Alvaro Stuardo Bravo has been impressing us for almost two years with his amazing sculptures. Since those first sculptures, his talent has continued to grow and he is quickly becoming a world class artist. Alvaro recently surprised us with a beautiful sculpture based on the Gears of War: Judgment Reaper. I carried it around the studio and people were so amazed at the detail. It will soon find it’s home hanging on the Epic walls.
Epic Gamer and artist Tim Fangon chats with Alvaro about sculpting and other mediums he enjoys.
Tim F: How did you get started sculpting?
Alvaro B: I started sculpting 2 years ago with a lot of questions about materials and techniques, learning from YouTube and after all the research now I feel more confident about my sculptures.
I started after I saw “Inside the Wicked Workshop” on YouTube from Chris Perna, to me was very inspiring.
TF: Who is your favorite Gears of War Character to sculpt?
AB: Definitely Marcus Fenix, I believe Marcus is the most awesome Character in the game.
AB: I start with an armature made of metal, then I cover the armature with aluminum foil. Then I start modeling the clay over the aluminum foil with rough shapes until I feel comfortable with the results. I bake the clay and the statue is ready for the paint job!
TF: What kind of clay do you use?
AB: I use Super Sculpey and Sculpey Firm which is a type of polymer clay that can be molded and put into a conventional oven to harden.
TF: How did you make it look like bronze?
AB: That was the paint job made it by my Girlfriend Carla, she painted several layers of different colors to get that finish and then she added some clear coats to bring some shine
TF: When did you start sketching?
AB: I been sketching all my life, I love to make drawings and When I saw Gears of War I knew that I wanted to keep improving my sketches. I loved to make drawings using just a regular ball pen and maybe some polychromes!
TF: How long have you been drawing?
AB: All my life! Since I was 4 years old.
TF: Do you create any art on PC?
AB: Yes. I make drawings using Photoshop and recently I started using Z-Brush which is pretty awesome.
TF: Which do you like to do more, sketch or sculpt?
AB: I don’t know which is better but I try to do both things because one helps to improve the other and because both makes me happy.