Contributor Profile: Annika Brandow


How long have you been participating in Ten Paces? How did you initially get involved?

About a year now. I saw someone I follow on Instagram participate in it and thought it looked really fun.

Did you attend school for art? What was that experience like for you?

Yes, I studied Information Design (a mix of design, illustration, visual communication and marketing) at the University of Pretoria. It was fun and it made me realise that I preferred illustration as a career.

Do you work full time in a creative field? What are your goals for the next five years?

Yes, as a freelance illustrator. I’d like to experiment with more mediums and continue working with great clients and collaborators from all around the world.


What does your creative community or support structure look like? How have you been able to foster or maintain it?

I have a couple illustrator friends who I speak with regularly to blow off some steam. I also just joined a collective called Goal Girls in Berlin, which is a very supportive female empowerment group.

How do you stay inspired? What do you do when you're stuck in a rut?

I like reading, going for walks in the city, talking to friends and if all else fails, I find that a joint always helps spark creativity.

Are there any creative fears or anxieties you've had to overcome? What does that feel like?

Yes, sometimes I compare my work to other people’s amazing work and I feel anxious that I will never be as good as them. The only way to overcome that anxiety is to remember that everyone is different and art will always be subjective.


What advice do you have for folks just starting out in their creative career?

Just work hard and know you can do it.

Dream client / dream assignment?

I’d love to create book covers, album covers or have clients who make toys or candy.

What has been your favorite swap so far. What swaps would you like to see next?

Insects theme with the sketch by Hayley Powers. I’ve loved all the themes, so I’m happy to draw whatever is available.

Check out more of Annika’s work:

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