Time flies by fast! We first worked with Anke almost four years ago. Back then, her wallet used a monotone palette on the outside spiced up with a bold red on the inside. This time around, she whets our appetite for the colors of spring. Wouldn’t you love to be the girl in her illustration, reading under the shadow of a tree? Yeah, we thought so.
We caught up with Anke to ask her how life has been then and now. Here’s what she had to say.
Tell us, how did you go about drawing the illustration that graces your second wallet line for Poketo?
The illustration that was used for the wallet is a personal piece that I started drawing without a thought out plan of what I was going to draw. I love drawing that way; it’s as if I am telling the story to myself while I am drawing.
What is the inspiration behind your work?
I am very inspired by colors and shapes, at the moment I love all the white and pink trees that are in bloom. I keep stopping in the street to look at them. I’ll point them out to my boyfriend saying: “Look at this tree! Look at that tree! Look!”. My work is an attempt to make sense of things in my own way, and anything that interests me will find its way into my work sooner or later.
It’s been a few years since we last worked together. How has your artwork progressed since then?
My artwork hasn’t changed in a fundamental way; I am still interested in characters and the (often imaginary) worlds they live in. But my drawing is progressing in a natural way, through lots of practice. My lines are more confident, the characters look a little different, and I enjoy using a wider pallet of colors.
What do you do in your free time when you are not drawing or painting? What do you like to do in our free time? Is making art pretty much your full-time job?
Work takes up most of my time, usually 60-80 hours per week. When I am not working on commissions, I often work on personal projects. I try to take one day a week of to stay sane and often spend it sleeping, going for walks with my boyfriend, meeting people, cooking good food or watching a film.
You moved from Germany to London. Take us on a tour of London and tell us about your favorite spots.
I love the National Gallery, Tate Modern & Tate Britain. It’s nice to go there with a sketchbook, look at pictures and draw people. Kew Gardens is beautiful, especially in spring. And I like going for walks by the river.