Week #03 2018

Yesterday, right before i fell i asleep i had the perfect idea how to start this new blog post. Sadly i didn’t make any notes and of course i can’t remember anything i was thinking of. Also i think this is going to be a really short update because i have a huge lack of inspiration to write. Theres just not much happening in my mind when i think about the last week.
That week i am still stuck to drawing on paper with coloured pencils combined with regular pencils. I almost forgot how i actually like drawing on paper and also the results are still much more faster than drawing digital. I still try some experiments, work on my techniques and want to lern more and also most important i want to become even better. I also bought a few more coloured pencils with the name polychromos by Faber-Castell to vary with colours and trying something new, you know, stepping out of the comfort zone is important and colours are definately not my comfort zone. I am really excited where that leads. I Made some quick drawings and limited myself to only draw with the new colours which made the characters very colourful. What do you think about me using more colours?

Most of my drawings and illustrations i made through that week you can find on my Instagram account @anja.sturm. it’s really up to date and i post there very regularly. The Motives aren’t too exciting yet, but i made some sketches for a series i want to draw for some Prints and i really like the ideas so far. Another task for this year is to strengthen my confidence. There are different approaches i want to try and find out what works best for me. So i thought “why not include this topic to my illustration work?”The first few things i started with in the new year was writing down my good and also my bad characteristics. I have to see that written down from time to time, to not forget about the good sides of myself, because as you know i mostly think of the bad and negative sides. Another thing is to remind me of things that make me happy or are good for me. Some motivations and being reminded from time to time. This will the series of illustrations be about. Taking care of yourself and beeing your own best friend. I think a lot of you can also relate to that. I hope i can start with that project as soon as I can because I’m really excited about the sketches.
I’m still working on the idea of my collection booklet and collected all the drawings i liked the most of 2017. Still there is no structure or layout made, but thats the task for the new Week and I’m also thinking about to make this personal project a Kickstarter project. Printing booklets or Zines is not really in my budget these days and furthermore i can check out if you are interested in such a thing before i print it at all.
Talking about prints: I added some new Prints of my drawings and illustrations to my Etsy shop . I chose those motives because they were liked a lot on instagram so i thought you would maybe like to have them as art prints.

I also finished my “Yes this is Bear” illustration i talked about last week. I basically like the end result but i think of redoing it because i am not super excited about the format and how the lettering doesnt fit in at all. Seems like it falls apart and i don’t have the feeling that it all connects too well. Also made a new drawing with the girl calling bear nothing too special as well but it’s just part of the whole project, All in all this will maybe make another zine or just some simple Artworks. I can’t quite decide yet and don’t want to limit myself by saying i only do drawings for x or y, maybe it will someday be a cool band shirt design, who knows.

I also spent some time updating several Portfolios. I think it’s really neccesary to do that kind of work regularly to make you and your work visible and even maybe reach some new clients. First of all i updated my own personal portfolio and also i am very proud to say that i got a new url for it. It is simple : www.anjasturm.com without any extras. Just simply my name. Isn’t that great? I also started to upload my new projects to behance and added some of my artworks to my Portfolio at “Illustratoren Organisation”. I am still not finished yet but its all on its way. Bit by bit i will also try and connect my illustrations to Pinterest and i’m thinking about to add my work on deviantart again and i also want to check out if my works fit to Artstation? Are you familiar with Artstation? Can you recommend any other online Portfolios?

My workout was doing great last week, i increased the time of workout and also didn’t make any excuses and worked out every day. At least i did my “running on the spot” thing for 1,5 hours. My app tells me that i burned 3369 calories in total by “walking” 43 kilometres. Also the scale finally shows up some new numbers. I think im going in the right direction again i JUST have to keep up that routine. I also challenged myself on wednesday and did an extra round and “walked” 2 hours what really made me proud. While running on the spot i keep myself busy watching tv shows and series on Netflix. It keeps me motivated to watch documentaries about health, food and diets. Cant tell you how often i watched “What the health” Last week i started and finished watching “dark”. It wasn’t really my first choice because i don’t like german produtions in general, but i was really surprised and instantly fell in love with the title song. Also the story was super interesting to follow and i was busy thinking about what could happen next and what is connected and how. I really enjoyed watching the series and also i want to watch it again to understand every detail. The thing i didn’t like was the end because i couldn’t see the connection to the start and the whole theme. I think it would have made more sense if SPOILER: someone hung himself to start the story all over again. Or did i just miss anything? Will there be another season? Did you watch “Dark” and what are your thoughts?

That were the interesting parts of last week.

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