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 fell in love with publication design. His path of destruction includes several newspapers and magazines, a website, and a concert venue / restaurant chain.
His illustration style has evolved from messy watercolor to brooding photo-illustration to cute vector art. Select clients include TIME, Entertainment Weekly, Variety, Popular Mechanics, ESPN and The Washington Post.
With a background in newspapers and self-sufficiency (aka zero budget), he wants to do it all and never sleep. He enjoys building LEGO robots, listening to the Tron Legacy soundtrack daily, reading his all-time favorite book ‘What Do People Do All Day?’ and living the dream.
Gee has won awards from a few acronyms (SOI, SPD, SND), an Emmy (aka 25% EGOT) and a fondue set for coming in second place in presentation karaoke / improv.
Martin and Carrie, also a Senior Art Director at TIME, were married in front of Van Gogh's “The Starry Night” at MoMa. They 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
RECENT SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS
2015 ART HED TK with Carrie Gee - Society for News Design, Washington DC
2014 Marrying Art Direction and Illustration with Carrie Gee - Makeshift Society, Brooklyn
ICON9 Board of Directors - Design/Technology Co-Chair
2015 - Society of Illustrators Student Competition Jury
2015 - Society of Illustrators 57 - Editorial
2015 - Work displayed at the LEGO Store, Rockefeller Center
2014 - Society of Publication Designers Features Opener Merit Award
2014 - Work featured on The Brothers Brick
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