Thursday, July 13, 2017


Happy 20th Anniversary, CONTACT! The film made it's theatrical debut on July 11, 1997 and I'm very happy to have completed the artwork for my fan poster just in time to celebrate this week!

I am forming a private group to fund a limited edition screen printed poster. I hope there are a few more fans out there who want to show it some love and help me make it a reality. Interested? Details below.

Here are the details:

CONTACT by C.A. Martin (I'm running the group myself)
Size: 24x36
Colors: 12 (plus paper white)
Special Inks: metallic layer
Special paper: pearlescent white
Run Size: TBD, 20-50
Payment Due Date: August 1
Printer: Lady Lazarus
Cost: TBD, $85 shipped (or less) is the target
Start Date: Artwork is done

Joining the commission constitutes a commitment to pay for one printed poster.

Click the link below to join.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017


My agent is sending out a promo based on the theme "Fairy Tale". We were encouraged to interpret the theme how we wanted, from reinterpreting an existing tale to making an image with a fantasy feel. I chose the latter. I'm not quite sure what the story is here, but I think it involves a magical tree home to a few woodland sprites who grant wishes to those who promise to keep their existence a secret.

Friday, June 9, 2017


The days are quickly stacking up as it's now been over a month and a half since I left my day job. I've continued to put time into working on my illustrated Contact poster in hopes of completing it by my self-imposed July deadline. I think I'm on track to meet it. Still have a ways to go as you can see in the update below. But it's coming together and I'm happy with it thus far.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017


NEW DOODLE: "Splendor" is complete. As always, prints (5x7=$10, 8x10=$15, 12x16= $35) and the original painting ($120) are available in my Etsy shop:

Thursday, April 27, 2017


Now that I'm intentionally unemployed I have a lot of time on my hands to work on my own stuff again. Unfortunately, my right thumb is is still uncooperative and in too much pain to draw for very long. I'm hoping I can chip away at things here and there. My first goal is finishing up this alternative movie poster I'm making just for kicks. I'd like to get it finished in time for the 20th anniversary of the Contact's release on July 11th. Definitely still tweaking things but the overall composition is close to what I want...

Tuesday, April 25, 2017


I've officially left my wonderful job at The Sandra Feinstein-Gamm Theatre in Pawtucket, RI where I have had the pride and pleasure of working as the graphic designer for the past six seasons. 

The decision that it was time to move on was made back in January, but I finished out my work for the current season last week. Leaving a job I have really enjoyed is not easy, but over the past five and a half years I have learned a lot that undeniably made me a better designer. Having become rather comfortable in the job, I felt it was time to challenge myself again. My friend Jon has been hired in my place and I couldn't feel better about passing the reins on to him. The Gamm is a fantastic place to work and I am grateful for the friendships I've made in my time there and very proud of the work we accomplished together. 

I hope to return to freelance illustration in the coming months. Unfortunately at present the leaving of my day job overlaps with my need to tend to health issues. So first and foremost I will be focusing on feeling better so that I can get my body to a place where it can physically handle illustrating again. 

In the meantime, I have time. Time to walk and read and take my medications and use the infrared sauna and improve my nutrition and day dream and draw and doodle and REFLECT. Reflect on how lucky I am to have the chance to follow my heart and my art, wherever they take me. 

Monday, February 27, 2017



I spent the weekend at NerdCon Nerdfighteria, a convention composed of about 3500 millennials (and younger). I'd guess the median age was 23. If you aren't familiar with the Nerdfighter community, it's hard to explain exactly what "Nerdfighteria" is. Simply put, it's a subculture that promotes unironic enthusiasm. Complexly, it's an internet grown community, a mix of geeky, non-binary, full spectrum, inclusive, science-loving, Harry Potter fandoming, information-sharing educators, vloggers, writers, artists, creators, and appreciators. It's a lovely, inspiring, and beautifully weird thing. Which I guess is the best kind of thing, really. It truly was an exceptional weekend amongst a wonderfully inspiring community. Life's too short not to be nerdy. Unironic enthusiasm is awesome.

Also, on Sunday I had a maker table selling my doodlepaintings prints. Turns out, Nerdfighters like doodlepaintings. And I like Nerdfighters. Win-win.

So...thank you, Nerdfighteria. You're even more beautiful in the flesh. #nerdcon #happytears #imnotcryingyourecrying #DFTBA

Thursday, February 23, 2017


My first post of 2017 and it's nearly March? Oops.

Here's a quick catchup:

  • I completed two small freelance illustration projects in January and early February
  • I decided to leave my part-time job as a graphic designer at The Gamm Theatre after 6 years
  • I was feeling pretty great about the prospect of focusing on on illustration & writing full time 
  • Lyme disease came back with a vengeance
  • I started going to infrared sauna treatments to help the pain and KILL THE BUGGERS
  • My right thumb swelled up and I was in too much pain to draw
  • I cried a lot
  • I sat on the couch a lot
  • I finished this doodle anyway.

This weekend is Nerdcon Nerdfighteria in Boston and I will be attending as an uber fangirl of Crash Course, Sci Show, and the brothers Green, among others. Looking forward to having a maker's table on Sunday and having the chance to share my doodlepaintings with fellow Nerdfighters. (I hope you like 'em, peeps!)

Regardless, I expect it will be a lovely weekend surrounded by lovely, inspiring people.

So....DFTBA and:

Friday, December 9, 2016


It's been a quiet year for me. Three of my #bestnine2016 are still unfinished. (Heck, it's really more like #onlynine2016.) ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Here's hoping that 2017 will be leaps and bounds more productive.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016


I REALLY want to wiggle my way into the private poster commission world---as a poster buyer, I am obsessed. But I dream of being a poster maker, hired to make posters for some of my favorite movies. In an attempt to build a portfolio, I've got a few personal projects I'm working on at the moment.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016


This week I worked on a little illustration sample for inclusion in my agent's Halloween themed promo. Since I will be headed to the UK for 11 days I wanted to get it finished before that.

I began with a colored pencil drawing on bristol. Once scanned, I decided she needed a witch's hat to be more festive.

Final version is colored digitally.

Friday, September 2, 2016


Life in Color: A Coloring Book for Bold, Bright, Messy Works-In-Progress, the teen coloring book to which I contributed 5 original doodle coloring pages has been published by Capstone Publishing! It's a very nice collection of hip images by 12 different artists, and I'm very proud to be part of the collaboration.

Here's the description from Amazon:
Calling all teenagers and teens at heart! Packed with over forty designs, ranging from basic to intricate, these edgy pieces of art are just waiting for you to add your creative flair. A practice space for the budding artist, a gallery of contemporary artwork, and a canvas for your creativity, this book will inspire you to embrace your inner teen.
It's available for purchase on Amazon. Here's a sampling:

Wednesday, August 31, 2016


I've returned to working on my 24x36 illustrated poster for Practical Magic (my favorite movie ever). Now that I'm settled on the color palette and the overall composition, next I will move on to the actual drawing phase. I'm excited!

Tuesday, August 30, 2016


My agent is putting together a promotional mailing with samples from each her artists. We were asked to include a new piece using an original character from a project we are either developing or want to develop. I have been away from illustrating for the past few months but knowing she wanted full participation motivated me enough to sit down and spend some time drawing again.

Prior to beginning the piece, I had no character or story to speak of whatsoever. But I did have the idea that I wanted to create a series of illustrations taking place on different planets, with some kind of explorer in each scene, so I figured I could turn that into fitting the character prompt.

With very little to go on, I began digitally painting an alien landscape. Then I roughed in a figure---who became an astronaut---who became a young girl. Suddenly I was painting her carrying some kind of creature. And there was an astro dog companion by her side.

As I sketched out the composition, a story began to emerge of a girl named Dara, her dog, Fritz, and the orphaned foundling, a creature called a silkan, that she is determined to save. Pretty crazy that the brainstorming I was doing while drawing lead me to an idea for a graphic novel that I'd actually like to pursue. Imagination is a magical thing.

Here is a peek into the basic process.

1. Rough digital composition pass in Photoshop.

2. Colored pencil drawing on bristol.
I printed the sketch very lightly onto bristol board and drew a clean drawing over it using a dark purple colored pencil.

3. Final colored pencil drawing.
I scanned it into photoshop and brought it back into my original colored sketch file.

4. Final colored painting. 
After a day's work, the final digital painting is complete. I had fun playing around with colors and textures. In fact, it was the most fun I've had illustrating in a long while. The process was enjoyable and proved what I have long suspected: I NEED to draw (in colored pencil) FIRST and color the image digitally. It's the only way I can harness what I am best at, which is line work made of real pencil on paper.