Richard Smith Illustration Interview
Posted 7 January 2015
“The 24 hour access at the Workstation helps me meet tight
Richard Smith is a self-employed cartoonist and illustrator,
based here at the Workstation since August 2012. He works across the public and
private sectors creating a wide variety of images from caricatures to
publications, as well as more complex things such as infographics and training
When asked how he got into illustration, Richard said: “I
was born with a pencil in my hand! Drawing has been with me throughout school
and college. The first job after my degree was creating a character for
branding across a chain of pubs in Birmingham, followed by over 25 years of
working for printers, design agencies and music companies.”
CHOOSING THE WORKSTATION
Richard chose the Workstation because of its reasonable
rates to rent an office. When he came to visit, he realised it had all the
facilities he needed.
“The Workstation is a really decent space to work in. It has
everything that I need including a reliable internet connection and the
opportunity to do business with others.”
CAREER HIGHLIGHTS AND UPCOMING PROJECTS
Last year, Richard began working with a local hero from the
Steel City, Joe Elliott of the band Def Leppard. Joe approached him to create
the CD artwork for the latest release for his alternative band, ‘Down‘n’Outz’.
The band recently embarked on a short UK tour for which Richard created the
merchandise, apparel and stage backdrop. He looks forward to working with Joe
again in the near future.
terms of future projects, Richard says: “Work generally appears out of the blue
from networking or the website. The great thing about my job is that I can
physically show people my work, so they know the quality they will be getting.
I’m always looking out for my next challenge.”