About Anja Sturm
I’m a freelance illustrator who specializes in illustrating feelings. I know that might sound abstract, but: whether its sad, desperate, cute or hopeful – I’m very good at communicating feelings through character illustration, that not only shows how the character feels, but also makes the beholder feel that way. I was born in Gaildorf near Schwäbisch Hall in Germany and am currently based in Nürnberg.
I used to mainly work with traditional techniques but as new hardware became available I have shifted to a pretty balanced workload between analogue and digital within the last few month. For works on paper i prefer pencils and ink for contours and watercolor and markers for colors.
About my personal works
Most of my personal artworks with characters are somehow connected with each other. People I draw often look like they feel sad, alone, frightened, hopeless or depressed. Then there are monsters that I draw that represent these personal monsters or demons that cause this chaos in a persons mind, but are hugely abstract and individual to every person. I want to illustrate these personal battles because in this world of hugely promotional and happy artwork, it’s important to not forget about these things and show people that they are not alone with these kind of thoughts. Additionally to drawing, i also used handmade felt creatures in the past to spread this message.
I often include a limited amount of landscape in my artworks because I feel very comfortable in nature, it grounds me and brings me back to reality and puts things/problems/thoughts in perspective. My characters try to focus on the little things that can make them happy or just maybe less sad, for example a cup of tea, or a slice of pizza or just the beauty of nature in all of its facettes. So while there’s almost always the element of sadness, there’s also often the element of something beautiful that has the potential to make people happy. I use these things in a limited amount because i want them to be in focus, not just as background.
Are there products with your artwork available to purchase?
Yes. You can buy prints of my work on etsy and t-shirts and other products on society6.
Are you a trained professional?
Yes. I graduated from HfG Offenbach with a Diploma in communications design and studied under professors such as Mariola Brillowska and Eike König among others.
How much is a portrait / logo / painting / illustration / etc ?
That depends on the project. E-Mail me with details and I can tell you more.
Has your work been showcased in exhibitions ?
Yes, most notably at Germany’s biggest Comic Con Erlangen Comic Salon and Switzerlands Fumetto