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Creature Concept - "Deities of the Primal Ocean"

Hello everyone!

This is my first post on CREATURE SPOT. My name is Maury Ruiz, and I work as a concept artists mostly dealing with creature design. I'm glad to be apart of this site and will be posting more soon. Thanks again...

This is a somewhat quick creature concept I created in ZBrush. I created the composite and colored it in photoshop, as well as the background/layout.

There is some Naga influence here: 

The nagas are an ancient race of semi divine serpent creatures beings first depicted in ancient Vedic Hindu mythology and oral folklore from at least 5000 B.C.

Stories involving the Nagas are omnipresent in Hindu and Buddhist mythology and still very much a part of contemporary cultural traditions in predominantly Hindu (India, Nepal, and the island of Bali) and Buddhist (Sri-Lanka and South-East Asia) regions of Asia. Both regions have birthed numerous legends about the fabled race of Nagas and their sometimes benevolent, sometimes wrathful, interactions with the creatures of both heaven and earth.



Swamp Dragon 

Hi there !
Here is a concept sculpting of a creature that i design. The Swamp Dragon.
He has a broad tail for swiming, short legs to stay at low profile in shallow waters.He can't fly, his wings are more for protection and to threaten any predadors or competition for territory or female.
He also have some small depressions in the lateral of his necks that serve for sense the eletro-magnetic field of his preys in the water.
I started with some 2d sketches, than i went for zbrush all the way ( sculpting, polypaint and render), final comp in photoshop.
Hope you like !



It's been way too long since I posted a critter on here, and since I recently found out again how much fun a simple pencil and piece of paper can be I figured I'd do a sketch of a critter. There's not really much thought that went into this piece, other than that I wanted to give it a bit of a pose with attitude :P 

Don't think I'll do a fully shaded background anytime soon anymore though, it's a pain to shade with a small pencil... 



latest bits and bobs

A few bits of artwork that have kept me busy of late.


This guys made from Super Sculpey and Sculpey firm mixed 50\50 and is roughly

12" tall.


 Maya and zbrush


Zbrush and Maya 





Trying something new

Trying to find ways to break out of my normal creature design niches that i constantly draw from.

Hope you enjoy.

The lore of this creature is based upon the idea that this humanoid creature was often found in the middle east and was called "the childern of the dragon", yet had no actual relationship to dragons. They actually took strong offense to the saying as they were proud of their race and didn't wish to be associated with the dragons which they found to be ignorant beasts, such as man would protest being called apes.


Alien bust.

How original! yet another alien bust.:)


The Henrich Emille Cuboids

“A series of ancient black granite-like sentient cuboids, found in the ruins of a pre-human structure in Northern Sabha, Africa, by Robert Emille and Herbert Henrich. Made from an unknown exotic mineral. In one side of each cuboid is a coiled hole. by looking into the hole, it is immediately noticeable that the internal space is larger than the outside. Exposure to these objects causes conical shaped holes to open in the flesh. Known as Foris spiralis crystallina or Coil Syndrome. These wounds appear to occupy other planes of reality, not unlike the space within the cuboids.”


More pictures and story at

Just a quick note to say that I am looking for a new studio to work from in East London, If anyone has a space or knows of a space please get in touch at

I am also looking to take my work to a new medium of interactive experience. I am looking for hands on working, maquettes, set design etc. This is a passion project, so no cash as of yet but if it works out, who knows. If you are interested in getting involved, email me at the above email. cheers! alex




Rotten Soul Thug


Just a pic I did to have a break from painting harder stuff..



Succubus #1


Weird Monster, Fabulous Shoes


Cephalophant Monster

The latest creature from my sketchbook...




found this while cleaning up...old old pic of painted dino guy. I's something.



A new 6 inches tall bust i'm working on.




some sfuff