Friday, June 3, 2016

San Diego Art Prize - Nomination

I'm super happy to announce I've been nominated for the 2016 San Diego Art Prize for Emerging Artists along with a group of amazing talents. The 2016 New Contemporaries show featuring the 10 nominees will be at City Gallery this month, opening on Saturday, June 18th.

One of the cool things is that attendees of the show can vote for their favorite artist through the SD View Art Now app

Two artists from this exhibition will be chosen to receive the 2016 SD Art Prize and announced at the end of the City College exhibition.  They will in turn choose mentors, and co-exhibit at the Athenaeum Music & Arts Library in the spring.

Hope to see you there.

The SD ART PRIZE is dedicated to the idea that the visual arts are a necessary and rewarding ingredient of any world-class city and a building block of the lifestyle of its residents. Conceived to promote and encourage dialogue, reflection and social interaction about San Diego’s artistic and cultural life, this annual award honors artistic expression. The SD ART PRIZE, a cash prize with exhibition opportunities, spotlights established San Diego artists and emerging artists whose outstanding achievements in the field of Visual Arts merit the recognition. New Contemporaries showcases emerging artist nominated by the SD Art Prize.

There is a Public Choice award for the 2016 New Contemporaries that allow visitors at City College Gallery to vote for their favorite artists. Visitors may vote in person or via the SD View Art Now app. The app is helpful because it displays all the art shows in San Diego on an interactive map.

Monday, March 7, 2016

Sketchbook Fury - EP 1 - Mojo Your Dojo

Sketchbook Fury - Mojo Your Dojo (episode 1) from Graham Smith on Vimeo.

Art & film Graham Smith

Strathmore Sketchbooks 300 Series Sketch
400 Series Toned Tan
400 Series Mixed Media
& many more

camera & edit Graham Smith
camera 2 Andrei Booriakin


         Logjam - Podington Bear
         Interlude - Tickle
         Big Mojo - Kevin Macleod
         Part VI -  Jazzer
         Pink Fish Signs - GeeNerve
         Early Riser - Kevin Macleod

 Music: Creative Commons CCx4 2016   

Video: Copyright © Graham Smith 2016 

Monday, November 30, 2015

small world - rock album project

"small world" is a rock album project by Andy Lund - the music written in hotel rooms, and recorded in studios around the world, with 18 different musicians. The project features 32 page illustrated liner notes, and a music video by Graham Smith.


David Gordon : Art director, illustrator and designer for movies: Toy Story, Monsters, Inc., A Bug’s Life, Cars-Robots, and Spongebob Squarepants. Animated commercials for Cheerios and Nike. He has written and illustrated many children’s books: Hansel and Diesel, The Three Little Rigs, The Ugly Truckling, and Smitten, Out of Picture I, and Out of Picture II, and, N.Y. Times best-selling series, Trucktown.

Andrea Cobb is a talented American illustrator living in North Carolina, who smudges the line between fine art and illustration. Get lost in her dazzlingly colorful vector built worlds, seen on the cover of Steve Vai’s “The Story of Light” album, in magazines, and on well designed products everywhere . Clients include: Chronicle Books, Toyota, Utne Reader, and Whole Foods.

Daniel Baxter is an illustrator residing in Red Hook, New York. His goal is to create clever & witty solutions for every project. He provides creative content for a wide range of publications, books, ad campaigns, and more. Clients include the New York Times, Random House, The Wall Street Journal, Time Magazine, Chronicle Books, & Microsoft to name a few.

Dean MacAdam - Artist and father, living in San Diego, California creating branding and character designs for Purina, Hasbro and Burger King. Most recently, he created an interactive educational app experience that gained critical acclaim worldwide, winning the prestigious 2012 Apple Design award.

Graham Smith is an illustrator and designer creating imagery for brands, publications, advertising agencies and musicians. His expressive figure drawing appear in his book “Marks Vol. 1”, published by Xupuy. Clients: Blue Moon, Boston Globe, Hollis Brand Culture, Rolling Stone, Sony, Worth. “Collaborating with all these great artists and musicians is the best part about designing for the “small world” project.“

Jose Emroca Flores is an artist, illustrator and designer with a style that has crossed the genres of films, games, books, animations, galleries and advertising. Represented by Shannon Associates, Flores’s artwork can be seen in: EA, Vivendi Universal, Activision/Blizzard, Nike, DC shoes, FHM, Maxim, Spectrum, Computer Arts, Nintendo Power, and The Society of Illustrators.

Photography / Video:
Graham Smith

Graham Smith

Music / Lyrics:
Words and Music by Andy Lund Copyright © 2014
“Flower Girl” written by Andy Lund & Michael Lille © 2014
Produced and Recorded by Anthony Gravino & Andy Lund
Recorded at The Drake, Chicago, Illinois. USA
& Goodwood Studios (West)
Mixed by Anthony Gravino at The Drake, Chicago IL.
Mastered by Jonathan Pines at Private Studios, Urbana, IL.

Andy Lund “We are all connected. There are strong powers that push and pull us down particular pathways. They initially draw us together and allow us to be re-connected. They are different for everyone. Maybe it’s faith, family, power, vision, or certain beliefs...for me it’s always been music. 

Music has been, and continues to be the biggest connector. I am very lucky to have met so many beautiful people, and experienced so much while on the musical pathway. Thanks to everyone who contributed both directly and indirectly to the sounds and images on this project. As time goes on and paths are further explored, it becomes more obvious. Indeed; it is a small world.”

A.J.L .

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