Mark Smith Brightness News

Mark Smith Brightness News

Mark Smith

The Man Who Souled The World

Mark’s work has featured in magazines, newspapers, books and advertising campaigns around the world for clients including The New Yorker, ESPN The Magazine, Rolling Stone, Time, Penguin Books, Mother Jones, GQ, The Folio Society, The Financial Times, The Guardian, The New York Times and many more. His particular take on the world has won him recognition and awards from the NY Society of Illustrators, American Illustration, Luerzers Archive, SPD, 3X3 Magazine, Communication Arts, LA Society of Illustrators and the V&A Illustration Awards, stand out’s include a silver medal from the NY Society, the Patrick Nagel Award for Excellence from the LA Society, a Gold Medal from The Society of Publication Designers and the Best in Show award from 3X3 Magazine.

  1. When did you start to dedicate to the world of illustration?
    Around 10 years ago. I spent years in really poorly paid and wholly unsuitable jobs and when I couldn’t stand this any longer I applied for the illustration degree at a local university and it all snowballed from there.
  2. How do you describe your illustration style?
    I haven’t got a name or a description for it really, for me the style is just a platform to be able to express my ideas from. I suppose the style represents something about me but I’m not sure I’d want to put too much thought into what that might be!
  3. Tell us about you and how do you develop the story and structure?
    I don’t really like unnecessary detail in any aspect of life and this is no different for my work. I try to boil a story down to it’s essential parts and just illustrate that. This usually involves going too far which ends up with an overly-simplified image that needs extra detail in order to keep a viewers interest but I try my best to keep the concept as simple as possible. I’ve always identified with a ‘less is more’ approach.
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