Welcome to my creative area!

My name is Nici Gabriel and I live in Oberwart which is in the very east of Austria (Europe).

Since earliest childhood I draw, knit, crochet, do handicrafts or even sew. In school I often had a problem of credibility: „I’m sure, your mum made this…“. Anyway I was pushed in a classic, „reasonable“ and certain career in IT Management, well paid but not really happy.

My maternity with my both children pushed me back in true light. I rekindled my artistic passion and began studying digital art online.

Today I am a full time surface pattern designer and illustrator and enjoy doing things with love that made me very happy in my childhood.

I am an emotional family-lover and positiv-thinker, I strongly beliefe, that there should always be hope! Take things that happen as they are and try to make the best of it. Good things are not self-evident, sometimes you have to fight, but it‘s worth it. Life is beautiful and there is always hope!

I love the idea of seeing that passions and hope in my designs. Therefore my style is bright and colorful, inspired by my natural garden and of course my two awesome children.

I have no classic education in design work. I trained (and still do) my skills for creating my versatile designs in several skillshare-projects. Since 2018 I studied several classes of Make it in Design and I am proud to be in their inspiring members club Live Hub.

I hope, you like my patterns and illustrations. Please contact me for licensing or any freelance work!


How I work

I looove experimenting with different tools and media and never stop stretching my skills. Whether it’s watercolor painting, digital or traditional ink drawing or experimenting with colored powder, creating outside my comfort zone is always a joy!

Bright colors are the key to consistency in my portfolio, the colors hold everything together.

My main methods are:

  • drawing with ink on paper, scanning and finalizing on the computer
  • digital drawing on my IPad

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