So, for those of you who have visited my trilogy website (www.huahuqui.com) you will know that a team in Bulgaria called Respect Studios developed the 3D imagery of the clone known as V. When I devised this creature, based on the ancient descriptions of a race that brought civilization to humans (read the site to see the collection of strange facts), I had a very clear idea in my head. Certain attributes had to be included: the gills, the neotenous body, etc. However, it was always the face of the V that was most important. Almost every reader fell in love with the animal, and thus bringing him to life was tricky. How to make this giant salamander... cute.
Enter Denis and his team. Somehow they made the amphibian have a face that drew you in. A cute, warm, and intelligent face. It was perfect. What's more, they got it right first time.
It was a feat that I didn't think they could replicate.
I was wrong.
By the end of book 2, Huaquero, you the readers are aware of another clone: Six. Combining human DNA with that of the original Huahuqui clone, the US military manage to produce a monster. One that is confused and scared with it's own existence. One that has irreversibly bonded with a human. One that they cannot hope to control.
In my head, this new clone had to resemble V, but be distinct. And scary. The deranged and angry result of humans' meddling with the fabric of life. When I approached the guys at Respect Studios, they were again happy to help. I am a small publishing imprint, and the money they generate from me is quite honestly peanuts compared with their other projects. But they helped me anyway.
The result, after two or three short emails of discussion, was amazing. Somehow they had kept the essence of V, but made Six quite terrifying. It looks sick, ill. Like it was never meant to be. And it knows it. Just how I imagined it.
So, I repeat. Respect Studios deserves respect. They have awesome talent, and I would recommend them to anyone with graphics project.