Elena Barbu
Elena Barbu
Concept Art & Illustration
Bucharest, Romania

About

Devoted to all things visual. In love with motion, dance and acrobatics. Am fascinated with facial expressions, color theory and reflective surfaces. Daily doodler and painter.

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Skills

Concept DesignConcept ArtDrawing3D ModelingDigital PaintingCharacter DesignSketchingComic ArtTraditional ArtEnvironment DesignIllustrationPaintingSculpting

Software proficiency

Photoshop
Photoshop
Maya
Maya
ZBrush
ZBrush
Substance Painter
Substance Painter
Marmoset Toolbag
Marmoset Toolbag
Keyshot
Keyshot
SketchUp
SketchUp
InDesign
InDesign
Redshift
Redshift
Ornatrix
Ornatrix
CLIP STUDIO PAINT
CLIP STUDIO PAINT
Hexels
Hexels

Experience

  • Freelance Artist at Freelance
    Bucharest, Romania
    September 2010 - Present

    • Exploring and experimenting as a freelance illustrator and concept artist as part of my personal and professional development.

    • Past projects include a wide variety of jobs such as game art, web design, graphic design, photo retouching and others.

  • 3D Environment Intern at AMC Pixel Factory
    Bucharest, Romania
    March 2019 - April 2019

    • Won an intern position through a contest, with my project “Witch Hut”

    • Worked alongside one of the lead environment artists of AMC

    • Learned to make realistic, game-ready assets, from concept to finish

  • Junior 3D Maya Generalist at StaticVFX Studio
    Bucharest, Romania
    February 2018 - October 2018

    • Worked as part of a team to solve technical problems such as minimizing rendering times, finding lighting solutions for various animation scenes and visual decisions.

    • Conducted in-depth visual research and have been in charge of putting together concepts, mood-boards and storyboards for various pitches.

    • Responsibilities included: lighting and rendering of animation scenes, 3D modeling, pre-production research, concept sketching, key visuals, storyboarding, set dressing, grooming of hair and fur.

  • Comic Artist at Ars Moriendi
    Bucharest, Romania
    April 2015 - April 2017

    • Collaborated with a writer in building the overarching story and setting for a satirical web comic that can be seen at http://arsmoriendi.eu

    • Defined the comic style, designed all the characters and outlined the funny-morbid theme establishment.

    • Drew all the comic strips based on the writer’s script in tight weekly deadlines.

  • Game Artist at Tech Thinkers
    Bucharest, Romania
    September 2014 - February 2015

    Worked in a small team as sole artist, designed and created the majority of a mobile game’s UI, characters and maps without significant creative guidance.