MartyMarty Blake has been working as a freelance illustrator and graphic designer for many years. Marty‚Äôs illustration is grounded in collage, usually digital. Her pictures are composed of scraps from her extensive library of old books, magazines, ephemera, and vintage cigar box labels. She uses her own photographs and stock photography when needed. Her personal work is cut paper with sundry oddments glued on. Marty’s work has been honored by inclusion in the Society of Illustrators, American Illustration, Print magazine, 3×3 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.

Soon to be a published author, Marty’s first book, Drawn to Type: Lettering for Illustrators will be published by Bloomsbury Art Books, London, UK in February, 2021. Intended as a teaching guide and inspiration for budding illustrators, it will be 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.

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