Cami Dobrin aka Camellie is a Romanian illustrator whose style is serene, feminine, and soothing. Her gif animations make you want to stare at them for minutes on end! It’s what I’ve been doing while coming up with questions for this interview. Cami was sweet enough to tell us about what inspires her, how her style has evolved, and even give us a sneak peek into her current project. You can find her work in various forms on Society6, and be sure to follow her on Instagram because it’s so good.
Kittenhood: Tell us a bit about your creative background.
Cami: I’ve started studying art in primary school and high school, and then continued my studies at the University of Art in Cluj, Romania.
K: When did you realize you wanted to pursue illustration as a career?
C: I think I’ve always liked drawing but didn’t know which way to take it to. When I’ve moved to the UK and started to promote my work, I got published and the magic started to happen.
K: What are some challenges you encountered along the way that surprised you?
C: While I was traveling, I remember having to work on my old Cintiq from a tent for five months, and luckily that was the only challenge I’ve had, which turned out to be a nice surprise actually.
K: Your illustration style has changed drastically recently. What made that happen?
C: Yes, it has to do a lot with the type of work I’ve been getting and doing more digital work. I also try to always improve and experiment with new techniques, to see what I like best.
K: What inspires you these days?
C: Sometimes, if I do things unrelated to work, like watching a movie or cycling somewhere, even cooking something delicious (preferably sweet and chocolate-y), it works wonders.
K: Do you have a tried-and-true method for when you’re feeling uninspired?
C: Usually, I try drawing anything that comes to mind, letting it flow on paper, it sets the right mood for the ideas to come through.
K: You’ve lived in different parts of the world at different times of your life. Does location influence your creativity?
C: Yes, this is another reason for the change in my illustration style. With the change of scenery comes a change in my mindset, and thus in my style as well. But now I think it has reached a point I’m most happy with.
K: What’s your favorite place to be in, whether for creative reasons or otherwise?
C: At home, watching my plants grow, or in a garden basking in the sun, for all reasons 🙂
K: Can you give us a little sneak peek into what you’re working on now? Any exciting projects?
C: I’m working on a few animations at the moment, and some illustrations for a Danish application to help children learn grammar. Here’s a sneak peek of an illustration for DOR magazine!
K: Are you a fan of handmade objects in your everyday life? Do you have any favorite makers?
Photo + illustrations courtesy of Cami Dobrin.