Sophia Martineck’s detailed illustrations add whimsy to the mundane

Date
25 April 2016
Reading Time
1 minute read

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.

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Sophia Martineck: The Guardian

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Sophia Martineck: Crafts magazine

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Sophia Martineck: Crafts magazine

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Sophia Martineck: McKinsey Quarterly

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Sophia Martineck: McKinsey Quarterly

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Sophia Martineck: The New York Magazine

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Sophia Martineck: The Guardian

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Sophia Martineck: Crafts magazine

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Sophia Martineck: Crafts magazine

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Sophia Martineck: Der Freitag

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Sophia Martineck: Crafts magazine

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Rebecca Fulleylove

Rebecca became staff writer at It’s Nice That in March 2016 before leaving the company at the end of 2017. Before joining the company full time she worked with us on a freelance basis many times, as well as stints at Macmillan Publishers, D&AD, Dazed and frieze.

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