Andy J. Smith, Ipswich, MA, USA Member Since July 2006 Artist Statement I’m an illustrator specializing in silly, cartoony children's art. I currently have three published books (Robot Rampage, Backyard Bug Battle, and Billions of Bats) from Stone Arch Books’ Buzz Beaker Brainstorm series) with several more title due out this year!
Before illustrating children’s books, I worked for several years in the animation business in New York City. I have animated or designed characters for a slew of fun shows including Cartoons Network’s Courage the Cowardly Dog and Sheep in the Big City. After that, in 2005, I received my Masters in Education from R.I.T. in Rochester, NY and have since taught art at Thomas High School in Webster, NY and illustration at R.I.T.
Currently, I am beginning work on several new children’s book titles! I’m happily under way on the illustrations for the four-book “Bug Parable” series (written by Bill Myers) from Zonderkidz. My first foray into writing will debut with the 2007 “Jeremy Kreep” series of books, which I will also be illustrating.