Juan Martinez Paints Crime-Related Scenes with a Cinematic Feel

 - Mar 3, 2012
References: juanmartinezillustrations & juxtapoz
Each Juan Martinez illustration is certified badass. With many of them depicting outlaws in a glorified manner, viewers simply want to dive into his paintings and live the life of a rebel while brandishing pistols and wearing leather jackets or business suits. But cool subjects aside, Martinez’s renderings have a special quality to them that isn’t always present in other artist’s work.

Juan Martinez explains on this personal website that he wants his illustrations to have an engrossing quality; he wants viewers to feel as though they’re candid participants rather than simply observers from afar. As such, many of his images feature perspectives that are theatrical and highly intrusive.

The cinema also serves as inspiration for Martinez, as he’s painted scenes from Inglourious Basterds and TRON: Legacy.