Work Updates

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I’ve been a bit absent from the on-line world as I’ve been working intensively on  my second graphic novel for the past couple of months. If all goes well, so help me God!, by the end of the year it should come out in print. Here are a few sneak-peek pages for you 🙂

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“The Helper” and WIP steps

Those of you who follow my Facebook page are familiar with my latest illustration, The Helper 🙂

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You must also know that I promised a short article about the WIP steps, so here it is.

1. Start with a sketch… and an idea 🙂 I’m not very worried about all the details right now because I know they will show a lot more clearly when I scan the drawing and see it on my screen (the lady in black is a dwarf at this stage).

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2. Clean up lines and check proportion and composition… adjust as necessary (lady in black is slowly growing to normal proportions)

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3. Explore color schemes (the one below is the only example I remembered to save 😦 )

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4. Pick the best one and start adding details… pretty much 🙂 Constantly check that colors match the light, the contrasts and values support the center of attention (knowing how to do that implies that you already have the necessary knowledge of color composition. If you don’t, I’m afraid I can’t go into detail about that right now but will put up an article with helpful resources in the future 🙂 )

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Decide what goes in and what goes out as you go along… Here I decided that an extra panel was necessary to show the man’s expression as he gazes upon the mysterious woman.

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And keep adding details 🙂

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“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! 😉

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So much to learn from history…

For  a few weeks now I’ve been working on the development phase of a graphic novel based on true historical events (deportation of Romanian families to Siberia after Soviet occupation in WWII) all narrated from the perspective of an old woman who was a little girl back then. I decided to choose this subject after I got completely BLOWN AWAY by her extraordinary story.  As much as young people dislike history and as fed up as some other people are with soviet stereotypes overly used by Hollywood, this story is such a breath of fresh air because it is personal, it is unbiased and it speaks so clearly of the power of the human spirit when  guided by true faith… and of the unequaled moral beauty and strength of our grandfathers’ generation. This is definitely a story that has to, needs to be known …

I’m not sure when my novel is going to be finished… but IT WILL BE so help me God! >.<