• Conventions & Events,  Online Shop

    BD de Contern & News!

    The Festival de la BD de Contern will take place this week-end – are you excited? Because I totally am, with a big surprise I’ve been working on over the last few months for you: a completely new assortment is awaiting you! All my elder artwork have been removed, to make place for new motives, new goodies, new prints, and even a new booth setup. Let’s have a look at this;)


    Visit the Shop – “Prints & Goodies” Section!


    Bookmarks

    9 new motives are waiting for you – what would be a convention without our beloved bookmarks? Though I didn’t intend to use them, many of you asked for the Queen series, so some of them are now available – they are limited to 25 copies each and no reprint is planned, so make sure to grab yours this week-end or in the shop;)


    A5 Glossy Prints & Posters

    A dozen of new posters have also been printed, most of them with my 4 Seasons Tea artwork, the Queen series as many of you requested, and some other motives. There will still be a few A5 glossy prints for sale (see motives below), but I will most probably stop offering them on conventions and keep them for Patreon Supporters or Shop exclusivities. Why? I’ve found a much better alternative… let’s jump to the next section!


    A4 High Quality Textured Prints

    While thinking about how I could improve the quality of my prints for you, I tried new prints on A4 textured paper and was stunned myself by the result: it looks completely like an original, with little variation on the colours and texture – due to its grained paper, those prints’ rendering is the best you can get. If you were hesitating to get an original artwork due to its higher price, here’s the almost similar, more affordable alternative. Some of the illustrations are currently only available in this format and will remain like this, allowing you to get your hands on a limited motive!

    For every A4 print purchase, you will also receive a little additional gift print – isn’t that one more reason to fetch one? ; )


    Queen Sticker Sheets

    Yes, the Queens are everywhere 8D I got some problems with the sticker machine I bought a few months ago, and since people appreciated the stickers, I turned them into a proper sticker sheet.


    Tote Bags

    As announced last time, the tote bags are always limited to allow a more unique motives – there are three new ones, Justitia and Autumn Rooibos being limited to around 20 copies. The print is once again injected into the cloth and of washmachine-friendly quality, so that your tote bag can accompany you anywhere!

    The last few “Queen” Tote Bags are still available in my shop, for those who’d like to get one of those.


    Badges

    Badges were also among the products I didn’t intend to recreate, but as my old stock got raided during my last few events and people asked for more… here we go! You will find 3 different duos in cute packages handmade with love <3 Once again, limited prints with a dozen packages for each series!


     

    Why so many limited products? I have been attending conventions for almost 4 years now – of course, I have made mistakes and learnt along the way. One of my biggest miscalculations were always that I printed too much. The cost of some “unpopular” products was sometimes high, and I kept a huge stock in my attic without knowing what to do with it. Printing smaller quantities brings along benefits for both me and you – it allows me to test new products without investing too much, and allows you to get more limited and unique items. Let’s face it, isn’t it boring to see the same pieces of artwork over years and years?

    Anyways … other “regular” products are still available as well, such as my manga and recent artbook, as well as handcrafted notebooks and on-the-spot commissions. I have also printed new goodies for the surprise packages, starting with long maxi-bookmarks – along with an original artwork, you will now get only special prints which are not, and will never be, available on my booth. So, whatever you buy, you can be sure that you won’t have twice the same things!


    Most products are now available in my shop’s “Prints & Goodies” Section

    A3 posters are, unfortunately, not available since the shipping fees are almost twice the price of the print itself. But if you’d like to discover everything or if you can’t attend the convention, maybe you’d want to take a look at it, and I hope you’ll enjoy all those news!

    I’m waiting for you this week-end in the sports hall of Contern from 10h-18h!
    See you soon : D

     

     

     

  • Artwork

    Fashion Art

     

    Hello everyone! Those who are following me on Instagram have already seen that I’m pretty inspired for fashion designs as of late – here are some of my recent designs! For those of you who keep on asking me where I find my ideas, I usually like doodling in a sketchbook and the ideas just come naturally when I start sketching. They are not always good, they often need modifications, but I guess that works the same way for many artists – just start sketching, and the ideas will follow : )


    Which dress design do you like most of those three?


    I like mixing baroque fashion, costume design and haute couture, and try to use various of those elements, along with concepts and ideas in my designs. Common things I like are flowers, butterflies, jewels, and I like working with themes. From left to right, my themes were “wild” – “butterflies and feminity” – “desert princess”. Other topics I’d like to use in upcoming works are for instance “masquerade” and “matryoshka” – let’s see how they turn out!

    To get inspiration, I also like looking up fashion designers from time to time. My top reference is Stella de Libero, who’s designing such wonder wonderful wedding dresses that could come straight out of fairy tales. Another fashion line I appreciate are the wedding dresses worn by Nozomi Sasaki (yes, you got it, I LOVE wedding dresses… hope to wear such a beautiful gown myself one day 8D). Otherwise, I also like lolita brands such as Atelier Pierrot, or generally haute couture gowns. If you’re into high fashion and pretty dresses, I’d recommend to have a look at those references : )



    If you are interested in the creative process of my fashion sketches, one of them has been recorded and will be sent out as a 1h real time video to my 5+ Patreon supporters on August 1st! Patreon allows you to get unique content, tutorials and art lessons while supporting my work, thus allowing each of us to mutually help one another and create art together – discover more on Patreon.com/SabrinaK !


    So, what about you?
    Do you like fashion arts?
    What are your personal references or designers you look up to?

     

     

  • Artwork,  Online Shop

    Tarot Art – The Moon

     

    Continuing with my tarot card series! This time, I was inspired by The Moon – I couldn’t resist but use my OC Luna for this illustration, seeing as she is the personification of the night in my IllusFairy manga series. Since I know some of you appreciate behind-the-scenes and step-by-step work, I have included some steps of this illustration below as well, and hope you’ll like it!



    The original artwork of the tarot motives are now available in my shop. If you wish to get a unique piece of art and appreciate all the details of the blending work, you want to check it out!
    Visit the online shop

    For collectors, I also opened a new tier on my Patreon where you can get your hand on a selection of original artwork at a more advantageous rate, along with all the other benefits my supporters receive every month. If you wish to support my work, this can be a way of doing so, while it also allows you to get many benefits from it:)
    Info and artwork selection on Patreon.com/SabrinaK



    Anyways – concerning tarot cards, are there motives you’d like me to draw?
    Which cards would you like to see?

     

  • Patreon & Lessons

    Patreon – July 2018 & Workshops

     

    July rewards overview, available for sign-ups during the entire month!
    Sent out on July 2nd : )

    If you, too, would like to get started as an artist, if there are things I can teach you, or if you are simply interested in my work, you might wanna consider supporting me on Patreon, where you can get your hands on exclusive guides, art lessons and tutorials, as well as a behind-the-scenes look at my current projects. I am currently focusing on two types of rewards: the creative ones with artwork, and the instructional ones with guides and lessons.

    Patreon.com/SabrinaK


     


    Artwork

    For those who are more interested in creative perks, you will find the monthly newsletter, and a recent HD Manga page. It is available in two versions, a screentoned one, and a line art where you can zoom into both versions to discover all the details. As announced in the previous post, one of my Tarot motives is available as a real time video along with a guide and also offers you the material references in the exact order as they have been used for each step. You can see it as an explanation on how I work on illustrations, or as a guide to help you with your colorations using Copic Markers.

    I also concluded the current IllusFairy chapter, “The traveling companion”, which will be sent out to supporters as a PDF file to be read as an ebook anytime, anyplace.

     


    ArtClass – Anatomy Double-Pack

    I have been assiduously working on my online art lessons and have the pleasure of offering not only one, but two ArtClasses to all my 10+ Patrons! This month’s focus is on anatomy:

    The first one, Basic Anatomy, replaces my elder French-only lessons on the same topic and is now available with new illustrations, better audio quality, new explanations, tips, and sketch references. It is more interesting for beginners, seeing as it explains the basics one should know to draw proportions and human bodies.

    The second one, Anatomy Improved, is for more advanced students and offers concrete exercises and tips to improve your figure drawings. Learning anatomy doesn’t always have to be tedious, there are many funny ways to improve it!

    As always, you have a video, PDF print-out and exercises to go further and test your knowledge. As always, the lessons are perfectly bilingual in EN/FR to help a broader audience, and the English versions are translated by native speakers.

     


    ArtJourney – Ink Work & Manga Pages

    ArtJourney files are my response to people asking for more behind-the-scenes work and are a monthly series of sketchbooks with annotations, ideas, exercises, used resources and inspiration. Each file gives you a tour through my private sketchbooks and personal research on specific topics. On the contrary to my illustrations, the sketches will be far less glamourous – but I think they will be a good insight about how to evolve as an artist, and I hope they will help you understand concepts to use for your own artistic journey!

    As announced a while ago on my Patreon, I have put my manga project IllusFairy on hold to focus on studies. There were many things I wanted to try but never took the time for, and the latest chapter being concluded, I have eventually decided to slow down for a while and get back to basics. So, this month will focus on Inking and Manga pages – offering you a detailed insight into line arts, ink and feather work and screentones along with my trials and errors along the way!

    After testing various things, I redrew one of my elder pages just for fun, as you can see above. It is so interesting to see how one evolves over the years, and how some slight changes in art supplies and technique can dramatically increase the rendering of your artwork!

    Tutorials and art lessons are also available in my online shop. You may purchase them directly there if you wish to give it a first try without subscribing to Patreon.


    Join my journey online!

    You can join Patreon and unsubscribe at any time. Your subscription also allows you to claim other perks, such as previous rewards, corrections and one-to-one guidance to improve your art, surprise packages, etc. The setup page is in English, but promised, every single reward is bilingual in both FR/EN : )

    Let’s help each other and create art together!
    Patreon.com/SabrinaK

     


     

    Or… join manga art workshops in real life!

    Summer break is approaching, and new workshops are planned! For those who’d like to learn how to draw manga and improve their skills, I am pleased to offer two new opportunities for you.

    Summerakademie 2018

    From July 16th-27th, you can be part of a 30h creative summer camp in Luxembourg-City where you’ll learn the basics of drawing manga, character-design and more, leading to the final creation of your own story and an exhibition of your artwork, among with many other talented artists, sculptors and crafters. The afternoon sessions are already completely booked out and we reopened a morning session!
    Inscription with CEPA

    Manga Workshop @Fachmaart Robert Steinhäuser

    In collaboration with Fachmaart Robert Steinhäuser (Leudelange, LU), new workshops are planned for the Fall Trimester where you’ll learn the basics of drawing manga, leading to the final creation of your own page! There will be 8x3h lessons from October to December, on Saturdays from 13h30-16h30.
    Inscription with Fachmaart Robert Steinhäuser

    Be quick for your inscription, seeing as the places are limited for both ; )

     

  • Artwork

    Tarot Illustrations

     

    Hello everyone! As mentioned a while ago on Instagram, I have always found divination cards and esoteric stuff interesting, especially tarot decks for their significations and motives. So, recently, I have decided to pick up some of them for a new series of illustrations mixed with fashion design – and here are the two first motives!



    “The Hanged Man” will be available in my Patreon rewards on July 2nd. All 5+ Supporters will receive two videos of this illustration (9min complete time lapse +1h30 real time video), along with a PDF containing step-by-step photos and the complete used material references. If you wish to receive monthly art lessons, tutorials, behind-the-scene files and exclusive material while supporting my artwork, you might want to subscribe to Patreon : )
    Patreon.com/SabrinaK



    Tarot – A brief introduction

    Tarot cards were initially playing cards in the late 14th century Europe. They started getting used for divination in the late 18th century during the Age of Enlightenment. Overall, various decks have seen the light, with variable illustrations according to the countries they were produced by. Currently, the most used divination tarot deck is the “Tarot de Marseille“, as invented in Paris in the late 18th century, with 78 cards divided into two categories: Major Arcana and Minor Arcana.

    > There are 22 Major Arcana, which have no direct relation to one another. They mostly represent concepts and allegories: the Sun, the Moon, Justice, the Fool, … Each card has a meaning and can be taken individually. Nevertheless, each card also builds upon the previous one to show a journey to completion.

    > On the other hand, there are 4 suits of Minor Arcana, each containing 14 cards with ten numbers and four court figures. The series are usually wands, cups, pentacles, swords. Though they are more complex to understand than the Major Arcana, they are pretty interesting, seeing as each series represents one aspect of life (wands = life and energy  / cups = relationships and emotions / pentacles = wealth and finances / swords = professional world and actions). Depending on the consultant’s question, more or less cards of each series will show. Combining both Major and Minor Arcana, the results can be diversified and interesting to analyse.

    Tarot readings can be done for open or closed questions – the first being free to your interpretation, the second being a yes/no matter. One can arrange cards while using various Tarot Spread models. The simplest spread starts with 3 cards to represent your past / present / future, others are far more complex and can be used to analyse various aspects of a person’s life within the next months. Some will prefer specific readings for a single area in their life, others will want to have a complete overview.


     

    Whether you believe in divination or not, getting to know Tarot cards is pretty interesting – there are so many symbols and interpretations which make those cards so complex! Thank you so much for reading this article and see you soon <3

    What do you think of divination and esoteric? Do you believe in it?
    Which motives would you like me to draw next?

     

  • Diary

    JAZ & Strasbourg Trip

     

     

    Hello dearies! As promised last week, here is a diary entry about my trip to Strasbourg for the Japan Addict Z last week. I travelled for 4 days – arrival on Friday and departure on Monday where I could visit the area, and convention during the week-end in between. I love Strasbourg as a city, and the JAZ was a lovely event – I hope you’ll enjoy discovering the trip as much as I did, and hopefully it’ll inspire you to visit the place as well : )

     


    Japan Addict Z – Convention walkthrough

    Let’s just go ahead with the “business” part! The convention was located in the Zenith, Strasbourg’s huge performance hall and took place on 2-3rd June. I went there with the tram from the main railway station and took a little walk to the location. Honestly, I didn’t expect it to be that huge and to be that much nature around such a place! As you can see below, it is a biiig place. The interior was nicely designed as well and divided into three parts for the convention: a concert place for the animations and cosplay event, an interior spot for the vendors and artists right before the scene, and another vending spot all around the corridor. Once again, it was huge and there were so many things to see!

    Though the event started only at 10′, there were already people queuing up at the entry when I arrived around 8’30. Of course, as soon as the doors opened, the Zenith was already crowded. Due to the many booths, I’m sure there was something for anyone – be it merchandise, artwork, beauty products, food, there was so much to see!

    Little shoutout for some creator’s booths:
    > Lovely Garden, who’s creating such lovely lolita accessories
    > Anna Karen, a painter with a stunning booth and beautiful landscape paintings
    > Poncho, an illustrator whose mascot is an alpaca, I mean, how can one not love alpacas?

    Though I didn’t have the chance to see much of them, there were many animations. I was located right behind the scene which was always crowded and were people seemed to enjoy themselves. It was a pity the curtains were right before, so I kept on hearing things but never got to see them. Once I got to make a quick tour through the convention, I also discovered people having fun with martial arts, karaoke, video and board games, … There was even a screen where one could play Just Dance XD Besides, this year’s theme being “Ghibli”, there was an interesting exhibition in the main hall about that topic. Do you enjoy Ghibli movies? : )

    There were also booths offering yummy food, the best being the Taiyaki Café. They were cooking taiyaki, Japanese fish-shaped waffles. The classical version contains azuki bean paste, but they also had fillings with vanilla pudding, matcha, ham, … Seeing as I could not leave my booth alone for a longer period of time, I went there four times to get my hand on one of those sweets, only to see that there was always an enormous queue. I eventually got some at the very end of the first day, once most exhibitors had already shut down their booths – and they were so yummy! A friend of mine had the courage to queue up for fifteen minutes the next day for me, so I could get another one 8D

    On the photo below, I took a little break eating my oh-so-yummy vanilla taiyaki and drinking some tea by Obubu Tea. They were preparing tea in a traditional Japanese manner and I discovered that green tea leaves could be eaten as salad with soy sauce.  It had a surprising yet appetizing taste. When I was alone at my booth, I enjoyed myself and drew some designs for upcoming illustrations. I will probably not use all of them, but I’m excited to share them with you soon!

    Overall, the organization of this convention was great. Maybe I am not used enough to bigger conventions, but I just loved this one. Be it the booth setups, the variety of exhibitors, the overall ambiance – I don’t know yet if I’ll be able to go back next year (mostly due to the fees, seeing as the friend hosting me at that time will move away from Strasbourg and I’ll probably have to pay for accommodation), but if possible, I’d love to come back. I have met lovely encounters, discovered wonderful artists, and enjoyed all of my time there!


    Visiting Strasbourg like a tourist <3

    I took advantage of being in Strasbourg to visit the city. As stated before, it is a place I enjoy and I already went there several times. So… here is my selection of the places to visit, should you want to discover it one day : )

    For the “tourist and shopping part”, the Grand’Rue is a nice place to start with. You’ll find plenty of stores for fashion, food, libraries, etc. I went to the Grunge Boutik to find new dresses and tried a corset dress for the first time… I struggled so hard to get in and didn’t even manage to do it XD My admiration for the ladies back then wearing corsets every day went up, I didn’t expect it to be so hard. The Petite France is also nearby, offering you more souvenir shops, classical Alsatian restaurants and a lovely architecture. It’s also interesting to discover the names of the streets and to see the German influence around the city.

    Otherwise, the Place Kléber and the place around the Cathedral are also nice to visit. Here, you will find more international stores such as Sephora, Fnac, Galeries Lafayette, … still mixed with typical Alsatian tourist stores, though. For once, I went to the Cathedral which is beautiful both from the outside as from the inside. As always with ancient architecture, it is stunning to see how people could build such magnificent edifices back then, though they were totally lacking machinery and modern resources. For shopping centers, you might want to visit Les Halles not far away from the main railway station and center, as well as Rivétoile, located a little outside the center around the old docks of the city.

    Another place I highly enjoyed is the Jardin des Deux Rives. It is a beautiful park outside the city where you can cross a bridge which will lead you to the city of Kehl in Germany. I visited it last winter and still had the chance to see it on a beautiful sunny day. If you are tired of shopping, tourists and tramways in Strasbourg,  you will love this airy and peaceful spot surrounded by greenery!

     

    For the food part, whenever I am visiting Strasbourg, I use to go to my two favourite restaurants. Le Kyoto is a Japanese restaurant with delicious menus and sushi, easily accessible in the Grand-Rue. As for the other one, Au Bureau is a bar-restaurant near Rivétoile inspired by English pubs, offering treats and local cuisine. Apparently, they change their menu each season, and the summer selection is just great!

    Besides, when you mention Strasbourg to me, I say “tea”. The Grand-Rue is filled with tea shops everywhere. As a big fan of this beverage, I always take advantage of my travels there to build up a new stock of various flavours. Le Thé des Muses is an adorable place where you can sit down in confortable sofas and sip a tea while working or chilling out with friends. The first time I went there, I was overwhelmed by their huge selection – their card contains so many flavours and seems to never end! This place is great for having a nice time in a cosy environment and offers the most exotic flavours I have ever seen.

    When I’m at home however, I prefer sipping a cup of Damman Frères, whose teas have a stronger and more defined flavour. For special treats, I think that no one tops the quality of Mariage Frères, whose limited events collections taste heavenly. I got their Automne Blanc White Tea last year and love discovering their new tastes – but seeing as the prices are especially high, it’s always difficult to restrain myself from buying the novelties. Otherwise, with the hot weather as of late, I started making iced tea, for which Palais des Thés are perfectly suited with their mild fruit infusions. Their hot teas lack character (seems weird to write that, but I don’t know how to express it otherwise XD) but their “Les Jardins” series, especially “Jardin d’eau” with its melon taste, are the best for cold brews. If you are looking for them or just want to smell new flavours, they are all aligned in the Grand-Rue.


    Anyways, thank you for reading this article – I hope this has given you an interesting overview about the JAZ and Strasbourg, and I’d be pleased if it motivates you to visit the one or other place there!

    And you, what are your favourite conventions and places to travel?
    Have you already been to Strasbourg?

     

  • Patreon & Lessons

    Patreon – June 2018

     

    June rewards overview, available for sign-ups during the entire month!

    If you, too, would like to get started as an artist, if there are things I can teach you, or if you are simply interested in my work, you might wanna consider supporting me on Patreon, where you can get your hands on exclusive guides, art lessons and tutorials, as well as a behind-the-scenes look at my current projects. I am currently focusing on two types of rewards: the creative ones with artwork, and the instructional ones with guides and lessons.

    Patreon.com/SabrinaK



    Artwork

    For those who are more interested in creative perks, you will find the monthly newsletter, and a Patreon-exclusive illustration. It is available in two versions, a screentoned one, and a free-to-colour line art. Another illustration is available as a real time video along with a guide which offers you a commented insight into the creative process as well as the material references in the exact order as they have been used for each step. You can see it as an explanation on how I work on illustrations, or as a guide to help you with your colorations using Copic Markers.

    I have also created reference files for male character-designs. Students who start out drawing often ask me for references concerning hair and clothes, since they don’t necessary have the ideas for varied designs. The folder contains over 90 references that are free to use for your own characters.


    ArtClass – Drawing Hands

    A new art lesson has been added to the current database and is focusing on Drawing Hands. It replaced my elder French-only lesson on the same topic and is now available with new illustrations, better audio quality, new explanations tips, as well as reference sheets. Since hands are always a tricky part to draw, three different methods are presented. I have tried each of them with my students in real life and they usually appreciated either one of those – hopefully, they will help you master drawing hands as well!

    As always, you have a video, PDF print-out and exercises to go further and test your knowledge. As always, the lessons are perfectly bilingual in EN/FR to help a broader audience, and the English versions are translated by native speakers.


    ArtJourney – Shades & Lights

    I have the pleasure of introducing a new reward to the 10+ tier: ArtJourney files! What are those about? Basically, it will be a monthly series of complete sketchbooks with annotations, ideas, exercises, used resources and inspiration. Each file gives you a tour through my private sketchbooks and personal research on specific topics, on how to improve in various areas. Each month will focus on a specific topic, starting with Shades & Lights – to improve, I think that it is best to stay focused on one topic until you master it, rather than constantly switching between topics you won’t understand correctly if you don’t take the necessary time for it : )

    Over the last months, people requested more behind-the-scenes work. I am used to focus mostly on illustration, but as a matter of fact, studies are also an important part of the artistic process. I am striving to create always better pieces of artwork for you and to get to that point, I keep on studying and sketching. When creating art lessons, I am also used to trying out all the exercises I give to my students; it allows me to be sure I have mastered the concepts I am teaching and helps me revise them for my own art. In those files, you will be able to see all my personal sketches – the better and the worst ones along with various notes and exercises you can try yourself. On the contrary to my illustrations, the sketches will be far less glamourous – but I think they will be a good insight about how to evolve as an artist, and I hope they will help you understand concepts to use for your own artistic journey!

    Tutorials and art lessons are also available in my online shop. You may purchase them directly there if you wish to give it a first try without subscribing to Patreon.


    Join my journey!

    You can join Patreon and unsubscribe at any time. Your subscription also allows you to claim other perks, such as previous rewards, corrections and one-to-one guidance to improve your art, surprise packages, etc. The setup page is in English, but promised, every single reward is bilingual in both FR/EN : )

    Let’s help each other and create art together!
    Patreon.com/SabrinaK

     

  • Artist's Blog

    Create a Sticker!

     

    Hello dearies! Last week, one of my Instagram stories about my newly bought sticker machine seemed to interest some of you
    – so here’s a little insight about it!

     


    I have been asked several times for stickers during conventions over the last months. After searching several websites to create them, I was faced over and over with the same problems: either the minimum required quantity was far too much, or the prices for lesser quantities was too expensive. Since I love crafting, I decided to look up “sticker machine” on Amazon – and funnily enough, I discovered there were indeed some. So, for a try, I went with the Xyron Create a Sticker machine for around 30€.

    Amazon’s delivery was fast as always, and I eventually received my machine along with a 5meter roll to create up to 12cm large stickers. The usage seemed pretty simple – put some piece of paper into the machine, turn the crank, and the paper comes out as a sticker on the other side!

    I decided to try my new toy as soon as I got it. First things first, I wanted to figure out if it was best to cut the stickers before putting them in the machine, or afterwards. For this test, I took two illustrations on cardstock paper – twice the same motive, the first already cut out, the second to be cut out afterwards. As the usage notice stated, I put both in, turned, and they came out on the other end. Surprise, they had been folded during their passage through the machine!

    I don’t know if it was due to the roll not being well set up for a first try, but I think the machine isn’t suited for thicker paper. As you can see, the ends where the paper was put in have been bent. Secondly, I found out that it is much easier to cut out the stickers before. I cut out the sticker which wasn’t and honestly barely managed to take the illustration off the paper. This shows nevertheless that the glue is very adherent – once it is glued, you won’t be able to take it off.

    The next stickers were created rapidly and easily. I printed the new motives on a 120g paper, and cut them out before putting them into the machine. I also discovered there were losses by tearing the paper out of the machine, so I ended up making them in one go.

    Once the stickers are out of the machine, I cut each of them individually in a rectangular form with a paper cutter, and here are the finished products!

    Now, what can I say about the machine? Overall, I’m satisfied with it.

    There are two small negative aspects to consider. The first one is that, even with a thinner paper, it happens that the edges are torn if I don’t place the illustrations correctly into the machine. Thus, you need to be extra careful when manipulating the crank. The second aspect is that sometimes, glue sticks to the edges. One illustration, for instance, started gluing onto my finger when I took it out of the machine because the edges were slightly sticky. Both situations occur every once in a while so that I can’t use those of lesser quality for sale and end up losing paper.

    I have yet to see how many stickers I will be able to make with a 5meter roll. So far, I have created a dozen of small (~7cm next to one another) and medium (~10cm on full width) stickers and seem to still have paper left. Refills can also be ordered on Amazon for around 18€.

    For the moment, I’m pretty much enjoying my new toy. Having never created stickers before, it allows me to test those products at a smaller scale, to produce whenever I need them without keeping a big stock and to try out any motive I feel like trying. Moreover, the machine is easy to use and allows the creation of neat stickers. I think it is perfect if you use it on a personal level or small scale – afterwards, if I happen to sell those stickers well during conventions, I will most probably switch to another method to produce them in a bigger quantity, but for now, it perfectly suits my needs : )


    Are you interested in those stickers? 8 motives are now available in my online shop – you can also find them during upcoming events, such as the Japan Addict Z in Strasbourg (FR) this week-end. Hope to see you there!

    Go to the shop to discover the new stickers!


     

    Now, let’s talk about you!
    Do you like stickers and customizing your objects with them?
    Are there any motives you would like to see?

     

  • Online Shop

    Portrait Artwork

     

    After a little break, private commissions are open once again! Order the commission of your choice – be it your OC, your favourite manga character, or your own portrait. Special care will be given to the colouring and details, and the original work will be shipped to you, thus revealing all the subtle, small details which are never fully rendered on prints : )

     


    Go to the Commission Shop Section here!

     


     

    I am offering two types of commissions art styles: Copic blending, recommended for detailed portraits, and ink work, suited if you wish more elaborate busts and portraits with more surrounding details. To give you a better insight into the creation of a portrait in blending style, you might be interested in watching a time lapse video I published a while ago.

     

     


    As an alternative, you might also be interested in live portrait drawings I am offering at discount prices during conventions. The next events will be Metztorii (Metz, FR) on 26+27/05 and Japan Addict Z (Strasbourg, FR) on 02+03/06. You can get you inked black and white portrait within 15 minutes, and discover other artists and interesting booths at the same time if you pay a visit to those events ; )


    Please note that those commissions are only for private use.
    If you are a business or if  you wish to order a commission for commercials and advertising, please contact me to get a customized quote.

     

  • Artwork

    Sweets & Goodies

     

    Hey dearies, how are you? For this week’s news, I wish to show you two recent pieces of artwork, and some ideas for goodies. I love sweets and warm beverages, which have inspired me lately. As you saw in latest posts, I have been inspired by tea and pralines – now I went with cakes and hot chocolate!

    The first one was inspired by Alice in Wonderland (Alice in Sweetsland now? ; ). I recently ordered some coloured Pentel brushes and Faber Castell Pitt liners, which I tried out on this illustration as soon as I got all of them, then combined it with my usual Copic markers. I have been using Dalbe 120g paper which I mostly use for all my illustrations – just for information, since there were people asking for my favourite material.

    As for the second work, I drew it after going to the Chocolate House in Luxembourg, a place which offers various cakes and chocolate sticks to melt in a mug. There are so many flavours, like chocolate sticks with fruits, tiramisu, sweets… If you haven’t been there yet and if you love chocolate, I recommend you pay it a visit!
    Chocolate House Website

     

    Those latest illustrations also inspired me for new goodies for upcoming conventions. I have been thinking about mugs, as well as tin boxes. Those ideas came to me while I was rearranging my tea corner in my room where I keep on accumulating big tea bags, and I thought it would be much neater to have elegant tin boxes to store the leaves. Since I also love drinking tea in pretty mugs, the idea came to me at the same time.

    I am currently looking into potential manufacturers to see whether I could get an affordable price for it. My biggest concern though is being able to carry those goodies without breaking them during transportation. I’ll see how it turns out, and keep you updated!

     


    Anyways, let me know your thoughts in a comment!
    Would you be interested in mugs or tea boxes?
    Are there any other goodies you would like to see?
    Thank you : D


    PS: Speaking of goodies, there is an ongoing art raffle on my Instagram to thank my first 100+ followers. You can win surprise packages filled with prints and other art stuff, so make sure you don’t miss it !
    Instagram @sabrinak.art