My name is Alejandro (Alex) Ruano, my nick is DraKeXXI, and I’ve been involved with computers as long as I can remember.
My first “piece of CG” was a bicycle I painted using 48 Basic+ on my Spectrum 128k. I discovered 3dstudio R4 a couple of years before going to University, where I studied Computer Science. And just like almost every CG Artist, it was after I watched Terminator 2 & Jurassic Park that I decided I wanted to work on CG & VFX.
I have always loved Architecture, so I guess my next step was obvious. I’ve been working on ArchViz for about last 12 years, mainly focused on Lighting & Rendering.
And now it’s the time to move on and search for new challenges.
2017: Layout TD at Glow Animation Studios.
2010-Present: Senior ArchViz artist at Glow.
Freelance artist, working for several companies (Glow, Juggernaut Animation Studio, Dvein…)
Teacher at Glow Academy & Centro Tecnológico FEVAL Training Center
2008-2010: Senior ArchViz artist, Lighting & Rendering TD at Claroscuro Digital.
2004-2008: 3D Generalist at 3DX Design. In charge of modeling, shading, lighting, rendering & compositing Architectural Visualizations.
2002-2004: Freelance artist while studying at University.
Software Used: 3dsmax, VRay, Corona, Thea Render, MentalRay, Photoshop, Fusion, Nuke, After Effects, AutoCAD.
Skills: modeling, texturing, lighting, rendering, compositing.
My works in top class virtual galleries include:
Evermotion.org – 5 Frontpages & Editor’s Choice Award
V-Ray Workshop & Evermotion – TOP 5 selection (April, 12-18, 2015)
3DTotal.com – Frontpage & 2 Making Of
CGArena.com – Frontpage, & #1 of Top 15 Interiors and Exteriors
CGArena Magazine – 2 Making Of
RenderOut! Magazine – 2 Making Of
VRayElite.com – 2 Awards
CG-Node – Silver Award
3DNspiration – Artist of the Month