Anke Weckmann

Where are you from?

I grew up in a small town near Hannover, in northern Germany.

Where are you living now?

I've been living in London (UK) for almost ten years now.

How would you define your work?

I love drawing characters and I hope that all of them tell some sort of story. Sometimes that's subtle and in the details of their body language or details in their clothing. My work starts out as ink drawings on paper and I usually colour it digitally.

Key moments in your professional career:

The most important moment happened before I graduated from university. I decided I would be an illustrator and work as hard as I possibly could, no matter how long it would take. For three years I had a part-time job and in September 2008 I started to work as an illustrator full-time. That was another key moment.

Where can we find your work? (publications, expositions, products, etc)

You can find a range of greeting cards I did over at http://RedCapCards.com and I have a shop with prints and little products at http://Linotte.Etsy.com. Have a peek at my blog for news on where you can currently find my illustrations: http://AnkeWeckmann.Blogspot.com 

What inspires you?

So many things. Stories (in books,films or images), people, textures and especially shapes and colours. I try to use colours I haven't used before and find interesting combinations. I keep a sketchbook of random ideas and drawings and a scrapbook of inspiring images. These help me a lot if I'm working on projects.

A song: Joanna Newsom, "En Gallop"

A book: Louise Fitzhugh, "Harriet the Spy"

A city: Avonlea (The fictional place where Anne Shirley (of Green Gables) lives. It's more a town than a city I suppose.).

A happy memory: Christmas time when I was little. It used to be magical and I used to look forward to it from July onwards.

 

Some works from Anke Weckmann: