Born and raised amongst the muddy fields of Norfolk, Andy Smith studied illustration at the University of Brighton and the Royal College of Art, London. Graduating in 1998 he 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. 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. 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.
Nike, Orange, Sony PSP, Expedia, Mercedes, Virgin, Vauxhall, London Transport, Shell, McDonalds, The Sunday Telegraph, The Guardian, The Independent, The Mail on Sunday, Time Out, The Sunday Times, Conde Naste, Random House, Penguin Books, John Brown Publishing, Nickelodeon, Howies.
2013 AOI Illustration Awards. Shortlisted
2012 AOI Images 37 Best of British Illustration bronze design category, bronze advertising category
2011 AOI Images 35 Best of British Illustration silver design category
2009 AOI Images 33 Best of British Illustration gold editorial category
2007 AOI Images 31 Best of British Illustration silver design category
2006 D&AD nominated (The Big Bang/Tequila)
2005 AOI Images 29 Best of British Illustration silver advertising category. London Transport/SAA Illustration Awards commended.
2004 AOI Images 28 Best of British Illustration gold unpublished category. London Transport/SAA Illustration Awards commended.
2003 AOI Images 27 Best of British Illustration silver advertising category
2002 D&AD nominated (Run London/Nike)
2001 D&AD silver award (Press ads/Oddbins). Creative Circle silver.
1998 Quentin Blake award (Royal College of Art)