Exclusive Interview with
JS: My name is Juan Siquier, I am 44 years old, I live in Albacete, a small Spanish town in the South-Eastern part of Spain. I am married and I have a 7 year old daughter called Alicia.
DA: What is your profession?
JS: I am a professional musician, but since 2000 I have involved myself more and more into computer graphics, learning as I go. I have been a web designer in a local Internet services company, and a freelance graphic designer too. Now I am working on a cool project I am not allowed to talk about yet, but I hope it will be talked about a lot later, when it is published. I can only reveal that it is a CG Movie.
DA: For how long have you been doing computer graphics?
JS: My first contact
with CG was about 10 years ago, then I had an Atari-ST and I passed
the time drawing with the mouse in bitmap editing programs such as
"Neocrome", "Degas" and "Canvas". I
also stumbled on a program called CAD 3D by Tom Hudson and it became
my first real contact with 3D. But it in 1996, when 3D Studio R2 for
MS-DOS fell into my hands, I spent some time (not too much) exploring
that program - but then I left CG for some years in favour of my music.
DA: Do you have any other art experience...like painting or drawing?
JS: I have already
mentioned that I have dedicated a good deal of my life to music, but
I also have a strong feeling for painting and comics. I won some contests
and I have participated in numerous collective and personal exhibitions.
DA: Which software(s) do you use?
JS: Always use 3D Studio MAX and occasionally advanced render systems such as Mental Ray, VRay or Brazil. I paint the textures by hand in Photoshop.
DA: Where are your ideas coming from, and how do you achieve the very photorealistic look? (Use an example from your gallery to explain this, and I will link to it in the text)
JS: When I am
about to start a scene, I usually have a photographic reference of
some place I would like to model and represent. Sometimes I like the
photo so much that I incorporate very few variations in the CG scene,
but sometimes I'll change many aspects of the photo to adapt it to
my liking. My images "Daroca" http://www.juansiquier.com/render/daroca.htm
DA: Why do you like to do computer graphics?
JS: Because it is a nice combination of Art and technology and both things have always interested me a lot. I have searched for a way of combining both in one single activity for a long time, and I found it in 3D (when I made music it was also electronic). I really like to be in the computer environment, and besides I have always felt a great fascination in three-dimensional work, anaglyphs, sculpture, architecture, scale models and carpentry.
DA: I'm sure it will be of interest to our readers to know about your computer system?
JS: At the moment I have a PC Pentium4, 2.5 GHz with 1Gb of RAM, a GeForce FX 5900 Ultra, a Wacom Intuos2 A5 and a Nikon Coolpix 750.
DA: I thank you on behalf of Digital Artworks for this interview ... and wish you luck with your brilliant artwork in the future.
JS: Thanks to
you for being interested in my work, and thank you for your great
gallery, I will continue to post my latest works.
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