Anna Niedhart is a freelance illustrator and art director, and also co founder of Rainbow Unicorn – a design and interactive studio based in Berlin. And to top it all off she’s this week’s Illustrated pick.
WHERE DID YOUR FASCINATION WITH ART BEGIN?
From early childhood onwards I was intrigued with the possibilities pencil and paper were offering. I still own a notebook from times in wich I could barely spell my name, in which early figurative drawings like circus animals and abdominous monsters can be found. Since I can remember I had the desire to capture things – of the real world or from my fantasy – which resulted in a continous output.
WHY ILLUSTRATION OVER ANY OTHER MEDIUM?
Illustration is instantanious like life itself. A pen – or anything else leaving a mark on an available surface – is easy at hand. Something seen or imagined can be captured in the moment of appearance. I am seeing myself as a mediator of content.
HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR STYLE?
The human figure is in the centre of my interest. Implemented in ink or water color my illustrations might at first glance be close to Manga, but never overly clean or shaped. Some are rather pretty and bright, others are dirty evil and broken, with smudged colors. The absurdity of modern life sometimes manifests in chimerical creatures with atrificial limbs. Ocasionally those drawings are merged in digital collages.
WHO DO YOU ADMIRE?
Concerning art I’d go for Martin Kippenberger, Miranda July and also Geoffrey Lillemon. They may have different styles and approches but they are blunt and genuine in their very personal way.
WHAT ARE YOU HUNGRY FOR?