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Lo­ca­tion: The Nether­lands Web: www.cristibal­ Email: ira­ ME DIA: Pho­to­shop, SketchUp

Self-taught Ro­ma­nian artist Cristi’s early in­flu­ences in­clude Frazetta, Brom and Alex Ross. Yet since the early 2000s his main source of in­spi­ra­tion has been Craig Mullins. “I also get a lot of ideas from films and books,” he says. “My first job was as a 2D artist at Ubisoft. I went on to be­come an art di­rec­tor there, and at City In­ter­ac­tive later.”

In 2012, he be­gan free­lanc­ing full­time and is prob­a­bly best known for his work on the Star Wars RPG books from Fan­tasy Flight Games. Cristi finds paint­ing tra­di­tion­ally the most re­ward­ing process, and he likes to use 3D as a guide.

1 Fly­ing Bugs “Dur­ing one of my trips to Switzer­land, I was fas­ci­nated by epic vistas at ev­ery turn. This is one of my at­tempts to cap­ture that, and bring a lit­tle twist to it. I made use of a lot of pho­to­bash­ing on this one.” 1

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