My name is Anja (eng. Anya) and I’m an illustrator  and art director from coastal Croatia where I run a one-woman studio called The Drawing Fish

I got my MA in Illustration from the University of the Arts London and have since been working as an illustrator, concept developer and art director on many different and exciting projects!

I mostly do editorial and book illustration, with a particular emphasis on work aimed at children. However, I am interested in many different types of illustration, having worked for various other studios, advertising agencies and organisations as an illustrator and (visual) concept developer.

Overall, my workflow tends to be quite conceptual, as I put a lot of research into every project I tackle, being quite detail-oriented by nature. I mostly work in photoshop and in pencils/coloured pencils, depending on the project, its demographics and the overall timeline. 

When it comes to personal work, I mostly find inspiration in whimsical and peculiar stories and characters, nature and its many storytelling qualities, and Slavic lore.

The Secret Lives of Mermaids and Curious Creatures Glowing in the Dark are out now, and Curious Creatures Working with Tools and Ancient Egyptians are being published mid 2022.


Flying Eye Books
Penguin Random House – Ladybird Books
Nosy Crow
Franklin Watts and Wayland – Hachette UK
Chief Investment Officer / Plansponsor / Planadviser
Le Monde Diplomatique
Agency 404
University of the Arts London
Apollo Magazine
Oh! Magazine
Compound Butter Magazine
The Scouts Magazine
Croatia Osiguranje
VOX Feminae
Rijeka 2020 – European Capital of Culture


Pan MacMillan – Bright Young Things 2017
Derwent Art Prize 2016
3×3 Magazine – 13th International Illustration Student Show
Penguin Design Awards 2016 – highly commended
Monologue . Dialogue 2017 – illustration exhibition in Hangzhou, China
Betweens 2018 – illustration exhibition in Beijing, China
Victionary Dark Inspirations II 2016