As an illustrator, model and dancer, Attaberia German is multi-faceted in her own way. Born in the Dominican and currently residing in Poland, German describes her art as a reflection of her moods, concepts and moments that have had a huge impact on her and those around her.
With a “simple but not necessarily minimalist” black and white style, German’s artwork centres on intricate, abstract one-line drawings which she adopted as a style around three years ago. The subject of many of her works focuses on faces and emotions, predominately on the female body.
German was interested in art at a young age as it became her form of therapy, as a way for her to understand past trauma, overcome hardships and celebrate major life events. Before becoming a full-time illustrator, she was a primary school teacher teaching Maths, English, Science and Social Studies. She cites the most rewarding aspect of the job as how her students felt when they learned rather than what she taught them. “I was never meant to leave teaching, my passion for it only transformed and blossomed into something completely unexpected.”
After figuring out the skills and techniques needed to make successful one-line drawings, German decided to pursue art as a full-time career. She even created courses on Skillshare (which became a staff pick) to help educate others on learning this particular style.
German’s craftiness goes beyond what’s on paper and into turning her art into a business. “Building the habit of not just being the artist but also the business owner is always the hardest for me. It took a while for me to learn what platforms to use, how to get clients for commissions, how to be visible, the dos and don’ts that worked for me”. In addition to the Skillshare videos, German has collaborated with Inkbox to create temporary tattoos, has a Patreon account, and sells merch on Etsy and Redbubble.