There are artists everywhere! I was lucky to meet this one online and let me tell you this guy has talent.
His name is Mauricio Ruiz, but his friends call him Maury. Born in Venezuela yet a native to Orange County, growing up Maury collected much inspiration from H.R. Giger and the first Alien film.
Fast forwarding a bit. . . In order to fine tune his skills Mauricio attends Art Center College in Pasadena where he majors in Contemporary Figurative Painting and minored in Entertainment Design.
Mauricio's personal goal was to become fluent in all forms of classical painting while being able to translate those skills to digital mediums for a career in the film industry designing creatures. Since leaving Art Center, he has been working freelance and full time for special effects studios like Legacy Effects and film studios like Paramount Pictures. Mauricio is credited on the films Real Steel, The Day The Earth Stood Still and John Carter of Mars.
Some of the most notable characters Mauricio designed were Nike's Kobe Bryant and LeBron James Most Valuable Puppets that aired during a couple of basketball seasons.
Mauricio defines his style,
"Well with my personal paintings, I'm classically trained which ties me to historical traditions of the masters, at the same time I have incorporated techniques and methodologies of surrealist painters like Dali and HR Giger. So a mix of contemporary figurative painting with surrealism. My work is founded in my personal paintings, but taken to hyper photorealism by the demands and advancements of the film industry. Hyper photorealistic Sci-Fi and Fantasy"
Currently, Mauricio has moved into designing in 3D on a program called ZBrush and then finalizing his images in Photoshop, landing freelance gigs,along with building his web business are among his other activities. He resides in Eagle Rock.
Concept Artist, Creature Designer