an overwhelming beauty, and the art of HR Giger is unique. It also seems amazing to me how Katsuya Terada mixes terror and cyberpunk in his drawings, or Akira by Katsuhiro Otomo blew my mind when I was a child. I also really like classics like the paintings of Cavaggio, El Bosco, or Goya. Also Alphonse Mucha's art or the engravings of Gustave Doré, among others.