BA (Hons) Illustration and Animation
Hi! My name is Ruxandra Pertache, but I work under the alias 'Smoke Rain'. I am a freelancing illustrator and painter originally from Romania, now based in the UK.
I specialise in surrealist and imaginative character work. I work across various mediums including digital, gouache, pencils, watercolour, acrylics, and fabric paint. I enjoy experimenting and trying out new things. I am inspired by nature, books, films, childlike imagination, anime, world cultures, fantasy, and folklore.
Since I was very young, I've had a passion for art and anything creative and it has driven me to pursue it throughout my life. Becoming a professional artist is my dream, so I decided to make it a reality by studying Illustration & Animation at Coventry University. My coursework equipped me with an extensive range of skills and made me develop a new passion for storytelling, character design, comics, and animation.
Through my art, I want to invite people to immerse themselves in a magical universe where everything is possible, where beauty and the bizarre coexist together, where things either have hidden multiple meanings or they just make little sense at all.
"Everything you can imagine is real."
~ Pablo Picasso