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Mech Dragon Battle

“Mech Dragon Battle” by Alex Ruiz
8) And so on the finishing touches, I’ve added much more detail and texture. But the composition basically remains the same, as well as the action. Photo reference really comes in handy for the ground and the mountains, as well as some of the smoke, but it’s best to always keep to a minimum(unless it’s a matte painting of course.)

Also, a lot of what happened between step 7 and 8 was enhancing the lighting. I do this by setting the brush to color dodge, picking a darker unsaturated color, and lightly tapping at key interest points in the image. You never want to overdo it with color dodge, it’ll look like crap!:)
In the end, the large creature reminded me of a chinese parade dragon all meched-out, hence the title. Some people see a giant fish, and others make out an entirely different scene in their minds. That’s exactly how I intended it!
By leaving my images slightly abstract, it can become so many different things to anyone who sees it:)

The visions of Alex Ruiz range from dark and disturbing, all the way to vomit inducing cuteness and hilarity. In his paintings, the creatures of his thoughts crawl off the page and transplant themselves into the unsuspecting brain, hopefully taking residence there as well. Born in the Cuevas Negras( the Black Caves) of Hermosillo, Mexico, Alex began engraving murals on the cavern walls, and soon after, the walls of family and friends’ baby nurseries. To this day, he continues to explore the roads and depths of the heart and mind, especially the odd and strange ones, and bury the findings within his art. Alex is now a freelance concept artist/illustrator living in Los Angeles, California, lending his talents to the film, television, and interactive games industries.
Contact: ziurx (at)
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