Romanian, Moldovan illustrators celebrated in The Guardian


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Romanian illustrators of fairy tales, stories and legends are praised in The Guardian for drawing interesting, exquisite story characters like Saint Wednesday or Saint Friday, The Goat with Three Kids, Nastratin Hogea and many others.

As part of the World of Illustration series, we head to Romania and Moldova to meet goats, princesses and cats – plus eat bread with dew. This gallery is a celebration of Romania and neighbouring Moldova’s contemporary illustrators and illustrations,” The Guardian reports.

Irina Dobrescu is one of Romania’s most talented illustrators. Here she tells a story all Romanian children grow up with – The Pig’s Tale by Ion Creanga. An old couple, lonely after not having any children, decide to adopt the first baby animal they find – a piglet. Obviously, the piglet turns out to be a cursed handsome Prince Charming with magical powers.2599

A princess suffering from depression can’t find the will to get herself out of bed. She is surrounded by self-help books with titles such as The Poor Rich Princess, and How to Get Out of Depression. This illustration is part of the book What can you do with two words, an anthology of stories written by some of the most talented contemporary Romanian authors.

Anca Smarandache brings colour and curls to The Girl of the Flower, a sweet caring love story by Petre Craciun in which a girl and her rose express their affection towards each other through singing.2965

Ela the Wordless by Victoria Patrascu, with drawings by Cristiana Radu, is a story about the power of words, acceptance and the courage to be a bit different. Ela does not speak, but can build an entire universe through images.2120

The glass has the label ‘Problems’ and the spring board uses a Romanian phrase that translates as ‘giving a positive spin on a trouble’. This illustration is from a bilingual Romanian-Italian book called Stories of Hope, and the message is: don’t trouble yourself. Illustration: Sebastian Oprita. 1822More available here.

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