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Alex Ruiz

Freelance Fantasy Artist, Illustrator, & More

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Location:Studio City, California, United States
Website: http://conceptmonster.net/
Profile:https://www.freelanced.com/alexruiz
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ALEX RUIZ
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SKILLS

PRIMARY:
ILLUSTRATION
ORIGINAL CONCEPT ART
STORYBOARDS
MATTE PAINTING
2D ANIMATION

TRADITIONAL MEDIA:
PENCIL, PEN & INK, ACRYLIC, WATERCOLOR, GOUACHE, CHARCOAL, PASTELS, SCRATCHBOARD, CLAY SCULPTURE

DRAWING/PAINTING PROFICIENCY:
FIGURE DRAWING
LIFE DRAWING
PORTRAITURE,
ANIMAL DRAWING
ANATOMY (HUMAN & ANIMAL)
TECHNICAL DRAWING
PERSPECTIVE
COMPOSITION
COLOR THEORY
LIGHT & SHADOW

DIGITAL:
ADOBE PHOTOSHOP
COREL PAINTER
PIXOLOGIC ZBRUSH
TEXTURING

CONCEPTUAL DESIGN:
ENVIRONMENTAL DESIGN
CHARACTER/CREATURE DESIGN
VEHICULAR DESIGN
TOY/MERCHANDISE DESIGN
PRODUCT DESIGN




PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

ART INSTRUCTOR-STUDIO ARTS LOS ANGELES, CA 2012

THE WORKSHOP - CONCEPT ARTIST LOS ANGELES, CA 2011
Currently creating environment and character concept art for
upcoming PS3 fantasy game.

PRETEND FOR REAL - CONCEPT ARTIST BURBANK, CA 2011
Concept art and matte paintings for sci-fi project
and online content.

STARZ MEDIA/FILM ROMAN – ASSISTANT DIRECTOR BURBANK, CA 2010
Assistant Director on ‘the Simpson’s television show. Responsible for
art direction, animation, and art team management.

ACTIVISION/LUXOFLUX - CONCEPT ARTIST SANTA MONICA, CA ’09-2010
Lead concept artist for Transformers ps3/360 video game.

DOEDOE GAMES- FREELANCE CONCEPT ARTIST KNOXVILLE, TN 2009
Created character and environment concept art for upcoming
sci-fi iPhone game. doedoegames.com

STUDIO ARTS-INSTRUCTOR LOS ANGELES, CA ’09-2010
Instructor of classes entitled ‘Corel Painter X 101’
& ‘Concept Design 101 & 201’, teaching students and professionals
the basics to advanced methods and techniques used in Corel Painter
and conceptual design for games and film. studioarts.com

LOS ANGELES ACADEMY OF FIGURATIVE ART-INSTRUCTOR LOS ANGELES, CA 2009-2011
Instructor of classes entitled ‘Concept Art/Illustration’ and
‘Digital Figure Painting’, teaching students and professionals how
to produce art for the film and video game industries. laafa.org

RADICAL PUBLISHING-CONCEPT ARTIST/ILLUSTRATOR LOS ANGELES, CA 09-2011
Created concept art and production renderings for director
Len Wiseman for film version of ‘Shrapnel’. radicalcomics.com

20TH CENTURY FOX - CONCEPT ARTIST LOS ANGELES, CA ’08-Present
Created concept art, toy design, and illustration for various Fox
properties such as James Camerons ‘Avatar’, the Simpsons, and
development for untitled next-gen console game, with Fox’s Consumer
Products department.

ROUGH DRAFT STUDIOS – STORYBOARD ARTIST LOS ANGELES, CA 2008
Created storyboards for upcoming Fox series ‘Good Vibes.’

RADICAL PUBLISHING – ILLUSTRATOR
Created cover illustrations for Radicals comic book division. LOS ANGELES, CA 2008

PERSPECTIVE STUDIOS/VIRGIN COMICS - CONCEPT ARTIST SANTA MONICA, CA 2008
Created character and background concept art for short-form animation
project written by Grant Morrison.

ZOMBIE STUDIOS- CONCEPT ARTIST
Created concepts for upcoming xbox360/ps3 console game. SEATTLE, WA 2007

S4 STUDIOS - CONCEPT ARTIST LOS ANGELES, CA 2007
Created concept art and character designs for various 3D projects.

GOLD CIRCLE FILMS – STORYBOARD ARTIST/CONCEPT ARTIST LOS ANGELES, CA ’06-2007
Created concept art and storyboards for various independent films.

20TH CENTURY FOX - DIRECTOR OF ILLUSTRATION-L&M LOS ANGELES, CA ‘03-2007
Created illustration, product design, concept art for properties
including ‘the simpsons’, ‘eragon’, ‘aliens’, family guy’, ‘24’, ‘halo 3’.
Clients include mcfarlane toys, gentle giant, burger king,
universal studios, kid robot, and 7-11.

ROUGH DRAFT STUDIOS - ANIMATOR “THE SIMPSONS MOVIE” GLENDALE, CA 2006
Character animator and layout. (At special request of company.)

FILM ROMAN - ASSISTANT DIRECTOR - THE SIMPSONS NORTH HOLLYWOOD, CA ‘97-2000
Assistant directed and storyboarded for five episodes
in Seasons 10 and 11.

FILM ROMAN - CHARACTER ANIMATOR - THE SIMPSONS NORTH HOLLYWOOD, CA ‘95-2001
Designed and animated wide variety of characters
for over 40 episodes.

BRIDGES ANIMATION WORKSHOP – TEACHER LOS ANGELES, CA ’94-1995
Taught Traditional 2D Animation to children ages 8-14.
Toured various elementary and junior high schools via Bridges
Program to present and teach animation fundamentals,
visiting15-20 LA County schools.

FOX CAREER SEMINARS– TEACHER/PRESENTER LOS ANGELES, CA ’02-2007
Instructed kids on how to draw Simpsons and general
animation characters. Lectured on the process of TV
animation. Q and A. Annual event.


EDUCATION


CONCEPT DESIGN ACADEMY PASADENA, CA 2008
Areas of Study: Environment Design, Lighting, Composition, and Architectural Design with Darren Quach and Brian Yam, Lead and Senior Concept Artists at Insomniac Games.
Insomnia games.

CG SOCIETY [ONLINE STUDIES] Online/AUSTRALIA HOLLYWOOD, CA ’06-2007
Areas of Study: Monster Character Painting (with Don Seegmiller] Environment Concept Design [with Philip Straub]

GNOM0N SCHOOL OF VISUAL EFFECTS HOLLYWOOD, CA ‘05-2006
Area of Study: Environment Design, Character Design, Creature Sculpture, Concept Art, Digital Painting and Rendering, Speedpainting, Matte Painting

LOS ANGELES DRAWING CLUB HOLLYWOOD, CA ’06-2007
Area of Study: Life Drawing (with Bob Kato)

LOS ANGELES ACADEMY OF FIGURATIVE ART VAN NUYS, CA ’04-2005
Areas of Study: Figure Drawing, Creature Design, Entertainment Design

THE ANIMATION GUILD CLASSES NORTH HOLLYWOOD, CA ‘97-1998
Area of Study: Life Drawing (with Glen Vilpu)

BRIDGES ANIMATION SCHOOL SANTA MONICA, CA ’94-1995
Exclusive, 12 month long, extensive life drawing and 2D animation career preparatory course.

FAIRFAX MAGNET CENTER FOR VISUAL ARTS LOS ANGELES, CA ’92-1994
Competative magnet school for the arts.

AWARDS/HONORS & PUBLICATIONS

INTELS ‘VISUAL ADRENALINE MAGAZINE’ - Artist interview. 2009

EMMY AWARDS - For animation work on the Simpsons television series. 96’-2001

CG SOCIETY: CG CHOICE AWARD – Selected Artist Online/AUSTRALIA 2008
Original Artwork “MECH-DRAGON BATTLE” Featured in CG Choice Award Winners
Online Gallery.

MUSEUM OF TELEVISION & RADIO ART EXHIBIT: “WHAT THE DUECE” Beverly Hills, CA 2007
A FAMILY GUY INSPIRED GALLERY OF ORIGINAL WORKS BY SELECT LOS ANGELES
ARTISTS & ILLUSTRATORS. Interview & artwork featured on FOX NEWS and numerous
online/print periodicals.

CG SOCIETY: CG CHOICE AWARD – Selected Artist Online/AUSTRALIA 2007
Original Artwork “THOUGHTS.” Featured in CG Choice Award Winners Online Gallery.

IMAGINE FX MAGAZINE – Featured Artist. Online/UNITED KINGDOM 2007
Original Artwork “MIND OVER MACHINE” Featured in MARCH EDITION

RHODE ISLAND SCHOOL OF DESIGN: AWARD OF ACHEIVEMENT Rhode Island, NY 1994
Competitive award for outstanding achievement in the visual arts.