Martha studied graphic design for three years, and worked as a designer for two years after that. Before becoming a freelance illustrator, she worked as a production assistant on the CGI TV series Super 4, inspired by Playmobil toys.
Everything Martha creates is cut from coloured paper and glued down. She loves not just forming the images from the shapes, but building them up so that the outlines and shadows are clear, giving the artwork plenty of texture and therefore much more physical presence. Sometimes she uses a little chalk powder to create colour transitions, which bring another dimension the papercraft approach.
Martha’s style is decorative, striking, colourful and full of detail. She keeps it unique by adding new techniques, and she constantly looks for fresh ideas to adapt into her work.
Question: What drew you to illustration/design? Martha: I´ve always wanted to do it. If I had known the term "illustrator" when I was five, I probably would have said at that time already that I want to become one. Question: Do you have any formal design training? Martha: No, I studied graphic design. Question: Where do you live? Martha: In Berlin. Question: Can you describe your studio for me? Martha: Untidy, when I am at work and tidy when I am done. Question: What is your biggest inspiration? Martha: Animals. Question: How do you get the best ideas? Martha: I don´t have a specific place or time. The ideas just come to me. Question: What technique do you use? Martha: I cut different papers with the cutter. Question: Tell us about a favorite project you have recently completed. Martha: The illustrations for the magazine "Eltern" (Parents) was my first bigger job. Question: What would be your dream job/Commission? Martha: I want to do many things, it should always be diversified. Question: Who are your illustration heroes? Martha: I like Nikki McClure a lot. Question: Do you keep a sketchbook? Martha: Yes, of course. Question: What are your hobbies? Martha: I like playing Doppelkopf and traveling. Question: If you were not an illustrator, what would you be? Martha: I don´t have a clue. It´s just the only thing I always wanted to be. Question: Who would you like to meet? Martha: Nobody particular. I simply like meeting people. If I could choose, I would like to end up in a room with lots of people drawing. Question: If you could travel back in time, where would you go to? Martha: I quite enjoy the time I live in now. Question: What kind of music do you listen to? Martha: Electronic music. Question: What is the funniest thing you have ever done? Martha: I don´t know where to start. Most things derived from the situation and are hard to retell. Question: If you won the lottery, would you still work as illustrator? Martha: DEFINITELY! Question: Do you collect anything? Martha: No. Question: Do you have a favorite game? Martha: Doppelkopf and Boardgames.
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