Meet the Masters: David Fernandez Barruz

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The Sketchfab Masters are a group of super passionate and active community members. They are helping us run community activities, write tutorials and help out community members with support and feedback.

Today, meet David Fernandez Barruz, one of our Masters who is an active educator in Madrid and has a passion for teaching and incorporating Sketchfab into his workflow. 

Can you introduce yourself?

image01Hi buddies! My name is David Fernandez Barruz and I’m the CEO and character artist at Barru. I can honestly say that I do what I love and I love what I do. I live with my wife Jessica and our daughter-doggy Gilda in Madrid, Spain and we work together everyday. I’m a lucky guy!

I would like to have more time to ride around on my longboard but all we know that beginning to work is the hardest part so at my studio desk I stay. I wish to be rich so please– contact me for work in your all projects! 

What is your expertise?

I have been working as freelance generalist 3D artist for 15 years and a digital sculptor for 3 years. I’m also a teacher at the professional school, CICE, where I’ve just passed my 10 years of educating new 3D professionals.

I’m a proud teacher because my students are talented hard workers. Combined with their determination and my teaching and they’ve gone so far.

In the last year or so, I’ve specialized in digital sculpting for 3D printing, which has really turned into a passion since I can get my hands on my work during the whole process, both on and off screen, which is a really unique opportunity that doesn’t come up all that often. 

My first experience on digital sculpting was working for Scale75, where I headed the 3D department and worked on creating a compact workflow to model characters really quickly for miniatures.

Nowadays, I have created a study to meet the demand for commissions as a character artist, so currently I’m working with a talented digital sculpting team making figures, miniatures, and statues for 3D printing and production.

Here are some of my works: 


How do you use Sketchfab?

In Barruz Studio, we use Sketchfab in our portfolios and on social media. For me, this is one of the best ways to show our sculptures freely.

As a ZBrush teacher, I use Sketchfab in class for student practice, with the tag #Barruz3DStudent, to check it out any time, anywhere. This is very important because it helps me to give some promotion to my students’ works.

What will you be working on for the Sketchfab Masters?

At this time I’ve been taking on an ambassador role by showing all Sketchfab can do for 3D artists and students, to the point where a lot of people ask me if I have Sketchfab shares, haha.  I also used Sketchfab in my lectures and master classes in Madrid, where I also demonstrate the exporting and uploading process and invite people to use it. As an educator, I also strive to work on some tutorials and also create some Sketchfab tutorials on my web blog for Spanish people that can’t speak English, which also ties into me helping the Spanish speakers with tutorials, resources, and reviews from our work.

Any questions about Barruz Studio or just want to say hi? Find me at LinkedIn, my ArtStation, my Sketchfab profile, or Twitter!

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