“Dor”

Hi all! ^_^

I’ve been really, really busy lately and between projects, moving from one country to another and trying to make a living, I’ve managed to squeeze in some more work. Those of you who follow me on Facebook  are more up to date with my activity as I update that space more often 😀 Please do join me on my facebook page and take part in my future little contests which I’ll be organizing there … The result of one such contest is the illustration bellow. I’ve asked my followers to suggest me their own ideas to draw or to take the chance and request a free commission if they wanted any, and then the winning idea was illustrated in a full color illustration. I’ve also kept everyone updated with the process I’ve gone through to produce the image. I’ve posted some of the steps as well.

The winning idea was to illustrate the connection between mother and child and the concept of “dor” – a Romanian word which doesn’t have a translation in any other language and it encompasses the feelings of longing, missing, yearning, ardent desire, grief, sorrow, nostalgia and melancholy in relation with either another person, a place, an event, an experience etc.

Hope you like it!

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“Before/after” illustrations and another WIP

Hello everyone! Like I promised a few posts ago, I present to you another W.I.P. steps of an illustration 🙂 I remembered to save the steps halfway through the painting process so I apologize for the lack of more explicit information on the most important stages (such as the jumping from the doodle to the half finished thing ). I promise to have better ones in the future! 😀

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I painted this illustration a few weeks ago when I was planning to redo all the illustrations in my graphic novel A Story of Hope for the Bullied, as I want to try and get it published in the future. But after I got a few trusted people told me it’s better to leave them as they were I decided to take it to Internet to hear the voice of the people.

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Both on Facebook and Deviantart, the people of Internet cast their votes and the score was tight. In the end, not only did they convinced me that my “before” illustrations looked a lot better, but also got me thinking that my painting style might not actually be progressing in the right direction :-?. If you have a spare moment and wouldn’t mind casting your own vote,  I would love to hear what your impressions are on my two stylistic approaches.

Thanks for reading! If you have any questions regarding my WIP steps or the “before/after” illustrations please head over to my Facebook page and ask to your hearts content. I shall be happy to answer ^_^

See you soon! 😉

Elena

“Rainbow” and WIP steps

A fearless kid and his little lamb after the storm 🙂

This illustration started as a random sketch but then the idea seemed too cute not to develop it further. I kept the sketch as it was, put it on overlay and painted below. I liked the spontaneous line of the sketch and didn’t want to polish it.

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Work in progress steps (click for larger resolution) :

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Guardian Angel

Happy New Year, everyone! ^_^

Maybe it would’ve been appropriate to post something merry and colorful at this jolly time of the year, but this illustration comes as part of my new year resolution to paint more environments 😀

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Inspired by the words of Father Cleopa (one of the greatest spiritual representatives of the Romanian Orthodox Church) which I quoted below, I imagined the journey of the soul through the borders of the after-life judgement (translated below as “aerial toll-houses”).
“At the hour of death, the angel we have from our christening has much boldness. When he shows up, everyone steps aside. The angel that we have from the Holy Christening has much authority. Which is why, when you pray in your homes, after you have done your rule, do a few prayers to your angel, too, and say this: “Holy Angel, guardian of my life, pray to Lord Jesus Christ for me, the sinner!”

Because this angel not only guards us now, but also us at the time of our death. He travels with us through the aerial toll-houses, until 40 days pass; and we have him from our divine Christening as a great protector. If it weren’t for him, the devil would do with us whatever he would want.

Listen to the Psalm book: The one who guards you should never sleep. And again: God’s angel will go upon the ones who are afraid of Him and will deliver them. So it is clear that the angel is the one who guards us in this life and after we die, for 40 days.

So the angel comes and says: “Clear away, you demons. I know the life of this soul, ever since s/he was born.” And he starts speaking to the soul thus: “Don’t be afraid, my soul brother!” St. Gregory of Nyssa explains why he calls it brother. Because the angel and the soul are rational, autonomous, speaking, beings and are also spirits, as the Holy Scripture says: And they will all be like God’s angels.

[And the angel continues:] “Behold your body! There, my soul brother – that is your body, that is the house in which you have lived until now. It’s been within that shell that you were begotten by your mother’s womb; it was within it that you have lived for 20, 60, 80” – whatever number of years God has given us on earth (since all life strings are with God, not with us). “Remember, my soul brother, when the Last Judgement trumpet calls, within the blink of an eye this body will come back to life, just as you see it now, and you will re-enter it and go to the Judgement, as Apostle Paul says: They will all stand before the Judgement Throne of Jesus Christ, to be rewarded according to their deeds, whether good or bad.”

Full text at valahia.wordpress.com/