Welcome to studio animanova

where Graphic Recording, Illustration, and Animation are created with dedication and love. My name is Christoph J Kellner, and I founded the studio 25 years ago in Berlin. This website is about the studio and my offerings. 

welcome studio animanova

Drawing means seeing

“To confer the gift of drawing, we must create an eye that sees, a hand that obeys, a soul that feels; and in this task, the whole life must cooperate. In this sense, life itself is the only preparation for drawing. Once we have lived, the inner spark of vision does the rest.” – Maria Montessori

I have been drawing since I could hold a pen. I take genuine joy in it and have developed an understanding of translating visual and life experiences into images. This motivates me daily and remains a constant challenge. Openness and curiosity help in this endeavor. Subsequently this creates a space where learning is possible, both in terms of content and craftsmanship.

Sometimes, the gut thinks, sometimes the head feels – either way, I am fully engaged with heart and mind to find expression and further develop a personal style.

In addition, I have the courage to play, I experiment, and I afford myself passion projects for this. With humor comes lightness, from which charming, often colorful ideas bubble up. But I can also delve into darker themes. As a matter of fact I excel in clear focus, and I believe I have a sense of relevance. Accordingly, this enables me to make good design decisions. My commitment to value and quality is enduring. It includes clear communication beyond projects, just as much as successful results. Consequently the electricity that powers studio animanova has been completely carbon-neutral since 2001, thanks to positive energy from 100% ecological sources.

Introduction Christoph J Kellner studio animanova

Foto: Oliver Vaccaro // https://oliver-vaccaro.com

Telling good stories with images

“Drawing is still basically the same as it has been since prehistoric times. It brings together man and the world. It lives through magic.”
Keith Haring

In short, from the first phone call, from concept to sketch, from draft to refinement – two eyes, two ears, and a hand for special stories are always an inseparable part. Because from the very beginning, the goal at studio animanova has been to tell good stories with images – whether they are my own or those of my clients. 

“A drawing is simply a line going for a walk.”
Paul Klee

After 25 years, it’s time to expand the creative horizon. From now on, the Berlin base will be joined by the junior studio near Barcelona. In addition to my visual language, it will now also be trilingual – initially in the digital showroom here on the Internet. German, English and Spanish – easily selectable in the menu at the top right. My range of services has also been re-organised and can be found in more detail in the main menu under Illustration, Animation and Graphic Recording.