Week #06 & #07 2018

There was obviously no blogpost last week but I will try to combine the last two weeks in this blogpost. Due to a bereavement I just had no inspiration and drive to write something.

In the meantime I started to join a drawing challenge on instagram that is still ongoing until the end of february. The challenge by Karoline Pietrowski is about drawing facial expressions for a character every day. I really like doing challenges on instagram because there is so much to discover and it’s much more easy to get in contact or conversation with others. Also there is this topic for a whole month that you can discover and you can practice your drawing abilities and improve – not just with drawing your own works but looking at all the other artists works and how they translate a certain word or topic. So far I’m doing really well although I sometimes struggle with some expressions because I feel some are very similar and I guess I sometimes don’t get the right essence on the paper. My personal challenge was not to use gesture to support the expressions so sometimes, the faces just look sad when the are supposed to look offended, ashamed or touched. But that’s also what it’s about – working on your skills and realising in which areas you have to put in more work and effort. I guess when you also use some gesture with hands and arms you can convert a more accurate interpretation of feelings and expressions. I’m also very happy that I already made it this far. I made 19 Illustrations of my character yet, and there are still a few to come but I am really really confident that I can pull through until the end. I’m already thinking of doing another challenge in March. Are there any interesting challenges you know about? Do you think I should start my own challenge? Can you think of a topic?

I also Illustrated a few artworks for my newest project that I call “Take Care Of Yourself”. This is more a working title than an actual project title. It’s a series of illustrations about what you can do if you feel stressed or uncomfortable or just to feel better in general. I get stressed very easily and a lot. When I’m stressed I turn into a monster. I cry a lot and have bad moods. So it’s very important to reduce the stress by doing things I like and make room for nice things. With a relaxed mind I can be more creative and have more fun in general. A bit of “Me Time” is important for everyone. Take your time to calm down a bit and find things to do that are good for you. This is also a great chance to get to know yourself a bit better. Listening to your inner voice. Mabye becoming friends with youself. All that leads to new strength and confidence. And maybe everything will seem easier.
The first few illustrations I made are already available as prints in my etsy shop. You can use them as reminder or just as nice small poster to hang on yor wall beside your workplace or living room or even in the bathroom to see it every morning. I am very curious: what is something you do, to do something good for yourself, to calm down and relax and take time for yourself or even get to know yourself better?

At the beginning of the last week we went to ikea to get some new shelves because I desperately needed some storage space. Because we already have severals Kallax shelves at home we got a 2×4 and a 2×2 one to fit the “Style”. I also bought some more Dröna where I store all my paper, pencils and other stuff I need more regularly. It’s not perfect yet but it doesn’t look that messy anymore. The best solution would be a third room which I could use as an working room/ studio / atelier by itself, but thats just not possible yet. So I try to make more room by creating more storage space. The next project will be to make my desk a bit bigger. It always is loaded with stuff and it’s hard to clean everything up every time to have enough space to draw and put the laptop somewhere. Also it always looks messy because it is loaded with a lot of stuff that I need regularly, and well, who doesn’t like some decorations as well? I couldnt imagine my workspace without my stones and crystals anymore. If I can manage to expand the table plate I will also have the window right in front of me and that would give me some extra daylight for myself and for drawing and that would be awesome. And new plants. I just cant have enough of them. I want to have a Jungle at my workspace!

At the end of the last week I worked on a portrait commision. It was quite a challenge because I haven’t worked with a ballpoint pen in quite a while. I still love drawing with ballpoint pens and I guess I will do that more often again. For me it’s really relaxing and I get to see fast results. For this drawing with the size of Din A2 I needed about 7 to 8 hours to draw and I split the time up (because i had enough until I had to finish it) in three days. I also posted the process on my instagram stories by small videos. Of course I asked my client if he was okay with that. I am very happy how the finished artwork turned out and I also got a lot of compliments by my client and the family. If you are also interested in me drawing you or a family member or a friend, a loved one or just someone, let me know, you can write me a message or an email with your idea and we will figure out the rest together. I already drew portraits for birthdays, confirmations, anniversarys, weddings and that one was sadly for a funeral.

The last important thing I began to make last weekend was a video for my kickstarter project. I really was nervous in front of the camera and I really hate talking while I am recorded. I can’t stand to hear my own voice and I even cringe when I have to hear me talking. So my boyfriend came up with this idea for the video and I felt comfortable with it until I had to sit in front of the camera and see myself on the monitor. I just had some flashbacks from the time I made some youtube videos and remembered all the bad and negative comments I received back then. But this project is too important for me to not give my best and stepping out of my comfort zone and make a video. Although you obviously see that I read all my texts from a piece of paper I guess it is important to show a bit of myself and I hope I don’t seem too unappealing because I just dont know how and when to make the right face expressions or even talk in the right flow to make it interesting what I have to say. I really have some deficits in talking to people that i don’t know. And I also know that people notice this. There are -as always- too much thoughts in my head which will result in fear and anxiety. But I already made it through the video recording and I think that’s already a small success by itself because normaly that’s a thing I would try to pass by somehow and not work through.

So far for this time.
All my best,

Instagram Follower Drawing Project


I recently started a drawing project on Instagram. It’s about drawing my followers. I have a lot of fun to get to know my followers better and have a new connection to them. It’s also an opportunity to give something back for all the support I get. I love it to see when someone shares my art. It gives my a good feeling that i am on the right way.
If you want to join, here are the rules:

Want me to draw a portrait of YOU in my style? I might make it happen:

  1. you need to follow my instagram: @anja.sturm
  2.  Add any art image from my gallery on your IG and link my instagram name @anja.sturm
  3. upload a cool image of yourself to your IG with the hashtag #anjadrawme

I know, it’s probably gonna be a slow start, but i want to upload a picture of a follower every other day.
please only tag yourself and remember that i can’t see your profile if it is set private. There is no guarantee that i draw you (but i’ll do my best to do as many as possible) and i will keep the original artwork.
This is inspired by @sketchmyface / @simple_simon

Vor ein paar Tagen habe ich auf Instagram ein neues Projekt gestartet. Es geht darum, meine Follower zu zeichnen. Ich habe wirklich viel Spass an dem Projekt und es ist wirklich interessant meine Follower besser kennenzulernen. Das schafft eine ganz neue Verbindung. Ich finde es wirklich großartig auf diesem Weg etwas für die ganze Unterstützung die ich erhalte etwas kleines zurückgeben zu können. Ich freue mich jedes mal wirklich sehr darüber, wenn jemand meine Zeichnungen teilt. Es ist wirklich ein gutes Gefühl zu wissen, dass ich auf dem richtigen Weg bin.
Wie ihr an dem Projekt teilnehmen könnt:

  1. Folgt meinem Instagram Account @anja.sturm
  2. Speichert euch eines meiner Bilder, fügt es eurem Instagram hinzu und verlinkt mich.
  3. Ladet ein tolles Bild von euch hoch, dass ihr gerne gezeichnet haben wollt und taggt das Ganze mit #anjadrawme

Bitte taggt nur euch selbst und stellt sicher, dass euer Profil nicht auf privat gestellt ist (sonst kann ich das Bild nicht sehen) Es gibt keine Garantie dafür dass ich euch zeichne, aber ich tue mein bestes, so viele wie möglich fertig zu stellen : ) Die Originale werde ich selbst behalten.

portrait drawing anja sturm

portrait drawing anja sturm 02

portraits collage anja sturm



Video: Yes, this is Bear


Vor einigen Tagen habe ich mir auf Amazon ein neues Licht, besser gesagt ein Ringlicht für meine Kamera bestellt. Dieses Ringlicht kann man sowohl dauerhaft als Lichtquelle benutzen sowie auch als Blitzlicht. Um das Licht auch in extremeren Situationen zu testen habe ich abends bei eher schlechtem Glühbirnenlicht gezeichnet, während ich meinem Freund die Kamera in die Hand gedrückt habe mit dem Auftrag, dass er doch ein bisschen Filmen soll, während ich zeichne, da ich kein Stativ dabei hatte um die Kamera daran zu montieren. Ich denke, mit einer sicheren Hand oder wenn man die Kamera beim nächsten Mal an ein Stativ anbringt, lassen sich ganz ordentliche Aufnahmen machen. Zumindest bin ich ganz angetan vom Licht und auch die Lichttemperatur ließ sich manuell gut auf die LED Lichter des Ringlichtes einstellen. Ich werde in jedem Fall noch weitere Situationen und Einstellungen mit dem Licht testen.
Die Zeichnung an sich ist natürlich noch nicht fertig, ich will sie erst noch zur Sicherheit einscannen, bevor ich mit Farben rangehe. Ich habe allerdings noch keine Ahnung, welche Art Farben ich dafür benutzen will. Zur Auswahl stehen Buntstifte, Marker oder Aquarell, vielleicht könnt ihr mir ja euren Favorit hinterlassen.
Letztendlich habe ich aber vor die Zeichnung dann digital freizustellen, da ich denke, dass sich das Motiv so ziemlich gut auf nem Shirt oder einem Jutebeutel machen würde. Ich bin schon sehr gespannt was noch daraus wird.

Viele liebe Grüße