For the last couple of years Berlin-based illustrator Sophia Martineck has been working for a range of editorial clients since the last time we featured her including The New York Times, Le Monde, Bloomberg Businessweek, Das Magazin and a whole host of other German weeklies. Her pencil-drawn illustrations are generously detailed, and it’s a change of pace from the slick, computer-rendered editorial work we’ve recently seen.
Sophia’s work is cluttered with lovely inaccuracies that breathe charm and intrigue into her chaotic scenes. The skewed perspectives and jaunty angles work best when her illustrations fill the page where her worlds become busy with activity. Her more character-based work sees a focus on the everyday, but there’s a whimsy to the mundane tasks she depicts. Knitting a scarf causes a woman to levitate and a man sits patiently while weaving a cage for his tropical bird adding an offbeat tone to Sophia’s work.