I was born in Barcelona in 1959 and after studying Telecommunications Engineering I was quickly absorbed by the world of computers and become a software developer. The powerful programs for graphic animation captured my attention and since I never have had a special talent to draw, they became the perfect tool to convert my imagination into a comic story. I'm responsible for the script and the drawings of "The Zurvan Club".
I was born in Barcelona in 1978 and although I have a chemistry
1- Tell us a bit about your team and your current work.
We have the first two episodes of "The Zurvan Club" ready in English and in Spanish for free downloading on our website www.zurvanclub.com , Google Play, Amazon and other App markets. And we hope to add the French versions very soon. We are currently working on the third episode (200 pages done of 450).
We are also preparing an animated TV series for children called "The Funnybots" using iClone not as a previz, but as a final production tool. We are very confident we could minimize costs while maximizing production time by wisely using iClone 5.5.
2- When and how did you discover iClone?
3- Why did you choose to use iClone in your productions? What's the advantage?
4- Could you briefly run us through the procedure of creating a comic? How long does it take?
How They Did It?
Uuf! It's a long process. In my case I started scratching the whole picture of the story, acquiring information about the Sumerian Myths and its culture as well as other legends like "The Annunaki" or "Saint Brendan" Island. Then I worked on the main characters one by one. Each character has its own personality, its own past and life. It means that the way they dress, the way they talk and act have to be consequent. We created a entire wardrobe and the accessories for each character according to its personality.
After that I started with the script and then the "real" work began. We spent hours and hours creating the sets on where to place the "actors", and take screenshots. Here is where iClone's help was priceless, well, it already was creating the characters and the sets but when we started putting expressions in their faces and posing them in front of the camera I realized I had chosen the right tool. Once the pictures have been rendered I masked, filtered and brushed the slides to obtain their final, characteristic aspect and then I add the speech bubbles as well as the texts. It took us about 7 months of intensive work to finish a whole episode of 450 pages.
5- Do you have any future project plans you can share with us?
Meanwhile, we have started a new animation project called "The Funnybots" intended for children. We are just in the preproduction phase, developing the environment, the characters and their behaviors. As it's going to be an animated project, we are also creating the music and sounds needed in the series as well as a library of personalized motions using the Kinect mocap device plug-in. It's a big effort considering we have to combine our time with "The Zurvan Club", but fortunately we count with our enthusiasm and with wonderful productive tools like iClone. :)
I would like to enter in the fascinating world of cartoon stories using CrazyTalk Animator, another amazing application made by Reallusion that I still have to deeply investigate, as it shows an enormous potential. I have several ideas to develop, but at the moment, unfortunately, we literally, haven't enough time for more. But time will tell.