Martina Paukova’s illustration style is easily recognizable, her art seemingly minimalistic consisting of geometric shapes that form a flat landscape, inhabited by flat-looking people.“I usually draw flattened (almost ironed down!) scenes filled with people and furniture,” Paukova reflected in an interview with Let’s Be Brief, describing her characters as “everyday lanky characters with dated hairstyles, busy with small mundane activities.
Her illustrated scenes are based on observations and memories, constructing a small, bite-sized narrative.“It can be a minimal amount of ingredients, but a certain narrative is always present,” stressed the Slovakia-born, Berlin-based illustrator.
Since graduating with an MA in Visual Arts, Paukova has managed to carve out a niche for her very specific style, gaining quite a large following in the process. Her work has also grabbed the attention of international brands as big as Apple, YouTube, and Google, and is continually featured in editorials as well as advertising campaigns.
“When I started and I can still remember the conversation I had with my then boyfriend about the want to focus on people – draw people, bend people, show people and their daily whereabouts and bonds,” she recalled, “and I went for it.”