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  • The Merchant of Venice

    It all started with the digital sketches… And then there were the oil pastel trials… Same for the boat scene… And it’s both annoying and gratifying to see that each new image looses something the sketch had and gains something new. Still, it was a great experience, and I look forward to revisiting the Shakespeare…

  • Saturday Sketches

    More drawings, pencil on paper with digital ink on top. References from all over the web, but mostly form shorpy.com

  • Making of – Portia

    …from the Merchant of Venice. The initial sketch was done in the summer of 2019, and I found the time to finally finish it one year later. I took the print-it-out-and-transfer-it-to-paper approach. I have talked about this before – I don’t think this method works for me, perhaps because I don’t have the patience to…

  • Twelfth night

    (or the melodrama if the artist who forgot how traditional art works). So, after working digitally for a very long time, and longing to get back to oil pastels, I finally got the chance. And everything exploded in my face. Metaphorically. I started with the digital sketches – my idea was to create symmetrical composition,…

  • Saturday Sketches

    In about two months time, I’ll be starting my rounds on Fisksoppa – the brilliant webcomic I’m working on with my sister. We draw one chapter each, which ensures that neither of us gets sick of drawing pirates for five months straight – but which also pretty much guarantees I forget how to draw between…

  • Saturday Sketches

    Here we go, bodiesinmotion.photo has some new scans and you can change the lighting and I love it. So behold, quick light studies.

  • Saturday Sketches 2020

    So… the story goes like this: my 2020 goal was making a series of traditional works. And it tuned out to be more difficult than I initially thought. Sure, I could blame it on my lack of patience ( …I do the sketch in pencil. I scan the sketch. I finish it in Photoshop. I…

  • Fisksoppa Portraits

    Cartographer - Fisksoppa, year of the Wandering CroissantAll these portraits are character studies for the webcomic I am working on with @ileana_surducan . Some of them will show up in the future, some of them will never make it in the spotlight... but I am having a lot of fun! Cartographer - Fisksoppa, year of…
  • Fisksoppa

    Long story short, I’m making a webcomic with my sister Ileana – and here is why. The wall tiles were white, the floor tiles were mustard-green and we were making toothpaste-soup for Captain Blade. The cartoons started at seven thirty, dinner was at eight, teeth-brushing was at half past and it ended with me and…

  • Some of the illustrations I did in 2019

    2019 A Year in Colour

    Another year gone, a new year up on the horizon. I’ll never get used to the idea that it’s 2020. Mind you, I never got used to the new century, so there’s that, I am doomed to live outside time. So… what happened last year? The first thing that happened was Visual Playground 2019. For…

  • Zestrea

    Did I mention I’m designing a boardgame? Loosely based on the life in the traditional Romanian village (but really, it will look familiar to all eastern-europeans), Zestrea is mostly about arranging marriages, accumulating fortunes and surviving hard times (like, floods, fires, communism and building motorways). The game was created by Horațiu Roman and Alex Pațiu…

  • Le Bal des Douze Princesses

    The book is at the printers, it should be done by the beginning of August :). So I thought this might be a good time to do a short recap of how it came to be. Legend has it, every book starts with a story, every comic-book starts with a script. There are even older…

  • Saturday Sketches

    There is something magic in dance, or I might just like the swirly dress, who knows… Studies done in Photoshop with KyleBrushes, references from bodiesinmotion.photo.

  • Work in progress

    It’s almost…. gasp… February. HOW? I spent most of January planning 2019. It seems to be the year of the comic book, with the French translation of Prâslea scheduled in March and Le bal des douze princesses (Twelve dancing girls) due sometime by the end of summer, in full colour. Speaking of which, here’s the…

  • SelfPortrait

    At the beginning of December 2018 I was invited by Goethe Institute Bucharest to take part in a live-drawing interview.. Together with Sarah Burrini and Octav Avramescu, I spent a pleasant hour and a half discussing the job of a comic-book-artist, making it in webcomics and generally being an artist in the digital age. We…

  • The last of Inktober 2018

    Inktober is over. I had way more fun than I expected with these and I have acquired some approximative knowledge of inks and brushes. I will be colouring some of the images… so… expect more :).

  • Saturday Sketches – Inktober 2018

    Week four. Who knows, maybe next year… I can plan ahead and… make an actual graphic novel? Because, it turns out, no matter how little time I have and how much I travel, I can still fit in one ink page.

  • Saturday Sketches – Inktober 2018

       Here are all the images from the second week of Inktober. Enjoy!

  • Saturday Sketches – Inktober 2018

    And here you have – week three. Am I unreasonably proud of myself? YES I AM.

  • Saturday Sketches – Inktober 2018

    The first week of inktober came and went  and I did it, I did it! These are fake comic book pages from a novel I wrote when I was twelve. By the time I got bored, it was 100 pages long, it had princesses and dragons and pirates and desert brigands, and also time travel…

  • Saturday Sketches

    I may or may not be gearing up for Inktober…

  • Saturday Sketches

    …Quick sketching, between projects. One day, one day… I’ll learn the secret of proper time management.

  • The Six Swans

    I normally sketch by hand, scan the image and then work on it digitally. This is mostly because if I try to sketch digitally, I get caught up in the details and loose the overall composition. It’s also because everything looks more ”finished” on a computer screen – I spend ages working on the first…

  • Oil Pastel Work in Progress

    I revisited oil-pastels in at the beginning of this year. They are messy, sticky, hard to control on details and they never dry. Also, I have never felt so happy working with any other medium, ever. Here’s a gif of my process:  

  • Animation (once again)

    Animation is a lot of work. It’s also very addictive…

  • Animation

    Stuff I learned at Visual Playground, applied :P.

  • Saturday Sketches

    …the last of 2017 :)

  • Saturday Sketches

    And now for something… slightly different, I guess. Aromanian costume Various Romanian costumes, south of the country.

  • Saturday Sketches

      Two inking versions for the same drawing. Kyle Brushes and bodiesinmotion.photo , as usual.

  • Saturday Sketches

    How do you learn to ink digitally? There must be some secret rules French comic artist pass from one generation to another… Well, anyway, here are my attempts, references from bodiesinmotion.photo, brushes from KyleBrushes (the CleanComics and one of the MangaCircles)