By day, Martin Gee is a Senior Art Director at TIME and by night, he’s a freelance illustrator and cat whisperer. Against his parents’ wishes, he studied illustration and graphic design at San Jose State University where he developed a love for publication design. His path of destruction includes several newspapers, magazines, a website and music venue.
Somehow his illustration style has evolved from watercolor to brooding photo-illustration to cute vector art that usually includes cats.
With a background in newspapers and self-sufficiency (aka zero budget), he wants to do it all and never sleep. He enjoys listening to the Tron Legacy soundtrack on a daily basis, building Lego robots, reading his all-time favorite book ‘What Do People Do All Day?’ and living the dream.
Gee has won awards from a few acronyms, an Emmy (aka 25% EGOT) and second place fondue set in presentation karaoke / improv.
Martin and his wife, Carrie, reside in Manhattan with their two loafs (aka unemployed cats). Thank you for reading this far.
SELECT CLIENTS / PUBLISHED IN
TIME, Entertainment Weekly, Popular Mechanics, Variety, ESPN, All You, Adweek, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, Huffington, Adult Swim, Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART), Pixar Times, UPPERCASE, Chicago Tribune, Dallas Observer, Amber Tamblyn, House of Blues, Katalyst Films, Live Nation, Ministry of Sound, Dj Rap, URB, XLR8R
UPCOMING AND RECENT SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS
2015 SND DC w/ Carrie Gee
2014 Makeshift Society Brooklyn - Marrying Art Direction and Illustration w/ Carrie Gee
ICON9 Board of Directors - Design/Technology Co-Chair
2015 - Society of Illustrators Student Competition Jury
2015 - Society of Illustrators 57 - Editorial
2014 - SPD Features Opener Merit Award
2012 - Emmy for 'Penguin Love'
2011 - Anton Majeri Award – Ball State University
2009 - Presentation Karaoke (Improv) - 2nd place / fondue set winner
“This is the most consistent range of pages we saw. The portfolio shows huge range — fun and serious, multiple illustration styles and multiple sections. After using personal illustrations, this winner can make the most of very little.” — SND 28 judges describing Martin's silver medal combination portfolio