I do not frequently write about the work of other artists. There are dozens and hundreds and thousands of blogs dedicated to featuring the work of fine visual artists, artisans and their like, and I subscribe to many of them. But this blog is not that.
However, every once and a while I see an artist whose work so blows me away that I simply must comment on it. Ladies and gentlemen: David Adrian Smith.
From his own site…
Dave Smith is a name that has become synonymous in sign-writing circles with high quality, hand crafted reverse glass signs and decorative mirrors. It is fair to say that now-a-days this is the main thrust of his work. There is, however, more to his story.
His career in sign-writing began in 1984, when he left Westlands School in Torquay, aged 16 and was apprenticed for 5 years with Gordon Farr & two associates. These gentleman were traditional sign-writers, who had come up through the ranks and Gordon, in particular had an almost uncanny ability to paint letters, accurately laid out, without even a preliminary sketch. Under their tutelage, Dave became an accomplished draftsman, accurate letter painter & talented pictorialist…
I first became aware of David A. Smith only a matter of weeks ago, when I saw a link of his work on the new John Mayer album art.
Here is one of him sketching the album art.
While I cannot post every image from his site that I would like, I can encourage you to go check out his work on his website. His process and quality are truly inspirational, and make me strive to produce better and better images. I do not know that I have ever felt so inadequate in my own design work as after watching this video.
On another note, I know I haven’t updated the portfolio area with new work in quite a while, but I hope to be remedying that soon. Many new projects have been taking place with The Brandit, and consume the vast majority of my design time. I’ll be sure to alert you when I do.