• Diary

    Interview Letzebuerger Journal

    A while ago, I had the pleasure of meeting with Lëtzebuerger Journal for an interview. For those who are interested, you can read the scan below or the web version here. I’ve been working freelance for one year now since I finished studying, and am generally talking about my work. If you still have any questions or if there’s something you’d like to know more about, you’re always welcome to ask!



    October has started out as a pretty busy month. Unfortunately, I won’t have many new artwork to show in the next time – currently, I am inking IllusFairy during my free time, and working on sketches. If you’re interested in seeing new IllusFairy pages though, as always, it is free on Tapastic, with new pages every Monday and Thursday. For now, it’s what I’m focusing on, and a way for me to offer you regular news : )

    IllusFairy – Frau Holle or IllusFairy – Main Menu
    Click on either link, depending if you want to resume with the current tale without scrolling through the entire webcoming, or if you are new and wish to discover the different tales from the beginning!

     

  • Artwork

    Illustrations & Food

    By now, you should know how I love integrating yummy food or dresses into my artwork. If the two are possible, combining them both is even better – so here we go for two new illustrations! Inspired by my “Bon Appétit” illustration (the one on my banner here), I loved creating both of them, and I am planning other ones as well.

     


    Pause Café

    Though I’m madly in love with my tea, as of late, I started liking coffee as well. I always loved the scent yet found it too bitter, and I recently tried flavoured caramel cappuccino… what, it doesn’t count as real coffee and it’s full of calories? Anyways, here’s the first illustration, as well as a step-by-step so that you can appreciate the process !


    Fruits du Verger

    Funnily enough, I got my inspiration for this second illustration… while eating a yogurt with peaches and pears. I don’t know, but the packaging had such a lovely colour combination – white, soft yellowish orange, green – that I decided to make an illustration out of this. So,here we go, with a video this time! (if you are wondering, it’s the Luxlait “Fruits du Verger” yogurt, besides having this pretty packaging, it’s also delicious!)


    If you are interested in discovering more about the creation of “Fruit du Verger”, it will be available for any 5+ signup during entire October on my Patreon, with a commented step-by-step, material references, and real time video.

    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! You can learn more on
    http://patreon.com/SabrinaK


     

    As stated, other illustrations for that series are planned, and you’ll see them as soon as they are finished.
    Otherwise, is there any motive you’d like me to illustrate? I’m always open to new ideas : D

     

     

  • Patreon & Lessons

    Patreon – October 2018

     

    October 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



    Patreon Newsfeed

    More news are now available to my Patreon supporters! I recently started uploading more regularly to my Patreon newsfeed. I used to send all rewards and updates on new projects at the beginning of the month, but as some of my supporters ask me of news from time to time, I started uploading more work in progress, projects and illustration previews. Current Patreon supporters have immediate access to it as well as a notification to their mailbox – if you wish to discover the news as well, the feed unlocks for every new supporter!


    Artwork

    For those who are more interested in creative perks, let’s start with some manga content! As you know, I have recently resumed working on IllusFairy, and to change from traditional artwork, here’s a digital piece for once. You will thus receive “Frau Holle”s chapter cover illustration in HD version, along with the real time video and the PSD file to analyze the different layers. If you wish to give it a try, there will also be a folder with the line art and the used screentones!

    While talking about IllusFairy, a dedicated sketchbook will be available this entire month. I have also worked on some designs I can use in the next tales – mostly princess dresses, servants clothes, random background character designs. A student asked me a while ago if I had some references for medieval fantasy clothing, so since I was in the mood, I’ve thought of those below. You are very welcome to use them as inspirations for your own work (though keep it private use only please).

    And to go over to classical illustrations – as always, a monthly artwork is available for in-depth studying – you’ll have “Fruits du Verger” with a commented guide and the material references in the exact order as they have been used for each step, as well as a real time video. 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.

     


    ArtClass – Copic Colouring – Hair

    And speaking of colorations using Copic markers – to fit my students’ needs as they asked more questions regarding colouring and blending as of late, this month’s art lesson answers most questions while giving advice and presenting 4 different colouring techniques, both with and without blender. The focus is on hair – the same model has been used four times to illustrate the difference between those techniques.

    During workshops or with online students, it often happens that the blender is seen as a “magical tool” which creates beautiful gradations – nevertheless, a wrong use results in the opposite. Here, you’ll learn when to use the blender according to your needs, as well as how to create shadings without it.

    In this art lesson, you will get:
    – real time & voice-over video presenting the four techniques
    – HD scan of those four illustrations with colour references
    – line art to print out and colour yourself

    If you want to give it a try, feel free to save the image below and print it out to test some colourings yourself : )

    Concerning the English Artclass version, after giving it a long thought, I will put it on hold for a while. It is not definite, but it costs me both money to pay a native translator, and time to rework the original version – both being very precious, as I have to admit. Seeing as my students are all French-speaking from Luxembourg, Belgium and France, removing the English version won’t have any major influence for now.

    EDIT: I just found a new translator! This month’s ArtClass is thus still in French only, but we’re working on the translation, as well as on the previous lesson which was French only as well. Please be patient, as the English versions will resume soon.

     


    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 also available in French : )

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

     

  • Artwork

    Steampunk & Art

    As I recently announced in my agenda, I will be participating in the Anno 1900 Steampunk convention this week-end in Fond-de-Gras, Luxembourg. It’s the first time and I’m so thrilled, seeing as it is such a special event  in a unique setting. I remember when I first went as a visitor and I totally loved to be surrounded by such interesting booths and beautiful costumes.

    Of course, I have been working on new artwork to go along with this occasion, and I am pleased to introduce a new product as well: A3 Deluxe Prints. Here we go for an overview!

    Please note that the event lasts the entire week-end, but I will be able to attend on Sunday only.

     


    Artwork

    It’s been a while I hadn’t drawn in a big format, and I thought it was time to resume working in A3 with a decent background. This illustration has been inspired by Lyrebirds. Last month, I took a vacation to Frankfurt, where I visited the Senckenberg Museum with its bird exhibition. Seeing so many unique feathers and shapes inspired me to combine them with fashion designs, and here is the first try!


    A3 Deluxe Prints

    For this unique event, I have been thinking about unique goodies as well, and came up with A3 Deluxe Prints. I wanted to offer you something not everyone will have, with the best possible quality; the prints are thus printed on 300g grained paper, with the rendering close to an original. But for a change, every single print is hand signed and enhanced with glitter, gold or gloss on specific parts, so that each of them has a more unique feel.

    The Deluxe Prints motives are also new designs, some of them featuring the Oh!My Dress fashion girls. Some may be available as bookmarks or postcards, but the complete illustration will be limited to this format for collectors.

    The Deluxe Prints will be convention goods only. Unfortunately, I can’t put them in the shop, seeing as shipping would be too expensive, and to avoid rolling or damaging the prints in any way. If you are interested in such a high-quality print though, you may want to have a look at my A4 Textured Prints – they’re basically the same, only without the hand-embellishment.


     

    Of course, other artwork and goodies will be awaiting you
    – please visit if you have some time, I’d love to see you on Sunday!

    Have you already been to Anno 1900 or another Steampunk convention?

     

     

  • IllusFairy

    IllusFairy – Frau Holle

    Some of you might remember my manga and webcomic Illustrated Fairytales – a manga version of the Grimms’ and Andersen’s fairytales. Well, after a longer break, IllusFairy is finally resuming, and I’m so thrilled to present you a new chapter and all the last months’ work, in the hopes that you’ll join me again in this adventure!

    I am currently illustrating “Frau Holle” by the Brothers Grimm – the story of a young girl who jumps into a well to get her lost reel back, and who is taken in by a mysterious old lady. It’s a pretty known and sweet tale for a change, and I’d love to make you (re)discover it.

    IllusFairy – Frau Holle – Read it for free on Tapastic!


    Cover illustration


    As you may have read on Tapastic, IllusFairy was put on hiatus for several months, especially due to the reason that I was busy trying to make a living as an independent artist, and lacked the time to create decent manga pages. Over time, I managed to create a more effective schedule, and also reflected on the previous chapters. IllusFairy being a project very dear to me, I didn’t want to draw pages “because I had to” while neglecting the quality. I properly took the time to improve my weaknesses and overall technique, and here’s the result – and I hope that my changes in artwork will result in a better reading experience for all of you!


    For those who’d like to appreciate the cover illustration more, it is the October 2+ Patreon Download. Current supporters and newcomers will be able to get the real time video, PSD file, Line art & Screentones, HD illustration.

    If you wish to support my work while getting special project previews and tutorials, you can become my patron on http://Patreon.com/SabrinaK


    First page introducing our adorable protagonist. I love drawing her braids!


    Read IllusFairy on Tapastic

    If you wish to read IllusFairy, you can do so on Tapastic. It’s entirely free, and starting October, there will be two weekly pages – once every Monday and Thursday! To be notified whenever a new page comes out, I invite you to subscribe to the manga on Tapastic. So… ready to read? : D

    IllusFairy – Frau Holle or IllusFairy – Main Menu
    Click on either link, depending if you want to resume with the new tale without scrolling through the entire webcoming, or if you are new and wish to discover the different tales from the beginning!


     

    Thank you so much to all those who will join me once again!
    And now, tell me… What’s your favourite childhood tale?

     

     

     

  • Online Shop

    Oh!My Dress 2019

    Get ready for 2019 with this fashionable Oh!My Dress calendar! I received the prints last week and I totally love it – I hope you will, too. Without waiting, let’s see the project in more detail!


    Cover & Interior Designs


    Oh! My Dress – Details

    To change from last year, the illustrations are printed on one side only, with a cardboard on the back for a better hold, a transparent foil on the cover, and two bonus pages, as well as slightly bigger boxes for those who have a huge handwriting.

    Technical Details:
    – Oh! My Dress 2019 Calendar – 15€
    – One sided high quality print on 170g paper
    ​- 15 sheets (January – December 2019) + 1 cover + 2 bonus pages
    ​- Spiral binding + wall attachment
    – Protective plastic sheet on the cover
    – Cardboard on the back for a better hold


    Interior Design


    As a bonus, you will also get a limited edition Oh!My Dress A6 print. It will be hand-signed, numbered, and enhanced with glitter to offer you a unique print!


    Enhanced and signed A6 prints & Bonus page 


    The dates are printed in French, and you’ll get a pretty dress with a different colour each month. If you’d like to get an overview, some designs are already published on my Instagram; otherwise, you can receive a Oh!My Doll sketchbook for 5+ Patreon subcriptions throughout this entire month, containing around 40 fashion designs, both finished illustrations and research sketches. I hope you’ll enjoy using this calendar as much as I enjoyed designing it!


    Sketchbook available on Patreon.com/SabrinaK


    The Calendar will be available on upcoming conventions and in my online shop.
    You may also preorder the calendar in the shop and fetch it during a convention, if you wish to get yours for sure. Please notify me about it at the checkout when placing your order!

    Go to the shop!


     

    Other goodies with new artwork will be launched for the Anno 1900 Steampunk convention, I’ll gradually update the new motives on social media. As for  said event, I’m also thrilled to offer a new type of goods: A3 Deluxe Prints. I’m currently working on them, and you’ll get to know more details shortly before the event ; )

    See you soon!

     

     

  • Conventions & Events

    Conventions & Workshops

    The new school near is starting, and I got various events and workshops confirmed for this upcoming trimester. Though a summer break is nice, I’ve missed workshops and cons, and I hope to see many of you soon!


    Conventions

    The first conventions are around the corner, and here are the dates. If you have time, please come say hello, we merchants would love to make you discover our passion!

    • Eenelter Maart, 16/09, Reckange-sur-Metz, LU
    • Anno 1900 Steampunk Con, 30/09 only, Fond-de-Gras, LU
    • Foire du Livre de Musson, 07/10, Musson, BE
    • Walfer Bicherdeeg, 17+18/11, Walferdange, LU
    • Mons Livre, 24+25/11, Mons, BE

    For the new season, new goodies are of course planned – among which my Oh! My Dress calendar recently teased on social media! I will receive my orders by next week and introduce them properly in a new post. I’ve been working the entire summer on those news, so I’m excited to share them with you. You’ll discover everything next Wednesday, please stay tuned!


    Workshops

    If you are looking for an opportunity to learn how to draw manga, I would be pleased to guide you! Here is an overview of my upcoming workshops. Of course, I remain open to any proposition or suggestions – please feel free to contact me for any inquiry!

    MANGA WORKSHOP @Fachmaart Robert Steinhäuser
    Inscription here

    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.

    This trimester offers you 8x2h lessons with a defined lessons and a specific program. To allow the students to advance together on an equal level, please be aware that newcomers will not be allowed throughout the entire trimester.

    MANGA WORKSHOP @L’Eclat de Verre
    Inscription here

    As a new collaboration, I have the pleasure to work with L’Eclat de Verre (Howald, LU) for manga workshops twice a month! 2h-lessons will be planned on Thursdays and should start on 27/09. There will be a given program; however, the structure is more free and topics may vary according to the students. Unlike at Steinhäuser’s, the group is planned to be smaller and will thus allow a more in-depth mentoring for each. You may start any time throughout the entire school year – no matter your level in comparison to the other students, I will chose specific topics that fit your personal needs and wants to help you develop your skills!

    CITE BIBLIOTHEQUE – 10th Anniversary Party
    Inscription here

    On Saturday 29/09 from 14h-16h, I’ll have the pleasure to animate a workshop for the Cité Bibliothèque’s 10th Anniversary! There are other entertaining animations for children, as well as a birthday cake at the end of the day. If you are looking for a fun family day, this is the place to be!


    And to study at your pace…

    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, please contact me via the Contact Form or at sabrinakaufmann.art@gmail.com !

    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



    If you are interested in attending a manga lesson, or if you wish me to animate a birthday party, school workshop, etc… Feel free to submit your project and I’d be delighted to work with you!

    Thank you for your trust!

     

  • Patreon & Lessons

    Patreon – September 2018

     

    September rewards overview, available for sign-ups during the entire month!
    – Sent out on September 1st  –

    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 filled with new projects and artwork for the upcoming con season.”Christmas Star” is a recent illustration I prepared for upcoming Christmas cards (and believe me, it was reaaally difficult to think of snow and winter with the hot weather we got this month) and you will get the entire inking and colouring process in a real time video.

    As always, a monthly illustration is available for in-depth studying – you’ll have “Queen of Time” with a commented guide and the material references in the exact order as they have been used for each step, as well as both a 1h30 real time video and 9min time lapse version. 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.

    “Oh! My Dress” is a project I have been sharing with my Patreon supporters over the last few months. You might remember the fashion designs I regularly post on Instagram – well, I’m pleased to say that they are part of a special project which will be unveiled next week! It’s currently being printed and I’m thrilled to share it with you! Do you have an idea of what it could be? ; )

    Anyways, the project being completed, a sketchbook is now available for my patrons. It contains finished illustrations, as well as research sketches, with around 40 fashion designs. If you are interested in seeing the creation of a fashion illustration, you will still receive the August rewards for any signup before the 31st, which contain a real time video footage of a dress.


    ArtClass & ArtJourney – Balance and Dynamism

    Initially, I had created a lesson focused on character creation, but changed my mind over the last few days to focus on balance and dynamism. Seeing my students’ latest pieces of work, those topics seemed more interesting to improve their drawings, so here we go! The lesson being created on such short notice, my translator didn’t have the chance to translate it yet, so there it is currently French-only, and the English version will follow soon. But, as always, the contents remain the same: video, PDF print-out, exercises to go further and test your knowledge.

    Balance is very basic yet important to master as an aspiring artist. The human body balances itself out in real life and we don’t think about how to move – yet I have noticed that drawing properly balanced characters is among the most common things my pupils usually don’t get right. Dynamism, on the other hand, allows to draw characters moving in a fluent, expressive way, while being seemingly animated by a “line of action”, a force that stretches them from head to toe. Both concepts are complementary, and I hope to bring them closer to you with that lesson, and allow you to take your character drawings to the next step!

    For this month, my ArtJourney sketchbook is integrated into the ArtClass, seeing as it deals with the same topics. I thought that dynamism might be less easy to grasp in the beginning, so I have included all my sketches back when I was learning and trying to master that topic. Each character is drawn with the action line alongside, so that you can distinguish how they move and where the dynamic comes from.

    By the way, fun fact of the day, I was actually motivated to study dynamism after seeing the anime Yuri on Ice – so, here’s one of the rare times you’ll see me draw fanarts, with a little tribute to Yurio whose ice skating got the fangirl out of me. Really, just have a look at the beautifully animated Welcome to the Madness :’D More seriously, I recommend this anime if you’d like to get a better grasp of what dynamism “feels” like – a body that moves perfectly, with fluid movements. Though, if you’re not into ice skating and more into volleyball, I recently watched Haikyuu, where they also have great examples of dynamism. The best example which quickly sums it up is, in my eyes, the Haikyuu – Season 2 – Opening 2.

     


    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

     

  • Diary

    Q&A Session

    A while ago, I asked my audience to ask questions, things they would like to know… Without further delay, let’s start the Q&A Session. I hope to satisfy your curiosity, and thank you so much for participating!

     


    Art-related

    Do you draw all day or only when you feel like it?

    As much as I love drawing, I don’t draw all day. I often stumble upon people who think that being a freelance artist means drawing all day, but as a small business there are many other aspects to take care of: bookkeeping, administrative tasks such as answering to client mails, organizing events, updating websites, etc.

    Statistically speaking, I’m more into computer work in the afternoons, and drawing in the evenings. Since drawing is something that calms me, I like to spend some cosy evenings while colouring illustrations, for example.

    What do you think when you see old artwork of yours?

    It’s often a weird moment. Back when I drew them, I was often proud of them and thought I did well, but when I see them some years later, I realize that they are completely different from what I remembered. I find it interesting to see how I have evolved, and thinking that I will keep on evolving with every passing year is a huge motivation to keep on going forward!

    Do you have your own art studio?

    It’s my dream to have an studio but unfortunately, I don’t earn enough to have one and I’m working from home. Nevertheless, it’s my goal to get a nice space I can use for creativity only. I sometimes had photographers and reporters who wanted to visit my “artist studio”, which is a small corner in my bedroom, and it is always a bit awkward to invite strangers there, so I’d love to get a proper, professional space XD

    What are your favourite art supplies?

    My absolute favourites are definitely Copic markers, I couldn’t do without! For more sketchy work, I also love coloured Pentel Brush Pens.

    I want to draw with Copics but don’t have enough money to purchase them all, what should I do? TuT

    Honestly, I don’t think that you need the entire range of Copics to create nice illustrations. I started with two sets of around 100 markers, and as time went by, I realized that there were multiple colours I seldom used. For instance, I keep on refilling my beige tones for drawing skin, but I still have some yellows or turquoise left from my first order of about 8 years ago because I rarely use them. I suggest that you have a look at the colours and pick the ones you’re sure that you’ll use; two or three tones per colour would be enough to get a decent first start. A light tone, a middle tone, and a darker tone from the same category will allow you to have a good rendering, without needing to have all the intermediary colours.

     


    Trivia

    Any reading recommendations?

    As of late, I love webtoons, Korean webcomic series! Amfong my favourites, there is Light and Shadows, the story of an mysterious maid who marries a duke and vows to change the kingdom with her new position. Another one I love is L’impérieux destin du Dr Elise (I couldn’t find the English or original title… ), telling the story of a great surgeon nowadays who gets to relive her previous life as a hated empress, and who wants to make up for her past mistakes. I’m more in a historical / romantic / drama period right now XD If anyone has any recommendations as well, feel free to share!

    Favourite tea?! : D

    Argh, that’s a tough question! I prefer lighter teas, so I’m more into green or white, and I like them fruity. Sooo… I’ll go ahead and pick two: Green Paul et Virginie tea by Dammann Frères and white Automne Blanc by Mariage Frères.

    Have you ever been to Japan?

    No, but it’s one of my life goals. It’s my dream to go there, especially with a biiig empty suitcase, and go shopping until I can’t take it anymore!


     

    Thank you so much for participating!
    If you have any questions, of course, you can ask anytime! ; )

    See you soon for new updates!

  • 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!