I’m Courtney Autumn Martin, (known professionally as C.A. Martin). I'm a US-based freelance artist. I studied illustration at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) and graduated with honors in 2006. I spent the first 11 years of my career working as an in-house graphic designer and freelance children's illustrator on the side. My work in children's publishing has been seen in children’s picture books, book covers, and educational materials. In 2017, I left my graphic design job to work on entertainment illustration exclusively and to pursue my true passion: alternative movie posters and pop culture art.
Whether creating a poster or a book cover, I enjoy telling a complete story in a single striking image. My posters often give a solid sense of character, relationships, setting, and tone at a glance. Portraiture plays a big part in what I most love about creating film posters and I work with particular care to capture the likeness of every character. But my favorite part of creating my own posters is the puzzle-like process of collecting, assembling, unifying, and transforming reference materials to build exciting and sophisticated compositions. My illustration work is created digitally, typically using my favorite grainy/speckle style brushes.
I currently work as a member of The Poster Posse, a collective of artists creating for-hire alternative movie poster art. Clients include Disney, Marvel Studios, and Sony Pictures.
In my spare time, I enjoy reading outside, exploring new places in nature with my husband, Adam Peck, and creating colorful abstract paintings for sale at DoodlePaintings.com.