I'm Eren Topcu, I'm a creative, animator and illustrator based in İstanbul.
I was born in 1975. My childhood days were spent crafting in papers, colors and clay.
I studied Animation at the Fine Arts Faculty of Anatolian University.
During my master's at animation department, I worked as a teaching assistant. I have worked as lead animator, production assistant, art director, and creative director for more than fifteen years in the production field.
Though I have mainly worked in digital advertising, I wore additional hats as a newspaper columnist, lecturer at the university and a yoga instructor.
Switching from full-time to freelance work enabled me to produce two animated shorts, O, which has been selected and screened in the 10th Istanbul Biennial's parallel event, and Today, for !f Istanbul in 2016.
I illustrated for selected narratives of Turkish literature for Italian e-magazine Kaleydoscope on Turkish culture and arts. Illustrating books came later; The Remembering Olive Tree, a children's book by Ismail Keskin; Why Whales Cry And Otters Lie, a fable book by Chris Jones, and I Am Transformed, a poetry book by Yasemin Güneş Dikmen, and The War Of The Worlds by H.G. Wells are some of my collaborative works.
I illustrate and animate with both digital and traditional media. My work is mostly realistic, detail oriented, yet not easily summarized by a certain style; I believe every project calls for its appropriate style and I like to follow the inspiration that comes with each project.
In addition to my illustration and animation career, I'm a member of an Istanbul-based women's art collective.
As a side note, I am big on everything there is yet to know. I like to spend my spare time drinking tea while gazing at the Bosporus or sitting with my companion, Theo the cat.