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Alejandro Pereira Ezcurra: sculptor & art director interview

By 3dtotal staff

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Date Added: 12th April 2018

Check out Alejandro Pereira's amazing sculpts, and find out more about his workflow, plans, and inspirations...



3dtotal: Tell us a little bit about yourself: Who are you, what do you do, and where are you located?
Alejandro Pereira Ezcurra: First all thank you very much for this opportunity. My name is Alejandro Pereira, and I live in Spain. I have been a professional sculptor for more than 10 years. I am working as a freelancer for companies like DD, Gentle Giant , XM Studios, Prime 1, Sideshow, and others, including licenses for Marvel, Star Wars, Disney, Pixar, and Universal.

Cable XM Studios

3dt: Tell us about your art: Your style, themes, genre, and some of the favorite projects you have worked on.
AE: Well, I am trying to work in my own style but yes, as a freelance you need to adapt your style to the project that you need to work. Sometimes you need to work in a cartoon style for a project, and sometimes you need to adapt or mimic a specific artist style. The word maybe is versatility or just mimicry. But definitely I prefer a realistic style. I feel more comfortable. I loved the Batman vs Harley project that I worked on for DC, and definitely I love my personal projects like Batman vs Predator or my Wolverine Phases. They allow me to explore different techniques, compositions, and always improve my skills.

Batman vs Harley Battle Statue

Batman vs Harley Battle Statue

3dt: Can you describe your typical workflow, and the software/hardware you normally use when creating your artwork?
AE: For companies, I receive a concept art and references. After that, sometimes I begin to work in T-pose to define the proportions and design, and after that we continue with the pose to the final approval from the client. Sometimes we start with the pose, and after that we continue designing the final statue. It is more like a traditional way.

Wolverine Phase 2

3dt: What inspires you?
AE: Good question. Well I grew up reading comics and watching films like Star Wars, Goonies, Labyrinth, and Aliens. Actually I use these resources as inspiration. I collect many film art of books. We are living in a second Golden Age of film, talking about designs. I love how Marvel or DC are doing their films. There is a lot of talent behind it. I can't work without music – I love music!

Hulk Thor Ragnarok statue Gentle Giant

3dt: How do you keep your portfolio up-to-date? Any tips?
AE: I am not much of a social media guy, but definitely right now it is essential. Always go for quality over quantity. I see a lot of people doing literally a model per week, well not one model per week, just the same model with different objects or poses! Your portfolio is as good as the worst of your work. And it is real.

Try different styles, different anatomies, likenesses, etc. Try each work as a single piece of art and try something different each time. We are living in a render ERA. A lot of people are fascinated by a good render, and really between so many colors they do not appreciate a good anatomy or do not appreciate if it is a really good statue or not.

I see a lot of artists come to the details too soon, but if the action, composition, and anatomy of the model works, your statue will work without alphas. Alphas just will raise your work to the next level, but just after check that everything still works. A good presentation is essential today.

Batman vs Predator

3dt: Who are your favorite artists, traditional or digital, and can you explain why?
AE: Well I have a long list. My favorite artists for comic books for sure are Alex Ross, Jim Lee, Arthur Adams, Neal Adams, Romita, Byrne, and McFarlane…Yes maybe you want sculptors, right? In digital, I love Steve Lord, he is a master, and for anatomy with a traditional sculpture background, I like Pablo Viggiano or Martin Canale. William Harbottle, Vitaly Bulgarov… I don't know, just check the 3dtotal gallery or ZBrush Central!

But now I am focused more on traditional sculptors like Richard MacDonald, for example. This is a clear example of what I explained in the last question about action, anatomy, and composition. Mark Newman, Clayburn Moore, Simon Lee, the Shiflett Brothers, Roquelaine Cyril, and for sure the classics like Michaelangelo or Bernini. But yes, definitely I am trying to study more classical or traditional artists.

Venom XM Studios

3dt: What can we expect to see from you next?
AE: I am not sure if in 10 years I will continue working as a freelance. I love this profession and I feel super grateful for my life and spending my time working on what I love, working on amazing projects with amazing people, but I think that after all these years I would like to sculpt my own things. But who knows... Right know I am trying to continue studying the softwares, and improving my skills with the traditional arts... and having fun with this profession.

Superman the Movie

Related links

Alejandro Pereira Ezcurra's website
Alejandro on Instagram
Alejandro on Facebook


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