Interview with Anna Dittmann

by Thursday, October 23, 2014

InkHello Anna, first of all, tell us something about your upcoming work. What are you into at the moment?

In terms of personal work, I’ve been feeling particularly inspired by the aquatic themes recently. I love creating a sense of movement, therefore the ocean has a sea of inspirational possibilities.


Would you give a brief walk through your workflow?

I normally start with a vague concept in mind and sketch out my idea in black and white. After tweaking the composition, values, and being generally nit-picky, I start seeking out references and refining my sketch. Next, I throw in textures on a variety of layer modes such as soft light, divide, multiply, whatever may feel best. I add color using layer modes, and particularly like curves to manipulate hues. Toward the end, I detail the piece, sharpen it, and call it a day. I often work on more than one image at a time because it keeps me refreshed when going back and forth. I draw whenever I can, but I’m a night person at heart and feel most inspired after dark.


preyI’m impressed by your color palette.. Could you tell me some about how did you find it?

Colors are inspired by florals, creatures (particularly insects), art, food, everyday objects. Even though I tend to start in black and white and prefer limited palettes, adding hue is my favorite part. After seeing an inspiring color scheme, there’s nothing I want to do more than paint.


How has your work evolved over the years from when you were beginning?

Style is a constant evolution and is bound to change as our experiences change us. From the beginning though, my style has been dreamy and figure based. I used to work with line art, but when I got my hands on a tablet, my strokes gradually became more painterly. At the beginning I would rely on an airbrush for rendering, but recently I’ve incorporated a textural quality for a more traditional feel.


oilWho’s the first painter that comes to your mind in a second? 

Probably Klimt – his use of pattern and line is beautiful. The balance of a realistic figure within decorative surroundings is an aesthetic that I love.


What’s the place or what do you do when you feel you’re thinking in a bright way?

I move around a lot, so in my workspace is always in flux. But I love painting by a window with a hot cup of tea. When I can, I love finding escape outdoors. I often draw inspiration from movement and organic shapes by incorporating abstracted natural elements. I love the beauty and unpredictability of nature. It’s a perfect complement to the human figure.


GamblerSomething you’ve always wanted to do, but have yet to.

I’d love to travel more in the future. This summer I had the chance the explore Europe, and now I want to see everything else that’s out there!


Something you want the world to know about you.

I couldn’t live without ice cream or tea.


Something that annoys or frustrates you about people.

People who cannot see the positives in themselves or others.


VineYour idea about social networks.

The internet is a powerful tool. In an instant you have a global audience at your fingertips. Much of the response I get is through posting art online. As an illustrator, it’s useful to be active on social media and gallery sites in addition to a website. Once you start getting your name out there, the more personal and professional connections you’ll make.


What’s overrated/underrated today?

That being said about social networks, they can be dangerously addicting and isolating. I think interacting with phones instead of focus on conversation is perhaps overrated.


What about underrated?

Homemade brownies.


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