Designer profile: _Trickster_

Meet _Trickster_ – a truly talented designer who has enjoyed tremendous success in T-Shirt design contests at 99designs.

_Trickster_ on 99designs

Serbanescu Gabriel – Romania
99designs handle: _Trickster_
Projects won: 21

How did you get started in design?

I’ve been drawing since I was about 12 or 13 years old, but I never actually thought I could make a living out of it. When I was a kid I remember trying to reproduce the Ninja Turtles and other comic books characters – I was always a fan of the bad guys (they looked cooler than the good ones). I enjoyed drawing skeletons and monsters and for a short time I enjoyed painting religious icons.

The crucial moment in my development as a designer and artist was when I started using Adobe Illustrator and a drawing tablet, because it improved my skills and sped up the process – I must admit I can’t imagine drawing now without my friend “Ctrl+Z” :).

Ten Buck T-Shirt Design

How do you get your design inspiration?

Although everything that I see or hear can be a source of inspiration, I guess music is the one that inspires me the most… besides other great artist’s works, movies, or simply my mood. I’ve been working with Adobe Illustrator for more than 5 years now and I can say that I will never stop learning, I’ve discovered amazing artists along the way, and the internet is of course the fastest way to discover new styles.

I must say there are some great artists that I do like and I watch, because they have a lot of things you can learn from: Dan Mumford, Aaron Horkey, Felix LaFlamme, GodMachine, Jeral Tydwell, and many many others.

Awesomeosaur T-Shirt Design

What led you to start using

A friend introduced me to 99designs about a year ago and I was boomed because it gave me the chance to compete with other designers and it brought me that thrill that everybody wants – to see your design appreciated, shared, commented, and eventually used as image for a product.

It continues to be an amazing experience working with clients and it brings a lot of satisfaction seeing how their brief becomes real with the help of each entry submitted by the designers. I must admit it took a while not to be discouraged when the client didn’t like my design or I didn’t win – it’s all about the competition after all.

Devils King

What are three things designers can do to have success at 99designs?

1. Read the brief twice to make sure you didn’t miss anything and try to come up with more than one idea – sometimes the client might like the one that you like the less.

2. Never underestimate another designer. Even if you feel you are more talented or experienced, it doesn’t mean you’re better than somebody else. We all have to start somewhere – remember how you were at the beginning.

3. Try not to get too affected when you don’t win – there are many other contests where you are needed.

Talking Tattoos

What do you love most about being a designer?

The fact that I am doing what I’ve always wanted and even get paid for it – this is one of the things that I will never stop being surprised by. It’s a strange sensation when people ask you “What do you do for a living?” and you say “I draw” – that’s pretty cool! Well, it’s not brain surgery, but that’s the best I can do, haha… :)

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  1. ulahts

    WOW, felicitari!
    Very talented guy!

    Reply December 18, 2010 at 1:27 am
    • marksss


      Reply March 7, 2012 at 5:56 am
  2. Sssilent

    Congrats!! I love your work! Good luck on future contests!

    Reply December 18, 2010 at 5:54 pm
  3. _Trickster_

    Thank you very very much

    Reply December 18, 2010 at 7:44 pm
  4. Kernel

    Congrats! Really nice stuff.

    Reply December 19, 2010 at 9:54 pm
  5. _Trickster_

    thank’s Kernel

    Reply December 20, 2010 at 10:09 pm
  6. Marisol Perry

    thank’s Kernel

    Reply December 22, 2010 at 12:50 am
  7. Cristy

    Vai cat de tare :D , super desenele :X

    Great designs:)

    Reply December 22, 2010 at 5:17 pm
  8. _Trickster_

    multumesc mult ( thanks )

    Reply December 22, 2010 at 7:13 pm
  9. Ram

    Wow! such a great post with the designer profile which looks great. It is useful & inspiring to boost up the creativity & the way of designing. Thanks a lot for sharing. Congrats!

    Reply December 30, 2010 at 12:34 am
  10. nika

    a real pro!

    Reply January 9, 2011 at 9:11 pm
  11. Laurie Bailey

    Wow! such a great post with the designer profile which looks great. It is useful & inspiring to boost up the creativity & the way of designing. Thanks a lot for sharing. Congrats!

    Reply January 13, 2011 at 12:05 am
  12. MarchOrDie

    Very nice designs, bro! Keep up the good work and thanks for the useful advices! Tine-o tot asa :)

    Reply January 20, 2011 at 8:44 am
  13. Lugosi

    Awesome work

    Reply January 23, 2011 at 7:00 pm
  14. _Trickster_

    thanks a lot guys..i appreciate it

    Reply January 23, 2011 at 10:25 pm
  15. gman333

    supertare frate, tine-o tot asa!!!!

    Reply January 29, 2011 at 8:28 am
  16. Neivin

    WOW !
    Trickster you are an amazing artist!!

    Reply February 10, 2011 at 11:39 pm
  17. Roberto

    I love the idea of zombies trying to eat the T-rex, with all the zombie movies and games out there, I never seen one of zombies Vs Dinosaur. . Like the popular game Plants vs. Zombies, if you any programmer you might just have an app game on your hands. Well good luck with future contest, and maybe in the game designing business also.

    Reply February 17, 2011 at 11:22 am
  18. rafael

    you are so good

    Reply February 26, 2011 at 10:29 am
  19. jaybe

    great designs man.. you rock. \m/

    Reply March 11, 2011 at 7:37 pm
  20. Mike

    Sick work. Borderline AMAZING! Keep up the great work dude!

    Reply March 26, 2011 at 12:58 am
  21. fajar


    Reply May 4, 2011 at 7:59 pm
  22. design7628

    WOW! great artist

    Reply June 17, 2011 at 9:48 pm
  23. Anujin

    im sure you’ve heard this a thousand times but very unique, precise, well developed concepts :D

    Reply June 18, 2011 at 2:54 pm
  24. ansari nazeer

    great work. keep it up

    Reply June 28, 2011 at 8:44 am
  25. Theo

    Bravo frate, ;) respect. Ma bucur sa vad romanasi pe-aici ;)

    Reply July 6, 2011 at 7:04 pm
  26. Ramses

    damn i love your designs… hope i can make one of those someday

    Reply July 25, 2011 at 11:17 pm
  27. Ramses

    your like the man in “the notebook” LOL

    Reply July 25, 2011 at 11:19 pm
  28. ValiCG

    Wow, nice stuff !

    Felicitari !

    Reply July 27, 2011 at 7:04 am
  29. Peter Kim

    i would love for u to try my project its the purple krown logo project. love your work and style i think u would be perfect . keep doing what your doing

    Reply July 28, 2011 at 4:21 pm
  30. amitabha ghosh

    very creative works shall need the facebook connect

    Reply August 2, 2011 at 6:13 am
  31. gondrongsekale

    yeaaah :)
    like this

    Reply August 15, 2011 at 9:58 am
  32. shelo

    your great ! like it..

    Reply September 6, 2011 at 9:04 pm
  33. Sudeep

    Hi Trickster

    I am Sudeep …. First of all let me say that all your work is really really cool…. I LOVED the zombies attacking the T-Rex ….it was totally awesome….. I quit the hotel industry after 5 years to finally pursue design…. I was reading about you and it kind of reflected my childhood … I loved the bad guys too at least in terms of looking cool and used to sketch a lot of skulls, angry animals as well ….. I need a bit of advice, and i hope you find the time to help me out…..

    You mentioned that you use a drawing tablet ….. I was thinking of getting one myself but just wanted to check if its worth the investment ( I am from India and its pretty expensive here ). Does it make drawing much easier ? What are the minimum features the tablet should have? Would truly appreciate the help…

    Thanks, Sudeep
    P.S. Would I be able to connect with you on Facebook?

    Reply October 10, 2011 at 10:17 am
    • _Trickster_

      hey Sudeep, first of all, am really sorry for this late reply, i really really have no excuse of answering so late to you and everybody around here.
      I’l be more than glad in helping you any way.

      First of all..i don’t my opinion. it has to be Wacom, i use that and so i think 99% of 99designs community uses this.
      I have a smaller version, it’s an bamboo, not very expensive,i guess you can go with that or an intuos , if they are still available .
      Yes. i think it does, for me it does, i’ve stopped using paper since..i don’t know, long time ago, also i suggest you take it step by step, start with a entry level one..and then you can purchase the next one..and so on, i stayed with my actual one..because well..we have a lot of memories together.

      Sure thing..we can chat some more on facebook:
      just search Serbanescu Gabriel on google and when you see some skull..that’s me :)

      Reply January 10, 2012 at 9:33 am
  34. Rwayd

    creative designer!!!!! Love it

    Reply October 16, 2011 at 9:34 am
    • _Trickster_

      Thank you!

      Reply January 10, 2012 at 9:16 am
  35. Rey

    Cool designs there. And I like how the way he love what he’s doing.

    Reply October 20, 2011 at 1:41 am
    • _Trickster_

      I cant help it …i have to love what i’m doing, because i do it with pleasure, passion, etc, if i’ll stop that and becomes a job..i think i’ll hate it

      Reply January 10, 2012 at 9:16 am
  36. Zapirtan Claudiu

    Trebuie sa recunosc, esti unul dintre cei mai tari artisti ai Romaniei! Bravo tie! Te descurci de minune! Keep the good work up! :D

    Reply November 17, 2011 at 6:01 am
    • _Trickster_

      Wow..nici chiar asa.!! mult mult de tot !

      Reply January 10, 2012 at 9:12 am
  37. vectoriz

    great talent with passion! amazing

    Reply November 18, 2011 at 5:10 pm
    • _Trickster_

      Talent comes along the way, passion keeps me going ha ha, thanks you big time!

      Reply January 10, 2012 at 9:10 am
  38. Adriana

    Foarte frumoasa munca ta!

    Reply November 28, 2011 at 3:17 am
    • _Trickster_

      multumesc mult!

      Reply January 10, 2012 at 9:08 am
  39. Mhel

    Ayos ka boy Pnalo mga gwa mo

    Reply December 18, 2011 at 11:21 pm
  40. Pablo

    Keep it up. You are an inspiration.

    Reply December 22, 2011 at 7:44 am
    • _Trickster_

      Wow..that’s to much!!..thank you :)

      Reply January 10, 2012 at 9:07 am
  41. Rachana

    i like nice designs.

    Reply January 5, 2012 at 3:41 am
    • _Trickster_

      Thank you Rachana

      Reply January 10, 2012 at 9:06 am
  42. Peter Choa

    I like all the designs. They all unique and has clean look. Trickster uses ordinary figures but recreate them by combining them with a different way of thinking which are surprisingly good!.

    Reply January 7, 2012 at 8:26 pm
    • _Trickster_

      Thank you so much!

      Reply January 9, 2012 at 3:23 pm
  43. Mushlya

    Thanks! Love your works!

    Reply February 7, 2012 at 10:37 am
    • _Trickster__

      Thank you !

      Reply August 28, 2012 at 2:47 pm
  44. Dijana

    Your work iz amazing :-)…

    Reply February 7, 2012 at 11:02 am
    • _Trickster__

      Thank you so much !i am sorry i didn’t know this is still somehow active…this blog and the comments, i’m sorry for this late replies :(

      Reply August 28, 2012 at 2:50 pm
  45. Iqbal

    hi _Trickster_ ,Can I borrow your hands for 1 month?:) Vnh

    Reply February 7, 2012 at 8:48 pm
    • _Trickster__

      Of course…but you bring the chainsaw :D:D:D

      Reply August 28, 2012 at 2:52 pm
  46. Srbija

    Hi _Trickster_ !

    Please contact me on

    I nead to ask you some questions.


    Reply February 21, 2012 at 2:57 am
    • _Trickster__

      I’ve just did it…sorry for this late reply :(

      Reply August 28, 2012 at 3:00 pm
  47. Leanna

    great stuff

    Reply February 24, 2012 at 2:22 pm
    • _Trickster__

      Thank you Leanna

      Reply August 28, 2012 at 3:01 pm
  48. winsfaces

    i am join….

    Reply March 15, 2012 at 11:07 pm
    • _Trickster__ the dark side?…:D:D:D

      Reply August 28, 2012 at 3:02 pm
  49. Gibbous Motion

    nice work, man!

    Reply March 16, 2012 at 1:36 pm
    • _Trickster__


      Reply August 28, 2012 at 3:03 pm
  50. SI72

    WOW Man, Excellent…

    Reply April 1, 2012 at 4:48 am
    • _Trickster__


      Reply August 28, 2012 at 3:04 pm
  51. rajagowa

    wow so beauty man

    Reply April 5, 2012 at 3:47 am
    • _Trickster__

      Thanks a lot !

      Reply August 28, 2012 at 3:06 pm
  52. Amitom

    You can think in different aspect ;Dude Great Work

    Reply April 16, 2012 at 6:35 am
    • _Trickster__

      Thank you Amiton

      Reply August 28, 2012 at 3:07 pm

    Felicitari! Succes in concursurile viitoare!

    Reply April 17, 2012 at 12:44 am
    • _Trickster__

      Multumesc la fel!!

      Reply August 28, 2012 at 3:08 pm
  54. Carlo

    Inspiring work I am new in 99design. I would like to surpass your work.. I hope I can haha.

    Reply April 29, 2012 at 4:17 pm
    • _Trickster__

      This started me….surpassing others..i hope i can do that some day :)

      Reply August 28, 2012 at 3:13 pm
  55. Evan

    Amazing!!! How long would you say it takes to make some of these designs shown?



    Reply May 14, 2012 at 3:25 pm
    • _Trickster__

      Thank you Evan, pretty much takes like 5-6 hours,starting from scrap… some take more..depending on the complexity ..but i guess it’s up to 8 hours max….. the dinosaur vs zombie..that took me a lot more time …ha ha ha

      Reply August 28, 2012 at 3:20 pm
  56. sreelakshmi prasad

    fantastic designs

    Reply May 26, 2012 at 1:25 am
    • _Trickster__


      Reply August 28, 2012 at 3:21 pm
  57. erma

    really nice…

    Reply June 15, 2012 at 12:35 am
    • _Trickster__

      Thank you erma

      Reply August 28, 2012 at 3:22 pm
  58. santos

    you have nice concepts and ability to do.thanx

    Reply June 19, 2012 at 3:58 am
    • _Trickster__

      Thank you so much

      Reply August 28, 2012 at 3:39 pm
  59. ask

    I like it :)

    Reply June 20, 2012 at 6:23 am
    • _Trickster__

      Thanks Ask!

      Reply August 28, 2012 at 3:40 pm
  60. ahmadmuchrij

    wow. Simple but perfect . i like it . maybe you can teach to me :D lol

    Reply July 9, 2012 at 8:39 pm
    • _Trickster__

      Thank you Ahmadmuchrij !

      Reply August 28, 2012 at 3:42 pm
  61. another man

    You r amazing man

    Reply July 30, 2012 at 3:57 am
    • _Trickster__

      Thank you Another man !!

      Reply August 28, 2012 at 3:43 pm
  62. Kayiranga Eric

    ooh cool .can you contact me at,i want to ask some question

    Reply August 2, 2012 at 12:36 pm
  63. Doie

    great! so inspiring to come back @ 99designs!

    Reply August 22, 2012 at 5:26 pm
    • _Trickster__

      ” Stick around !” ( Arnold Schwarzenegger – Predator ) :)

      Reply August 28, 2012 at 3:48 pm
  64. Hunter Miller

    I am interested in talking to you about your Gopher logo design. please email me at
    (I know this is a weird way to communicate, but I could not find a better way to contact you)

    Reply August 27, 2012 at 2:12 pm
    • _Trickster__

      it’s no problem…

      Please tell me how can help you..:)

      Reply August 28, 2012 at 3:58 pm
  65. Dez

    clean si frumos… felicitari

    Reply September 1, 2012 at 11:24 am
  66. Blackbird Design

    Wow…amazing designer and very creative..

    Reply September 3, 2012 at 8:27 pm
  67. Intrigma

    Very insightful, thank you for sharing.

    Reply September 4, 2012 at 7:04 am
  68. Azad

    First of all, congratulations on producing such tight illustrations!
    Second, how did you learn to use your tablet for this specific style of drawing?
    Is there many tutorials out there with regards to using a tablet for drawing? I have a wacom also, but I have struggled to begin using it too much.
    Any advice would be greatly appreciated.


    Reply September 14, 2012 at 6:25 am
  69. LMC


    Foarte bune lucrările, am văzut şi aprecierile pe care le-ai primit şi nu pot decât să vin şi eu cu aprecierea mea.Ai muncit, ai reuşit şi meriţi.

    Eu nu sunt foarte bun în arta design-ului, de fapt nu sunt bun deloc.Însă îmi place mult să fac logo-uri pentru firme, e unul din foarte puţinele lucruri care le fac din plăcere.Aş putea sta la un logo şi zile dacă ar fi necesar.Problema este că nu am nici tabletă, şi nici talent pentru desen, dar îmi place.Aş putea să am măcar o mini carieră în design? Doar logo-uri..poate mai târziu şi nişte web, dar nu e cazul acum.

    Reply September 27, 2012 at 8:45 am
  70. William Imhoff

    Really nice. Very talented, keep up the good word.

    Reply October 1, 2012 at 7:37 am
  71. udarapagi

    yes, i agree. those are awesome designs. very nice!

    Reply October 6, 2012 at 5:16 pm
  72. odyanto

    very nice!!!!

    Reply October 16, 2012 at 8:38 pm
  73. Florin

    Si mersi de sfaturi.
    Bafta multa in continuare!

    Reply October 22, 2012 at 10:29 pm
  74. randy_raksa

    awosome guys..
    i very like detail your design

    Reply October 31, 2012 at 7:01 am
  75. Axle

    You have great, positive energy and talent. Those are very good tips too.

    Reply November 4, 2012 at 11:39 pm
  76. gabroel dc

    thanks for your email

    Reply February 14, 2013 at 4:54 am
  77. AbdurRahman

    Wonderful Designs

    Reply February 14, 2013 at 6:06 pm
  78. hasrullah

    good design,,very very wonderful

    Reply March 17, 2013 at 7:58 pm
  79. Dhir

    Hey Bro… _Trickster__
    You Are really a Awesome Designer. And Your Message is very powerful for improve my Design Skill. and inspiration.

    Good Luck for your future Contest.

    Thank u so much Bro…

    Reply April 10, 2013 at 11:39 am
  80. Jaison John

    Woh…! Excellent.. Outstanding work.. I like you..

    Reply April 28, 2013 at 10:38 pm
  81. Kathie

    Awesome work!!!
    If only I were as talented :(

    Reply May 6, 2013 at 2:14 pm
  82. mahin khondokar

    your design is very nice. I am your fan

    Reply May 7, 2013 at 1:00 am

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