Bucharest-born Oana Roxana aka Yuuza, already has a loyal following on deviantART. Her illustrations combine an Asian inspired drawing style with themes taken from Romanian stories and legends. They show a talent for decorative art and a great attention to detail. Her drawings don't just focus on the figures and characters, but all that surrounds and represents them from clothes patterns to backgrounds and stylized scenery. Her work brings a fresh and modern perspective to Romanian folklore. When she's not working on her original illustrations, Oana amuses herself by making flash animations and drawing fan art. To see Oana's beautiful work and find out more about her, we recommend reading her interview below.
Introducing Oana Yuuza
Oana spoke to us about her transition to digital painting as well as what inspires her, in this short interview:
How did your passion for drawing start?
I don't remember when I first took up a pencil and I don't ever remembering NOT being passionate about drawing. When I was small, I had a notebook I doodled in. I drew all kinds of animals, cartoon characters, dinosaurs etc. When I finished the notebook, my parents would buy me a new one and so on and so forth. I never took a break from drawing and I never plan on stopping either. It's just something natural to me.
I had a graphic tablet for some time, but I never successfully used it until I was inspired by the artist community on deviantART. This was about three years ago when I also got an account on this website. I didn't move on to digital painting completely and I still work in traditional media such as watercolors and colored crayons. The switch happened by itself as I gradually became more passionate about digital art.
What inspires you? What are your favourite themes?
I'm inspired by other artists' drawings/paintings/photos, anything visual really (movies, sculpture, etc). I try to surround myself with as much art as I can and discover more and more artists. Another thing that inspires me is my day to day life, but it's secondary and most times when you look at my work you can't even tell that's the case. Generally, I'm attracted by the fantasy genre and especially legends and stories that I like to reinterpret with a modern twist.
What kind of software do you use for your paintings?
I started with Adobe Photoshop, but for the last year or so I've discovered Paint Tool Sai and since then I've been using it more and more. I've barely touched Adobe Photoshop lately. I use it more to put watermarks on the drawings I intend to upload online. Photoshop has a lot of editing tools, it's a very complex program, but sadly it doesn't excel in its brushes. Paint Tool Sai on the other hand offers some very natural and realistic ways of combining colors to the point it's almost as if I'm drawing on paper. Although it's a small program, I've become addicted to its brushes and tools.
What are some of the artists you admire or follow?
I follow many artists. Usually, if I think I have something to learn from someone, I'll follow him or her. There are however some I particularly admire like Sandara, AquaSixio, Iya-chen, Loish, JaneMere, Dark134 , Claparo-sans, Shilin, Kidchan, Gtako and Zemotion. The list could go on and on…
What's the drawing you're most proud of and why?
I don't have a particular favorite because as soon as I finish a drawing I start seeing all of its flaws. The older it is, the more obvious the mistakes are, so the right answer is I suppose, I'm proudest of my newest work. Currently that would be Otherside.
I'd like to publish an artbook in the near future, but I'm a bit short on time at the moment. My dream is to open an animation studio here in Romania with local artists and screenwriters, but that's a long term plan.
Enjoy Oana's Work Through a Windows Theme - Download Links
Oana has chosen to include some of her most beautiful illustrations in her theme for Windows 7 and Windows 8.
COPYRIGHT: Oana Yuuza. If you plan to use the pictures included in this theme for something other than your desktop backgrounds, you need written permission from their author.
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We would like to thank Oana for sharing her work with us and our readers and wish her all the best in all her future projects!