Artrage4 Portrait Speed Drawing Video

As a new years resolution i wanted to improve my digital drawing skills by drawing more with my tablet and various programs. My favourite so far is Artrage4. Several times i tried my best to draw something in Photoshop but i just failed so much. It just doesn’t feel like drawing at all. I still want to try Krita though just out of curiosity since there is a free Version of it . At the beginning of the month i bought a new graphic tablet. Since then i draw every day on it even if it’s just some sketches. Although i think i improved a bit in that time i still have a long way to go to become better in shading, colouring, mood and scenery/composition. But there is always something to become better at, isn’t it? I still struggle a bit with how much longer it takes me to draw on the tablet, but i save up time scanning, correcting, touching up or even cutting out some Illustrations. Until now i drew some portraits, a few artworks, tried some handlettering and coloured some of my traditional drawings for a book project. Most of the Illustrations i created in the last few weeks you can see on my Instagram account (anja.sturm) and my facebook page Anja Sturm Illustration . I also plan on recording my drawings with OBS and make little timelapse videos in the future. And because i just finished and uploaded my first video i thought it would be a nice opportunity to write a small blog post about it. I made a really really short video just to give you an idea of how i draw digitally. The original video material is about 55 minutes and i don’t think someone would watch that without some talking. As you may have noticed i added some more details to the illustration, just didn’t record it.

All the best,

Hello World, Again!


This is it. This is a complete new start for the blog. This Year wasn’t the best so far. A lot happened and i had to take care of my health. 2016 started with bad and extreme pain in my back. For a few days i thought it was just another lumbago. I dealt with that several times and thought it would just go away if i waited long enough. I got worried, because the pain started to grow down my leg. I then went to doctors and specialists, they gave me some pain killers and said it would just go away by itself. After several months of taking painkillers, having physical therapy, MRTs, more appointment at doctors and people who were supposed to help me instead of telling me to wait, the pain got worse and worse. Since february i knew it was a disc prolapse. I really tried to do exercises to build some muscles, but the pain in my back and my right leg made me quit moving a lot. Since may i couldn’t sit anymore. Did I tell you that I didn’t feel ANY effect from the pain killers i took? By the time of june even going for groceries was horror. Once i even passed out from the pain. At the beginning of August it was bad enough to call the ambulance. I still couldn’t sit, I coulnd’t stand and walk anymore and I needed help to go to the bathroom, the only possible way to lay down was to lay on my belly. It was a huge overcoming for me to go to hospital because i didn’t think i was an emergency case. At long last the pain was bigger than my anxiety. When I arrived at the hospital they immediately decided that i need surgery. About 8 days later I could go home. Complete painless. I didn’t even take any pills since the day i was at home again. I can’t tell you how happy I was to put on my socks on my own again. I felt like a super hero. After being at home for 2 weeks I was sent to rehab. Now I am at home again, I can finally move, walk and sit again. Still I have to do some excersises to do to prevent new pain. I am looking forward to do a bit more for my health. I go for long walks every two to three days now. I am also including some stretching excersises while working on my desk. I am ready now to start work, print, draw and finally blog again.



Best, Anja

Letterattack Challenge Day #18 to Day #30


Guys! I did not surrender. I just don’t feel pretty well at the moment. It feels like A LOT when i manage to post the daily letterings on instagram. Anyways. I never thought I’d make it this far with the letterattack challenge. When I think back to Inktober 2015 it still fills me with shame because i didn’t even make it halfway. So i guess it was a big motivation to not fail again on this daily challenge. It motivated me a lot to see all the other handletterings on Instagram every day under the hashtag #letterattackchallenge or #letterattack.  I also found a lot of really nice accounts I follow now. The letterattack challenge for April is over now but I just decited to do the challenge in may as well because it is really a lot of fun. Although I don’t have time to handletter EVERY day.  Some of the handletterings I make in advance when I know I have a lot of other stuff to do it is easier to make three or four handletterings at once. I am very excited for may and all the future handletterings I will see and also make. Let me know if you also join the letterattack challenge in may. I hope I find the time to also post more other stuff on instagram than just handlettering.


Leute! Ich habe nicht aufgegeben. Mir geht es in letzter Zeit nicht allzu gut und es fühlt sich nach SEHR VIEL an, wenn ich es schaffe die täglichen Letterings auf Instagram zu posten. Wie auch immer, ich dachte nicht, dass ich es bei der Letterattack Challenge so weit kommen würde. Wenn ich an den letzten Inktober zurückdenke fühle ich mich peinlich berührt, da ich es nicht mal bis zur Hälfte geschafft habe. Ich schätze das war genug Motivation es dieses mal durchzuhalten und nicht wieder zu versagen. Eine weitere Motivation war es zusätzlich, die ganzen anderen Letterings der teilnehmen auf Instagram unter dem Hashtag #letterattackchallenge oder #letterattack zu sehen. Unter anderem habe ich einige tolle Accounts gefunden, denen ich nun mit viel Freude folge. Die Letterattack Challenge für April ist nun vorbei aber ich habe spontan entschlossen, auch im Mai mitzumachen, weil es einfach so viel Spaß macht, auch wenn ich nicht jeden Tag die Zeit finde, zu lettern. Einige Handletterings mache ich im Voraus, wenn ich weiß, dass ich mal nicht so viel Zeit habe und mich um andere dinge kümmern muss. Manchmal ist es einfach leichter, drei oder vier Letterings auf einmal zu machen. Ich freue mich sehr auf den Mai und die vielen Schriftzüge, die ich noch sehen werde und auch selbst anfertige, Lasst mich wissen, ob ihr diesen Monat auch teilnehmt : ) Ich hoffe ich finde auch noch Zeit mal wieder etwas anderes als Letterings zu posten.

Day #18 Mut macht stark!
Day #19 Everyday I’m lettering
Day #20 Moments matter
Day #21 Say cheese!
Day #22 Vielleicht
Day #23 Angst beginnt im Kopf
Day #24 Glitziblitzi
Day #25 Chance / change
Day #26 Zauberschön
Day #27 Sag niemals nie
Day #28 It’s awesome time
Day #29 Optimist
Day #30 Leinen los!

letterattack handlettering mut macht stark

letterattack challenge handlettering everyday im lettering

letterattack challenge handlettering moments matter

letterattack challenge handlettering say cheese

letterattack challenge handlettering vielleicht

letterattack challenge handlettering angst beginnt im kopf

letterattack challenge handlettering glitziblitzi

letterattack challenge handlettering chance change

letterattack challenge handlettering zauberschön

letterattack challenge handlettering sag niemals nie

letterattack challenge handlettering its awesome time

letterattack challenge handlettering optimist

letterattack challenge handlettering leinen los

Letterattack Challenge Day #04 to #10


I just want to make a quick update on the letterattack challenge. First i thought i wanted to post each day of the letterattack challenge also here on my blog like i do on my instagram. Then i thought it would be nicer to post a few days at once as a weekly review. So here you can see day 4 to day 10. As you can see there are some words and sentences i had more fun with than others. My favourite is “Achtungfertiglos”. Which is your favourite handlettering?
Would you also like to see the Handletterings day By day or a weekly summary? let me knkow!

Day 04 Coffee
Day 05 Courage, dear heart.
Day 06 Achtung, fertig, los!
Day 07 I love it!
Day 08 Sei Pippi, nicht Annika!
Day 09 Manamana
Day 10 Träume

Ich wollte nur ein kleines Update zu der Letterattack Challenge posten. Zunächst wollte ich auch auf dem Blog täglich den jeweiligen Tag posten, wie ich es auch auf Instagram mache, habe mich dann aber doch dazu entschieden eine kleine Zusammenfassung zu machen, als kleinen Wochenrückblick. Hier gibt es also Tag 4 bis Tag 10 zu sehen. Wie man sehen kann konnte ich einige Wörter und Sätze einfacher gestalten als andere. Mein Liebling ist “Achtungfertiglos”. Welches Handlettering gefällt euch am besten?
Ih würde gerne wissen ob ihr die Handletterings auch gerne täglich hier auf dem Blog sehen wollt, oder eine wöchentliche Zusammenfassung? Lasst es mich wissen.

Tag 04 Coffee
Tag 05 Courage, dear heart.
Tag 06 Achtung, fertig, los!
Tag 07 I love it!
Tag 08 Sei Pippi, nicht Annika!
Tag 09 Manamana
Tag 10 Träume

letterattack challenge handlettering coffee anja sturm

letterattack challenge handlettering yourage dear heart anja sturm

letterattack handlettering achtung fertig los

letterattack handlettering i love it

letterattack handlettering sei pippi

letterattack handlettering manamana

letterattack handlettering träume