As you already know, my name is Orsi (pronounced Orshee) and I am a children’s book illustrator born, raised and living in Transylvania. Ever since I could hold the first pencil in my hand, I felt something tingling in my tummy and that feeling never went away. I loved (and still do) drawing. It is my passion, my calling, it has been with me since the earliest ages of my life.
I always dreamed about doing something drawing related but I was not sure what. Then as time passed it became clear that nothing will ever satisfy my passion for work as much as drawing/illustrating children’s books does. So, after a few years of tearing a ton of paper apart, crying and feeling petty for myself and a looooot of encouragement from my parents and former boyfriend (who is now my husband…haha) I put together a portfolio and started sending it out to children’s magazines and publishing companies. Two of them replied and so my career as an illustrator started (this happened in 2013). That was the beginning of a beautiful friendship and it still lasts.
A few years passed and I grew enough confidence to do freelance projects. Winning my first bid gave me such encouragement that I decided I don’t ever want to do anything else. I wanted to become a professional kid’s book illustrator and period. So I started focusing on my goal and making some progress. I am still in the process and here is the trick: I will always be in the process, simply because learning never ends.
After a few published books I can say that it is worth fighting for your dreams but only if you are 1000% sure that it really is what you want to do. Otherwise it is a lot of food invested in the wrong cow, if you know what I mean.
Every illustrator (according to my research) gets to the point where their writer blood starts boiling and they just have to put on paper the stories in their heads. I am no exception either and have a few stories up my sleeve, which will hopefully come to life at some point.
What else about me? I am such a lousy sports person that I am bored even just watching sports on tv. Eating is one of my favorite hobbies, but don’t be fooled, it is not the quantity that I am going for, it is the orgy of flavors in my mouth. I even love fast food (yes, you can booo me) and beer. That’s it. If you have any questions feel free to contact me. Oh, and I would love to have a dog one day.