I am Almu, a keen fan of volcanoes and the films of Steven Spielberg and Tim Burton. I am also a Spanish freelance multidisciplinary artist based in Bristol, working as an illustrator, model maker and infographic artist.


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It all started when…

I began learning techniques, from sculpting and painting to all types of handcraft, during my studies in the Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Art program at the Complutense University, Madrid, Spain, in 2007.

I started my career as a painter, working in water colour and acrylic large-sized canvas. I was selected and awarded in several exhibitions around Europe such as ARCO (Spain), ART ATHINA (Greece) and BCJEM (Italy). During my time as an artist, I worked as an illustrator for the Roskilde Festival in Denmark and learnt about graphic design in an advertising agency and in a publishing house. These roles taught me how to work and collaborate as part of a team while under pressure and meeting strict deadlines.

 
 
I learnt how to create animation from my illustrations.

I learnt how to create animation from my illustrations.

My desire to continue learning, led to me to study a Master in Motion Graphics in 2013, which opened new perspectives in my career, giving me the opportunity to collaborate as an art director for several projects.

 

In 2014, I discovered a story about an Arctic balloon expedition.

The story caught my eye and I was very curious about what happened in the entire plot. At the same time, I took up a course taught by Fernando Baptista, Senior Graphics Editor of National Geographic, who supervised my project. I started compiling information, studying maps, building the miniature model balloon, designing the set, digitalizing the model through photographs, painting with digital illustration and ordering the elements to create the final piece. Finally, I proposed the project to National Geographic and since then, I have worked as a model maker and infographics artist for them.

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Part of the process of the arctic balloon expedition project, published in National Geographic magazine Spain, Dec 2015. I built the balloon using a variety of materials and created watercolor illustrations of some scenes of the expedition. Take a look   here   to see the entire process.

Part of the process of the arctic balloon expedition project, published in National Geographic magazine Spain, Dec 2015. I built the balloon using a variety of materials and created watercolor illustrations of some scenes of the expedition. Take a look here to see the entire process.

In this role, I have handled several disciplines, such as scientific or historic research, drawing, painting and model-making working mainly with my hands using a combination of techniques and materials.

Steps of the creative process of my work developed in National Geographic.

Steps of the creative process of my work developed in National Geographic.

Passionate about handcrafted work,

this job has led me to discover what I really enjoy most about the creative process, which is working with my hands creating sets. Looking to advance my skills, I decided to attend the David Neat model making course (London) and the Aardman Academy (Bristol) this year, focusing on gaining more experience as a model maker and set designer in the film industry.

Examples of miniatures which I did during the David Neat’s course.

Examples of miniatures which I did during the David Neat’s course.

Some of the projects I have done with model making techniques. You can take a look at the rest of my work here.

Detail of the grave where the remains of Phillip II are buried.   The great tumulus.

Detail of the grave where the remains of Phillip II are buried. The great tumulus.

Miniature of a   dovecot.

Miniature of a dovecot.


Check out my sketches, ideas and personal projects on my Instagram


Thank you for your time!