Anna Karetnikova

Being an illustrator is Anna Karetnikova’s way of communicating her point of view to the outside world. Anna was born in Kazakhstan and grew up in Berlin. She then moved to Hamburg to study illustration at the HAW and is currently enrolled in their illustration master program. Anna is the co-founder of „Odradek Magazine“, a magazine that tells stories through illustration.

Anna is a passionate surfer and most inspired when travelling. The ocean and the nature that surrounds it strongly influence her work. Anna finds inspiration for her illustrations in everything that surrounds her – be it conflicts, song lyrics or the little miracles of the everyday. She describes her illustration style as naive, playful and lively.

Anna creates her artworks mainly digitally. Her first step is always the search for reference material during which she plans out the composition, colour scheme and overall feel of the piece. She is very interested in the topic of sustainability, the way we deal with plastic and how we take care of the oceans. Everything concerning the sea makes Anna’s creative juices flow!

Nature lover Anna was also part of the Bookzine by CORRECT!V, where she illustrated a report on the rising sea levels at the German coast. She had creative freedom for this project and tried lots of different techniques, mixing infographics with comic book elements.

In future Anna wants to do more animation work, creating murals is also high on her list!


Anna creates her artworks mainly digitally. Her first step is always the search for reference material during which she plans out the composition, colour scheme and overall feel of the piece. She is very interested in the topic of sustainability, the way we deal with plastic and how we take care of the oceans. Everything concerning the sea makes Anna’s creative juices flow!

Nature lover Anna was also part of the Bookzine by CORRECT!V, where she illustrated a report on the rising sea levels at the German coast. She had creative freedom for this project and tried lots of different techniques, mixing infographics with comic book elements.

In future Anna wants to do more animation work, creating murals is also high on her list!


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