I came across Monika Schoffmann art works while I was browsing deviantArt and got impressed with her beautiful style. Monika is actually a young and very talented digital artist from Munich. Even if, as she confesses, illustration is just a small part of what she does, in today's article we will focus only on her amazing illustrations.
I really hope you will enjoy reading this interview and discover some little secrets about her techniques, her sources of inspiration and why not some details about her life in general. Below you will find some of Monika Schoffmann art works that I've picked up with great difficulty because I love all of them.
Here at PSDDude we love doing interviews with talented graphic designers and famous Photoshop bloggers. For example in 2019 we had I had the pleasure of making an interview with PHLEARN's Aaron Nace - one of my favorite Photoshop bloggers. So, check that interview too after this one.
QHello, welcome to PSDDUDE! Please, tell us briefly about yourself, where are you from, and how did you start in digital art?
AI'm a 22 year old Artist and Graphic Designer from Munich in beautiful Bavaria. I've just finished my basic studies and I work as a freelance designer. I got my first very cheap graphic tablet when I was about 14 years old and spent most of my time drawing manga style comics. Somehow I found out that I can cope much better with digital colors than with real pigments. During my studies I did my first professional jobs as a digital artist.
Et Omnia Vanitas
QIs digital art your job or you do something else for a living? What do you like to do when you are not working?
AIllustration is only a small part of my business, but my other graphic works involve a lot of digital picture rendering and Photoshop work too. When I'm not working I like to read and spend a lot of time outside or doing sports like running or yoga, this is very important to me. Sometimes I do painting courses too, since I like to work with people.
QWhat software do you use? Tell us a bit about your techniques. I am sure you have a graphic tablet. Tell us about it and how long did it take you to learn to use it.
AI only use Photoshop, I'm sure they're other interesting digital painting programs too but right now I don't see any need for a change. I have a Wacom Bamboo pen and touch graphic tablet. Maybe that's not a "professional" tablet but I'm absolutely happy with it. I started using a tablet when I was quite young, but I can't remember how long it took me to get the feeling for it. For my illustrations I usually start with painting basic shapes and go on with using brushes and photo textures.
Saint Mary of the Roses
QI can clearly spot fairy tale inspiration in all your beautiful art works! Tell us a little about your sources of inspiration.
AOf course I love fairytale, legends and everything mystic and magical. I think Tolkien and European myths but also authors like Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman influenced my a lot. Nature is of course a great source of inspiration, music too, I love the music of Omnia, Bjork and Valravn. But most of my ideas are inspired by my emotions and the events in my surroundings, also the relationship is sometimes difficult to see when you're not me.
QI saw that there are characters that repeats throughout your work, is there a story behind them?
ANo, there is no story. I just started painting very small girls with strange dresses and found out that I love this style. (editor's note: I think all this wonderful little details that repeats throughout your work make your illustrations blend with one another telling a story. I am talking about the ladybugs, the small girls with Victorian lace dresses, the lovely blue pot, keys, hearts, cupcakes and many more.)
Rose Hips and Night Creatures
QDo you have a favorite digital artist or a favorite painter someone that you admire?
AThere are lots of great artists, I love Anne Julie Aubry, Art and Ghost and Elsa Mora, but also traditional painters like Botticelli, Mucha, Klimt and especially the Pre-raphaelites.
QWhere can we find you on the internet (blog, social networks accounts, etc) and from where can we buy your art works?
AI always update my latest works on my blog, but you can also find me on deviantart. You can buy my German book form the publisher ArsEdition or on Amazon. Prints can be ordered directly from me since my Etsy shop is closed at the moment.
QHow do you see your future in digital art? Do you have a lot of art projects coming?
AI've just finished a big book project that is hopefully to be published soon. While I'm waiting to see what the future has in store for me, I'm going to paint what comes to my mind and from my heart. I think that is why painting is for: a language to express things that cannot be put in words.
QThank you for giving us this interview and we wish you a lot of luck with your future projects!
In Her Pond
Far Far Away
If you are a Photoshop beginner and want to learn about how to make illustrations I recommend reading my quick and easy tutorial on how to make a car illustration in Photoshop.