Artist/ Elena Ciolacu

Coventry, United Kingdom

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Elena Ciolacu

Elena Ciolacu

Illustrator / Graphic novels writer and illustrator /

introduction

Good stories shape our society. Meaningful stories feed the soul. My aim and my artistic creed is to tell such stories through my work.

I am an award winning illustrator and graphic novels artist based in the UK. A graduate of BA Illustration and Animation at Coventry University, with a strong background in traditional art and currently exploring digital art, my work focuses on visual storytelling. My inspiration comes mostly from daily life, photojournalism, photography, light, nature, movies, literature, music, history, religion, the work of the old masters, folklore … everything that speaks about the spiritual side of life, about the human soul and mind. After a long time of wanting to just created pretty pictures, my work started to have a purpose when I realized how much power visual stories have. My first graphic novel saved someone's life. Be it films, graphic novels, animations, people's minds and hearts are deeply touched by good stories, so much that they can actually change their lives for the better. Good stories shape our society. This is my aim and my artistic creed. To tell meaningful stories through my work. History hides so many extraordinary episodes about human strength and value, unknown people live such remarkable lives, my country's folklore hides such an immense unexplored realm of fantasy... all these are stories which I want to share because people need to see, read and hear them.

What's Happening

Employment

06/26/2013 - Present

Self-Employed

As a freelancer I've worked on various projects, from pre-production work for animation to illustration, storyboarding and graphic novels. My aim is to focus my practice on telling meaningful stories, as much as possible, through beautiful visuals, aither animated or drawn. At the moment I am working on a new graphic novel which is centered on the experience of a man suffering from dementia.

Concept art  Uncle Bob Builds a Boat
The Traveller
Morning Sketches
Mama

Employment

08/05/2012 - 08/09/2012

SIGGRAPH

Location:

Los Angeles, USA

awards_experience

First prize in the 2D Raster Image Category

Where from:

10th International Contest of Web Design and Computer Graphics

Two of my digital illustrations were chosen as winning entries for the competition.

awards_experience

"Remember Me" - Part of the Official Selection

Where from:

Five international Animation and Short Films festivals

March 2014:
Official Selection: Cluj Shorts - International Short Film Festival - Romania
Official Selection: Milkround Student & Graduate Short Film Festival - UK
October 2013: 
Official Selection at Animest 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

awards_experience

First prize in the Illustration and Animation category

Where from:

Creative Conscience Awards: UK - London

Prize won for my graphic novel "A Story of Hope for the Bullied"

Education / Qualifications

09/01/2014 - 08/01/2010

University of West Timisoara

Qualification:

BA Graphic Design

Location:

Romania

Education / Qualifications

10/01/2010 - 06/21/2013

Coventry University

Qualification:

First Upper Class with Honors in BA Illustration and Animation

Location:

Coventry

Employment

09/19/2013 - 10/04/2013

LFH Illuminating Brands

Location:

London

KeyFact

My first graphic novel saved someone's life.

Dream Job

director/published graphic novels creator

Work Availability

Available for

Full-Time, Part-Time, Freelance, Internship/ Work Experience, Commission / One-off