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Wacom Create More – University Programme 2015

WACOM’S CREATE MORE PROJECT
Exchange Programme

by: Pratik Naik

They say that you should never meet your idols. Eugenio Recuenco is one of mine, so when Train to Create approached with me a project that put me and him together for an exclusive workshop, I had to do it.

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Wacom’s Create More project in Spain was brilliant. It put Eugenio and myself together and we both taught our specialties to students all over the world. It really gave a real world insight into how it’s done to students who had the potential to take advantage of what they witnessed.

wacom's create more project
wacom's create more project
wacom's create more project
wacom's create more project

Seven students from around Europe were selected and flown into Spain to be a part of this at no cost to them. Dozens of universities took part but in the end only a lucky seven students were selected, who can be found here under “selected students”.

wacom's create more project

I knew before hand who the students were going to be, so I was excited. They had the talent required and you knew they were going to be strong figures in the industry.

On the first day, Friday the 18th of September, we all met at El Hangar, which is a hangar that is owned by the school EFTI on the outskirts of Madrid. By the way, the school is incredible and has such impressive facilities for the students in Spain.

We got there bright and early to find Eugenio and his team arrive shortly after. His team brought a huge truck which had all the equipment and props for the day. In typical Eugenio fashion, we were going to witness the creation of one of the beautiful rooms that we know him for. I had no idea just how much work went into it, and clearly, the next three hours illustrated it.

wacom's create more project
wacom's create more project
wacom's create more project
wacom's create more project

As the team began working on the set itself, Eugenio sat down and went through some of his work with the students and graciously answered questions. Oscar San Nicolas Abad was there to translate the Spanish to English for the students who didn’t know it. They also got ask questions on his techniques and inspirations. We learned about how his work was heavily inspired by fine art paintings and how he preferred constant light for his work. We also saw a few before/after files, which surprisingly weren’t all that retouched as we thought they were going to be! We assumed there was an elaborate retouching and color toning process, but there wasn’t much at all, aside from just compositing. There is a general look applied originally but it’s not complex at all. It goes to show, you really do have to get it as right in camera as possible.

With his sets, he prefers to use constant light and gels to create the mood. The textures of the walls and muted colors are the reason the images look the way they do. It’s all thought out before hand.

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The day progressed as we had three different looks in the end. Once the set was built, it took about 1 to 2 hours per look to get what he wanted. Small movements and tweaks per shot to get the models in their exact position. The hair and makeup was done to match the skin tones they wanted as well. It was really inspiring to see see his pieces come together right before our eyes. The students got to ask any questions they wanted through the day as well. We were amazed in the end!

wacom's create more project
wacom's create more project

It took a team of 7-10 people to get the production up and running. We had builders, assistants, a digi-tech, and a team of models, a makeup artist, stylist, and so forth.

On day two, it was my day. We went back to the school (EFTI) and sat in a studio, where it was a sharp contrast from the day before. I was really lucky because not only did I have a smaller number of students, they were already very advanced and hungry for knowledge. They each wanted to be there and you could tell from their passion!

wacom's create more project
wacom's create more project
wacom's create more project
wacom's create more project

I made the course really specialized by taking one of the student’s images and working on it in class. In between, Eugenio and his lovely family showed up. His wife does his retouching and was gracious enough to share her process and how they work together. It was amazing to finally piece together the connection between the two! They asked me a question on how I would tackle certain situations and I showed them my own process as well.

They were really humble and down to earth people. I was pleased to see that even greats like them are very good people. This isn’t always the case!

In between, we went to lunch at a local park and had sandwiches. It was right around a little stream with a few duck friends that came to visit. I guess they felt left out! Nearby, a rose garden colored the scene. It was really a lot of fun. It was great being surrounded by a lot of young talent from everywhere. The day was a sunny and we took the most of it. We finished off the rest of the day by finishing up my workflow and answering as many questions as possible along the way.

wacom's create more project
wacom's create more project
wacom's create more project

The experience was really successful for everyone involved. Getting students access to real world creators is so priceless and inspiring to the future creators of our industry! Wacom did a brilliant job and I hope to see this happen again on an even bigger scale!

PRATIK NAIK
Photographer and Retoucher


mentors/pratiknaik
www.solsticeretouch.com

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