Sebastian Loerscher

Sebastian Loerscher, born in Paris in 1985 and grown up near Munich, is an illustrator and author living in Berlin. He studied Visual Communication at the University of Applied Sciences in Würzburg and at the Academy of Art Berlin-Weissensee. His graphic novels have received a host of honours and are in the catalogues of various publishers in Germany and France.

Loerscher’s recent work focuses particularly on the medium of illustrated features. He travels to faraway lands with pencils and sketchbook and captures his impressions in drawings, texts and comic strips done in situ. He tells about his adventures in his books and in readings on Europe’s stages. His latest projects took him to Bangalore in southern India, Haiti in the Caribbean, the wilds of Austria and finally, Nigeria.

For his clients he works in the fields of illustration and graphic recording and conducts all sorts of workshops on drawing and storytelling.

+49 (0) 176 6000 6227


»Ziegenmilch & Zeichenstift« (»Goat’s Milk & Crayon«), 2011, Kunstanstifter Verlag 
»Muskulöse Zeiten« (»Muscle Times«), 2012, Eichborn
»Haiti Chéri«, 2013, Eigenverlag
»Making Friends in Bangalore«, 2014, Büchergilde Gutenberg/Edition Büchergilde
»A bisserl weiter geht’s immer!« (»A little bit further …«), 2015, Büchergilde Gutenberg/Edition Büchergilde
»Schatten der Gesellschaft« (»Shadows of Society«), 2022, Jaja Verlag 


Young Ears Award (for »Werkstatt Quillo«, together with Ensemble Quillo)

Scholarship of Foundation Kulturwerk (for »Germany – A mood picture«)

Scholarship of Foundation Kunstfonds (for »A little bit further …«)

DAAD Scholarship (for »A little bit further …«)

Sondermann Newcomer Award
Sondermann, Association for Comical Art and Literature (for »Making Friends in Bangalore«)
»One of the 25 most beautiful German books
German Foundation for Book Art, Frankfurt (for »Making Friends in Bangalore«)
»Best International Travel Sketchbook«
Rendez-Vous de Carnet de Voyage, Clermont-Ferrand, France (for »Making Friends in Bangalore«)


Mart Stam Award (for »Haiti Chéri«)

:Output Award (for »Goat’s Milk & Crayon«)


100 Best Posters (for »Terror – a poster exhibition«)


»Shadows of Society«, Comic Juju, Stuttgart

»Les Voyages«, Centre Culturel Una Volta, Bastia, France
»Ballad for empty Billboards«, Casa Salvini, Ile Rousse, France

»comiXconnection / Shadows of Society«, Museum Europäischer Kulturen, Berlin

»Images of Human Beings«, Die Kleine Galerie, Berlin

»Shadows of Society«, WühlischVierzig, Berlin
»Shadows of Society«, KARUNA Übernacht-Café, Berlin

»VorOrt«, Landesmuseum Mainz
»ABC des Reisens«, Kunstbibliothek, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin

»Zeichensprache(n)«, Gallery Parterre, Berlin

»A little bit further …«, Direktorenhaus, Berlin
»A little bit further …«, Gallery Büchergilde, Frankfurt


»Retrospective«, PH Ludwigsburg

»Vis-à-Vis«, Artist House Bethanien, Berlin
»Seitenblick«, Comic Festival Erlangen
»Been here, made this«, University of Applied Sciences Würzburg

»Rendez-vous du Carnet de Voyage«, Clermont-Ferrand, France
»Making Friends in Bangalore«, Gallery Büchergilde, Berlin

»90 Years of Büchergilde«, Museum for Printing Art, Leipzig


»Happy Hour at the Hypnotist«, Neurotitan, Berlin

»Rendez-vous du Carnet de Voyage«, Clermont-Ferrand, France

»Sichtzone«, H|O Berlin

»Haiti Chéri«, German Embassy, Port-au-Prince, Haiti 


»Law of the Market«, Freies Museum, Berlin

»Law of the Market«, Goethe Institute Bangalore, India

»Terror – A poster exhibition«, Palace of Justice, Heidelberg

»100 Best Posters 2010«, Berlin Kulturforum

Teaching assignments (selection)

»My language & me«, one-week drawing and storytelling workshop for art and design students, Prishtina (Kosovo)

»Qu’est-ce que c’est que ça ? / What the heck is that?«, Workshop series for students on character design and storytelling, Bastia (Corsica, France)
»Urban Lab«, Urban Sketching Workshop, Frankfurt (Germany)

»Africomics«, one-week comic workshops for professional illustrators, Kinshasa (DR Congo), Kigali (Rwanda) & Yaoundé (Cameroon)

»Workshop Quillo«, inclusive drawing and storytelling workshops for children and teenagers, Uckermark (Germany)
»Stories from real life«, four-day drawing workshops for students of the Faber Castell Academy, Nuremberg (Germany)

»The Graphic Theatre«, Character Design and Storytelling Workshop, Berlinische Galerie, Berlin (Germany)
»Everyone can draw!«, one or two-day workshops on the basics of (flipchart) visualization, for employees of various companies and institutions (e.g. Krause-Schopp, PD Berater, University Hildesheim …)

»Visual Storytelling«, Visualization and Storytelling Workshop for Design Students, AMD Düsseldorf (Germany)

»There’s no place like Lagos«, three-month comic workshop for illustrators, Lagos (Nigeria)
»KIBU!«, Illustration workshops held regularly over a period of three months for residents of a refugee camp, Berlin (Germany)

»NextBengaluru«, performative sketching workshops in the streets of Bangalore (India)

»Gade’N«, one-semester teaching assignment on reportage drawing at the art academy in Port-au-Prince (Haiti)

Besides, numerous other short and long workshops at universities and colleges, high schools, elementary schools, youth art schools and refugee shelters, at comic and literature festivals, at urban sketching meetings or in companies. For young and old, professional and beginner, near and far, in German, English and French, with hand and foot, and of course with the pen.


»Out of the social darkness.«
The taz about »Shadows of Society«.

»A stunning book about people without shelter.«
The Berliner Zeitung about »Shadows of Society«.

»Dialogues reminiscent of Nestroy and Thomas Bernhard.«
The Süddeutsche Zeitung about »A little bit further …«.

»A sensation!«
Andreas Platthaus (FAZ) about »Making Friends in Bangalore«.

»Pale face with crayons«
Sebastian Loerscher in conversation with »Die Zeit«.

»Five questions to …«
Drawn interview with TYPO Talks.

Clients (selection)

Red Cross, FC Bayern Munich, Futurium Berlin, Sky Germany, Revue XXI, Süddeutsche Zeitung Magazine, Volkswagen, TYPO.Berlin, TEDxBerlin, University of Bamberg, Federal Office for Civil Protection, German Archaeological Institute, Ensemble Quillo, GIZ, THW, Federal Ministry for Research and Education, Planpolitik, AMD – Academy for Fashion & Design, Goethe-Institute, TypeMates … and many more.

Friends & Partner

unfun (Design & Digital Development)
Berliner Ideenlabor (Design Thinking)
theLivingCore (Organizational Design & Innovation)
Büchergilde Gutenberg (Publishing house for beautiful books)
Jaja Verlag (Publishing house for illustrated works of art)

Markus Mrugalla (Art & Design)
Rico Greb (Graphics & Illustration)
Julia Krusch (Drawing & Illustration)
Xaver Boehm (Film & Music)
Jannis Schulze (Photography & Graphic Design)
Christian Schiebe (Drawing)
Anselm Hirschhäuser (Drawing & Illustration)
Anna Gusella (Illustration)
Laura Junger (Illustration)
Henriette Artz (Illustration)
Yimeng Wu (Graphic-Design & Illustration)
Till Lassmann (Illustration & Live sketching)
Florian Hauer (Graphic-Design)