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Interview with Digital Artist Monika Schoffmann

Resources Interviews 7436 Views February 15th, 2012

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.

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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.

Portia

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.

Madame Samovar

Strawberry Night

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.

Hochzeit

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.

Pumpkin Soup

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.)

Hortensia

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.

Varnish

Couture

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.

Daffodils

Cage

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.

The Embalmers

Pumpkin Queen

Summer Melody

QThank you for giving us this interview and we wish you a lot of luck with your future projects!

In Her Pond

Cupcake Princess

Poetree

Winter Teaparty

Heart Consciousness

Kuriositaeten Kabinett

Far Far Away

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7 comment(s) for "Interview with Digital Artist Monika Schoffmann"

John
John
11:42 AM Sunday, February 19, 2012
Great illustrations, I really like her style...there are so many details and the colors are absolutely beautiful ! reply
Alex
7:51 AM Wednesday, February 22, 2012
I like her works, I think she will become a great artist. reply
PSDDude
7:54 AM Wednesday, February 22, 2012
I'm think that too :) reply
Steven
6:57 AM Friday, February 24, 2012
Great interview with graphic design artist!! Thanks for sharing this interview and its creative designs ! reply
Mihalcea
9:18 AM Tuesday, March 13, 2012
As I can see, the most talented web designers and digital artists are from Germany, France and UK. Is something going on on these countries.
Nice illustration for Cinderella story. reply
PsdDude
9:20 AM Tuesday, March 13, 2012
That is true, but don't forget about the great artists from Russia :) reply
monikat
monikat
2:15 AM Friday, February 27, 2015
Hallo Monika,
I love your style and all your works are so beautiful.
You are very young and have a great future ahead. Congrats!
Best wishes for you in the pretty München.
Mónica

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