Resume

Andy Smith Head Shot

Andy Smith

Creative Director and Illustrator

A Recognized Expert in Visual Storytelling, Experienced in All Aspects of Illustration

 

Dynamic, experienced creative director with over 25 years’ experience supporting world-leading illustration and design organizations. Strong track record in working to brief, managing in-house and freelance staff and creating compelling visual messages. Published author and academic in the field of comic illustration. Versatile illustrator with experience in a wide range of visual styles and techniques.

CORE COMPETENCIES

Concept Design t Client Consultations t Storyboards t Visual Storytelling t Storyline Research

Branding/Re-imaging t Project Management t Concept Development

Comics t Commissions t Advertising t Children’s Books

Adobe Photoshop t Adobe Illustrator t Google SketchUp t Manga Studio

Poser t Sketchbook Pro t Microsoft Word t Microsoft PowerPoint

EXPERIENCES AND ACHIEVEMENTS

SELF-EMPLOYED, Charlotte, NC                                                                                             2003-Current

Deliver a wide range of commissions for industry-leading clients.

Freelance Illustrator and Creative Director

Develop and re-work projects for a range of clients, working under tight deadlines to deliver product in house style and to a finished standard. Job specifications have included illustration, creative directorship and character design. Excellent client feedback.

  • Provided significant, wide-ranging input from start to finish on all projects assigned
  • Created compelling material to communicate brand message
  • Revised and re-worked drafts to ensure synergy with client needs
  • Worked to brief on tight timescales to ensure client satisfaction
  • Delivered engaging visual output in a variety of forms and styles
  • Clients to date include Disney Publishing, Harper Collins Publishing, Titan Publishing, Dabel Brother’s, DC Comics, Wildstorm Entertainment, Marvel Comics, Course Crafters, Fidelity Investments, Green Ronin Publishing, Brooklyn Star Entertainment and Paizo Publishing/Dungeon Magazine

UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA, Charlotte, NC                                                                2008 – 2013

Leading national academic art faculty with emphasis on practical teaching.

Adjunct Professor

Taught groups of students on the undergraduate courses “Sequence and Story” and “Illustration”.

  • Successfully delivered practical lectures and tutorials to university curriculum
  • Identified opportunities to develop students’ skills in advanced methodology
  • Met with and mentored students in aspects of project design and implementation

CROSSGEN ENTERTAINMENT, Oldsmar, FL                                                                             2000 – 2003

Comic book publisher and entertainment company, acquired by The Walt Disney Company in 2004.

Editor

Developed and led all aspects of art production, including managing team of freelance artists. Oversight of design, layout, lettering and proofing to tight timeframes.

  • Promoted from Art Director within 1 year of joining
  • Managed team of 8 artists, motivating staff to coordinate timely artwork completion
  • Liaised with Production staff to ensure excellent final product
  • Oversaw production and scheduling of monthly comic book publications

 

SELF-EMPLOYED, Charlotte, NC                                                                                                 1991 – 2000

Deliver a wide range of commissions for industry-leading clients.

Freelance Illustrator

Developed diverse projects for a range of clients, delivering product in a range of styles according to customer brief. Job specifications included illustration and writing.

  • Provided input throughout process on all projects assigned
  • Developed on-brand material to communicate client message
  • Revised and re-worked drafts to ensure client satisfaction
  • Created engaging visual stories to specification
  • Clients included Disney Publishing, Harper Collins Publishing, Titan Publishing, Dabel Brother’s, DC Comics, Wildstorm Entertainment, Marvel Comics, Course Crafters, Fidelity Investments, Green Ronin Publishing, Brooklyn Star Entertainment and Paizo Publishing/Dungeon Magazine

OMINOUS PRESS, Syracuse, NY                                                                                                1993 – 1995

Publishing house for creator-owned comics.

Art Director Ÿ 1994 – 1995

Supported owner/publisher in designing and creating overall theme of the comic books. Managed all aspects of publication and development.

  • Managed artists on the layout and design of comic books
  • Supervised in-house artists on development of toy designs for Toy-Biz
  • Ensured all staff complied with studio style in all design work

 

Editor Ÿ 1993 – 1994

Led production and quality control of all publications, overseeing staff and overall production.

  • Managed in-house art staff on production of comic books
  • Oversaw and proofed all comic books before publication
  • Created and produced various toy designs/model sheets
  • Developed artwork for monthly comic books

PUBLISHED WORK

Author, “Drawing Dynamic Comics” (2000), currently in 7th edition

Author, “Drawing American Manga-Superheroes” (2007)