Archive for January, 2012


January 26, 2012

Sergio Martinez self-portrait.

It’s been suggested that the introduction of photography to the magazine industry is what caused the demise for the Golden Age of Illustration. Well, maybe not, because there are still some among us who have carried the tradition on what good illustration is.

For more than five decades Sergio Martinez has carried the torch unnoticed and probably unappreciated. But for those who know, will tell you, he is from the “Old School of Illustration.” Through all of Sergio’s years, he has remained true to his art. In spite of all the changes in the field of illustration he has never been swayed or deterred from what he believes good art is. To compromise was not an option.

A true artist does not simply draw or paint with his pen or brush but rather, with his heart.

Manuel Auad

Sergio has had an international career in Mexico, the United States, as well as inEurope. Born in Orizaba Ver, Mexico, he received his art training at the Academie de la Grande Chaumiere in Paris. His first art work was commissioned by the Librerie Hachete inParisin 1973 and he soon branched out illustrating for books and advertising clients in France, Switzerland, Spain, Central and South America. He also did a lot of work for BBC and many American publishers, including Signet, New American Library, Disney Press, New York, the Reader’s Digest and Elfin Light Press. His work has also been widely exhibited in Europe and Mexico City with several appearances exhibitions at the Society of Illustrators, New York City.

Although trained classically to use the standard mediums. Martinez has evolved a personal technique that is his hallmark and which enables him to attain a glowing luminicity. The originals are rendered on a transparent vellum in wax crayons and colored pencil, working on both the front and  underside, dissolving the charcoal pencil or crayon into tone by means of turpenoid. The effect is similar to a Maxfiels Parrish glaze but by entirely different means. His working method is detailed in Step-by-Step Graphics cover story, in the January/February 1996 issue.

Walt Reed

Roger Reed

The Illustrator in America 1860-2000

The Society of Illustrators

Artwork copyright 2012 Sergio Martinez. All Rights Reserved. Used with permission.

For those who are interested in owning an origina by Sergio Martinez, he is now accepting commsions. Please contact him at: