Sketches of mermaids and beauty by Sergi Espada

We present you with a set of five illustrations by the artist Sergi Espada, a character animation, design and modelling specialist.These five pieces form part of the studies and sketches produced prior to rendering the animations using a computer.

The first one is a study of the movement of the Mermaid under the sea. It is simple and possesses great stylistic beauty, particularly through the way it captures the elegance of the movements of the mermaid under water.



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It is very interesting to discover how many hours he has dedicated to studying mermaids. Yes. The mermaid Hannah. No, not Daryl Hannah, the star of 1, 2, 3… Splash /(Splash (1984). He has watched lots of videos of Hannah Fraser, a professional mermaid whom Franc Aleu introduced him to.


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Next we see the study of a relaxing spring scene: Astrid and the 2 Hesperides play without a care in the world. Nothing worries them because they have attained a state of happiness.


Astrid i Hespèrides relaxades primavera


Sergi Espada has studies of David and Venus making love in a number of positions, with the aim of working out which is the most natural.”Sometimes, it’s not completely realistic, but the posture is agreeable to the camera”, acknowledges Sergi, who is also responsible for modelling and animating Michelangelo’s David, the sculptural masterpiece on display at the Galleria dell’Accademia, in Florence.


Estudis bellesa David i Venus

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Sílvia Pérez Cruz, a siren’s voice

Sílvia Pérez Cruz als teclats dels "robots Polliwogs"

Sílvia Pérez Cruz plays “robots Pollybogs


On 19 February Sílvia Pérez Cruz visited the RocaLab, the creation workshop set up by Franc Aleu’s team, where the musical and visual sections of El somni were produced. The 2013 winner of the Goya Award for Best Original Song for “No te puedo encontrar”, from the film Blancanieves, will take part in Act 4, Under the Sea, putting the music and voice to the siren’s songs. The voice of Astrid, the main character, when she adopts the form of one of the mythological creatures that tried to seduce first Jason, and then Ulysses (Odysseus). Ulysses listened to the seductress’s song while he was tied to the mast of his ship, while Jason and his Argonauts managed to save themselves thanks to the music of Orpheus, who drowned out the singing of the sirens with the chords of his lyre.


During her visit, Sílvia Pérez Cruz met Wolfgang Mitterer, the Austrian composer and musician who was working with his Pollywogs and preparing his participation in the project. Mitterer is the author and, together with Carlos Fesser, the performer of the music in Act 9, War. The actress sat at the keyboards used for programming the Pollywog robots.

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