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"On how misogyny between women can damage one’s career"

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Illustration for ForbesWoman Russia «On how misogyny between women can damage one’s career no less than gender discrimination». In Russia the misogyny with girls letting down other girls to an extent that it can become an obstacle much tougher than gender discrimination is unfortunately widely spread. The opportunity deficit, the competition fear, lack of role models. his is the first and main illustration in the series of three.

Anna Xenz
illustration of Illustration series for the Forbes Woman Russia magazine
illustration of Illustration series for the Forbes Woman Russia magazine
illustration of Illustration series for the Forbes Woman Russia magazine
illustration of Illustration series for the Forbes Woman Russia magazine
illustration of Illustration for ForbesWoman Russia «On how misogyny between women can damage one’s career no less than gender discrimination».
In Russia the misogyny with woman letting down other woman to an extent that it can become an obstacle much tougher than gender discrimination is unfortunately widely spread. The opportunity deficit, the competition fear, lack of role models. This is the first and main illustration in the series of three.
illustration of This illustration for ForbesWoman Russia «On how misogyny between women can damage one’s career no less than gender discrimination» is about how woman must mimicked in working team. This one is the third illustration in series of three.
illustration of Financier magazine cover illustration. The main theme and the header was
illustration of Illustration for the poster for a play “She’s a girl, she can do whatever she wants” based on short stories by Alexander Tsypkin tellung as a story about how woman can be a girls at any ages.
illustration of ‘The wild book’ by Juan Villoro. Book cover illustration, lettering and design. This book cover was shortlisted at World Illustration Award 2020.
“The Wild book” tells us about mystery of reading and how cosmic it can be. It tells us about friendship and growing up, about a child who grows up and, remaining close with family, finds his own pride and his own way. But first of all it is about the magic of reading.
illustration of This picture has been created related to Trotsky series for a special project of the Russian 1TV Channel.
Trotsky was a brilliant thinker, speaker and organiser, “demon” of the Russian revolution as they used to call him, a contradictory figure...And I wonder, at what point do big ideas turn into despotism? Why does it have to blood and then darkness? Why did the scissors cut history into “before” and “after” and what was Trotsky’s part in the process?
illustration of The second version of the poster for movie “The Three” directed by Anna Melikyan. This poster was stylised as Soviet movie posters of the 20th century’s 70s-80s.
illustration of Illustration for the cover for Philosophie magazine (France) «Can we put ourselves in the shoes of others».
illustration of Book cover for the “Island days” by Gideon Samson. The characters are 13 and 14. These are the first summers of their freedom - when you are allowed to go on your own with friends wherever - beaches, bikes, the afternoon sun, as if you’ve suddenly broken free from your previous life and every day you wake up anew, different. And oh these smells and colours - the crazy wild colours of the afternoon sea, the bright skies, how clear and acute they are. The whole world is so brand new.
illustration of “To enter and to exit safely”. The first and the mail Illustration from a series of eight for an article in ForbesLife Russia about myths around midlife crisis and ways out of it. 
Because the article was about myths, my idea was to draw illustrations in the style of ancient Greek painting on amphorae.
illustration of “To enter and to exit safely”. How to deal with depression and burnout? Art is one of the best coping strategies. Art is a wonderful way to do it. Writing, drawing, dancing and singing. 
The second of series of eight illustrations for an article in ForbesLife Russia about myths around midlife crisis and ways out of it. 
Because the article was about myths, my idea was to draw illustrations in the style of ancient Greek painting on amphorae.
illustration of Cover Illustration for the Simple Wine News magazine. This draw for a front cover based on a burning topic of restaurant market during CoviD. We worked with the cover in June 2020, having started even earlier before the lockdown was over. The situation changed every day (go on sleeping), there was a risk that we draw one thing and find out later that it was completely off the table. But we seem to have finally nail it:) what else? There are five particular chefs on the cover.
illustration of «Hiding is dangerous. Go see a doctor!»
This project that received great positive feedback was done in cooperation with Cancer Prevention Foundation. Its main idea goes like this: when feeling even slightly unwell one ought to see a doctor instead of burying one’s head in the sand and waiting for it to dissolve. (Which is relevant now with CoVid too). Last year, the posters were all around the place - in subway and in medical institutions.
illustration of Illustration for the cover for a brochure on the topic on how digitalization will help restaurateurs and all people who work for restaurants with its management.
illustration of Illustrations on escapism for GRAZIA magazine. Where goes the boarderline between daydreaming and escaping reality? Is the latter dangerous? Are books any different in this sense than games, Tik Tok and TV series? How about food and alcohol addiction? Does it really matter which “tool” the person chooses? And a few words on natural selection that goes on in the article in Grazia magazine.
illustration of Illustration for the cover for 'Uncensored Collection' by Alexander Tsypkin. The book owes its name to is a comedic description of relationships between between the Russian authorities and people. The top figure in the drawing symbolizes the authorities and the lower one – the people. On the other hand most of the stories in the book deal with merely entanglements of human relationships – all narrated in an ironic manner.
This illustration was longlisted of the World Illustration Awards 2020.
illustration of The sketch for the poster for the movie “The Three”
illustration of My cover for the Kids and Family issue for the ForbesLife Russia. The issue’s main characters are two multi-child fathers, both from Forbes Russia list, who are intended to leave their wealth to charity funds. One of them named Roman Avdeev is also a multi-adoptive parent. 
When you usually see pictures of a parent giving a gentle hug to a child, the parent is most likely to be mother. But this is not right. We break stereotypes at ForbesLife cover story.
illustration of It’s gotta better be kittens sometimes. An illustration for the article in MAXIM magazine «Why Daddy’s Liver Is Bigger».
illustration of The first version of the poster for movie “The Three” directed by Anna Melikyan. This poster was stylised as Soviet movie posters of the 20th century’s 70s-80s.
illustration of Here’s one of my illustrations for an article in the ForbesLife Russia for the issue solely devoted to charity. It incorporates everything I feel towards people in charity, admiration primarily. These people help and support others while walking up the uneven stairs in almost complete darkness. At least this how I see what they do. 
Soundtrack: U2 “One” - “We got to carry each over”
illustration of The cover illustration for the spoken word album. This illustration is about how theater life turned to the digital during the pandemic.
illustration of Cover illustration and design for the family comedy novel by Kate Hilton «Better Luck Next Time» about woman and her family - for those of us who have survived siblings, children, parents, and marriage.
The storyline involves family relationships - intricate as they always are in a big family. The cover’s concept is built around the image of a doll’s house that I spotted in my friends’ daughter’s room. The daughter is 7 and she no longer plays with the house, so it turned into a toys storage.
illustration of Illustration for the audio album of short stories
illustration of Book cover illustration for the book “House of good-bye” by Alexander Tsypkin
illustration of
illustration of Illustration for an article “The Dashing Women of the 1990-s.” in the ForbesWoman Russia. 1990-s was the post USSR epoch when the USSR was already in ruins and Russia as a state was not shaped yet, the epoch marked by an outburst of banditry. Women in business were a very rare bird in Russia of that time - too risky. It is a short cartoon with an ironic character flavored by typical looks of the 1990-s and wannabe-trendy images, meant to frame a rather serious article.
illustration of Here’s what I drew for an incredibly important article in the charity issue of ForbesLife Russia. The article’s called “Every single panny. Why are charity organisations entitled to make money”.
illustration of
illustration of A cover for a book which is a collection of short stories entitled
illustration of That’s what we missed last year. Illustration for the woman GRAZIA magazine.
illustration of When tears turning into flames⠀
‘Just as grapes will inevitably turn into wine, so will a woman ’s tears turn into fury’. Illustration for the short movie poster “Did you love him?”

Profile

Anna Xenz is an illustrator and lettering artist. Her professional activities focus on book covers, advertising, editorial illustrations and animation (such as music videos and title sequence). She uses a symbolic, playful language, and looks for narrative scenarios and aesthetics in things that surround her and relate to everyday experience. She makes a point of finding ambiguous visual images that strike a nerve and encourage the onlookers to discover something new about themselves – with irony but without moralizing. She has worked for Forbes Russia, MAXIM, Gillette, Sony Music, Philosophie magazine, Message to Man International Film Festival, AST Publishing, Polyandria Print, Grazia Magazine.

Style/Techniques

Collage, Conceptual, Design, Digital, Figurative, Graphic, Lettering, Line with Color, Photoillustration, Silhouette, Stylized, Concept Art, Film/Entertainment, Vector, e-Learning

Subject/Specialties

Humor, Action, Animals, Book Covers, Celebrities, Children, Children's Books, Computers, Corporate, Editorial, Education, Family, Fantasy, Food, Futuristic, Health, Historical, Holidays, Leisure, Mystery, People, Political, Portrait, Posters, Romance, Scientific, Sports, Technology, Transportation, Food/Beverage, Lifestyle, Feminine, Youth, Edgy, Financial