In 2012 Vellant Publishing House launched the collection “Pasarea maiastra” (The Magic Bird), a project that aims to bring to the attention of readers traditional Romanian fairy tales visually reinterpreted by contemporary Romanian artists. Among the first to appear in this collection is "Făt-Frumos din lacrimă" (Prince Charming, the tear-begotten) by Mihai Eminescu, which takes place in nearly 40 pages beautifully illustrated by Nura El-Sayed.
Nura El-Sayed is an architect and, more recently, a graphic artist, specialized in illustrations for children at Eina, Escola de Disseny i Art - Universitat Autonoma of Barcelona.
It started as a play time more likely, a natural consequence of an architect experiment with various techniques of expression, and gradually it become more serious.
In the olden times when men and women as we now behold them were yet in the womb of time and the Lords holy feet were still treading the stony expanses of the earth in those old days there was an emperor, as gloomy and woeful as midnight; and he had an empress as young and bright as noonday.