Whimsical illustrations by Christoph Niemann reinterpret household objects in clever contexts

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February 9, 2021

Grace Ebert

All images © Christoph Niemann, shared with permission

To the Christoph Niemann (previously), all it takes is a halved apple or a pair of tongs lying around his studio to stimulate a whimsical drawing with the random object. The illustrator is known for his Sunday Sketches, a weekly series of drawings that plays with scale and position. The cleverly arranged compositions are full of humor and turn a red pen into a megaphone or a spread book into a cat’s whiskers.

Although Niemann usually lives in New York for part of the year, he has been working from his studio in Berlin since the outbreak of the pandemic. “I spend a lot of time just drawing – cityscapes, animals that I saw in the zoo (one of the few places that are still open), and turning those drawings into screen prints and linocuts,” he tells Colossal.

Before the lockdown, he visited cities like London and Tallin He does visual essays and although he misses traveling, he has enjoyed the increased focus and routine of the past few months. “I’ve been at my drawing desk almost every day since March last year. The things I do depend on input and inspiration. But craftsmanship, attention to detail and routine are also extremely important. These latter aspects benefit a lot from such a simple one and a fixed schedule, ”he says.

Niemann’s recent projects include a lively cover to the The New Yorker and his newly published book, Pianofortewhich indicates his experience in learning to play the piano as an adult. You can pick up a copy that is an extension of this interactive feature that ran in The New York Times Magazine a few months ago in Niemann’s shopwhere he also sells originals, prints and some of his other books. Follow his Sunday sketches and other illustrations on Instagram,


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