30 March 2016

the baby boy


The second portrait for this "baby week"also is set in a baby room, filled with boyish charm and personal memories for the owners. Also added a bit of a fashionable touch to the mom since she is quite stylish and I especially enjoyed painting her ombre hair. I don't know if I've painted hair like this before, but I'm loving it. 

The baby boy - custom portrait - watercolour on paper | 29,7x21 cm


  • theme: baby boy, room decor, chanel bag, teddy bear, pictures with landamrks
  • colour: blue, lavender, white, brown




28 March 2016

the baby room


Since I'm babysitting my little nephew this week, it seems fitting to share two portraits for two different families that have a cute element in common: babies... and baby rooms. So, not only I'm an illustrator but I'm a "decorator" as well. Today's family portrait is cheerful and colourful, with toys and tech everywhere.

The baby room - custom portrait - watercolour on paper | 29,7x21 cm


  • theme: baby, baby room, toys, laptops, logo tee
  • colour: various



24 March 2016

the nightride


I just love it when I get to paint starry skies into my Creatures with Features portraits and it's actually a win-win situations, since I can practise my skills on watercolour nebula clouds and auroras. I've made a couple in the past and this one is a good one to hang on the walls of that collection. And it's so colourful too!

The nightride - custom portrait - watercolour on paper | 21x29,7 cm


  • theme: night-sky, camping, skies, cupcakes, amusement park skyline, anniversary date & quote
  • colour: various




20 March 2016

arz - ice world armour


This next concept in the ARZ project was all about a different world with a different environment. It makes sense that in the future if, no... when humans colonise other planets, they will encounter different atmospheres, gravity and landscapes than their own. And in the vast universe of ARZ, we tried to think about what one such world would look like, more precisely, I had to think about what would humans would be wearing in those conditions.

Arz - ice world costume design - watercolour on paper | 29,7x21 cm

But for this particular design, besides the every-day utility there was also a battle armour concept added to it. So I thought it could be imposing and intimidating but practical and easy to move in, when you loose the protective cape. I was inspired by our own populations that live in the arctic regions and also a bit form the (sur-)realistic world of Game of Thrones, I just love the attention and research they put into the costumes. So their wildling and white-walkers costumes were a great deal of inspiration, for textures and colour palette as well. 


Here are the sketches I've made for this ice-world concept, let me know which one is your favourite and which one do you think will make it into colour next.





17 March 2016

the grateful eight


Continuing to celebrate friendship this week with an awesome illustration that portrays the essence of just that. It reminds me of the massive portrait that I've painted for my sister's bachelorette party. Basically we all have our girl squads, the ones that know your highs and lows and are always there when you need them or when you think you don't but you do.

The grateful eight - custom illustration - watercolour on paper | 32x24 cm

The girl in the middle is quite lucky to have so many people around her that thought to give her this as a sweet sixteen birthday gift and I can only hope she liked it. And only glad to say that some of these girls are my friends as well.

  • theme | girl squad, friendship, distinct fashion outfits
  • colour | dark tones, various




16 March 2016

the fab four


I've found that I have many portraits done with similar topics so I thought I could make each week a tribute to that and them. So this week we'll celebrate friendships and this illustration is about just that, friends capturing their bond in colourful watercolour shades.There were a lot of tiny details that I've painted in there that have true meaning and value to these girls and I hope it framed their friendship well.


The fab four - custom portrait - watercolour on paper | 29,7x21 cm


  • theme: direction sign posts, Cluj landmarks, Hemingway book, bumblebee, friendship
  • colour: blue, green, black & white, various



14 March 2016

the winter fans


I've made this illustration for a couple of friends as a gift, because I wanted them to be a part of my Creatures with Features project, since I've included so many of my friends in it. And it was fun to share my vision of them and what was even more cool, was that I've painted this before their little critter was even born and now that he's here, I think I envisioned him just right. So now I'm an auntie times two and I can't wait to teach them the magic of painting.

The snow family - custom portrait - watercolour on paper | 30x21 cm


  • theme: nature, winter sports, tiny human
  • colour: orange, purple, green, blue



09 March 2016

the girl with stars in her hair


I finally finished my second piece from my latest personal illustration series and I've finally found a name for this project, I'm calling it The Cosmic Girls project. It reminds me of Jamiroquai's song, Cosmic girl, which I've always joked was about me actually. I've been posting WIP photos and videos on my Instagram and my Facebook Page, so if you want to see the entire creative process you should check those out. I'm hoping to get a time-lapse video done shortly.


The Girl with stars in her hair - watercolour & B-B6 pencil on paper | 42x29,7 cm

I wanted to try something different rather than a nebula print on a piece of clothing, like I did with the Nebula Sweater Girl, so I experimented with her hair, and that 2D-3D effect and the mix of mediums. I like how the few strands of hair on her face look flat in comparison to her portrait but then again, what happens in her hair is quite three-dimensional. I'm still working on the watercolour gas and stars technique, but the awesome part of exercising, is that I get to make many more of these pieces.



07 March 2016

the alpine hut


There's no bond stronger than that of a mother and her child, so today's illustration will try to portray just that. Throw in some personal elements in the mix, a dream-like cabin and you get a picture-perfect family. It was definitely fun to play with such a complex background and work on those brick details... and that little dude's outfits, he's one handsome fellow. And just in time for mother's day, I've timed this post perfectly. 

The cabin - custom portrait - watercolour on paper | 29.7x21 cm


  • theme: cabin, art, Lego, statement jewelry, construction helmet
  • colour: blue, orange, grey, brown




06 March 2016

the workplace


Iulia asked me if I could make another illustration for her, this time, with two of her friends whom she works with. They do volunteer work and I guess she wanted something colourful for their workplace. So I've put some extra "office-details" in the background and if I had to pick one thing, I have to say, I'm in love with those red pants.

The workplace - custom portrait - watercolour on paper | 21x29,7 cm


  • theme: office materials, desk, heima, friends
  • colour: various




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