Saturday, June 23, 2012

Erik D. Martin

Erik D. Martin
Erik D. Martin is a visual development artist based in Los Angeles and currently working for Disney Interactive.

His past clients include Nickelodeon Animation, Hasbro Animation, Disney Imagineering and Jim Henson, among others, He also contributed work as a color artists on Kazu Kbuishi’s beautiful Amulet graphic novel project.

Martin has the kind of springy, energetic style often characteristic of the best concept art, with lively drawing underpinning an effective use of controlled color. I particularly like the way he handles atmospheric perspective in his landscape environments.

On his website, you can find galleries of his work divided into categories like Environments, Visual Development, Character Design and Sketches. Don’t miss the Props gallery, which is more interesting than you might suspect (images above, second from bottom). There is also a section for Storyboards and Sketches. (Avoid the “Client Portfolio” section; it leads to a login page that is hard to back out of.)

Martin Also maintains a blog where he posts both professional and personal work, including some plein air paintings (above, bottom).

Martin has conducted an online class in Digital Painting for the Computer Graphics Master Academy, which is still available (for the CGMA’s usual fee).

There is a small Erik Martin gallery on the Creative Talent Network (where you can also find links to many more talented concept and visual development artists).

2 thoughts on “Erik D. Martin

  1. David Olford

    The I-pad has written my name with a capital in my address but that is an error.

    All the illustrations could tell a story.
    Deep beneath the caul of the world. Deep in the husk of our Earth are subterrean metropolises. how long have we survived locked below ? Brave survivors venture forth to the surface. Old skyscrapers in NYC are rigged to explode. But the exodus, the exit from the confining earth womb continues. Slowly people resume taking abode in old homes. Strange technology is aware we occupy old haunts. Eco balloons
    Behind the fallen skyscrapers of NY are strange white silos, what has taken hibernation there ? Is it the invaders that we escaped from ? Are the invaders human ? Alien ? Are they from the stars, or are they Wes Craven children, Zombies ? Alternate universe beings, the answer will terrify us.

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