Madalina Andronic is a Romanian illustrator I have recently came across. Her illustrations are very elegant and full of detail and there is an atmosphere of good taste through all that touches her hand. I love the way she employs Romanian folklore through out her artistic work.
"Once upon a time something happened. If it hadn't happened,it wouldn't be told. There was once a great and mighty emperor, whose kingdomwas so large that no one knew where it began and where it ended. Some believedit was boundless, others said that they dimly remembered having heard from veryold people that the emperor had formerly engaged in war with his neighbors,some of whom had proved greater and more powerful, others smaller and weakerthan he. One piece of news about this emperor went all through the wide world that he always laughed with his right eye and wept with theleft. People vainly asked the reason that the emperor's eyes could not agree,and even differed so entirely."