As I mentioned in my previous post about him from 2007, Elwood H. Smith has a delightful illustration style that carries echoes of great comic strips from the early part of the 20th Century, and somehow manages to look both retro and modern simultaneously.
Smith hits the right balance for me between old and new, minimal and textured, cartoony and whimsical, and I find his style particularly appealing.
His editorial illustration clients include the The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Time, Barron’s, Forbes and many others, and his advertising illustration clients have included SONY, Samsung, Land’s End, Inglenook Wine and TGI Fridays.
Earlier this year, Smith’s work was featured in an exhibition at the Norman Rockwell Museum, titled Elwood’s World: The Art and Animation of Elwood H. Smith. He also gave a lecture on process at the museum in 2007, which can be seen on Vimeo.