• Artwork

    ILLUS – Queen of Time

    Hi everyone! Those who visited me last month in Contern have already discovered this artwork, so time to post it online as well. I was inspired to work with a more “steampunkish” style again, so here we go with the proper scan and a time lapse of the creative process!


    The Original Artwork is available for sale in my Online Shop.

    New goodies are to come with that motive, can’t wait to show them to you! It is already available as a A4 Collector Print on textured paper, but I would like to create bookmarks and posters as well. Would you like to see it as another specific piece of merchandize?

     



    “Queen of Time” will be available in my Patreon rewards on August 1st.

    All 5+ Supporters will receive:
    – 2 videos of this illustration (9min complete time lapse +1h30 real time video)
    – PDF containing with commented step-by-step photos
    – 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


     

    See you next week for other projects!

     

     

  • Patreon & Lessons

    Patreon – August 2018

     

    August 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. This month is also video month, with three of them awaiting you! Alternating between real time and accelerated time lapse, you will also find one of them which has both versions along with a guide and 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.

    “Illustrations” – Sketchbook 2018 vol.2 is also now available as a PDF and contains all my artwork created over the last months. You will be able to find the finished illustrations, as well as my research sketches and doodles, and the failed attempts which didn’t turn out how they should have been.

     


    ArtClass – Anatomy Foreshortening

    New ArtClass for all my 10+ Patrons, focusing once again on anatomy since some students seemed eager to draw different poses and angles but didn’t necessary understand foreshortening before. This lesson will help you understand basic foreshortening, to draw characters from low-angle and high-angle, and thus draw more interesting shots in your manga and / or illustrations!

    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 – Anatomy

    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!

    I’ve used my spare time this month to focus on facial anatomy, since characters are what I draw most. I’ve learned some new things, tried to change features –  as an artist, it’s always important to get back to basics, keep on drawing and studying, and look out for new challenges!

     


    Please note:

    All 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

     

  • Conventions & Events,  Patreon & Lessons

    Summerakademie 2018

    The Summerakademie ended last week with a final exhibition and I’ve had the pleasure to animate two workshops every day over those two weeks! The students were so sweet and I think their work deserves to be shown around, so give them some applause ; )


    My students from the afternoon session, posing in front of their work.


    My goal for those two weeks was to help young people discover the basics of manga drawing, and develop their artistic skills. The first week was focused on the basics – anatomy, proportions, perspective, character-design. In the second half, my students worked on their own manga page. It was the very first time for most of them – some of them enjoyed it, other ones didn’t expect it to be so much work, but in the end, I think everyone was proud of the outcome!


    Basics during he first week – faces, anatomy and perspective.

    Manga pages and character-designs of the heroes.

    Final exhibition, with an entire wall for the Manga-Workshops.
    Look at how motivated and hard-working the students were!


    Both groups were more quiet and probably shy at the beginning, but they opened up as the days went by and eventually ended up being very merry and cheerful, so that the lessons always ended with a good atmosphere. Before class and during breaks, they loved sharing their thoughts on the blackboard, as you can see below – now, that’s art, isn’t it?:D


    Student’s collective masterpiece on the blackboard.


    As always, the final exhibition allowed to discover the work of the other groups. There were once again beautiful artwork in various fields, such as nude drawing, sculpture, paintings, … For the most exotic classes, there was even a perfume atelier, and a sewing workshop, with the group wearing their own creations during the exhibition!


    Creations by other workshop participants at the Summerakademie.


     

    Do you want to learn how to draw manga?

    If you are looking for an opportunity to learn how to draw manga, I would be pleased to guide you! Upcoming workshops are already planned. Of course, I remain open to any proposition or suggestions – please feel free to contact me for any inquiry : D

    Manga Workshop @Fachmaart Robert Steinhäuser

    In collaboration with Fachmaart Robert Steinhäuser (Leudelange, LU), new workshops are planned for the Fall Trimester (October-December), for 2h each Saturday! Beginners can take on the first course, while the students who attended one of my former workshops can go over to the advanced level with a completely new program. As always, places are limited, so be quick with your inscription : )
    Inscription with Fachmaart Robert Steinhäuser

    Private Art Lessons

    As always, I am animating private lessons throughout the entire year. If you wish to enrol, in a group or for one-to-one guidance, feel free to contact me!

    Patreon Online Lessons

    My Patreon Online Lessons are also available anytime, with numerous tutorials and downloads every month, as well as a one-to-one guidance and feedback on your own artwork. You can work whenever and wherever you want, and benefit from online mentoring throughout the entire month!
    Subcription on Patreon.com/SabrinaK

     

  • Conventions & Events

    Ask Me!

    Thank you so much to everyone for visiting me at this week-end’s Festival International de la BD à Contern! It was an honour to be part of the invited authors among so many talented and impressive artists. I was so happy seeing both my regular visitors as well as new ones, you really made my week-end. I love you all 

    For those who missed the event, please take some time to appreciate those beautiful photos by the Luxembourgish photographer Henri Goergen! If you’re interested in the presented goodies, as always, you can find everything in my Shop – Prints & Goodies section ; )

     



    Ask Me! Upcoming Q&A Post

    People happen to ask me some questions which might also interest other ones, so I thought about creating a Question & Answers Blog Article next month. If there’s something you’d like to know – art related or personal – I’ll do my best to answer you!

    So, anything to ask? Send me a message or mail! : D

     

  • 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?