Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Long Way Up

Latest painting. Cheers!

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

The Lone Undertaker

This one started as a warmup but evolved into a more finished piece then my usual sketches. You can see some progress shots on my CGHub page:


Friday, June 7, 2013

Worst Dragon Ever

These pesky knights are scaring all the dragons away...

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Star Trek Online

Earlier this year I got the opportunity to create the box art for Star Trek Online's first expansion, Legacy of Romulus. Even if I was on a really tight deadline it was a fun project to work on. I hope you like it also. Cheers!

Friday, May 17, 2013

Mikey Blue Eyes

No demon can escape my Photoshop filter powers :)

Thursday, May 16, 2013


These are some character illustrations I did earlier this year for Crytek's WARFACE. They were fun to do considering this is not my usual kind of work. Enjoy!

Monday, May 13, 2013

The Lord of the Rings

Here's an older piece I did last year for The Lord of the Rings card game from FFG. There's a lot of things I would do different now, but I like it for some reason and thought it would be nice to share it with you. Cheers and see you next time!

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Star Wars

Here is an illustration I did last year for Edge of Darkness, the first deluxe expansion for Star Wars™: The Card Game. The best thing about it? I got to paint the coolest bounty hunter in the Galaxy! Here is Boba Fett as he is escaping from the belly of the Sarlacc, blowing it up in the process. BADASSSS!!! 

"The sarlacc found me somewhat indigestible." 
                                           ―Boba Fett

Thursday, February 7, 2013


A morning sketch before starting work . ~1.5 hrs

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Syd Mead talking about Blade Runner

Saw this over on James Gurney's blog , so I had to post it. Here is one the greatest designers of all time, talking about his work on the greatest sci-fi movie: Blade Runner. Just think that this guy is responsible, in one way or another, for what we see in all sci-fi movies nowadays.

Not only did Syd Mead do a great job on Blade Runner (and Aliens, and Tron :D), but he succeeded in developing a visual language that people expect to see in all the sci-fi productions that followed after it.

So have a look at this video, but most importantly listen carefully to what he says, as you may find some clues to his design process. Cheers!

Monday, February 4, 2013


Been very caught up with work this past few weeks, but I finally found some time to mess around with some personal stuff. I hope you enjoy it. Cheers!

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

I give up!

After a loooong, long time, I finally gave up and decided to join Facebook. Maybe not really join... but created a page where I can showcase my art, and hopefully reach a larger audience (I'm still on the fence about creating a personal profile:P). So if you feel like it, you are more than welcome to drop by at Art of Cristi Balanescu.

To celebrate this I thought I could dig through some old stuff, and share some of my early stuff. This piece was a study from Frazetta's Nightstalker, and was done in Painter(I think...) using a Wacom Volito, sometime in 2006.

Also I'm thinking of doing a regular column with older works, since I have a bunch of the stuff laying around on my HDD. Tell me what you think.


Sunday, January 20, 2013


Latest work. See you next time!


Monday, January 14, 2013


I like to do this kind of paintings every now and then. This is from one of my favorite Christmas movies. Can you guess it?:P

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Happy 2k13!

So the end of the world has passed and we're still here. I guess that's somewhat of a good thing... It's been one messed up year, but things seem to settle down nicely, so maybe this one will be a little better. I've been busy finishing some work these last 2 weeks, but I finally found some time to do something personal. So here's a scarred old sellsword ready to kick some ass.

I wish you all a very productive new year!