How did you get started doing what you do?
From early childhood onwards I was intrigued with the possibilities pencil and paper offered. I still own a notebook from times when I could barely spell my name, in which early figurative drawings like circus animals and 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 continuous output.

How would you describe your creative style?
The human figure or imaginary, undefined sets that normally flee the conventions and ideals of beauty are in the center of my interest. Implemented in ink or watercolor, my illustrations might at first glance be close to Manga, but never overly clean or shaped. Some are rather pretty and bright, glamorous and artificial like fashion models- others are dirty evil and broken, with smudged colors. The absurdity of modern life sometimes manifests in chimerical creatures with artificial limbs. Occasionally those drawings are merged in digital collages.

Interview with Watercolor Artist, Anna Niedhart on Jung Katz
Interview with Watercolor Artist, Anna Niedhart on Jung Katz

What’s your inspiration?
I take pictures, I go out and meet friends and I do meditation once a week. Just the other day, I got a sports boat license. The silence and symmetry of water provide an immediate inner peace and balance, without any effort. In general getting my brain empty is the best inspiration I can get and nature is the best place for that.

What is art to you?
In the end, art is the only thing which makes sense.

Interview with Watercolor Artist, Anna Niedhart on Jung Katz
Interview with Watercolor Artist, Anna Niedhart on Jung Katz

What does your typical day look like?
As creative Director at Rainbow Unicorn Studio, I spend my days working in visual design. At the end of the day, I’m starting to draw and do my own things which make me come down. When there are a lot of projects going on and the pressure is high, I have my best creative outputs and ideas.

What, if anything, would you tell your younger self?
Everything is going to be fine.

Interview with Watercolor Artist, Anna Niedhart on Jung Katz
Interview with Watercolor Artist, Anna Niedhart on Jung Katz

Any words of wisdom to aspiring artists who want to pursue a similar career?
Go your own way and don’t try to copy. Have fun in what you do.

Have any future aspirations that you’d like to share?
Our studio recently moved to a new location where I want to establish an exhibition space for visual artists, my aim is to curate art, present contemporary statements of all shades and to learn from this experience.

Interview with Watercolor Artist, Anna Niedhart on Jung Katz
Interview with Watercolor Artist, Anna Niedhart on Jung Katz

What’s your dream project?
A one-year commission for drawing in a huge room full of white Japanese paper.

What’s your process like?
I love to draw with watercolors and ink- you see every line and it has to be finished fast. It is a set ritual, mostly in the evening, when the outside world comes to rest. I need absolute calmness. The first thing I do is create a playlist of good music. Drawing is a very engrossing, contemplative affair. Having the right mindset is essential. After that, an idea grows over a long period and then it’s just about putting pen to paper, so to speak. Things turn out best when your head is no longer controlling your hand. It’s like breathing – you just don’t think about it.

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Posted by:Casey Webb

Founder & Editor-in-Chief of Jung Katz, as well as Editor for ZIIBRA.

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