Hi there!

My name is Ruben

Hi there! My name is Ruben, creator of Iron & Blood, a homebrew fantasy world based on dark age Scandinavia and Anglo-Saxon England. 

I'm a freelance digital artist who loves bringing to life the fantastical, the imaginative, and the extraordinary. I'm a storyteller at heart, and I believe in the power and history of illustration to communicate a story.

I'm on a lifelong mission to create works of art that stir the heart and inspire imagination.

Let me bring your story to life!

Ruben is a concept artist and illustrator from the US whose paintings contain a wealth of narrative intrigue, in addition to [his] technical strengths. He possesses a painterly style that gives wonderful texture, and his many character designs showcase great ability with anatomical features and dynamic poses. Don’t delay in seeing what more Ruben has to offer!
— Astralseed, ProjectPorkchop Vol511
[...] let me say that it has been an absolute pleasure to work with you and I’ve enjoyed this process a lot more than I thought I would [...] Everything looks absolutely stunning and I’m extremely happy with the finished product.
Thank you again for everything you’ve done, you’ve far exceeded my expectations and I’m very excited to show this cover to the world!
— Nathan M., self-published author

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Oh, and I'm an ENFJ in case you were wondering. ;)

Oh, and I'm an ENFJ in case you were wondering. ;)


Myers-Briggs typology. I'm fascinated with the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator and other personality assessments based on Carl Jung's typology. I study it as a means for personal growth and connecting with others.

J.R.R. Tolkien. Tolkien is by far my favorite storyteller of all time. I became enthralled with Middle Earth after I first read The Hobbit in the 5th grade. His work has a way of transporting you to another world, and I love to escape there whenever I can. 

Early medieval history. The dark ages of Scandinavia and Europe hold a strange appeal to me–a time of kings and warriors, treachery and bravery, and of myths and legend. Epic stories like The Icelandic SagasBeowulf, and The Anglo-Saxon Chronicles offer an unlimited well of inspiration for me. 

Does anyone even remember this game?!

Does anyone even remember this game?!


Playing guitar. Music is an important part of my life–it's in the blood, you might say. My dad was a professional guitar player, and I've been playing the guitar since I was about 12 years old. A few of my favorite bands are Brand New, The 1975, and The Midnight.

Role-playing games. I'll never forget the all-nighters I used to spend hanging out with friends, eating junk food, and going on adventures! I don't get to play as often as I used to, but there will always be a place in my heart for pencil and paper role-playing games. A few of my favorite are: Dungeons & Dragons, Call of Cthulhu, Iron Heroes, Cyberpunk 2020, Star Wars Saga, and Hunter: The Reckoning. 

Bushcraft camping. Bushcraft (or primitive camping) is thriving in the natural environment, and the acquisition of the skills and knowledge to do so. Most people prefer to spend their vacation relaxing on a beach; I'd rather go with friends into the woods and swing an ax! Ray Mears is one of my heroes.


Mmm... that Stout.

Mmm... that Stout.

  • Favorite beer is Dieselpunk.

  • Favorite video game is a tie between Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind and Halo 2.

  • Favorite color is black.

  • Favorite fantasy book is The Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkien.

  • Favorite sci-fi book is Dune by Frank Herbert.

  • Favorite movie is Blade Runner.