Hiring Update: Alvaro Claver
It’s hard to believe that in addition to teaching, doing some freelance gigs and working on a couple personal projects, Alvaro Claver has time for a full-time job. His dream of working in the film industry finally came true when he was hired on by Digital Domain as a Texture & Lookdev Artist last month. It was the icing on the cake after all the hard work and dedication he put into his studies.
Alvaro is originally from Spain and moved to Vancouver a year ago. Before coming to Think Tank he already had an extensive background in photography and completed courses at Gnomon and the University of Madrid. However, being that he wanted to change his career focus to the movie industry he decided to enroll in our full-time diploma program. We recently caught up with Alvaro to find out how things have been going for him since he finished.
How did you find Think Tank and what made you decide to come to the school?
The final semester of the program involves putting together a demo reel and portfolio, so Alvaro chose to model a tinkerbot called APEX (originally created by artist, Dan Jones). Since then, the project has been garnering quite a bit of attention and racking up a slew of accolades and awards. It all kicked off last December when APEX was chosen as one of the winners of The Foundry’s, WhatsInMyMind student competition. In January, ZBrush Tuts had a feature on APEX and in February he won the 3DTotal Monthly Award and Excellence Award, along with having his tutorial on the making of APEX published on their website. Alvaro’s 3D texturing guide was then picked up by CG Villa, The Rookies, Artstation Magazine, 3D Artist Magazine and 3D World Magazine. As well, Chaos Group (the company behind V-ray) is now using APEX to promote their software, and he is also a finalist in the VFX category at this year’s Rookies Awards. Congratulations, Alvaro!