My name is Elena Ciolacu. I am a Romanian award winning illustrator and graphic novel creator. A graduate of BA Illustration and Animation at Coventry University and currently studying MA Animation at National University of Theater and Film "I.L. Caragiale" in Romania, my work focuses on visual narratives that approach meaningful and inspiring themes.
My inspiration comes mostly from daily life, history, Christian Orthodox Theology, folklore, photography, light, nature, literature, music, cinematography and the work of the old masters.
I strongly believe in the power of visual medias to shape society and help people. Because of this my dream is to create beautiful stories that bring to the world's attention messages of moral, spiritual and ethical value.
MAIN TOOLS: Photoshop, Wacom Intuos 3, pencils, charcoal, ink, acrylics, oils.
OTHER SOFTWARES: TVPaint Animation, Adobe Illustrator, Premiere Pro, Flash.
AWARDS AND WORK HIGHLIGHTS:
June 2016: shortlisted for the World Illustration Awards organised by The AOI and Directory of Illustration
September 2014: Winner of "Curators' Choice" - Illustration and Animation Category - at NOISE International Festival - London;
Official Selection: Cluj Shorts - International Short Film Festival - Romania
Official Selection: Milkround Student & Graduate Short Film Festival - UK
Official Selection at Anim'est International Animated Film Festival - Bucharest, Romania
Official Selection at Balkanima European Animated Film Festival - Belgrade, Serbia
Official Selection at Dublin International Short Film and Music Festival - Dublin, Ireland
Winner of the Creative Conscience Awards: UK - Illustration and Animation Category - London, UK.
Winner of the 17th edition of Valcea Artistica - Computer Graphics Category - Ramnicu Valcea, Romania
Work featured in the 93rd issue of ImagineFX magazine
Winner of the 10th International Contest of Web Design and Computer Graphics - 2D Raster Image Category - Vinnytsia, Ukraine
2006 – 2013:
Work exhibited at 12 group exhibitions in London, Coventry, Bucharest, Sibiu, Ramnicu Valcea
2006 – 2008:
12 awards won at various national and local short stories competitions in Romania;
2nd place at the Olympiad of History, county stage - Valcea, Romania;