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Randy Martinez

Randy Martinez is a Southern California Illustrator whose art has depicted everything from Star Wars, Rock Stars to Monsters and Aliens. Martinez, who has been working professional since age 16, got his big break in 1999 with Star Wars Kids Magazine. Randy wrote and illustrated hundreds of Gag Cartoons and back page illustrations for the Insider in 3 short years. In 2004 Topps Trading Cards came calling and invited Randy to produce "Sketch Cards" for their "Star Wars: Heritage" Collection. That started a truly unbelievable run of 7500 Sketch Cards for Topps Trading Cards over the next 2 years including "Revenge of the Sith" and "Lord of the Rings: Evolution" collections. Since then Martinez's name has been a Sketch Card fixture for Topps' most popular titles such as Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, Heroes, and Indiana Jones. In 2008 Randy finally got the call to create an original piece of art for Topps' much anticipated "Star Wars Galaxy: 4". This card, "Tusken Hero" is part of the base set for the Star Wars Galaxy 4 collection. In 2007 Martinez was given the great honor of illustrating the Official program cover and posters for both Star Wars Celebration IV (Los Angeles) and Star Wars Celebration Europe (London, England). The Star Wars Celebration Europe piece was particularly notable as it celebrated 30 years of Star Wars and 40 years of the Beatles album "Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band". For this piece Randy recreated a scaled version (card board cut outs, flowers and all) of the famous album cover, but used Star Wars Characters in place of the original icons from the "Sgt. Peppers" album. 2009 marked a big year for Martinez, as 11 books that feature his art hit bookstore shelves nationally and in parts of Europe. The first to be released was a ten book story by Scholastic Books titled "Star Wars: Rebel Force" to which Martinez Illustrated the front and back covers. Next to hit shelves was Randy's first how to draw book titled "Creature Features: How to draw Amazing Monsters and Aliens". Randy Authored and Illustrated this entire book with Impact Publishing. "Creature Features" boasts over 150 different illustrations, over 30 different how to draw lessons, and a special artists gallery! 2010 does snot slow down for Martinez. In February Topps released the "Star Wars Galaxy Series," where Martinez's art proudly graced 20 cards in the new set, including 15 FOIL chase cards featuring his work exclusively. Rittenhouse has also released the "Marvel 70th Anniversary" Trading cards where Randy has hand illustrated 150 full color sketch cards. In the spring of 2010 Martinez teamed up with Denise Vasquez to write and illustrate his second book with Impact Books titled "Sketch Card Mania". It's features just about everything you ever wanted to know about sketch cards.  Randy has also illustrated over a half dozen games for Playroom Entertainment. Most notably the hit game "Sitting Ducks", "Scary Tales", and "Wild Horses". Martinez's Illustration credits also include art for Star, Lucas Arts, Red 5 Comics, Inkworks, Gag Magazine, Cracked Magazine, Green Ronin Games, The Los Angeles Times, and Guitar Center. Randy Martinez is a BFA graduate of the Kansas City Art Institute and now lives in Hollywood, California with his girlfriend Denise Vasquez.  KULT Studio is an authorized dealer of Randy Martinez Fine Art. All artwork is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity.
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