For several years, artist Christoph Niemann spent every single Sunday creating a unique drawing experiment. The award-winning artist has had drawings that have appeared in dozens of publications and he would simply sit down with a blank piece of paper and an everyday random object from around the house. When he sat down, he had no idea what he was going to draw, but he had one rule: the drawing would include whatever object he had picked up from around the house. It might be two pennies, a bunch of bananas, or even an old sock.
Over the years, Niemann created hundreds of these visual puns and he’s collected all of them into a new book titled “Sunday Sketching,” which also includes other work from his expansive career. The collection is a retrospective of the artist’s work, but it can also serve as a meditation of sorts on the entire creative process. Throughout the book, Niemann uses his charming breed of humor and clever drawings to tackle complicated subjects like money, insecurity, and more. This book reminds us all that even the brightest creative geniuses face challenges when they’re trying to consistently create good work.
Christoph is famous for playing with context and scale to create small scenes using everyday materials and ink for his drawings or even larger works of art. Every Sunday, Christoph shares a new “Sunday Sketch” to his Instagram account. He also occasionally sells prints of his series and original drawings in an online store. The book itself deals with something that we’ve all felt from time to time: what happens when everything falls apart? Will I be irrelevant someday? Check out some of his best “Sunday Sketches” below.