Anke Eissmann is a freelance illustrator and graphic designer living and working in Herborn, Germany. Since studying Visual Communication at Bauhaus University in Weimar, Germany, and Graphic Design at Colchester Institute in Colchester, UK, she has worked for a number of international publishers, preferably on fantasy publications and children’s literature. These include books on Greek mythology, fairytales and ghost-stories, adaptations of historic tales such as Beowulf, mixes of fantasy and historical subjects such as Naomi Novik’s Temeraire series, and most prominently watercolours inspired by the works of JRR Tolkien.
Tolkien’s writings have been one of her major sources of inspiration for almost thirty years. As an active member of the Tolkien Society and the German Tolkien Society, her Tolkien and fantasy-inspired works have been exhibited at galleries and international conventions, gatherings and conferences (e.g. Aachen, Berlin, Birmingham, Herborn, Jena, London, Oxford, Wetzlar, Vienna). Apart from Tolkien, her interests and sources of inspiration include subjects such as mythology, history, historical reenactment, design, nature, films and cinematography. Most recently her creative juices have been stirred by the innovative BBC series Sherlock.
Her preferred media for artistic expression are watercolour, pencil, and ink. She is rarely seen without a sketchbook, apart from when she is riding my bicycle or teaching art and art-history at secondary school.