Jess Smart Smiley makes rad pictures with his bare hands.

Select clients include DisneyPixar, Cartoon Network, Provo City, and Top Shelf Productions. Feel free to get in touch for future projects.



How did you become an artist?

I’ve been drawing for as long as I can remember. I studied Illustration and Graphic Design in college, and graduated with my BFA in 2008 from UVU. Since then, I’ve been working full-time making words and pictures for books, games, animations, mobile apps, clothing, magazines, websites, and comics.

How can I set up a school/library/bookstore visit?

Thanks for asking! Shoot me a message at jess.smiley@gmail.com and we’ll find a way to make it happen. I’ve enjoyed offering workshops and visits in person and through Skype and would love to get involved with your group or event!

Who are your biggest influences?

There are too many to name here, but the artist with the single biggest impact on me is probably Doug TenNapel. The broad variety of content and media he has produced (books, games, movies, television, animation) has been kind of like permission for me to pursue all the story- and drawing-related activities and projects that interest me.

When does your next book come out?

None of your business. (Just kidding.) I am currently working on a new book to be released Summer 2018.

What tools do you use?

I use a lot of Micron technical pens, this brush pen, screen tones, Moleskine sketchbooks, Photoshop CS5, iPad Pro with Apple Pencil, a medium-sized IntuosPro drawing tablet, MediBang Paint, and ProCreate.

What’s your favorite book?

Tough question. There are so many good novels, comics, and biographies that I love. Here are a few I’ve enjoyed: The Unsinkable Walker Bean, Isaac the Pirate, Something Wicked This Way Comes, Building Stories, 1Q84, The Vorrh, The Hero With a Thousand Faces, Fantasy Sports 2: The Bandit of Barbel Bay, Talking to Tesla.

What are you working on right now?

I’m currently working on an activity book for comics creators, developing a board game, teaching comics workshops, and scripting my next book project.