Andy Smith’s Graphic Work

Andy Smith’s work embraces modern technology and he combines it with a knowledge of print techniques and drawing. His characters are a concoction of humour and events with a heavy pinch of strong typography and copywriting skills.

Having won multiple awards like the D&AD, AOI and Creative Circle awards and apart from his impressive client list, he delights us further on a tender night with a fine coctail of some of his self-published and beautifully illustrated silkscreen prints and books on his website.

Born and raised in Norfolk, Andy Smith studied illustration at the University of Brighton and the Royal College of Art, London.

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Graduating in 1998 he quickly established a client list of advertising, publishing and editorial clients including Orange, Mercedes, McDonalds, The Guardian, Expedia, Sony, Vodafone, Random House and Penguin Books, directing Run London a commercial for Nike in 2000.

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His work combines illustration and typography to create images that have humour, energy and optimism and all are executed with a handmade, hand-printed, tactile feel. Quirky characters find themselves in absurd situations, often with a large piece of lettering nearby.

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“I always wanted to do something to do with drawing and headed for design as I thought it seemed much more unpretentious and fun than painting and the other stuff that’s done at art college. I didn’t know if I’d be able to make my living from it as I didn’t know much about what happens once you leave college, but its all worked out okay”, says Andy in one interview.

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When not producing commercial work for clients Andy can be found in the studio screen printing books and posters about Fatty, the Target People and the Hot Dog. He has exhibited in the UK, USA, France and Australia. He lives and pretends to work by the sea in Hastings, East Sussex. His favourite colour is blue.

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