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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…

  • 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 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…
  • 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…

  • 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 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

    Balamuc / loc de joacă ș-altele invited me to take part in their sketchbook exhibition – ”În linii mari”, running from the 30th of September to the 5th of November 2017, in Timișoara. Here are some images from my sketchbook (2010-2011 I thiiiink). It includes Prâslea and Youth Without Age preparation drawings, and the never-ending…

  • Visual Playground – Day8

    On the eighth day, Adrian Diac and Paul Derșidan from BLAU had a musical challenge for us. We randomly got a mysterious song each, and we had to do the vinyl cover and label illustration. My music piece was later revealed to be part of Belgian Wave & Pop Songs From The 1980’s. I quite…

  • Visual Playground – Day6-7

    The next two days were dedicated to animation, with Henrique Barone. Since this was the only two-day workshop, it was also the one where I felt I learned the most. We worked in Flash – the only time this had happened before was… ten years ago, during my university years – I remember not liking…

  • Visual Playground – Day5

    On the fifth day, Malika Favre reviewed our portfolios, with assistance from Hedof. Photo credits: Cătălin Georgescu As mentioned before, I was with a bunch of pretty awesome people, so the reviews were mainly about how to build your website to best emphasis your work. Since I figure they might be useful to others, here’s…

  • Visual Playground – Day4

    The fourth day was Lettering Day with Tobias Hall. I must admit I was dreading this a bit – I am an amateur, mostly because I lack the patience needed for measuring and kerning properly. We did a series of exercises, like writing the word ”Majesty” majestically… …playing around with the pen-brush… …writing out expressions…

  • Visual Playground – Day3

    The third day we went on a field trip to Fabrik, a challenge-loving printing-house in Bucharest (fun fact – I have actually worked with them before, on the Karel Liman #arhitect comic book, but it was really nice to get to know them face to face). Photo credits: Cătălin Georgescu Our task was to make…

  • Visual Playground – Day2

    The second day was Mattias Adolfsson‘s workshop. Photo credits: Cătălin Georgescu He always seemed to me like a person who has waaaay too much fun with this sketchbooks and his pens. It turns out, he’s willing to share his methods – so for the whole day we did a series of short creative exercises. Below…

  • Visual Playground – Day1

    I spent the end of July and the beginning of August 2017 in Bucharest, taking part in the Visual Playground workshops. This is a visual diary of sorts, accompanied by field notes and photos. Many thanks to the organizers for making this possible and a shout out to the awesome artists who were my colleague…

  • Scheherazade – Making of

    Here’s a look at the process for the third illustration in the series, and the first one I did – The Young Prince and Princess. I started by listening to the music, reading about the piece and gathering the documentation. You can find most of the references in my folder on the Rijks Museum online…

  • Saturday Sketches

    I’m yet to find a way of integrating this style into illustrations or comics. It looks a lot like mezzotint, and I may be exorcising some demons from way back in my uni days, when I could never get the technique right. The reference was a Camillo Balossini photo.

  • The End of Summer

    Autumn is here, so this seems like a good time to post this nostalgic illustration inspired by a Russell Lee photo