Eleonora Asparuhova Lecturer, Animation

Eleonora Asparuhova

I am a 2D Animator, Illustrator and Lecturer in Animation at SODA. I specialise in hand-drawn animation and have a strong interest in art, illustration and 2D cut-out animation. As well as my specialism in traditional animation, I bring my knowledge and expertise of Traditional & Digital Drawing, Concept Art for Animation & Storyboarding to the course.

I studied my BA and MA in Animation, winning the 2013 ‘Arts & Humanities Masters Preparation Award’ and since then I have worked in the industry as a 2D animator, concept artist and storyboard artist with national and international companies.

Alongside my teaching practice, I continue to maintain my practical expertise by working as a freelance 2D animator and illustrator on a variety of creative projects.

So far, I have had my short animations ‘Samovila’ (2012),Song of Man’ (2015) and ‘The Orange Song’ (2020) screened at numerous local and international animation festivals (World Festival of Animated Film, TOFUZI, Athens Animation Festival, COFFI Children’s Animation Festival, AnimFest, Golden Kuker and others), and have launched 6 solo illustration exhibitions in Bulgaria and the UK.

My work is strongly influenced by my cultural background and combines my experiences of two very contrasting worlds – growing up in Bulgaria and developing as an artist and animator in the UK.

My most recent publication ‘Cultural Roots and Nostalgia: Exploring Cultural Identity & Sense of Belonging through Animation Practice’ (co-written with animation colleague Dr Marianne Patera) explores the dynamic between the sense of nostalgia, the feeling of belonging and creativity with a specific focus on my animation work.

I love working on my own films and illustrations and taking part in illustration challenges in my free time.

Website: elasparuhova.com

Instagram: @elasparuhova