My name is Cristina Bencina, an illustrator who studied at the School of Visual Arts in NYC. I specialize in illustration of a serious or scary nature; in strong & striking images that capture the essence of a narrative. My job is to create an image that not only succeeds in explaining the story plot, but to also create an image that truly captures the emotion behind that story, the feeling felt throughout by the reader. As an illustrator, it is my job to successfully take a complex idea, such as an emotion, and answer questions like “how do I paint fear?” or “how do I paint anxiety?” Perhaps, with an image with no figures, how can one paint these emotions? Illustration is an interesting puzzle to solve and I truly enjoy working with clients to find a solution. For my work, I am a traditional and digital artist. I primarily paint in watered down acrylics – in a watercolor style – and use all sorts of various mixed media over the pieces, such as chalk pastel, graphite, charcoal, colored pencils, and more. From there, the base work is scanned or photographed into the computer where I continue to adjust light levels as well as some color adjustments and detail in Adobe Photoshop.