You have probably discovered her illustrations on our Facebook page, you might even have received them in the form of postcards during our “Lëtz Go Equal in Digital” event. Meet Sabrina, a talented illustrator who loves to draw smiles on people’s faces with her drawings and stories!
Could you tell us more about your work?
I would qualify myself as an artist working in different fields. I am both a mangaka and an illustrator. Among other things, I started a series entitled “Illustrated fairytales” in 2016, which was published in 2019.
As an independent worker, I respond to various client requests, but I also work on more personal projects. I give courses and workshops on manga drawing in schools, libraries and on my Patreo.
This activity became as important for me as my drawing. The enthusiasm shown by my students, and the fact that I can share moments of creativity with other people is something I appreciate a lot.
How did you become an illustrator? What is your background?
I have always loved to draw, ever since I was a little girl. When I was still in high school, I published my first books and distributed them to my teachers and classmates. They highly appreciated my work, which encouraged me to continue to write.
At the age of 16, while most people my age were babysitting to make some pocket money, I was giving manga drawing lessons. On top of that, I also started attending conventions in order to share my work. That’s how I gained experience and found my first customers. That is also what allowed me to become self-employed as soon as I finished my studies.
Could you describe a “typical day” at the office?
One of the advantages of being an entrepreneur is that each day is totally different, they vary a lot!
I am often on the road for my classes, but I also have quieter moments that allow me to work at home. Generally, I have to manage my time between administration, my media marketing and customer orders for which I usually draw in the evening.
Of course, I also participate quite often in events and conventions in Luxembourg, Germany and France.
What skills and talents do you need for your job?
Being an entrepreneur implies not only being flexible but also a lot of discipline. I am my own boss, which means that I am free to organize my time as I like. However, I can never really take some time off, because I can only rely on myself.
Another important aspect of my job is of course creativity, you must constantly innovate, look for new ideas and find sources of inspiration.
Which part of your job do you prefer?
I have always enjoyed planning, organizing my schedule and the various tasks I undertake. Nothing excites me more than diving into a new challenge, which happens each time I start a new project! I also love writing stories. I feel that they provide my readers with small moments of happiness, by making them laugh and dream.
There is nothing more rewarding than receiving positive feedback on my books. Being able to talk with people and have their feedback really motivates me.
How has digitalisation changed your job?
The internet is amazing because it has allowed me to broaden my audience, to share my work on social media, publish webtoons and give online courses.
It also allows me to exchange easily with other artists around the world.
You can support Sabrina thanks to Patreon, a monthly subscription platform. You can choose the amount of your subscription, and in exchange, you will have access to exclusive content such as webcomics before their official publication, tutorials, and many more!