Cristina Dan

Cristina Dan - Designer

Români, Romania

My name is Cristina, but everybody calls me Crico. I have illustrated several children's books and advertising visual materials.

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I’m an illustrator living in Europe, Romania.

My artworks are modern and colorful sprinkled with some magical and whimsical touches. I enjoy drawing children, animals and organic elements, but what’s the most important for me is to convey emotions.

Five years ago I illustrated my first book, but for the past two years I’ve been doing it full time. I love what I do and what I do loves me back. I’ve been working with wonderful authors for Alexander the Brave (by E. J. Rey), How Kunibert the Hedgehog Lost His Fears (by Ildiko Reiser), I wish I was as Brave as Dad (by Stu Shanon), Tiamel (by A. Hulber), Kings and Idols (by Ramona Neagos) and Meet Myrtle the Magical Turtle (by E. J. Rey). They are from Germany, USA, Australia and Romania and this didn’t stop us to make a great team. What helped us tho was having the same goal: giving value to children through the books.

My mantra as a book illustrator is to show more than the text says. As you already know, for young kids text can’t be too long. The illustrations need to support the story. So I work along with authors in creating images that complete their vision and bring the book to life.

Therefore, if you are looking for a children’s book illustrator it would be my pleasure to team up with a creative and amazing author as you! I truly believe that all the people who write for kids are one of the best ones you could ever find: it takes a big heart to shape little minds.

Children’s Non-Fiction
Middle Grade
Picture Books


  • Bachelor Degree in Fine Arts

Work experience

Freelance Illustrator

November, 2020 – Present (over 2 years)

I illustrate children's books, games for children and on occasion I do editorial illustrations.
Everyday I try to bring life to new characters that children will relate to. I want them to tell a story though their appearance so people can love, laugh and feel along with them.
What I always keep in mind is to create an environment that takes you in and helps you step into the story. I do so by using vibrant colors and soft lighting that creates this magical atmosphere.

Art Teacher

Smartist Activ Workshops
November, 2019 – November, 2020 (about 1 year)

I taught art to little ones. Our activities included painting, drawing, sculpting and digital art.
They used to come everyday to this workshop for a couple of hours. I enjoyed showing to each child how to draw easily, but what I loved the most was to show them that it's ok to make mistakes. Art should free us and it was never meant to be perfect.

Graphic Designer

D Print and Press
November, 2018 – November, 2019 (about 1 year)

For my first year after collage I was a graphic designer at a print shop. In that period I learnt how to work fast in softwares such as adobe photoshop and illustrator and corel.

Portfolio (1 selected work)

The Tale of Alexander The Brave

Rey, E. J., Dan, Cristina

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