MartyMarty Blake has been working as a freelance illustrator and graphic designer for many years. Marty‚Äôs illustration is grounded in collage, usually digital for illustration, cut paper and found objects for personal work. Marty’s work has been honored by inclusion in the Society of Illustrators, American Illustration, Print magazine, 3×3, Graphis magazine, Communication Arts magazine, and other publications worth note.

Design clients include arts and educational institutions, restaurants and fine foods, on projects such as logos, branding, packaging, brochures, ads, posters and publications.

Marty is Program Coordinator and teaches Illustration at Syracuse University. She’s serving a second term as Education Chair on the Board of ICON11, the Illustration Conference. ICON11 was delayed by the pandemic, and will be held in Kansas City, Missouri in July, 2022. The conference attracts presenters from all over the US and the world.

Marty’s first book, Drawn to Type: Lettering for Illustrators was published by Bloomsbury Art Books, London, UK in February, 2021. Intended as a teaching guide and inspiration for budding illustrators, it is distributed in the US and the UK. The book features examples of work by over 4 dozen practitioners of the arts of illustration and lettering, as well as tips and tricks, and project ideas. It is available for purchase at all major book retailers.

None of this dissuades Marty from her freelance vocation. Contact me.