Anja's Artblog

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.

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Sunday, 1 February 2015


A small commission for Mademoiselle which I finished in january.
She asked me to paint her OC Skotadi.