Luis Arizaga Rico
Luis Arizaga Rico
Lead Character Artist - digitalrebelstudio[at]gmail.com
Montreal, Canada

I'm an artist specialized in character design and the process to translate 2d concept art to 3d.
3d modeling with topology for good deformation in animation, UVs, blendshapes for expressions. I create characters with appeal that work perfect in other departments like shading, grooming, rigging and lighting. I work with Maya, Zbrush, Photoshop, Mari and Blender.
I can easily follow art directions with minimum explanations and I keep good environment at work.

Skills

Character ModelingCharacter DesignDigital PaintingDigital SculptingDrawing3D ModelingLightingTexturingRenderingCompositing

Software proficiency

ZBrush
ZBrush
Maya
Maya
Blender
Blender
Photoshop
Photoshop
Mari
Mari
UVLayout
UVLayout
Shotgun
Shotgun

Reel

Experience

  • September 2019 - Present
    Lead 3D Character modeler at Mikros Image Animation Studios
    Montreal, Canada

    Lead 3D Characters. I provide high quality 3d digital characters for feature animation films.

    I also supervise the work of Junior and Senior artists to help model supervisor and CG supervisor on the daily tasks of presenting models to Art Director and Movie Director.

    Furthermore, I have worked on these movies at Mikros Animation aside of 2 more with Non Disclosure Agreement that can not be named here:

    - Paw Patrol, The Movie.

    - Tiger's Apprentice.

    - The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge On The Run.

  • November 2018 - August 2019
    Senior 3D Character modeler at Cinesite
    Montreal, Canada

    Senior 3D Character modeler. I provide high quality 3d digital characters and clothes for animated films: “The Family Addmas” a CG feature animation motion picture based on the creepy comic clan, which were first drawn as cartoons by Charles Addams. I've worked also for the animated films "Extinct" and "River Dance".

  • October 2017 - October 2018
    Senior 3D Character modeler at On Animation Studios
    Montreal, Canada

    Senior 3D Character modeler for Playmobil the movie.

  • May 2017 - September 2017
    Senior 3D Character modeler at Aardman
    Bristol, United Kingdom

    Senior 3d character modeler working with Aardman in the film "Early Man".

  • April 2017 - April 2017
    Senior 3D Character artist at Aardman
    Bristol, United Kingdom

    Full 3d visual development of characters for TV advertisement. Modeling, texture, shading and lighting for appealing characters.

  • October 2016 - January 2017
    Lead Character Modeler at Squeeze Animation Studio
    Quebec city, Canada

    Responsabilities: Provide 3d characters for the new redesigned aspect of the upcoming animated film "Troll, the Tale of a Tail".

    I supervised the modeling team to achieve the characters appeal and the art quality.

  • June 2015 - August 2015
    Senior 3d character modeler at IMC Toys
    Barcelona, Spain

    3D modeling and digital sculpture of various Disney toy characters: Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, Pluto, Donald, Daisy.

    3D modeling and digital sculpture of various Minnie complete sets (dresses, complements and props).

    3D modeling and digital sculpture of Miles from Tomorrowland.

    3D digital sculpture of Doozers characters.

    3D digital sculpture of Snoopy character.

  • March 2016 - April 2016
    3D Art Instructor at KING
    Barcelona, Spain

    Teach the 2D artists to develop 3D game assets for King projects.

  • January 2011 - Present
    Teacher at Digital Rebel School
    Barcelona, Spain

    Responsibilities: Give courses of different fields: 3D modeling, Character design in 2D and its digital development, 3D sculpture, lighting and composition, and materials and texturing.

    Some of my students were from the following companies: Gameloft, King, Beesquare, Socialpoint, Zitro.

  • November 2015 - January 2016
    Substitute Professor at Universitat de Vic
    Vic (Barcelona), Spain

    Teach how to use Blender for 3d character production instead of 3dsmax and Zbrush.

  • May 2016 - June 2016
    Senior 3D Character Artist at AXIS ANIMATION
    Barcelona, Spain

    Modeled, shaded, textured and rendered 3d characters in cartoonish style from designs provided by Axis Animation and Flaunt Productions.

  • October 2015 - October 2016
    Senior 3D Character Artist at Blow Studio
    Spain

    Responsible for modeling the main characters for the short film “Alleycats”.

  • January 2013 - January 2015
    3d modeler, lighter at Pepe School Land
    Barcelona, Spain

    Responsibilities: Modeling, lighting and composition and rendering for the short film.

    Animated short film "Alike”. Alike won the "Premios Goya" award 2016 Best animated short film.

    Best animation short film award Mundos Digitales International Film Festival 2015.

  • January 2008 - January 2011
    Art director, character artist. at Digital Rebel Studio
    Barcelona, Spain

    Responsibilities: Art director of the TV series “Holymonks”. It was selected for the prestigious International Festival of Animation in Annecy, France and Siggraph Asia (HongKong) among others. After it Holymonks was acquired by Channel + France who emited it in more than 70 countries. ("Holymonks" is a registered trademark property of Luis Arizaga).

  • January 2005 - Present
    Character designer, character artist at Digital Rebel Studio
    Barcelona, Spain

    Responsibilities: working as a 3D artist. Clients includes SHACKLETON MADRID S.L., Motoko creative motion design, KJ-Artists.com, Imagine Publishing, 3D total.

    3D artist for toy company: IMC.

Productions

  • The tiger's apprentice
    • Movie
      Tiger's Apprentice
    • Year
      2023
    • Role
      Senior Character Artist
    • Company
      Mikros Image Animation Studios
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    • Movie
      Riverdance
    • Year
      2021
    • Role
      Senior 3D Character artist, Modeler.
    • Company
      Cinesite Studios, Montreal
  • Extinc flyer
    • Movie
      Extinct
    • Year
      2021
    • Role
      Senior 3D Character artist.
    • Company
      Cinesite Studios, Montreal
  • Pawpatrol pster
    • Movie
      Paw Patrol: The Movie
    • Year
      2021
    • Role
      Senior 3D Character artist, Modeler.
    • Company
      Mikros Image Animation Studios
  • Spongebob
    • Movie
      The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run
    • Year
      2020
    • Role
      Senior 3D Modeler.
    • Company
      Mikros Image Animation Studios
  • Addams family
    • Movie
      The Addams Family
    • Year
      2019
    • Role
      Senior 3D Character artist, Modeler.
    • Company
      Cinesite Studios, Montreal
  • Playmobil movie
    • Movie
      Playmobil: The Movie
    • Year
      2019
    • Role
      Senior 3D Character artist, Modeler.
    • Company
      On Animation Studios
  • Angel has fallen
    • Movie
      Angel Has Fallen
    • Year
      2019
    • Role
      Senior 3D Character artist, Modeler.
    • Company
      Cinesite Studios, Montreal
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    • Movie
      Early Man
    • Year
      2018
    • Role
      Senior 3D Character Artist, Modeler, Texture artist.
    • Company
      Aardman Animation
  • Troll
    • Movie
      Troll: The Tale of a Tail / Troll Kongens Hale
    • Year
      2018
    • Role
      Lead 3D Character artist. Modeler
    • Company
      Squeeze Studio
  • Alike
    • Movie
      Alike
    • Year
      2015
    • Role
      3d Modeler, Lighter, render, texture artist, compositing
    • Company
      Pepe School Land
  • 3 monks show
    • TV Production
      Holymonks
    • Year
      2009
    • Role
      Art director
    • Company
      Digital Rebel Animation Studio