Anja's Artblog

Thursday, 30 April 2015

Website and creative CV

I now also have a website for my work:


I created a creative CV to go with it.

Sunday, 12 April 2015



I'm happy to announce that my book is now being stocked by my local comic shop Frog Bros as well as Gosh! London, Orbital Comics and the bookartbookshop in London.
All four places are definitely well worth a visit for every book enthusiast! :)
Many thanks for the friendly cooperation!

If none of these places are near you you can always purchase a copy online as well, in my Etsy-shop. :)

Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Paris Sketchbook

Last month we went on a course trip to Paris for 5 days. It was my first time there and a wonderful experience.
I recorded most of my impressions and observations in my sketchbook and felt as if I was seeing so much more by doing so because drawing really does make you look in different ways.

It was pretty cold so I had to adopt a relatively quick way of working which really helped to loosen up my drawing and had a greater impact on my overall drawing approach than I could have anticipated. It certainly helped me to value the act of drawing much more than the final outcome.
I really want to do more trips like this very shortly!

I hope you enjoy a look into my Paris sketchbook! :)


















And a few photographs to show the actual sketchbook.

 
 
 
 
 
 

Friday, 13 March 2015

What is 'home'?


The theme for my self-initiated final major project is ‘home’.
I am very interested in people’s various notions of that term so it would be very helpful if you could spare a few seconds to write down your personal definition of what ‘home’ means to you. Try not to think about it too long or look at what others wrote down – I’m really looking for the very first thing that comes to your mind.

Simply leave a comment under this post. English and German is both fine.


I’ll go through all of them later and chose a few to illustrate as part of my project so by sending your quotes you give me permission to reproduce them in my final outcome, accompanied by your name of course. Everyone whose quote I’ll end up using will receive a free copy of the final printed book.

I’m looking forward to see what you come up with. :)


Thank you in advance!

Friday, 20 February 2015

Irgendwo im Nirgendwo






For my latest University assignment I have been creating a short graphic novel. 
It is based on a poem I wrote more than 6 years ago. Naturally it has changed a lot during that time but it's something I've always wanted to illustrate in one way or another and I'm glad I finally got the chance to do so. It's become quite dear to me.


 
 
 
For this project I wanted to explore the complex narrative potential of graphic novels. 
The combination of verbal and pictorial elements gives way to multi-layered, paradox structures that can be employed by the storyteller to deliver ambiguous and sophisticated narratives that affect the reader on several levels. 
Words and images have been interwoven to create a tension out of which the narrative emerges. The aim was to challenge the reader to make an effort and process verbal and visual information at once in order to extract meaning. Thereby they will in a way write the story themselves by using their own memories and experiences to which the graphic novel serves as an emotionally charged stimulus.

English Preview



The text was originally written in German and even though I tried my best to translate it as accurate as possible into the English language, due to its rhythmic prose nature the original version is still far superior. If you are capable of both languages I therefore highly recommend to go with the German version because it expresses the original intentions much more truthfully.

German Preview


Here is some work in progress from my sketchbook that shows the journey from the first sketches to the finished artwork.

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 

Everything from the very first sketches to the final artwork has been created in one A3 sketchbook which was a very satisfying way of working and prevented me from polishing the imagery too much. I really tried to loosen up a little and not to worry about craftsmanship too much but rather focus on capturing the essence of the poem. I am quite pleased with the result as it comes very close to the vision I had in mind after carrying that poem around in my head for such a long time.
I certainly want to work on more graphic novels from now on. It's such a wonderful form of expression and there are still so many stories I want to capture in this way.

 Thank you for reading. If you are interested in purchasing a copy please follow this link.