Richard Smith Illustration Interview

Posted 7 January 2015

“The 24 hour access at the Workstation helps me meet tight deadlines.”

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 materials.

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.”

Richard Smith


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.”


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.

In 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.”

Leila Jones

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