Martin’s latest artistic obsession is all about money. The native Argentine native renders classically styled illustrations on dollar bills and other reusable paper materials.
People, pop culture icons, sometimes animals. I like the challenge of capturing someone’s personality on a painting and adding or subtracting from the photo reference in order to enhance the portrait.
Lately I’ve been doing a lot of portraits on US currency, a lot of $1 bills, sometimes $20s. I also paint and teach with acrylic on canvas. Beyond that, I always like to experiment on other mediums, I even went through a toilet roll phase, I was drawing and painting portraits on toilet rolls, also creating little action figures, I like the idea of reusing materials; I may bring that back at some point.
I study the old masters whenever I can, I look for those small details that take a painting from good to great. The evolution with my dollar bills also has to do with the choice of materials. When I started, I was using pencils, then acrylic paint, now it’s a combination of acrylic and a ballpoint pen. I try to emulate as much as possible the original engravings.
So many… I went through many phases as a student of art: mixed-media, animator, painter, but lately I’ve been revisiting the basics. I like studying Michelangelo, not only for the quality of his work but [for] his discipline and ridiculous work ethic; I find that very inspiring. I also follow contemporary comic book artists like Mike Mignola and Eduardo Risso. I admire how their drawings can be so captivating with so few elements.