Andy Smith
Andy Smith





2007 – IMAGES 31

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.

3 colour monster, a screenprinted poster.

"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: The brief for this project was to create a monster that would be used in a top trumps style playing card deck called Monster Mash. Each monster had to have a special power and be graded on its abilities. I wanted my monster to have some reference to design.

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

RESEARCH: I looked back at some of the top trumps cards from my youth.

PROCESS: I drew the monster and then just moved it around a bit to create the 3 colour layered effect for the playing cards. I then made a screenprint using blue, red and yellow inks and let them overlap to create the monster shape.

RESISTANCES: It’s difficult to design a monster- they've all been done already!

INSIGHT: This was just one design from a whole pack of cards so it was great to see all the other creations.

DISTRACTIONS: This was a fun project to work on so no distractions!


FINAL THOUGHTS: The screenprint I made of this sold out quickly so I made another one called 4 colour monster and added in a black layer. I wish I'd done them in bigger editions!