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Henry Smith

Henry Smith

About
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Training


Henry earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts with an emphasis in graphic design from the University of Utah, and has added to that with an array of online illustration courses, including the excellent character design course by The Oatley Academy.

Approach


One of Henry’s works begins with a bit of drawing magic. He starts with a loose sketch and when he’s determined the general direction he refines it and tightens things up. Then the digital magic takes over. The main shapes are drawn in Illustrator, and then the image is moved across to Photoshop where the line work, colours and textures bring it to life.
“I tend to flow towards less saturated, pastel colours and try to use interesting combinations that I haven't seen before.”

Style


From goofy protagonists to angry villains, and from bizarre aliens to cheeky pets, Henry’s able to capture and exaggerate all sorts of character traits with his deft linework and strong use of colour and texture. His work features strong layouts, which he puts down to his background in graphic design. Most of all though, it’s fun!

Awards


Salt Lake City AIGA 100 2013 – Two Awards of Merit
ADDY Awards 2013 – Two Silver Awards
Salt Lake City AIGA 100 2015 – Award of Merit
CTNX/Copic Markers Illustration Contest 2015 – Grand Prize
ADDY Awards 2016 – Gold Award
Question: What drew you to illustration/design? Henry: What really got me into illustration and design were the cartoons I used to watch on TV; Teenaged Mutant Ninja Turtles, Spongebob, and the Powerpuff Girls were some of my favorites.Question: Do you have any formal design training? Henry: I received a BFA in Art with a Graphic Design emphasis from the University of Utah. Go Utes!Question: Where are you originally from? Henry: Salt Lake City, Utah.Question: Where do you live now & what drew you there? Henry: Still Salt Lake City. Gotta be close to my family!Question: Where is your studio and can you describe it for me? Henry: I don't have a formal studio. I like to have a big space so that I can layout all my paper and supplies, so I normally default to the kitchen, much to my wife's dismay.Question: Who or What is your biggest inspiration? Henry: My biggest inspirations are the cartoons I grew up with.Question: How do you get your ideas? Henry: Ideas for me normally start as connections to two things that could be something interesting when they are combined. If the idea has some potential I think about the idea constantly and if the idea forms into something beyond that it's time to sketch it out!Question: Do you collect anything? Henry: I collect statues and toys of comic book and video game characters.Question: Tell us about a favourite project you've recently completed. Henry: I loved working for Scholastic! I got to illustrate a futuristic kitchen where a boy and his dog helped teach math. So fun!Question: What would be your dream job/commission? Henry: My dream job would be to sell a cartoon to a major TV network!Question: Who are your art heroes? Henry: Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein. Question: Who are your illustration heroes? Henry: Craig McCracken, Bill Watterson, Nate Williams and Joe Esquibel.Question: If you won the lottery what would you do with the money? Henry: Instead of trying to sell a cartoon to a major network, I'd use the funds to make it myself! Question: Would you continue to illustrate? Henry: I would continue to illustrate. I don't think I'll ever stop!Question: If you could travel back in time which period would you visit & why? Henry: I think the 1960s could be a really neat time to visit. The music, fashion, and social change would all be amazing to experience. Question: If you could travel back in time, who would be the one person you would want to meet? Henry: I think Walt Disney could be interesting. Question: What do you have bookmarked? Henry: I have a an article about story structure, a link to my Illustration LTD portfolio stats, a podcast about the American Presidents, and a website dedicated to B-Horror movie posters. It's kind of a strange mix, really.

SELECTED CLIENTS:
Nickelodeon, Dreamworks, Cartoon Network, Warner Bros, Universal, Sony, Target,

Favourites
Born
Salt Lake City, Utah

Café
Beans and Brews

Gallery
UMFA

Art Equipment/Tool
Cintiq

Food
Mesa Grill

Drink
Coffee!

Magazine
Men's Health

Holiday/Travel Destination
Bear Lake, Utah
 
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