Andy Smith





2011 - IMAGES 35

Andy Smith studied illustration at the University of Brighton and the Royal College of Art, London. His work combines illustration and typography to create images that have humour, energy and optimism - executed with a hand made, hand printed, tactile feel.  He splits his time between working commercially and getting inky producing a range of screenprinted books and prints. He lives and pretends to work by the sea in Hastings.

Book jacket for The Lonely Polygamist by Brady Udall, published by Vintage

"Winning the award has been lovely, the AOI Awards are always a good showcase for whats happening in illustration today and its great to be a part of it and see what everyone else is up to."

BRIEF: This novel tells the story of Golden Richards, a Mormon with four wives and twenty eight children who has a secret job in a Nevada brothel

MATERIALS: The illustration was drawn in pen and ink and then put together on a computer.

RESEARCH: I did a bit of research on the author Brady Udall. His great grandfather was a polygamist and was partly the inspiration for the book, I think he'd also posted up some photos of his large house or at least the type of house he'd imagined Golden would own and I based my cover on such a place.

PROCESS: This went the usual route of sketches to the publishers and then the final artwork, I worked with Suzanne Dean on this and she was great to work with.

RESISTANCES: It was a big book to read!

INSIGHT: I learnt a lot about Mormons and the Nevada test site.

DISTRACTIONS: Just the usual ones.

NUMBERS: 4 wives 28 children and 1 ostrich (pictured on the back).

FINAL THOUGHTS: When this book was reprinted in a smaller format I worked on the cover again and did a totally different design as well as another cover for authors earlier book. I have done my fair share of Udalls.

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