Drawing as fundamentals for concept art. Main topics include construction drawing, perspective drawing, casting shadows, composition, color theory, sketching, and doodle.
”Imagine a class where students feel inspired, creative and fulfilled. Find the inspiration to begin your creative journey!Cristina Zoica DumitruDigital Art Instructor and Educational Coach
My Teaching Services
I teach in universities, colleges, studios or art-hubs, both on-location and online. I build my own courses from a variety of 2D and 3D art topics, such as character design and modeling, character animation or productivity pipelines.
Hour based talks presenting a very specific topic or introducing a workflow process. Lectures are designed for both small or large audiences and always include a QnA session.
Courses follow a specific curriculum, they always include theory as well as practical work and can last from a few weeks to a few months. My goal is to inspire my students to create amazing work themselves.
Workshops can last from a couple of hours to a few days and have a focus on experimentation and workflows. Students will gain new practical skills by creating their own finished artwork.
I see education coaching as a collaboration between student and teacher, with the goal of pushing their work to the next level. I emphasis communication, experimentation, personalized feedback and critical thinking.
Subjects I Teach
Fundamentals of Digital Art
Clay sculpting as fundamentals for 3D visualization. Students will build their own sculpture based on concept art, with the goal of understanding the harmony between proportions, volumes and space.
3D modeling as a foundation for understanding the asset creation pipeline. Students will be introduced to the specific workflow: layout, modeling, shading and texturing, lighting, rendering, compositing.
2D & 3D Animation
Introducing the theory and practice behind the animation principles, teaching students how to bring simple characters to life. Students will be introduced to physics for animation such as time and space, force and weight, speed and acceleration.
Subjects I Teach
2D Character Concept
Character concept is all about creating memorable characters with personality. The main topics are: character profile, shape symbolism, color symbolism, silhouette explorations, shapes visualization, body proportion, gestures and posture, facial expressions.
3D Character Modeling
Character modeling presents the workflows and tools of polygon-modeling. The process starts with a chosen character design, then creating a model base and finishing with a detailed model. Areas of focus are human-like characters, full body anatomy and set-up for posing.
2D & 3D Character Animation
Character animation is focused on body mechanics (human motion and locomotion) and acting performance (body language, facial expressions and dialogue). The process starts with idea generation based on a script, followed by animation planning, reference shooting, layout and final animation.
Subjects I Teach
Boost Your Creativity
Building or extending the student’s creative abilities to develop new artwork. Students will learn how to build new habits for generating creative ideas and looking for different perspectives. This process works great for both artistic and technical creatives.
Plan Your Work
Planning and scheduling personal work for getting more clarity through the entire workflow. I talk about setting realistic goals with incremental steps, how to make clear decisions (both artistic and technical), balancing individual work vs team work.
Build a Competitive Portfolio
Building and sharing an online portfolio with the goal of creating an authentic art space. Students will learn how to leverage social media in their advantage, to have a positive vibe online, how to present themselves and the importance of networking.
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What my students are saying
”Cristina’s classes have been extremely inspiring and informative. Thanks to her feedback, I was able to create the best animation I’ve ever made and one that I’m extremely proud of. For this, I’m really grateful and I’m filled with motivation to keep improving!Luuk HoffmansBreda University of Applied Sciences (Breda, Netherlands)
”Cristina is one of the most inspiring teachers I have met so far, she has an analytic yet enthusiastic approach both to teaching and animation. She puts emphasis on teaching the basics thoroughly and that every student gets enough attention and detailed feedback, yet she also has a talent to keep everything exciting and fun. It was a pleasure to learn from her and I hope we'll work together at some point!Dina GrábicsBreda University of Applied Sciences (Breda, Netherlands)
”Thanks to Cristina's fun and informative classes, I was able to learn a lot about the fundamentals of animation. It has inspired me to delvep deeper into the world of 3D animation. Over the past months Cristina has always shown great care and interest in both her students and their work, which inspired them to push themselves even further. Besides this she has been a great mentor and does her best to help wherever possible. Her feedback has always been incredibly helpful to me.Rene MeegdesBreda University of Applied Sciences (Breda, Netherlands)
”Cristina has been a great tutor during the past months that I've been under her teachings - as a person and as a source of information and inspiration. She showed personal attention to her student's work and she was always available when an issue would arise - ready to help. I learned so much of the fundamentals of animation: from gathering references to achieving 'the eyes of an animator'. Thank you!Aleksandra ChapevovaBreda University of Applied Sciences (Breda, Netherlands)
”Cristina's feedback was incredibly useful in my project, she taught me a lot about gesture and proportion and how to do observational research of my reference. She was always quick to reply and I felt that she's a passionate teacher and really cares about her students' improvement in their work. My work always improved when I applied her feedback!Rembrandt van LeeuwenBreda University of Applied Sciences (Breda, Netherlands)
”I am very lucky to have met Cristina, her teaching didn't just motivate me to try new things and improve myself but I also was able to experience having a teacher who really cared about everyone's work and development. Her class was one of the best class experiences in my studies!Eva Angeli ToptsouUppsala University (Gotland, Sweden)
”Something spurred me to participate much more in Cristina’s classes than I have done in other courses. The overall atmosphere and vibes are some of the most pleasant I've experienced in an academic environment.Oskar BergmanUppsala University (Gotland, Sweden)
”Cristina's class reignited my passion for animation, 2D art and inspired me to pursue education in 3D and animation. Fostering an open and accepting learning environment that allows students to grow on their individual terms.Ida EdbergUppsala University (Gotland, Sweden)
”The time I have spent under Cristina as a teacher have been invaluable. I have found lessons with her incredibly rewarding and her support outside of the classroom some of kindest, most detailed and useful that I have had with a teacher. She has inspired me to pursue animation as a career in a way I could never have conceived it before. Thanks Cristina!Christopher ThomsonUppsala University (Gotland, Sweden)
”Thank you for one of the best courses I ever attended, learnt so much about the world of animation that you simply don't find online. You've been a true fount of knowledge and I can't express my gratitude enough for having had the chance to learn from you.Max JonssonUppsala University (Gotland, Sweden)
”I extremely enjoyed the classes, you were a teacher that gave me confidence and taught me with every comment you made about my work.Fernando GarciaUppsala University (Gotland, Sweden)
”During my courses I've developed so much as an animator, because Cristina is incredibly good at helping you understand the key components behind what makes an animation come alive.Tove WahlbergUppsala University (Gotland, Sweden)
”All of the lectures were full of inspiration and creativity, that made us think outside the box, that motivated us to study and come up with awesome ideas for our projects and assignments.Nicole ShevchenkoNoroff University College (Kristiansand, Norway)
”As a student of Cristina, I'm very proud to say that she's one of the most determined teachers out there. She has an iron-will for the work she does and she's enthusiastically inspiring! I wouldn't be half the artist today if it wasn't for her!Eirik HendenNoroff University College (Kristiansand, Norway)
”It is clear that Cristina is extremely professional and passionate about her line of work, both as a teacher and as an animator. Her focus has always been the students before herself and would often spend her spare time helping out students in need. When helping students, Cristina has always well constructed feedback to give and motivated us to aim higher than what we thought we could achieve.Martin Andree FlagstadNoroff University College (Kristiansand, Norway)
”Over two years of being taught by Cristina, I was able to make huge personal progress. Even though she’s very close with her students, she’s also strict when it’s needed, and it is this balance that makes her stand out from other teachers and provide the best education.Boris RalićNoroff University College (Kristiansand, Norway)
”Cristina is a teacher who’s always finding new ways of teaching, and really cares about the outcome of her student’s work, as well as her students themselves. I could count on her to give me constructive feedback, which really motivated me to do my best.Sarah Falsig ValeurNoroff University College (Kristiansand, Norway)
”Cristina cares about student growth, as well as blending academic standards with strong professional fundamentals that can be applied practically in the creative field.Håvar LarsenNoroff University College (Kristiansand, Norway)
”Cristina's feedback on my projects have been stern, but justified, and has ultimately led to my productions attaining higher quality.Edvard HaalandNoroff University College (Kristiansand, Norway)
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Cristina Zoica Dumitru
Digital Art Instructor and Educational Coach
I’m a digital artist based in the South of Norway. I have professional experience as Academic Leader, University Lecturer and Studio Instructor in Interactive Media Animation and Games. I have a Master’s degree in electrical engineering, professional training in 3D art and my two passions are art and human behaviour.
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