Written by Alexandra Ghitescu
What do people care about? What do they want to read? How can we get their attention and keep them interested for an amount of time? All of these questions are tricky but one thing is for sure: people cannot be interested in things they don’t even know exist.
Every day we go to school or work and we pass the same people and get used to them. We think that we know them but there is always so much we don’t know. Everybody has hidden talents and I am sure that you don’t know about one of your colleagues awesome skills.
One particularly interesting subject that I believe lots of the people in our school don’t know about is the wonderful work of a classmate of mine: Miruna Iofcea. She is a gifted painter. Her work is amazing and beside the pieces she does for fun, she also does customised stuff for people who contact her. To better understand what I am talking about, let’s hear Miruna out as she tells us about her work.
So Miru, how did you get into painting?
I’ve loved painting and drawing ever since I was a little child. When I was in the 5th grade, I signed up for an art school in my city, like an extracurricular activity and I got in, but it didn’t last very long. After 2 years I decided not to go anymore because I felt like it didn’t help me to get any better, so I started on my own from scratch. I started to improve my drawing skills with the help of YouTube videos or my own imagination. So here I am, painting because of pleasure and giving my best.
How did you start to take requests?
The first time I ever did a painting for money was when a friend of mine asked me to do a portrait of her. I didn’t expect anything in return but because she and her father liked it so much, she decided to pay me 100 lei. At first, I didn’t want to accept the money because I had done it for fun but she insisted and at last I accepted it. I posted a picture of the portrait on social media and shortly after that more and more requests kept coming.
One day, a high-school colleague asked me if I could customise her sneakers. It was a big challenge for me but I accepted it and it turned out very well. After I posted more pictures of my art on social media, I got a lot of good reviews on it
What kind of artwork do you usually do?
I usually do portraits and cartoons.
Where do you get your inspiration from?
I usually refer to paintings that I saw in the past or I like to get my inspiration from the little things I see around me.
Who do you look up to?
My favourite painter of all time is Salvador Dali, because his paintings are so complex and unique. My favourite painting by him is the “Lugubrious Game”; it always leaves me speechless.
What kind of materials do you usually use?
I usually paint, so I use soft brushes in all sizes, for paint I prefer acrylics, and I love to paint on canvas.
Can you tell me about the costs and prices?
I estimate the prices for my art depending on what size the canvas is, on what colours I use and how much time it took me to paint it. A set of acrylics that I use costs around 25 to 30 lei and the wider the canvas, the higher the price.
What is your favourite creation?
As an artist it is very difficult to have a favourite artwork, because after I paint or draw something, I am proud of myself, but if I stare at it too much I slowly begin to hate it and I always want to make it better.
What do you think is the hardest to paint?
I find the hardest to paint portraits because you need to be very patient and very focused on every little detail. It usually takes me more than 3 days to get a portrait done and also to like the result.
What’s next for you?
I have two portrait requests, a denim jacket customisation and a T-shirt customisation. I also have two paintings of League of Legends characters to do.
What would you say to anyone who is thinking about doing the same?
Painting is a very good activity you can do to free up your mind. Nobody can ever make a mistake in art, because everybody has their own imagination. I encourage everyone to take a piece of paper and do whatever they want with it or on it, because it’s simply an escape from the real world.
Thank you for your time Miru! Keep doing what you do ❤.