I like narrate beautiful stories with imagery & making good stuff trough projects…
Belgian graphic designer living in Norway since 2018, I entered the "creative world" during my childhood. Dreamer, I still have my head in the sky. Myths, legends, fantastic creatures, ancient civilizations and love stories told by my mother, I develop an affinity with the imaginary world and wish to become a painter. But this area does not provide an easy and comfortable life. My parents advised me to choose another direction and finally, I decided to follow the path of technical drawing.
My high school diploma in hand, I continue to university but for lack of attendance and interest, I leave school for a short time. After discovering computers, I started a new course in graphic design where I learned to use Adobe software such as Photoshop, Illustrator, Premiere, Dreamweaver, and Flash. But also Quark X-Press for editing, 3D Studio Max and some programming languages to create websites.
During my studies, I discovered digital art (using photomontage) on Deviantart, a major creative community, which I joined in 2006. In 2008 after many hours of testing and practice, I found my format, my style and create under the pseudonym of Darkyria Design, symbol and reflect of my art and personality. A beautiful mix between dream and reality, black and white, heaven and hell. It is under this nickname that I collaborated as a book cover designer for publishing houses, private authors, events agency… I had also created tutorials for some creative magazines.
Today, I prefer to say goodbye to Darkyria Design and work under my real name because my creative world is broader than digital art and illustration. My digital imagery is available on the web for printing on Society6.
Creative SphereHere a not exhaustive list : Victoria Frances, Natalie Shau, Nathalia Suellen, Alexandra V Bach, Luis Royo, Dorian Cleavenger, Boris Vallejo, Howard Philips Lovecraft, Edgard Allan Poe, Stephen King, JRR Tolkien, Ana Cruz, Pierre-Alain D. aka 3mmi Design, Salvatore Dali, Ana Correal, Carlos Quevedo, Marcela Bolivar, Viona Ielegems, Benjamin Von Wong, Nadia Strelkina, Anne Stokes, Josephine Wall, Nene Thomas, Julie Bell, Hans Ruedi Giger, Jérôme Bosch, Alan Lee, Todd Lockwood, …
Musical SphereI'm an eclectic person, I like all kind of music but I have a little preference for "Rock", "Metal", "Soundtracks" and "Epic Score". When I'm behind the screen I'm not able to create without listening to music, it's important for me despite coffee and chocolate ^^ I feel music like the freshness in the air, I'm sensitive to her because like books I'm able to escape my mind through songs. And I'm feeling better by listening to music. If you want a little preview, click on the link below and discover some playlists I created : Discover on Spotify
ClientsVOO, Be tv (previously Canal+ Belgium),Nethys, Stephanie Brasey, Edouard Brasey, Editions Oracom, Editions Qui Lit Vit, Editions Telemaque, Editions Marco Pietteur, Month9Books Publishing, Editions Sens Contraires, Mad About Music, Markize Band, Section Metal,...
Travailler avec Christel est un vrai plaisir. Toujours à l'écoute des besoins, créative, elle cerne rapidement les attentes et est toujours ouverte aux discussions. Investie dans son travail, consciencieuse et méticuleuse, Christel est assurément une personne sur qui l'on peut compter lorsque l'on veut s'assurer la réussite d'un projet.
Jeune, dynamique et incroyablement courageuse ... Christel cache derrière sa structure un talent d’artiste qui m’a bluffé ... une jolie rencontre
Christel est une illustratrice talentueuse dont l’univers onirique et merveilleux suscite l’admiration. Elle a créé pour moi des couvertures de romans qui ont incontestablement apporté une grande valeur ajoutée aux livres. Je recommande son travail à tous ceux qui seront sensibles à son œuvre
Perfectionist, meticulously creative, dedicated to her work, and always cheerful, those are the words that come to my mind when I think of Christel. I had the pleasure to work with Christel for my second year's internship, where she had always been helpful and keen to explain things even when they were outside of the scope of her tasks. Christel would be a tremendous asset for any position requiring motivation, creativity, and a particular attention to detail.
Christel is a very dedicated, creative and easy going person. Dedication: she is really dedicated to provide fine work and goes to the granular level of details. Creative: that pops out to you when seing her work. Easy going: it's always a pleasure to collaborate or have a nice chat with Christel. Miss working with you :-)
I thought of Christel for a personal project of book and I was not disappointed. She proved to be creative, reliable, flexible and on time. The quality of the work was at the level of my (high) expectations. If another similar project comes I'll definitely involve her again.
Press and Magazines
- Photo Creation Magazine (Tutorial + cover feature)
- Photoshop Advanced Creation
Savoir tout faire avec Photoshop Vol. XI (Tutorial + interview)
- Débuter et progresser avec Photoshop (Photo Creation Magazine n°16) (Tutorial)
- Photoshop Advanced Creation - Savoir tout faire avec Photoshop Vol. XIII (Tutorials)
- Sci-Fi Now Mag n°48 and n°49
- Photoshop Creative UK - May 2015 issue 127
- MFVF IX (Wieze - Belgium)
- MFVF X (Wieze - Belgium)
- BeLynx Gallery (Liège - Belgium)
- Bruxhell - Halloween Festival (Jette - Belgium)
- Adobe Creative CC 2019 (Photoshop, Illustrator, Indesign)
- Wacom Cintiq 12WX